From the Office of the Sheriff
Sheriff Dennis L. Dotson
For Immediate Release
Date: Mar 15, 2012
||Animal Shelter Manager Laura Ireland|
||Donation Creates Shelter and and Cat Kennels|
||March 15, 2012|
||Lincoln County Animal Shelter|
In 1965, the Lincoln County Animal Shelter started as a small building, with only seven dog kennels available to house stray dogs. Over the decades, the shelterís physical space has expanded, the staff has increased, and programs have evolved in order to provide progressive care and a second chance for dogs, cats, other animals in need.
The shelter thrives because of caring people in Lincoln County. While the operations have been supported by the general fund, and now a property tax levy, life-saving surgeries, the pet food bank, many enrichment opportunities, and building improvements are funded through private donations.
Recently, animals awaiting new homes have greatly benefitted from Alline McAlister, a kind and generous woman who chose to carry on her compassion for animals by naming the Lincoln County Animal Shelter as a beneficiary in her will.
Alline was a world traveler, but had deep roots in Oregon, and she was always and an animal lover. During her later years, her toy poodle, Ruthie, was her constant companion. She said, ďPets are there for you, even when your family isnít.Ē She was very interested in the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, and after a tour of the facility, she decided to bequeath part of her estate to it as a legacy to Ruthie.
Thanks to Allineís forethought and generosity, dogs have a dry and sheltered area to play no matter what the weather. In addition, the covered play area allows potential adopters to meet and interact with dogs they are considering for additions to their family.
The dogs arenít the only happy critters. Allineís gift was also used to purchase new, state of the art cat kennels that help the shelter meet national guidelines for feline housing. The kennels placed in the front lobby allow more cats on the adoption floor and a comfortable temporary home for cats who donít enjoy life in the group home of the catteries.
If you are interested in how you may carry on your compassion for animals through a planned gift in your will, trust, or by naming the shelter as a beneficiary for animals in need, please contact Laura Ireland, Lincoln County Animal Shelter Manager, at 541-265-0725.
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