HIGHLAND — Sheila Weber loved animals.
On Aug. 18, Weber, 69, died in her Highland home that she shared with her four cats: Cinder, Ella, Rita and Tink. She volunteered at the Highland Animal Shelter and adopted three of her four cats from the facility.
Her friends described Weber as a “quiet angel” who “loved her kitty cats.”
It’s a love that has continued after her death.
On Friday, the Metro East Humane Society (MEHS) announced it has received a $100,000 gift from Weber’s estate. She left $44,530 to MEHS’ capital campaign and $55,470 to the MEHS Highland general operating budget.
“The City of Highland and the availability of a safe haven for adoptable pets were very important to Sheila,” said her cousin, Sue Sullivan. “She would be so happy to know that she has been instrumental to the mission of MEHS and that her cats have found good homes with their help.”
Weber was a graduate of St. Paul High School in Highland, earning business and special education degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church where she sang with the choir, and participated in the Cursillo Group.
Her love for animals was ever evident.
“Sheila was known for her dedication to service and love for animals,” said Anne Schmidt, MEHS Executive Director. “We are truly honored and grateful for her gift to our organization and look forward to honoring her memory at MEHS Highland for many years to come.”
MEHS provides adoption, foster, low-cost veterinary services, humane education and trap-neuter-return services to a five-county area in southwestern Illinois. Throughout its 35-year history, MEHS has placed thousands of dogs and cats with forever families, including more than 1,320 dogs and cats so far this year.
With Weber’s donation, MEHS has raised $151,154 in its capital campaign’s fundraising efforts. The total fundraising goal is $175,000 to fully renovate the Highland facility and expand the medical suite at the Edwardsville facility.
To learn more about MEHS, visit www.mehs.org.