NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metro Animal Care and Control received more than $160,000 from a Nashville man, who included the organization in his last will and testament.
James Talbot, a Korean War Veteran, was apparently a self-proclaimed cat lover. He was 83-years-old when he died in 2013.
Talbot was such an ardent a cat person, his obituary said that he didn't want any funeral services. Instead, he asked for donations to be made in support of cat adoption and rescue in his memory.
Officials with Metro Animal Care and Control expressed deep gratitude to Talbot and because they never expected to receive such a large donation, the organization said it has yet to determine how to use the money.
“No one at the shelter knew Mr. Talbot. But we are eternally grateful for everything he is doing for these guys,” said Rebecca Morris, with Metro Animal Control.
Dogs are often more popular than the cats in the shelter and the staff said the donation was a nice surprise that will help find cats a forever home.
The fees for adopting cats have been lowered throughout the month of August.