Cat rescue group finally gets share of man's $1.7M estate

Posted December 22, 2011

— Two years after a Raleigh cat-lover left his nearly $1.7 million estate to four area feline charities, one of the groups has finally gotten its share of the bequest.

Emil Campbell, who died in September 2009, asked that his estate be split among Marley's Cat Tales, Snowflake Animal Rescue, SAFE Haven for Cats and Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

While the last three groups got their shares of the estates quickly, money designated for Marley's Cat Tales has been tied up in litigation until recently.

Lawyers for the group said the money was mistakenly distributed to another rescue group with a similar name, but they managed to obtain a $250,000 settlement to resolve the dispute.

Marley's Cat Tales officials said that, to honor Campbell, they have already accepted some cats that carry the feline immunodeficiency virus. They also plan to use some of the money to reimburse veterinarians who have devoted their services to the group without pay.


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  • sunydaze Dec 28, 2011


  • marciamal1 Dec 27, 2011

    He was very generous to leave his money to such a good cause but, I am hoping these organization put his money to good use. They need to expand their facilities, so that others can see where the money went to.

  • michelescherer Dec 27, 2011

    What a waste. I have 9 cats that need homes due to relocation and not a one of these rescues will take them! They will end up at the county shelter and will eventually put down. Shame on all of them!

  • 3stoogesfan Dec 23, 2011

    What a great person.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Dec 23, 2011

    That other rescue group should be ashamed of themselves. They money wasn't theirs and they held out for a settlement and got some of the money anyway. SHAME ON THEM!

  • QT3.14 Dec 23, 2011

    I'm sure he would be happy to know his final wishes were finally carried out. What a kind person he must have been!