Neva Nell McCormick had an endless love of animals during her time on this earth. She was particularly fond of cats. She was married; however, did not have any children. Neva had a heart so big for the animal population of Texarkana that she even purchased a home for the stray cats to live in. She would visit the stray cats in Downtown Texarkana to be sure they were fed properly. As part of her Estate Planning, she left an immediate distribution of 1 million dollars to the Texarkana Animal Center located in Texarkana, Arkansas. She left the remaining monies to be distributed through the Neva Nell McCormick Foundation under the supervision of trustee John K Ross, IV. This foundation will issue grants annually according to the distributions set forth by the trust.

If you would like to apply for a grant, you can do that by downloading it here. All applications can be returned to any of our six locations across Northeast and East Texas and Southwest Arkansas. You can also fax the application back to 903-223-5658, Attn: Kim Barton. Completed applications are due by May 15th of every year, with monies being distributed by the end of the same year. For more information on the grant process, please call Kim Barton at 903-223-5653.

 Neva Nell McCormick’s family painting

Neva Nell McCormick’s family painting will hang in the Texarkana Animal Care & Adoption Center’s newest-built adoption center.

Donation Plaque

The donation plaque will serve as a reminder of the funds donated to make that dream a reality in memory of Neva Nell McCormick’s parents. 

Neva Nell McCormick Foundation

John K Ross, IV (left), Trustee of the Neva Nell McCormick Foundation, poses with daughter Jazzlyn Ross(far right) and two employees from the Texarkana Animal Care & Adoption Center in February 2021. The foundation donated $1 million dollars to the center located in Texarkana, AR.