Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter receives $142,000 donation from Walinski Revocable Trust. (Community Impact Newspaper)
The Williamson County Commissioners Court accepted a $142,800 donation to the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter at its Feb. 15 meeting.
The donation was made by the Walinski Revocable Trust. According to county documents, Ted and Janet Waliniski were impressed with the shelter’s “no-kill policy” and arranged for a percentage of their assets to go to WCRAS upon their deaths.
Misty Valenta, director of animal services for WCRAS, said the Walinskis are strong supporters of the shelter.
“They were such advocates for the animals at the shelter and saving every single one of their lives and wanted to give back,” Valenta said.
To honor Walinski’s legacy, WCRAS plans to use the funds to focus on ways to save and improve the lives of animals at the shelter, Valenta said.
Valenta said the Walinskis were great lovers of cats and kittens, several of whom have been adopted and nurtured over the years. Because of this, part of the funding will provide the training and staff needed to help during times of the year when the shelter brings in the most kittens, Valenta said.
It’s the largest donation the shelter has received that hasn’t been funded by a larger organization in nearly a decade, Valenta said.
“Every time we receive a donation like this, I take it very seriously because it’s a memorial to that person. We leave a legacy here after we’ve passed, and that’s part of [the Walinskis] legacy,” Valenta said. “Now it’s up to us to honor that legacy.”