A gift from the estate of the late Grace Larson in the form of a check for $200,949 was presented recently to the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners to benefit the Clatsop County Animal Shelter in Astoria, Oregon. The only stipulation put on her gift was that it be used to benefit cats and dogs.
Larson and her husband, Carl, who died in 2002, loved dogs and cats. They always had at least one cat. Carl was a longtime logger and Grace, who worked at Bumble Bee Seafoods for 40 years, retired in 1980. Larson’s donation might be the largest single donation the shelter has ever received.
Stephen Hildreth, the Clatsop County Animal Control supervisor, has a long wish list for the animal shelter. He said a socializing room to familiarize new or young animals with human contact is high on the list. The shelter currently uses its small medical treatment room for socializing activities. Expansion of the building is another possibility.
The shelter operates mostly on donated money and supplies and on volunteer labor. According to Brandi Helligso, Clatsop County’s volunteer coordinator, 121 volunteers worked 5,267 hours at the shelter in 2006. Residents at the Community Corrections Transition Center also perform some of their court-ordered community service at the shelter.
Source: The Daily Astorian