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VIDEO: Animal Shelter Committee Continues Fundraising Efforts

The committee remains optimistic for a new shelter and has started its Valentine's Day fundraiser.

Quietly but consistently, the push for .

Last year, the Ad Hoc Animal Shelter Facility Study Committee asked twice for taxpayer money to build a new shelter, . At the time, the committee raised around $7,000, while First Selectman Dan Steward asked the group to raise $100,000.

Since, Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk’s wife Melissa Yuchniuk became the leader of the committee’s fundraising, and has held at least one fundraiser each month. The group is now selling two dozen red roses and a box of chocolates for $30 as part of a Valentine’s Day fundraiser.

The extra effort has paid off, with the group now up to $37,000 as of January 1st, Robert Yuchniuk said Tuesday. That total does not include another $30,000 to $35,000 from Richard Atherton, Atherton’s donation is still being sorted out in probate court, and has not yet been received by the animal shelter committee, Yuchniuk said.

All donations to the animal shelter, including the purchase of the dozen roses and chocolate, are tax deductable.

John Sheehan February 01, 2012 at 04:45 PM
To clarify, The tax deduction allowed for purchasing roses and chocolate is less the value of the items purchased, not the full thirty dollars.
S February 01, 2012 at 11:42 PM
The current shelter is disgusting (sorry Robert) and the animals, and Robert deserve better. I haven't seen the plans, and I don't know the cost, but for sure, something better has to be done!
Carol Guarco Myers February 02, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Hi Folks- Having trouble with the video...anyone know how to place an orders for flowers and chocolate? Thanks!
Robert February 03, 2012 at 04:35 PM
flowers can be ordered by dropping off a check payable to the Town of Waterford for me at either the animal shelter or the lobby of the pd if i am not here, they can be picked up at the animal shelter on either monday 2/13 or tuesday 2/14 from 8 to 5. orders must be paid for in advance as we only have a limited number available. S, no offense taken, i do the best i can with what i have, everyone agrees we are sub standard, that is why we are trying so hard to raise money so we can build a new shelter thanks for supporting the animal shelter! Officer Robert Yuchniuk Waterford East Lyme ACO
Joan Hart Weigle February 14, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Nice idea to have a deal for Valentine's Day but I just learned of it and wonder if there are any roses and chocolates left? Joan

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