Chatham-Kent’s new animal shelter received a large boost from the Donna Jean L’Ecuyer Foundation in the form of a $25,062.62 donation.

Donna, who passed away in 2013 was a local teacher who had a great love for animals, a love she has passed on to her children and grandchildren.

Lynn McGeachy, fundraising chair for the new facility, said the group has raised more than half of the $1.5 million needed to build the new shelter.

The shelter is being built adjacent to the current facility on Park Ave. That building has outlived its usefulness. When completed, the new shelter will be turned over to the municipality.

McGeachy said she was extremely happy with the L’Ecuyer Foundation donation. “This is an excellent example of how passionate people of Chatham-Kent are about proper care for animals. Community response has been very heartwarming.

The new Chatham-Kent animal shelter is more than $25,000 closer to its goal thanks to a donation from the Donna Jean L’Ecuyer Foundation. Here longtime shelter supporter Dr. Bruce Warwick accepts a checque from L’Ecuyer family members Cherie Metcalfe, Audrey L’Ecuyer and grandson Christos.