BIRMINGHAM – Ten companion animal nonprofit organizations have been awarded a total of $50,000 in grants from The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services. This marks the seventh year, the Remy Fund has provided grants to nonprofit groups serving Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties. Since 2010, the fund has provided more than $235,000 to such groups.
Organizations receiving funds this year are:
• Animal League of Birmingham -- $7,000 -- for veterinary care (vaccines, spay/neuter, flea/tick prevention) for animals attending the family friendly Bessemer Pet Education Fair;
• MomaKat Rescue -- $6,000 -- for spay and neuter of free-roaming cats as well as adoption support for at-risk kittens;
• Shelby Humane Society -- $6,000 -- for the agency’s Quick Fix program, providing deeply discounted or free spay and neuter services to Shelby County residents
• Walker County Humane Society -- $6,000 -- for their “Fix the Momma” program, providing no-cost spay services for dogs and cats in Walker County;
• Bama Bully Rescue -- $5,000 -- to provide care for pit bulls and other “bully” breeds that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected;
• Greater Birmingham Humane Society -- $5,000, -- 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 -- $5,000 -- 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 -- $5,000 -- 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) -- $3,000 -- to provide low-cost spay and neuter certificates for St. Clair county residents; and,
• Special Equestrians -- $2,000 -- 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 Chairwoman Debra Linton, Cathy Adams, Beth Franklin, Brenda Bell Guercio, Sandy Logan, James “Murphy” Lynch, Beverly Virciglio, and Cameron Vowell. Ken 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.
“The Remy Fund Grant Committee is a dedicated group who all share ‘animal passion,’” Jackson said. “Our generous Remy Fund donors love animals, and understand the value of keeping their contributions local.
“The companion animal -- dogs, cats, and horses -- organizations that the Remy Fund supports, positively impact the lives of the animals, and the humans they touch,” Jackson said.
Anyone who wishes to donate to the Remy Fund may make a gift online at www.cfbham.org or may mailing a check to Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham; 2100 First Ave. North, Suite 700; Birmingham AL 35203-4223.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.