ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Lee County is building its first Animal Shelter, but there's not enough money for the project.
The county asked for volunteers and donors. A Lee County contractor heard that plea and will hold a unique reverse raffle to raise money to help finish the building.
A $100 ticket could win you a 1.5 acre lot in the gated Creekridge subdivision just off Highway 19. The developers hope to sell 500 tickets, whatever they sell, half the money for the lot will go to the Leesburg Animal Shelter.
Whether they're abandoned, dropped off, or detained animals picked up by Lee County Animal Control are held in outside pens, in the heat or rain.
"Anybody with a heart when they see what we've got right now would really definitely get in there and if it was just their labor help us get this finished up," said Jackie Grigg, Lee County Animal Control.
On donated land, the Leesburg Animal Shelter is constructing a new building now half way complete, but needs the community's help to finish the project.
"We're going to need electricians, we need people who know how to lay tile, the light fixtures, we need a lot," said Grigg.
Enter, Ricky Rogers, a developer who felt compelled to help after a trip to the dump.
"I'd look over to the left and I just seen dogs in cages and I just seen a need for it," said Rogers.
Working through the Chamber he's holding a reverse raffle. He's hoping to sell 500, $100 tickets for a 1.5 acre piece of land in the Creekridge gated subdivision and he's donating half of the proceeds to the Leesburg Animal Shelter.
"We're doing it regardless, we're already committed to it," said Rogers.
It's a lot he could sell, after all he's sold six of the 32 lots in the last two weeks after dropping the prices.
"You have to give back to what's been successful for you and we've been very successful here in Lee County," said Rogers.
He's hoping others will take the cue and give back as well. There are already four homes in this subdivision and for whoever wins the land there are some stipulations to building.
The house must be at least 2,200 square feet, that's about a $300,000 home. The reverse raffle will be held October 29th at 7:30 pm at the Grand Island Country Club.
For the $100 ticket you also get a Ribeye dinner.
You can purchase a reverse raffle ticket at Mike County Store along Highway 19 or during an open house at the Creekridge Subdivision the weekend of October 23rd, 24th or by calling Ricky Rogers at (229)869-2620.