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Pledges to SPCA shelter matched up to $100,000

SoVaNow.com / May 28, 2014
Lake Country SPCA has an anonymous benefactor who is willing to give the organization up to $100,000 toward the construction costs for its new home on Highway 15 South, near Clarksville.

There is a catch, however. The donor will match, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 each contribution made to the LCSPCA’s capital campaign or building fund beginning June 1.

The donations must specify that the money is for the building and they must be made on or after June 1, said LCSPCA board member Charlotta Howell. The challenge ends Dec. 31.

“We should be able to complete the construction, with this money,” she said.

To date the organization raised slightly more than half of the $500,000 needed to finish construction.

Last month Linwood and Linda Holt and Jim and Mona Moody earned the right to name the new facility - the Holt/Moody Adoption Center - Lake Country SPCA - after each couple donated $50,000 to the building fund.

The Lake Country SPCA is a no-kill shelter for dogs and cats. For the past ten years it operated out of a warehouse on Virginia Avenue. Unfortunately, as the number of homeless and abandoned dogs and cats continued to rise in this county, the group outgrew the site. After months of searching, Linwood Holt arranged from the LCSPCA to purchase two acres and an old warehouse on land owned by his children near the Lake Country Regional Airport.

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