The Clay County Humane Society recently received a distribution of $33,697 from the Dierdorf Fund through the Clay County branch of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.
Patsy Dierdorf, a longtime resident of Clay County, died March 29, 2019. In 2013, she had contacted the foundation, wanting to create a permanent endowment to benefit the Humane Society in her estate plans.
Through this endowed fund, the Clay County Humane Society will receive a designated amount each year, forever. The recent award marked the first annual distribution.
One of the fund’s dream uses is to help the community with low-cost spaying and sterilization, Toni Carter, chair of the company’s board of directors, said in a press release.
The Humane Society is looking at ways to support the construction of a new building on its land that will create more kennel and crate space while freeing up current space for an operating room, Carter said.
Dierdorf’s last wishes included the stipulation that the funds were not to be used to pay staff salaries and that the shelter was to remain a no-kill shelter, meaning it would only euthanize sick or dangerous animals. .
“We are a no-kill refuge,” Carter said. The policy is the right thing to do, but it has the potential to create pressure on their establishment when adoptions are slow or in peak breeding season, but that has been and will continue to be their policy.”
Patty Dulin, a longtime volunteer at the shelter, only knew Dierdorf as an acquaintance, occasionally meeting her with a group of her mother’s friends at a local restaurant. Animal care was his passion, Dulin said of Dierdorf
“’What do you need at the shelter?’ she was always asking,” said Dulin, who described Dierdorf as quiet, private, unassuming, unassuming support, but always there when needed.
— Information for this article was provided to the Tribune-Star by the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.