GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – The fortune of two beloved volunteers donated $6 million to the Animal Humane Society – the largest donation in the organization’s 144-year history.
The gift comes from the fortunes of Steve Nordberg and Betsy McDonald, who were longtime volunteers before their deaths in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
From 2014 to 2019, we were too busy, volunteering for more than 2,000 hours, making an impression on everyone they met, like Sally Thornton – AHS’s lead officer.
Thornton said: “They are a wonderful couple. They are quite quiet, they are very passionate about their work. “They’ll always send socializing pictures of babies, and they’ve been doing that for years.”
Lisa Bonds, AHS’s promotion director, said the majority of donations will go to the St. New Paul.
“My reaction when I heard the number was wow, this is great news!” said Bonds.
The Humane Society of Animals says people’s relationship with animals has changed dramatically over the past few years, which means they need to change too and look to the future.
“We consider ourselves to be at the forefront of not only having an animal shelter but an enjoyable experience,” said Bonds.
Think lawn space for cats, agility training, pet food shelves, cat yoga – and maybe even an amphitheater for dogs and their owners.
“We will be in every way helping people and their pets enhance veterinarian services, with more space for humane investigations,” said Bonds.
With the goal of keeping pets and their owners together. That’s what they said Steve and Betsy wanted.
“I think they will love their gift which will have a huge impact on the new facility,” said Thornton.
The Humane Society for Animals hopes to break ground on a new facility in St. Paul in 2024 and open the following year.
Just this month,from a parked car during extreme heat.