Van donation to Humane Society 'is a blessing'

January 8, 2020 Cranberry Local News

Jennifer DiCuccio, left, executive director of the county Humane Society, is with Cathy Glasgow, owner of Butler County Ford. The longtime Butler car dealer donated a van to the humane society to replace an aging model.

CONNOQUENESSING TWP — The holidays were extra special for the Butler County Humane Society, which received an astounding gift from a pet-loving business owner on Christmas Eve.

At about the time Santa was rounding up the reindeer for his flight around the world, Butler County Ford owner Cathy Glasgow called Jennifer DiCuccio, the executive director of the Humane Society, to tell her a new 2017 Ford transit van was waiting at the corner of Main and Wayne streets for DiCuccio to pick up.

For free.

“I felt they could use it,” Glasgow said matter-of-factly Thursday. “They are great people who do great work.”

She said the van was a leftover at the dealership, and while she was unsure of the amount it could be sold for, the van's value is more than $30,000.

To say DiCuccio was shocked would be the understatement of 2019.

“I was very taken aback,” she said. “I was like, 'A van? Are you sure?'”

On Jan. 1, she picked up the white vehicle, which Butler County Ford will outfit with the Humane Society logo in the near future.

It will be used to transport animals to veterinary appointments and haul large items to fundraisers, in addition to many and varied other purposes, all of which will benefit the animals at the Humane Society.

“To have somebody say 'Here's a vehicle. We want to donate it to you?'” DiCuccio said. “This is a blessing and so rare.”

Glasgow and her family are longtime supporters of the Humane Society, having donated, served as sponsors for the annual Furball fundraiser and sat on the society's board of directors over the years.

DiCuccio said several employees at Butler County Ford have adopted pets from the Humane Society, including Glasgow herself.

“I have a ginger cat from the Humane Society,” Glasgow said. “He's a big spoiled baby.”

DiCuccio said the Humane Society worked since April to raise the funds to replace a nonworking van it owned.

The group's other van had very high mileage and was on the brink of breakdown.

“This van will replace it,” DiCuccio said. “We use our vehicles every single day.”

She is amazed by Glasgow's generous gift, which will allow Humane Society personnel to focus on their mission of finding forever homes for the dogs and cats housed there.

“Can you think of a better way to kick off 2020?” DiCuccio said.

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.