"Mr. and Mrs. Hines were special people who had a deep fondness and concern for the welfare of animals," Suzanne Chilcott, who set up the trust, told the Pharos-Tribune in an email. "Shirley's very generous gift will help provide for the continuing care of Cass County's needy cats and dogs for a very long time, which would please her immensely."
Lisa Clark, executive director of the humane society, told the newspaper that the money will be used for a spay-and-neuter program for the humane society’s animal shelter.
"We were just so thrilled and right away suggested the neuter program and everybody was in agreement because of the strays in Cass County," Clark told the Pharos-Tribune. "We're always full and never have enough money to do that."