After receiving a donation of $30,000, the Seminole County Animal Services in Florida decided to purchase a mobile adoption unit, which was unveiled at an adoption event in Winter Park.
Marjorie Grimmett from the UK left $30,957.50 for the shelter in her will when she passed away last year. It was Grimmett’s wish that the money go towards fostering pet adoptions. Now, the unit will be used to bring pets to adoption drives, making it easier for residents in different communities to get to know the shelter’s rescues.
The trailer features twelve air-conditioned pet compartments, as well as its own generator and water supply. A spokesperson for SCAS says the unit will be employed for off-site adoption drives, rabies and microchip clinics and other events. It will also be used as an emergency transport to delivery emergency pet supplies in the event of a natural disaster.
"Usually we go out to an event and have to turn around put the dogs out on concrete and crates and it's so hot," program coordinator Diane Gagliano said. "We couldn't bring cats out to an event because of how hot it is. [The new trailer] just makes everything so much easier, neater cleaner and cooler."
The trailer bears Grimmett’s name. "I would like to express my gratitude on the behalf of my Aunt Marji that the funds are being put to good use," Grimmett's niece, Mandy Start, said. "I know she would love that the trailer is dedicated in her honor."
No one was quite sure why Grimmett, who hailed from Middlesex, England, had left the donation in her will. "We all felt kind of funny because we're like, 'No, we really don't know her,'" Gagliano said.
It was eventually revealed that Grimmett had lived in Sanford, Seminole County’s largest city, in the 1970s and 1980s. "We actually got a phone call from Marjorie Grimmett's friend who knew her when she was living in Sanford," Gagliano said. "She adopted a dog from us in the 1980's. We got the missing piece of the puzzle."
Seminole County Animal Services is currently working on more events in order to make the most of the mobile adoption unit in the county.