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Sullivan County animal shelter announces fundraiser

Matthew Lane • May 1, 2020 at 8:00 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — The Animal Shelter of Sullivan County is launching a new fundraising campaign to both raise money during the COVID-19 outbreak, and also to give back to local businesses and non-profit organizations impacted as a result of the pandemic.

According to Carolyn Kestner, the volunteer fundraising team leader, the campaign is as follows:

Every Friday through Sunday supporters can donate $5 (or more if you like) through the shelter's Paypal fundraising link – paypal.me.asosctn.

Then on Monday, one lucky participant will be selected to be King or Queen for the week and receive 10 percent of the monies raised during the previous three days.

The winner can keep the “stimulus” themselves, give it back with a gift card to a local business of their choice or pay it forward to a local non-profit organization.

Additional information about the campaign can be found on the shelter's Facebook page where the Kings and Queens will be announced. Plus, you can see the one remaining dog at the shelter — Rosie, a gray pit bull that Kestner says is looking for a home where she is the only pet.

The shelter has big fundraising goals this year and has had to cancel or postpone several events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With its new non-profit status, the organization is raising funds to maintain its community outreach programs such as low-cost vaccinations, micro-chipping clinics, and a program to vaccinate and spay/neuter 500 stray cats and release back into their habitat.

Kestner said long-term goals of the organization include low-cost spay/neuter services and eventually a new building. Be sure to follow the shelter on Facebook for information on future events.

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