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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Woman Leaves Her Estate To Charity That Helps Feral Cats

WillsGail Sheffield was a huge lover of feral cats. According to her friends, "they were her passion in life." During her life, Ms. Sheffield would trap, spay, and neuter feral cats. It appears from her estate planning documents, Ms. Sheffield continued her support of feral cats by bequeathing the vast majority of her estate to their care. She donated about $100,000 to the Feral Cat Consortium, and she donated her home, valued at about $300,000, to the Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force. The executive director at Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force, Mimi Beadles, stated that Ms. Sheffield's donation will go a long way in helping feral cats. She also dedicated a good amount of her time to helping the Feral Cat Consortium with their legal issues. The founder of Feral Cat Consortium, Wendy Guidry, also said the money will also go a long way towards helping to trap feral cats.

Ms. Sheffield was a first assistant district attorney in Tangipahoa Parish. She also left money for the own pets, three cats and Welsh corgi. Her pets have since been adopted by her friends and family.

See Sara Pagones, Woman Leaves Estate For Cats, The Advocate, Mar. 5, 2013.


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