Animal funds

A growing trust fund donated for animal care at Hollister is being held for future projects

In Hollister, an animal shelter volunteer left more than $300,000 for the city when she died in 2015, but years later some say the money isn’t being used for what it was destined. Her name was Helen M. Ross and before she died in 2015, she donated over $300,000 to the city of Hollister. She wanted the money to be used to help care for animals at the local shelter, where she volunteered for 13 years. clear that we must use it internally, and for the care and shelter of the animals here.” But seven years later, not a penny has gone unspent. Instead, it sits in a trust owned by the city where it fetched nearly half a million dollars, money that shelter workers say they could use to help expand care for the shelter’s 29 animals.” So I think that money would fit well with what Helen Ross wanted for animal care. although it was built here in 2008, is already sadly very outdated.” said Alyssa Bautista of Hollister Animal Care. There are still no plans or projects in place for Ross’ generous donation. The shelter is under the direction of the Hollister Police Department. Hollister Police Chief Carlos Reynosa said, “We are saving this money to be something generational, something that will give back to this community for years to come. and years to come, so that Ellen Ross’s name is synonymous with giving back for years to come.” The city said the animal shelter had the funding it needed and the animals were being cared for.

In Hollister, an animal shelter volunteer left more than $300,000 for the city when she died in 2015, but years later some say the money isn’t being used for what it was destined.

Her name was Helen M. Ross and before she died in 2015, she donated over $300,000 to the city of Hollister.

She wanted the money to be used to help care for animals at the local shelter, where she volunteered for 13 years.

The deputy town manager of Hollister said: ‘The language in the trust is very clear that we have to use it internally, and for the care and shelter of the animals here.’

But seven years later, not a penny has been spent. Instead, he’s sitting in a city-owned trust where he’s reached nearly half a million dollars.

The money that shelter workers say they could use to help expand care for the 29 animals at the shelter.

“So I think the money would fit well with what Helen Ross wanted for animal care. Care and feeding. Our facility, although it was built here in 2008, is already sadly very outdated. ” said Alyssa Bautista of Hollister Animal Care.

There are still no plans or projects in place for Ross’ generous donation.

The shelter is under the direction of the Hollister Police Department.

Hollister Police Chief Carlos Reynosa said, “We’re saving this money to be something generational, something that will give back to this community for years and years to come, so Ellen’s name Ross is synonymous with giving back for years.”

The city said the animal shelter has the funding it needs and the animals are being cared for.