The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services announced a record $39,000 in grants awarded to 12 companion animal (dogs, cats and horses) focused non-profit organizations serving Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties. This is the largest amount of grants awarded to date by the fund. In the past five years the fund has granted more than $145,000 to local animal agencies.
Organizations receiving funds this year:
- Adopt a Golden, $2000, to provide veterinary care for Golden Retriever/Golden mix rescues
- Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic, $4000, to provide low cost sterilization of dogs and cats
- Bama Bully Rescue, $2000, to provide care for pit bulls and other “bully” breeds that have been abandoned, abused or neglected
- Birmingham AIDS Outreach, $2500, to provide spay and neuter services and rabies shots for clients of BAO
- Equines Assisting Special Individuals, $5000, to pilot a mental health program for veterans in Walker County using animal assisted therapy
- Greater Birmingham Humane Society, $4000, to support the Rescu-Able program, providing rescue partners with high quality vet care at free or low-cost pricing using Auburn Veterinary School 4th year externs
- Hand in Paw, $3000, to support the agency’s volunteer program
- MomaKat Rescue, $4000, for spay and neuter of free-roaming cats, as well as adoption support for at-risk kittens
- Rebecca’s Paws and Claws, $3000, to provide spay and neuter services for rescued dogs and cats in Blount County
- Sanctuary Animal Rescue, $3000, to support rescue, veterinary care and behavior training for rescued dogs and cats
- Shelby Humane Society, $2500, for initiation of a pilot program assisting very low-income clients (targeting seniors) with short term animal expenses
- Walker County Humane Society, $4000, to provide no cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats in Walker County
The Remy Fund Grant Committee personally visits with each of the grant finalists. Remy Fund Grant Committee members include: Committee Chair, Debra Linton, Debra Linton, Cathy Adams, Beth Franklin, Brenda Bell Guercio, Joey Kennedy, Sandy Logan, James “Murphy” Lynch, Beverly Virciglio and Cameron Vowell. Mr. Jackson serves as an Ex Officio member of the Committee.
Ken Jackson established the Remy Fund, a special Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, named for his late dog, Remy, in 2010. 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. Ken, who is an active member of the grant committee says, “These grants change 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 or by check. The grant cycle for 2016 grants from the Remy Fund for Pets & Animal Services will open for applications March 1, 2016. For more information about grants contact Kim Rogers at 205.327.3804 or firstname.lastname@example.org.