House President Jeff Cunning told the Banner Graphic the money came from the group's philanthropy fund.
"We wanted to do something big enough to impact the community. This is from all the members of our house," said Cunning.
In the midst of preparing for the very busy Monon Bell Football weekend at DePauw members of the ATO fraternity took time out to present Humane Shelter Board Member and Treasurer Lynn Bohmer.
"This check represents meeting our 're-opening' monetary goal set last summer," Bohmer.
"We know the community is anxious for us to open our doors. It won't happen immediately. The board now is reviewing programs and policies, directing needed shelter repairs, and working on a strategic plan to ensure that we have sustainable funding for next year and beyond," said Bohmer.
The shelter was forced to close its doors at the end of August because of financial issues. In early November, they announced they have successfully raised enough money to pay back taxes owed to the state.
No official date has been set to open the facility yet, but plans can now be put into place. At a board meeting earlier this week, members discussed the need for a strategic plan of action for the future.
This is not the first time the shelter has had to close due to financial issues. Board members are determined to find ways to secure reliable income for the shelter.
Some of the items discussed included looking at facility repairs and updates, better use of space, seeking new ways to improve adoption rates, employee recruitment and grant writing.
The shelter is currently housing six dogs and less than 25 cats. They have turned away 150 to 200 animals since closing in August. They have continued a spay neuter program for animals thanks to a $30,000 donation from the Forfeiture Fund administered by Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter.
Numerous organizations and people have made donations, raised funds and worked to re-open the shelter. This latest donation from ATO helped the group meet their goal of raising the $56,000 they needed to re-open the facility and to move forward with strategic planning.
"We never want to close again," said Bohmer.