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Pa. shelter campaign rallying pledges

August 22, 2010

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter has received more than $59,000 in pledges and cash donations for its "Rallying to Relocate" capital campaign since a challenge was made to the community in the beginning of June.

Michael and Patricia Hurt offered a donation of $50,000 to the capital campaign if the community will raise an additional $100,000.

The shelter needs $2.7 million to complete the project, according to a news release.

The news release stated that Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioner Bob Thomas reacted immediately by becoming one of the first to respond to the Hurts' community challenge.

"Sherryl and I had planned to make our contribution to the final phase of the shelter's relocation. When we heard about this generous challenge by Mr. and Mrs. Hurt, we decided to contribute immediately," Thomas said in the news release.

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"We hope our example will urge others to do the same," he said.

"We are very pleased with the great initial response to our challenge grant so far, and are optimistic that our goal will be met or exceeded," the Hurts said in a release. "We visited the site of the new shelter last week and were impressed with the continued progress. Hopefully, the challenge grant can be completed before the end of this year."

The Hurts' challenge arrived after a previous donation, the release stated.

The shelter has funded the second phase of construction, which includes the shell of the building on Letterkenny Road West.

The new shelter will incorporate quality ventilation, flooring that will withstand constant disinfecting, isolation areas separate from adoption areas to reduce disease spread, and more space to increase the capacity to house homeless animals. The LEED-certified construction is designed to ensure an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient building.

To donate to the capital campaign, send tax-deductible contributions to "Rallying to Relocate" at CVAS, 2325 Country Road, Chambersburg. For more information and a history of the project, visit http://www.cvas-pets.org.

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