The Kennebec Valley Humane Society in Augusta has announced the recent donation of $10,000 from local filmmaker and KVHS Board member Chris Walters.

Walters donated $10,000 to start The Christopher D. Walters Second Chances Fund, according to a news release from the humane society.

This fund ensures that animals of all breeds and ages have an opportunity for a loving second chance with a new family regardless of health conditions that may require extensive medical care and/or surgeries or behavioral conditions caused by abuse or neglect.

“Our team at KVHS is so grateful to Mr. Walters for his generous support” said Hillary Roberts, KVHS executive director, according to the release.

“This gift will make a huge impact on our shelter and our programs for years to come. So frequently we see cats and dogs come through our doors in need of more than just a new home. They have medical issues or may be fearful due to neglect or poor treatment. With the Second Chances Fund, we are pledging to continue to do all we can for every animal that comes through our door.” Roberts also said that KVHS places 97 percent of their shelter animals.

Walters is a filmmaker who lives in Hallowell. His love of animals, especially shelter dogs, compelled him to take action and help support KVHS.

“I’m pleased to contribute to the important work of the Kennebec Valley Humane Society,” Walters said according to the release.

“I saw this as an opportunity to make a contribution to KVHS that will provide an ongoing benefit to the most vulnerable animals. The second chances fund is meaningful to me personally because of how deeply I believe in second chances.” Walters went on to state that animal welfare is an important value instilled in him by his parents, and one that he carries on with his own two daughters.

KVHS serves more than 2,000 animals every year from 22 communities in central Maine. Their mission is to provide food, shelter, medical care, and a second chance to animals in need.

For more information, call Kennebec Valley Humane Society at 626-3491, ext. 100, or visit