The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services announced a record $35,000 in grants awarded to nine companion animal (dogs, cats and horses) focused non-profit organizations serving Jefferson, Shelby and Walker counties. In the past four years the fund has granted more than $100,000 to local animal agencies.
Organizations receiving funds this year:
- MomaKat Rescue, $6000, (Shelby County) for spay and neuter of free-roaming cats, as well as adoption support for at-risk kittens
- The Red Barn, $5000, for care of rescue horses used in animal-assisted therapy programs for special needs individuals
- Sanctuary Animal Rescue, $5000, to provide veterinary care for dogs and cats in the program as well as provide behavioral training to help ensure that dogs and adopters are well matched
- Walker County Humane Society, $5000, to provide no cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats owned by low-income families in Walker County
- Adopt a Golden, $3000, to provide veterinary care for pure and mixed-breed Golden Retrievers that have been abandoned, abused or neglected and help place them in homes
- Bama Bully Rescue, $3000, to provide care for pit bulls and other “bully” breeds that have been abandoned, abused or neglected
- Special Equestrians, $3000, (Shelby County) to provide care for the horses used in the agency’s Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy programs for special needs individuals
- Two by Two Rescue League, $3000, (Shelby County) to provide no cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats in Helena
- Alabama Pet Registry, $2000, to improve website usability. APR supports owners and rescuers through its website, connecting lost and found pets with their owners
“These agencies are doing amazing work, often with small annual budgets and no paid staff,” said Kim Rogers, Program Officer with the Community Foundation. “They put so many volunteer hours in to this work because they are passionate about the care and well-being of these animals.”
The Remy Fund Grant Committee personally visits with each of the grant finalists. Remy Fund Grant Committee members include: Committee Chair, Debra Linton, Cathy Adams, Beth Franklin, Brenda Bell Guercio, Nancy Hughes, Sandy Logan, James “Murphy” Lynch, Beverly Virciglio, Cameron Vowell and Ken Jackson, ex officio.
“One of the benefits that the Community Foundation and our Remy Fund grant committee offers is in providing guidance and education through our grantmaking process,” says Rogers. “In addition to granting the dollars we also provide information about best practices and recommendations that can help these small agencies raise more funds.”
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 our website or by check. The grant cycle for 2015 grants from the Remy Fund for Pets & Animal Services will open for applications March 1, 2015. For more information about grants contact Kim Rogers.