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Yates County Humane Society

A nickel a time grew to $40K for animals

BENTON—Humane Society of Yates County Executive Director Don Cass said, “It was always a joy when Bob and Marge Larder stopped to see how things were going. They were generous and dedicated people who would do anything to help our dogs and cats.” The occasion was the dedication of the shelter’s annex building to the Larder’s Aug. 29.
The couple’s generosity spanned many years as they raised $40,000 for the organization, one nickel at a time. Bob was a familiar sight for many years at the Milo transfer station and along county roadsides, collecting beverage cans and bottles to raise money for the society. Marge and his beloved dog Heidi were usually at his side.
During the early years of the project Bob redeemed cans late at night to avoid inconveniencing people returning small numbers of returnables. When a redemption center opened near the couple’s East Main Street home, the task became easier. Health issues caused the couple to very reluctantly turn over the project to volunteer Ron Rubin.
Jennie Larder spoke after the formal dedication. She said, “My parents would be extremely surprised, and more than that, humbled.” She recalled one of the times her dad was hospitalized, “I got mad and told him he had to stop. He just looked at me. I wrote a letter to the Humane Society to that effect. He said nothing, but when I was out the door, he tore up the letter and went back to his work as soon as he got out of the hospital.”




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