Animal shelter donors honored

Published 9:08 pm Saturday, December 8, 2012

Charlotte and Steve Anastasion celebrate the opening of a new cat room at the Betsey Bailey Nelson Animal Control Facility with Marty Poffenberger, DVM, and Margaret Petersen, Beaufort County Humane Society volunteer coordinator (front). The Anastasion’s 20,000 donation allowed the shelter to expand feline facilities. (Submitted Photo/Chief Todd Taylor)

The local couple’s compassion for animals and generosity for their care was recognized by county organizations Friday.
A ribbon cutting and open house at the Betsey Bailey Nelson Animal Control Facility honored Steve and Charlotte Anastasion, who donated $20,000 for upgrades to shelter facilities dedicated to cats.
Animal Control Chief Todd Taylor presented the Anastasions with a plaque just before the couple cut the ceremonial ribbon to facility’s addition. The donation, for a new “cat room,” allowed the shelter to close in a section behind the existing adoptable cat room, providing an isolation area for sick cats, and others in need of isolation and evaluation, according to Taylor.
“We greatly appreciate the donation that Steve and Charlotte Anastasion made,” wrote Taylor in an email. “They have a very big place in their hearts for making sure that they do everything they can to help animals.”
County dignitaries — County Commissioners Al Klemm and Hood Richardson, along with County Manager Randell Woodruff — turned out for the open house, where guests were treated to refreshments supplied by Beaufort County Humane Society volunteers. The public was invited to tour the facility and meet the staff of the animal shelter.
The generosity and long term dedication of volunteers like the Anastasions means a great deal to the animal control facility, according to Taylor: “We appreciate them very, very much and the gracious donation that will be never be forgotten.”