Glenda Taylor DeLawder, age 72, of Elizabethton, Tennessee was known in her community as an avid animal lover. During her lifetime, Glenda donated to several organizations, and her legacy will continue, thanks to the generous donation she bequeathed to the dogs and cats of Carter County.
The generous donation of Glenda’s $1.2 million estate following her death in November 2015 will be used exclusively to enhance the lives of the dogs and cats at the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter. Mayor Leon Humphrey announced Christmas Day on the Carter County Government website that $540,000 will be used to expand the dog and cat holding areas. This will allow the dogs and cats a place to run and play while their living areas are being cleaned.
Another portion of the gift will finance the purchase a new Ford Transit 350 transport van with a high roof, which will be used to transport dogs and cats to adoption events, as well as to spay/neuter appointments after its conversion.
Mayor Humphrey posted his gratitude on the county website saying
“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.”
The Elizabethton architectural firm of Reedy and Sykes designed the addition of a cat room with a confirmed project value of $248,628. The 1,002-square-foot masonry block addition to the shelter will include 1,234 square feet of outdoor sidewalks and slabs.
In closing, 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. I think Mrs. DeLawder would be very pleased that her gift will be able to provide for future cats and dogs at the shelter for as long as the shelter exists.
I want to personally thank Mrs. DeLawder and her family for their gift and thank each of you for your continued support of the shelter.”
Another gift came in outside of Glenda’s donation when $5,000 was donated for spaying and neutering during the Empty the Shelter pet adoption campaign, which ended January 2. Normal shelter prices are $35 for cats and $45 for dogs.
Mayor Humphrey also announced the Carter County Animal Shelter is working with a national animal rescue organization, the ASPCA and other non-profit organizations with the hope one will open near the shelter.
A tribute to Glenda’s life can be read by clicking here. Thanks to her generosity, this amazing animal lover made the loving decision for shelter pets in her community to benefit from her generosity for years to come.