Generous Woman Wills $1.2 Million To Tennessee’s Cats and Dogs

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
A Tennessee woman loved her dogs and cats so much, she left her entire $1.2 million estate to the animals of her hometown county, and funds have already started to expand her local animal shelter.

Glenda Taylor DeLawder died in November of 2015. Always an animal lover, she left her entire estate to the animals in the Tennessee county in which she lived. Mayor Leon Humphrey of Carter County recently announced that she’d left $1.2 million (yes, million) with the hope that all the money would specifically help care for the county’s cats and dogs.

The administrators of Ms. DeLawder’s estate have already taken her last wishes to heart, allotting $540,000 to her local animal shelter to help expand the animal areas for their comfort, as well as to purchase a van for shelter employees to more easily take pets to clinics and adoption functions.

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Mayor Humphrey said that the county and county shelter are honored to receive such a gift, as her endowment is one of the largest a private citizen had ever given to citizens — feline and canine alike. The mayor shared that Ms. DeLawder loved her cats and dogs very much and wanted to show her love and care of them as her everlasting gift. He says he thinks that she’d be very happy that her gift will allow a future for cats and dogs at the shelter as long as the shelter exists. The expansions to the shelter are slated to begin January 9, 2017, and the county expects the new van in March.

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In the meantime, Ms. DeLawder’s estate administrators are interviewing other organizations for the distribution of the remaining estate funds to give as they see fit in a way that Ms. DeLawder would want.As the news of the donations has come out, people have been signing Ms. DeLawder’s online obituary pages, thanking her for her generosity and thoughtfulness.

One thing is for sure–the shelter cats and dogs of Carter County will appreciate her continued dedication to them, even after she’s no longer with us.
Lori Ennis
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