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Moved by WRAL News story, woman gives $600 to Edgecombe Animal Shelter

Posted December 24, 2020 1:43 p.m. EST
Updated December 25, 2020 10:02 a.m. EST

— Jeannie Naujack of Durham was so moved by last week's WRAL News report about the Edgecombe County Animal Shelter that she committed to donating her federal stimulus check to help with renovations.

Naujack said when it seemed the federal government would issue $600 checks to individual taxpayers, she went ahead and wrote a check for that much to the shelter.

Eugene Taylor, director of the shelter, told WRAL News it is overwhelmed with need.

Last year alone, the shelter received 1,500 service calls while almost 700 dogs and 500 cats came through its doors. The shelter only has room for 20 dogs and 12 cats.

In addition to the number of animals, the building was built in 1988 and has not been updated since.

That much-needed update could cost millions of dollars.

Naujack realizes that political negotiations have stalled the federal stimulus, but she doesn't regret her decision.

"The checked cleared, and I'm glad they already put it in their fund," she said. "Even if I don't get it reimbursed to me, I have a job and I have more than I need."

Donations can be made to the shelter via check, made payable to the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office, PO Box 219 Tarboro, NC 27886. In the memo line write: Animal Shelter.

If you are interested in adopting a new pet, you can call the shelter at 252-641-4112 and make an appointment.

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