REMY FUND ANNOUNCES 2017 GRANTS FOR COMPANION ANIMAL ORGANIZATIONS

The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services has announced $50,000 in grants  to 10 companion animal (dogs, cats and horses) nonprofits serving  Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties. Since 2010, the Remy Fund has provided over $235,000 to support diverse animal organizations improving the lives of pets and humans.

Organizations receiving funds this year:

  • Animal League of Birmingham, $7000, for veterinary care (vaccines, spay/neuter, flea/tick prevention) for animals attending the family friendly Bessemer Pet Education Fair
  • MomaKat Rescue, $6000, for spay and neuter of free-roaming cats, as well as adoption support for at-risk kittens
  • Shelby Humane Society, $6000, for the agency’s Quick Fix program, providing deeply discounted or free spay and neuter services to Shelby County residents
  • Walker County Humane Society, $6000, for their “Fix the Momma” program, providing no-cost spay services for dogs and cats in Walker County
  • Bama Bully Rescue, $5000, to provide care for pit bulls and other “bully” breeds that have been abandoned, abused or neglected
  • Greater Birmingham Humane Society, $5000, to support operating costs of Alabama Shelter Vets Clinic, which provides spay/neuter and other life-saving surgeries for GBHS animals as well as any area rescue partner needing medical assistance or routine and preventative care for their animals
  • Hand in Paw, $5000, to support the agency’s training and volunteer program with a goal of improving human health and well-being through animal-assisted therapy
  • The Red Barn, $5000, to provide care for the rescue horses in the animal-assisted equine therapy program, many of which have special dietary and medical needs
  • ASPCI (Animal Shelter of Pell City), $3000, to provide low-cost spay and neuter certificates for St. Clair county residents
  • Special Equestrians, $2000, to provide care for horses in the animal-assisted equine therapy program

The Remy Fund Grant Committee visits with all grant finalists. Remy Fund Grant Committee members include:  Committee Chair, Debra Linton, Cathy Adams, Beth Franklin, Brenda Bell Guercio, Sandy Logan, James “Murphy” Lynch, Beverly Virciglio and Cameron Vowell.  Mr. Jackson serves as an Ex Officio member of the Committee.

In 2010, Ken Jackson established the Remy Fund, a Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, honoring his late dog, Remy. Jackson has provided $750,000 to the fund which, along with generous contributions from community donors, has enabled additional grant-making dollars to go to animal related programs this year. Ken, who is an active member of the grant committee says, “These grants improve the lives of countless companion animals, and the humans they touch.”

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.cfbham.org or by check.  The grant cycle for 2018 grants from the Remy Fund for Pets & Animal Services will open for applications March 15, 2018. For more information about grants contact Kim Rogers at 205.327.3804 or krogers@cfbham.org.