Jackson Foundation gives $80,000 to humane society

Lisa Depies
Karen Russell, left, president of the Henry County Humane 
Society - Geneseo, accepts an $80,000 donation from Brenda Lotridge, president of the Jackson Foundation.

The Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo received an $80,000 gift to help push their new shelter construction closer to completion.

Brenda Lotridge, president of the Jackson Foundation, recently presented the humane society with $80,000 on behalf of the foundation.

Funds for the foundation were provided from the estate of the late Verlin and Joan Jackson, of Galva.

“They wanted their foundation to help animals,” said Lotridge. Prior to their deaths, the couple operated a horse farm in Galva.

The foundation is best known for the Jackson Foundation Pet Pantry, in Atkinson, a pantry that provides free dog and cat food to Henry County individuals who qualify.

Through her role with the foundation and the pet pantry, Lotridge said she’s worked with the Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo.

“We’ve worked together. If they have someone in need, they send them to me,” she said.

Lotridge added she felt it was important to help the humane society with their new building construction.

“The building’s been in progress for quite some time. When it’s finished, they’ll be able to house and help more animals,” she said.

The new shelter will be named the “Bob & Barb Kuhns Pet Haven” in honor of a generous financial gift given by the couple for the building.

Though no construction completion date has been set, “We’re getting close,” said Henry County Humane Society - Geneseo president Karen Russell. “It’s so exciting.”

Russell said the group still needs to purchase interior and exterior dog kennels for the new building.

“We’ll also have concrete for the outside dog kennels,” she said.

Contractors are installing lighting and putting sinks and countertops in each of the shelter’s new cat rooms.

“Trim work continues on the windows and doors, and there’s testing and tweaking that needs to be done on the ventilation system,” said Russell.

The $80,000 gift from the Jackson Foundation “came at a perfect time” said Russell. “We hope it will help push us through to the end.”