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W.Va. animal shelter gets $250,000 gift to grow

By jim Published: November 16, 2009

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A North Carolina animal lover and philanthropist has donated $250,000 to a no-kill shelter in West Virginia that needed the help.

Donna Wellman, a Huntington native who maintains a home in the area, is supporting the Little Victories Animal Shelter in Cabell County.

She and her husband created the Wellman Foundation to help people, too, funding 40 full-ride scholarships a year to Marshall University.

Wellman says shelter director Sue Brown has often shared her dreams for a bigger, better facility.

Little Victories currently houses about 90 dogs and 50 cats.

Brown says the money will help build a new shelter for puppies, small dogs and cats, plus bathing areas and office space.

In time, she hopes to add space for larger animals, plus an animal hospital.

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