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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
As progress continues to steadily be made toward reaching its goal, the Coosa County Animal Shelter Board of Directors is working to move things forward and keep the momentum going to make the shelter a reality.
Dennis Hill, chairperson and operations manager, attended last week’s County Commission to make a presentation and ask for annual funding from the county to help the shelter open and continue operating.
He expressed that he was elated with how well the meeting went and the good news regarding the county looking into available funds to help the shelter, as it sounded like the commission was favorable of helping provide funds and only needed to determine the exact amount it can give before officially making a decision.
Additionally, Hill said that following the meeting he was given $700 from individuals in donations to the shelter. That means that currently they have received more than $10,000 in donations for the animal shelter.
In other updates regarding the shelter, Hill said they will have another volunteer meeting on Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m. at the E-911 building in Rockford. The meeting is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.
During this meeting Hill said they will begin making a list of items people have already offered to donate for the shelter, such as a refrigerator and microwave. Although they are not yet ready to accept the appliances and other items, he said they do need to compile a list of items and phone numbers to have on hand when they are ready to accept them.
To help raise funds for the shelter, the board is also having a “draw down” raffle with proceeds raised being given to the Coosa County Animal Shelter.
The event will be a $5,000 draw down, based on 200 raffle tickets being sold. In a draw down raffle, the last ticket drawn is the one that wins the grand prize, which for this event would be $5,000.
In addition to the grand prize, there will be prizes given away for every twenty-fifth ticket drawn during the event.
Tickets for the draw down raffle are $99 each, which includes a hamburger and hot dog dinner for two with each purchase. The raffle will be held at 6 p.m. August 27 at the Weogufka school gymnasium, and individuals do not have to be present to win.
Raffle tickets are available for purchase at “The Coosa County News” office, and those interested in purchasing tickets can also call or text 256-391-7192.
For more information and to stay updated on the shelter, see the Coosa County Animal Shelter page on Facebook.