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MJ Animal Shelter accepts $1,000 donation

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Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter Volunteer Organization Director Will Sellers holds a $1,000 replica check donated to the organization by Allstate agent Terry Burns (to his left). Volunteer Jon Gray (far left), Animal Shelter employee Dawn Ambrose, and Board mem

It was big bucks for the animals when a local insurance agent gave $1,000 to the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter's volunteer organization Wednesday.

For the sixth year in a row, Allstate Agent Terry Burns bestowed money to the shelter that is called a "model" pet adoption center. It has a record 97-percent placement rate.

A few years ago the shelter's volunteers organized a 501(c)-3 non-profit arm of the shelter. Burns is on the board and said he knows full well how beneficial the organization is. That's why for years he asks his company's Good Hands People grant division to provide the shelter a grant.

"Good Hands is one of several of Allstate community outreaches," Burns said. "I'm an animal and pet lover and we wanted to give back to this community."

Will Sellers is the volunteer board director.

"Agent Terry Burns is our community leader because with the Good Hands People gives back, our hometowns are better, safer places to live," he said. "We thank Allstate and Terry for this generous grant. It will go toward helping us place our animals in forever homes. It helps us keep our animals alive and well."

Burns challenges other local businesses to also research their company's grant opportunity and match his donation.

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