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Oct 21, 2013 12:14 PM

Woman Leaves Over $250,000 Estate To Franklin County Humane Society

The Franklin County Humane Society in Frankfort announced Monday the receipt of a bequest of the entire estate of Jean M. Gravitt in the amount of $284,985.42.

Gravitt passed away in December, 2012 and it was her wish that her entire estate be given to the Franklin County Humane Society to be used towards the location of a new facility.

Gravitt's daughter, Jean Wheeler, said her mother and stepfather, Harold, had adopted all their pets from the Shelter and had wanted to give her entire estate to the Society for some time.

The bequest having been designated to a new shelter, the Board of Directors now intend to move forward in identifying a site, developing plans for a new shelter, and initiating a capital campaign as soon as possible. Board President Sam Marcus said that they are dedicated to honoring Jean and Harold's memory as quickly as possible, especially since it is common knowledge that the Franklin County Humane Society needs a new home.

This gift, along with the PETCO Foundation Extraordinary Gift Grant of $70,000.00 that was awarded earlier this year, and the current New Building Fund of approximately $40,000.00 now gives the Society about $400,000.00 toward the new shelter.

Estimates on the new shelter are in the $2-2.5 million range, but it is not the intention of the Franklin County Humane Society to build anything extravagant or overly large. They intend to be as frugal as possible although they do want a modern, state of the art facility and will work toward this end.

There will be a presentation ceremony at the current shelter location, 1041 Kentucky Avenue, on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

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