An animal lover’s donation after his death will now help sick animals in Corpus Christi for years to come.
Peewee’s Pet Adoption World & Sanctuary received a full donation of $100,000 to cover the costs of the new animal hospital, which opened on Tuesday.
The donation came from the estate of Harvey Gene Grossman, a prominent Corpus Christi attorney, who wanted to help Peewee’s.
Ernie Cochran, shelter manager for Peewee’s, said after Grossman’s death in July 2017, his estate asked Peewee’s what they could do to help.
“They wanted to know what we needed and we needed an animal hospital,” Cochran said. “So they wrote us a check for an animal hospital.”
In May 2018, Peewee’s received full payment for the $100,000 building, which was named in Grossman’s honor.
The Harvey Grossman Animal Hospital will house up to 34 animals. It will not be for the public but will instead focus on helping sick animals within Peewee.
Cochran said they would help other shelters in the area by taking in sick animals for treatment and then adoption.
“We will get calls for sick animals that would be euthanized if we didn’t help,” Cochran said. “Now with the hospital we can help so many more animals get another chance.”
Grossman was a Harvard graduate and animal lover who took pride in helping the community where his family had lived since the early 1900s.
He was instrumental in passing the municipal bond that helped build the Selena Auditorium in the 70s.
Melvyn Klein, a relative and friend of Grossman, said Peewee always had a soft spot in Grossman’s heart.
“He was a big animal lover and really saw what Peewee’s and Ernie (Cochran) brought to the community,” Klein said. “He always tried to support them.”
The Grossman family also donated money for repairs to other buildings in Peewees.
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