Stray cats to get care thanks to late Hamil­to­nian’s will

$65,000 to be do­nated an­nu­ally to lo­cal SPCA through Hamil­ton Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NATALIE PADDON

Ge­orge Seliga’s love of cats will live on forever­more through the sup­port he’s pro­vided to help care for lo­cal strays.

The pet lover and Hamil­ton taxi-plate owner wanted to do some­thing that would help an­i­mals per­pet­u­ally.

Through his es­tate, he en­sured $65,000 will go to the Hamil­ton/ Burling­ton SPCA each year via the Hamil­ton Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. Seliga set up an en­dow­ment fund with the foun­da­tion so the do­na­tion is in­vested and gen­er­ates an in­come, which will go to the HBSPCA an­nu­ally.

The money will go to­ward mak­ing spay­ing, neu­ter­ing and over­all car­ing for cats more ac­ces­si­ble to res­cue groups and peo­ple who might not be able to af­ford it, said HBSPCA CEO Mar­ion Emo.

“It’s a pre­dictable source of fund­ing that re­ally helps us to be able to plan a grow­ing pro­gram,” she said.

Seliga had two cats when he died at age 66, on July 26, 2013.

“He was in the cab busi­ness, which can be a pretty rough-and­tum­ble busi­ness,” said Keith Au­gus­tine, the ex­ecu­tor of Seliga’s es­tate. “The pets sort of brought out the softer side of him.”

Terry Cooke, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Hamil­ton Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, called the gift “very spe­cial and re­mark­able,” not­ing it’s the big­gest pet-fo­cused do­na­tion the foun­da­tion has ever re­ceived.

“This was a per­son that would not have been a house­hold name, and I sus­pect was a pretty pri­vate in­di­vid­ual, but was deeply com­mit­ted to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for­ever. We should all be so lucky as to be able to leave a legacy that will en­dure in an area that we’re deeply com­mit­ted to.”

The pets sort of brought out the softer side of him.” KEITH AU­GUS­TINE EX­ECU­TOR

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