MANATEE -- The Manatee Community Foundation recently awarded a $70,000 grant to support a pilot project called "Pets for Life," an adaptation of a program created by the Humane Society of the United States.
The program's goal is to reduce the number of impounded animals through education and easy access to services, according to a press release from the Manatee Community Foundation.
"We are thrilled to make this first major grant from the Vinall Fund," said Marilyn Howard, executive director of the Manatee Community Foundation, of Bradenton. "Maryann Vinall's passion was to save animals from abuse and neglect."
The program will help inform the community about rescue services, and coordinate service delivery through a soon-to-be hired coordinator, the release said. The program is to be delivered through a partnership of six local animal welfare agencies and the Humane Society of the United States.
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The lead agency is the Human Society of Manatee County, with other partners including Nate's Honor Animal Rescue; Manatee County Animal Services; Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch; Gulf Shore Animal League, and Animal Network, the release said.
For more information or to volunteer, call the Humane Society of Manatee County, 941-747-8808.
"We have made great strides toward our goal of becoming a more humane community," said Bill Hutchison, interim director of Manatee County Animal Services. "Thanks to the caring foresight of Bill and Maryann Vinall, more people and pets will connect to services they need, keeping pets at home and out of the county's shelter."