First Federal Savings started a donation fund for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter after Anita Hodgdon, who had worked for the bank for 33 years, passed away in January. The bank agreed to match any funds raised.
“She was a great lover of animals,” bank Vice President Jean Huber said of Hodgdon. “We thought this was a good way to honor her.”
The donations totaled $5,166.07, meaning that with the bank’s matching amount, a total of $10,373.14 was donated to the shelter. Pet care supplies were also collected.
“She brought us cat and dog food many times,” Tammy Walsh, who works at the animal shelter, said. “Whenever we needed something, she was the first in line.”
According to Walsh, Hodgdon also adopted from the shelter on multiple occasions.
The shelter will use the funds for medical supplies, food, cat litter, and other day-to-day items that allow the shelter to care for so many animals.
According to Walsh, the donation will go a long way toward helping the shelter take care of its residents. “That’s a lot of vaccinations,” Walsh said.