The late Smoky and Jody Jones leave sizable bequest to the Antioch Animal Shelter

The large, ceremonial gift check from the Jones estate.

The large, ceremonial gift check from the Jones estate.

By Allen Payton

Long-time Antioch residents and supporters of The Antioch Friends of the Animals, the late Joseph “Smoky” and Jody Jones, left a nice gift for programs at the Antioch Animal Shelter.

The display at the Antioch Animal Shelter, included a proclamation by the City Council.

The display at the Antioch Animal Shelter, included a proclamation by the City Council.

A presentation of the gift was made on February 26 and included a display about Smoky and Jody Jones at the Antioch Animal Shelter.

Elizabeth Rimbault, the Trustee for the Jones estate, sent a letter to the City of Antioch explaining the bequest:

I am happy to announce the Jones home has sold and I am now in a position to close the estate and trust. You were notified by prior mail that the Animal Shelter would be receiving 15% of the remainder of the estate/Trust. Now having calculated that percentage, it is with great pleasure I tell you the shelter will be receiving $53,447.12.

The intent of this gift from Smoky and Jody, was to support the programs sponsored by the Antioch Friends of the Animals. The reason for giving the actual funds to the shelter instead of the Friends, is the belief that the shelter would out live the founders or life of the non-profit Friends. Due to the wish to support the programs of the Friends it is our hope a minor advisory committee will be established to include members of the Friends in an advisory capacity for the spending of the money.

Programs that are automatically supported are Spay & Neuter, pet food for pets of the homeless or indigent, vaccines and other health programs for shelter animals and moving towards a No Kill shelter. Restrictions on these funds include employee salaries, management, and the supporting or organizing other fund raising efforts. The funds are to be spent on Shelter programs endorsed by and supported by the Antioch Friends of the Animals. This bequest is NOT intended to be used to reduce any funding the shelter is currently receiving as part of the City of Antioch budget and is intended to only enhance programs and funding currently in place.

We know the shelter appreciates this wonderful bequest from Smoky and Jody. I wish you all great success and enjoyment in promoting healthy shelter programs, old and new.”

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