The Cornelius Animal Shelter Alliance (CASA) gave town officials a $9,600 check Friday for the Cornelius Animal Shelter, a move that CASA says ends its support of the facility. The money will help pay for more than 200 “nose to tail” animal intake exams, as well as any shots and tests needed when the animals arrive, CASA President Bruce Forrest said.
The timing is good, he said, because many animals give birth in late spring and early summer, so the shelter often sees a surge in new animals.
For the past 2 1/2 years, the nonprofit has supported the shelter through fund-raisers such as last August’s Commodore Cover Dog competition and a golf tournament sponsored by Walgreens. It has also provided volunteers to help in all aspects of running the shelter.
The check presented Friday will be the last substantial donation to the shelter from CASA, as the organization is dissolving this May, Mr. Forrest said. He emailed volunteers this week to inform them of the change and to start planning for the dissolution.
“It hurts like hell,” Mr. Forrest said, but he is proud of the work CASA has done. Over the last year it has become increasingly difficult to work with the town, he said.
CASA was a major supporter of the drive to build a permanent animal shelter in Cornelius. A year ago, the town restructured how it manages the shelter, including its relationship with CASA.
May 19, 2010, “Amid tension, Cornelius limits shelter volunteers.”