BANGOR – A former volunteer at a pet charity in Maine has left the organization hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Bangor Humane Society said Thursday that the $395,000 left to it by former volunteer Shann Gillespie was an unexpected donation. Gillespie, who died unexpectedly in March, made the gift through her will.

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The Humane Society says Gillespie was a quiet woman who loved cats. The organization says it plans to use the money to continue giving cats shelter in honor of Gillespie.

A check is to be provided to the organization Friday.