P.A.W. fund drive nets close to $30K


FORT MADISON – The PAWS fundraiser has come to a close and the community raised $27,875.

Initially, an anonymous donor came into the PAW animal shelter and offered to match every donation up to $30,000. The donation time lasted from December 15th, 2020 to December 30th, 2020.

Although the donation total didn’t match $30,000 exactly, the donor still gave the promised amount.

A unique donation came from the late Chris Wolfskill.

Chris has always been an animal lover, and we had a connection both being dog owners,” Shane Carter, a friend of Wolfskill’s, said.

Chris’ donation of $177 came from his fantasy football winnings, and his friends believed it would be put to good use by donating it to PAWS.

With donations from generous people like Chris, PAWS is furthering their plan to build a new facility north of the current building. PAWS also plans to repurpose the current building in addition to new construction. The shelter will be a $5 million project.

“We’re hoping to accomplish this project within the next five years,” Sandy Brown, Director at PAWS, said.

“We have already purchased land and are having plans drawn up,” Brown said.

But with help from the community, the cost will be greatly reduced.

“Businesses are volunteering their time to build the new facility,” Brown said. “People have really stepped up and have started to realize that PAWS services all of Lee County, Des Moines County, and Hancock County.”

Frank Millard has already approached PAWS about offering their services with construction of the new facility.

With the new renovations, PAWS will be able to build a nursery, meet-and-greet rooms, as well as separate rooms for cats and dogs.

The shelter will be able to hold animals more efficiently and make PAWS more user-friendly.

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