Animal shelter needs support

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

Plans for a new Williston Animal Shelter are "chugging along", according to Susan Holmes, president of the Williston Animal Group (WAG) and one of its many supporters.

The project has secured about $130,000 in pledges, but additional funding is critical, Holmes told Williston City Council members Tuesday night.

To bring the community up to date on the no-kill shelter, WAG, LeAF (Levy Animal Friends) and the city of Williston will host a "Give Me Shelter" luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in the community center at city hall.

“We hope the luncheon will bring together Levy County pet lovers,” said LeAF President Bob Levesque.

“We need to bring awareness to this important project and continue to increase our team of volunteers, donors and vendors.”

Those attending the luncheon may make a voluntary contribution of $10 to defray costs or in lieu of a cash donation can sign up to volunteer their skills and time in support of the shelter. Seating is limited so reservations are requested and can be made by calling 352-405-0486, 362-286-1980 or by email to LevyAnimalFriends@gmail.com. Reservation deadline is May 14.

Holmes told council members the group hopes to apply for a $100,000 grant from USDA but currently USDA doesn't know its 2019 budget in order to allot funds.

Securing the architect's drawing for the facility has also been delayed, according to Clay Connolly and that drawing will be required for the grant applicatoin.

Holmes also announced the shelter has two mascots: Muffin, a cat and Lucky, a dog. Both will be at the luncheon, she said, and will also be in attendance whenever fundraising is done.