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Donations result in new van for Rayburn animal shelter

Louis B.Ruediger | Leader Times
Bethann Galbraith, manager of Orphans of the Storm no-kill animal shelter in Rayburn shows off a new van purchased with donantions from an anonymous group. Tuesday May 13, 2014

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:56 a.m.

The no-kill shelter in Rayburn has a new set of wheels for animal transport thanks to an anonymous donation from a group in Armstrong County and beyond.

About a dozen people raised $33,000 in three months for Orphans of the Storm, said shelter Manager Bethann Galbraith. The money was used to buy a black Chevy Express that can haul about 20 to 30 animals and can fit eight large travel crates.

“Now we won't have to worry about breaking down,” Galbraith said. “And we don't have the upkeep of an older vehicle.”

The shelter reopened on Saturday following a 10-day quarantine imposed after a stray dog died from an intestinal virus.

“We're back to normal,” Galbraith said.

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