Benefactor steps up to help animals
A self-proclaimed animal lover, Bessie Elliott frequently watches the adoption list at the Multnomah County Animal Shelter. One day, she spotted a pit bull listed for adoption with the name Bessie.
Elliott immediately sent her daughter, Linda Elliott-Iverson, to pay the adoption fees for Bessie, ensuring she would find a new home.
But in July, Elliott, 88, decided she wanted to help on a larger scale.
This time she thought shed go and make a large donation to help several dogs and cats at once, Elliott-Iverson said.
Her donation paid for 15 dogs and 20 cats to be adopted. Not just any pets, but those that had been at the shelter the longest or would be the hardest to re-home. As of Oct. 1, only one cat remained.
The one cat thats left, Koda, he was a cat that came in on July 2. We brought him in with 27 others that we pulled out of a van, in the middle of the summer, said Shelter Manager Ann Potter. Its kind of poetic.
Potter said shes never heard of someone donating in the way Elliott has.
Weve had people buy beds for our dogs. We got a big donation in order to build the cattery a few years ago, but this was just so thoughtful and creative, Potter said. And she did a lot of good with that money.
But then Elliott went one step further, making a second donation to buy food for the sponsored pets, providing a bag of food for each new owner.
I have two cats and a dog, who died last year, Elliott said. I love animals and I feel sorry for them when they dont have a home. Id like to see them get all adopted.
When she heard all but one cat had been adopted, her response was simple.
Oh good, she said. I guess Ill have to give some more money.