A Carter County, Tennessee animal lover has died, leaving her entire $1.2 million dollar estate to help dogs and cats. Glenda Taylor DeLawder’s last wish was to provide for the canine and feline residents of her community, and it’s coming true. Her executors partnered with the local Humane Society to facilitate a big expansion to the shelter’s dog and cat holding areas, getting a custom van to transport animals to offsite adoption events and to spay and neuter clinics. And that’s only the beginning.
Local mayor Leon Humphrey announced, “Carter County and the shelter are truly blessed and honored to be given such a tremendous gift, one of the largest private gifts ever given to the county for our citizens (human, feline and canine). Construction will begin on the shelter expansion on January 9. The van is scheduled to arrive by March 1.”
Humphrey added, “Mrs. DeLawder’s family asked me to share with you that she loved her cats and dogs so very much and wanted her love and care of them to be her everlasting gift.”
Mrs. DeLawder passed away in November of 2015 at the age of 72, and was described as an “avid animal lover” in her obituary.