Schmidt Trust Awards $21,000 To Better Days Animal League
A $21,000 award was presented to Better Days Animal League (BDAL) last Wednesday by trustees of the Arthur and Ruth Schmidt Community Trust at the league’s spay/neuter clinic in the former Medical Center facility at Penn’s Village Shopping Center in Mc- Connellsburg.
The nonprofit Schmidt Trust, which is managed by F&M Trust, was established in 1997 after the death of New York state transplant Arthur Schmidt, who moved to McConnellsburg in 1977 following the death of his McConnellsburg-born wife, Ruth Lodge Kirk. Today, the trust is valued at $500,000.
Clyde Bookheimer, Dr. Harry Johnston, attorney Jim Schall and Denver Kuhn, a friend of Schmidt’s, make up the trust committee, which reviews applications for funding each year from community organizations, earmarking allocations for a special project or need in Fulton County that will be of benefit to the community at large.
Since 1999, the Schmidt Community Trust has awarded around $200,000 to community organizations.
Established in 2007 by Humane Society police officer Dennis Bumbaugh, BDAL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue organization with facilities in Shippensburg as well as Chambersburg and thrift store locations, where the league sells donations, in Chambersburg, Fort Loudon, Newville, Shippensburg, Carlisle and McConnellsburg.
BDLA works closely with local government and other local rescue organizations in its mission to be a voice for animals.
According to BDAL’s Web site, the league strives to prevent abuse and neglect through education on the proper and responsible care of animals, to raise public awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering to limit unwanted animals, to create a healthier and kinder community for humans and animals alike, and to encourage kindness toward all animals.
A volunteer organization, BDAL relies heavily on donations from the community. The Schmidt Trust award will be used to support BDAL’s spay/neuter clinic in Fulton County that will open part time in January for the spaying and neutering of cats. Volunteer Sue Huett said that BDAL will begin servicing dogs sometime later and that hours at the clinic will increase as the need increases.
For information about BDAL’s McConnellsburg clinic or to reserve a spot on the January spay/neuter list for cats, call the league’s Mc- Connellsburg thrift store at 717-485-0064.