Woman leaves estate to Humane Society

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The staff the Franklin County Humane Society is stretched pretty thin, especially with several hoarding cases over the past couple of years. Tuesday, though, the shelter will receive a staggering donation that will go a long way toward helping the animals.

Jean Wheeler says her mom, Jean Gravitt was a dog person.

"She would take them all home with her if she could. She said if she had a farm, she would put them all on her farm," she said.

Every dog Gravitt owned came from here and she was always concerned about the shelter's location.

"Mom just wanted to have the animals to have a place when it did flood, they would be in a safe place," she said.

For about forty years, the shelter has sat along the banks of the Kentucky River. The animals had to be evacuated due to flooding briefly in 2011. Mrs. Gravitt made a decision many years ago that's about to have a huge impact. She's left her entire estate, nearly $285,000 to the shelter in hopes of helping them find a new location.

"Really excited! Very excited!" said Franklin County Humane Society president Sam Marcus. He says this unexpected windfall is a huge step forward for the shelter, that's been overcrowded due to several hoarding cases in the past couple of years.

"They're filling up kennel space that we'd like to have available otherwise," Marcus said.

Marcus hopes the shelter can move in about two years, that will be a day Jean Wheeler will look forward to.

"I feel proud. I feel proud," she said.

The donation will be presented to the shelter Tuesday at 2PM.

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