Remy Fund Provides Grants to Ten Local Animal Related Charities

The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services, in its third year of grant making, announced a record $30,000 in grants awarded to ten companion animal focused non-profit organizations serving the Birmingham area.

Grantees this year included agencies like MommaKat Rescue, a service that provides spay and neuter of free-roaming cats, as well as support for at-risk kittens; Bama Bully Rescue, a program that works with shelters and the public to find homes for Pit Bulls and “Bully breeds” that have been abandoned, abused and neglected; and The Red Barn, an equine-assisted therapy program that works with rescue horses and special needs individuals. “These agencies are doing impressive work, often with small annual budgets and frequently no paid staff,” said Kim Rogers, Program Officer with the Community Foundation. “They all are driven by a passion for animals and a really big heart.”

Ken Jackson established the Remy Fund, a special Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, in 2010 and named it in honor of his late dog, Remy, a Jack Russell /Shih Tzu mix. Jackson has provided $750,000 to the fund which, along with generous contributions from community donors, has enabled more grant-making dollars to go to animal related programs this year. “These grants will change the lives of countless companion animals – dogs, cats and horses – and the humans they touch,” says Jackson.

Remy Fund Grant Committee members include Committee Chair Debra Linton, Beth Franklin, Brenda Bell Guercio, Nancy Hughes, Debra Linton, Sandy Logan, James “Murphy” Lynch, Beverly Virciglio and Cameron Vowell.  Kim Rogers worked with the Remy Fund Committee to conduct site visits to all of the agencies that received grant funding.

Organizations receiving funds this year:

  • Two by Two Rescue League, $5500, to provide no cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats in Helena;
  • Bama Bully Rescue, $4000, to provide care for pit bulls and other “bully” breeds that have been abandoned, abused or neglected;
  • MomaKat Rescue, $4000, for spay and neuter of free-roaming cats, as well as adoption support for at-risk kittens;
  • The Red Barn, $3000, for care of rescue horses used in animal-assisted therapy programs for special needs individuals;
  • Walker County Humane Society, $3000, to provide no cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats in Walker County;
  • Birmingham AIDS Outreach, $2500, for expansion of the agency’s Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) program for BAO clients, providing no cost spay/neuter services for enrolled dogs and cats;
  • Hand in Paw, $2500, to support the agency’s volunteer program through recruitment, training and placement of new volunteers to help grow program delivery;
  • SOS Beagle Rescue, $2500, to support rescue, care and finding forever homes for beagles;
  • Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI), $2000, for construction of an all-weather, covered arena in Jasper, allowing the agency to provide animal assisted therapy to special needs individuals even in inclement weather; and
  • Alabama Siberian Rescue, $1000, to provide veterinary care for abused, neglected or abandoned huskies.

If you share a passion for pets and animal services, you can be part of the Remy Fund by making a gift on-line at www.foundationbirmingham.org or by check.  The grant cycle for 2014 grants from the Remy Fund for Pets & Animal Services will open for applications March 1, 2014. For more information about grants contact Kim Rogers at 205.327.3804 or krogers@foundationbirmingham.org.