(Photo courtesy Jeff Stitt/Mon Valley Independent)
Alazae, a 17-year-old pit mix who is currently residing at the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, Inc. was in attendance last week when the shelter was awarded a generous donation of over $28,000 from #1 Cochran Toyota in North Huntingdon.
“We are so thankful for the generous donation,” said White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton, who founded the no-kill shelter in September 2003. “This money will allow us to continue with our efforts in finding loving homes for many stray, surrendered or abandoned animals.”
More than 13,000 cats and dogs have been saved through adoptions and foster programs at the shelter since its inception.
“At #1 Cochran, giving back is deeply rooted in our culture,” said Kevin James, Social & Community Coordinator. “We do everything we can to be good neighbors in the communities we serve through annual giving and volunteer efforts.”
The Toyota store's former owner, the late Bob Massie, served for years on the board of directors at the White Oak Animal Safe Haven, and James said the organization was selected both to honor Mr. Massie's memory as well as to help animals in need.
“This is a cause near and dear to our hearts,” James said. “We've also hosted pet events at several of our other dealerships.”
The donation came from a fund created by Toyota to provide dealers with the means to actively support local charities and organizations through sponsored events, James said.
“We announced that we would donate $500 from every sale throughout the month of December to the shelter,” James said.
The White Oak Animal Safe Haven will use the funds to assist with their continuing efforts to rehome cats and dogs, Marton said.
With the support of volunteers, donors and sponsors, WOASH is dedicated to finding loving, ‘fur-ever’ homes for pets with all types of backgrounds.
The shelter is open to the public from 12 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
To learn about their adoptable pets, including sweet, gentle Alazae, visit the WOASH Facebook page or website at www.whiteoakanimalsafehaven.com.
Community support and donations play a large part in helping the shelter to continue being the successful non-profit organization that it is, according to Marton.
“We rely on donations and fundraising to keep our shelter going, and without the kindness of our fellow animal lovers we wouldn't be able to help so many furry friends find their forever homes,” Marton said.
Originally published March 06, 2019.