Found Animals Highlights $18 Million Funding Milestone for Spay Neuter Initiatives
Non-Profit Continues to Innovate Its Mission to Decrease Euthanasia in Animal Shelters
Michelson Prize & Grants (http://www.michelsonprizeandgrants.org/)
Of the $18 million granted by Found Animals, $15 million was awarded directly via the Michelson Prize & Grants to more than 30 nationally and internationally esteemed research teams, including those at Yale University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. These teams are critical in the path toward finding a nonsurgical sterilant (http://michelsonprizeandgrants.org/
“Michelson Prize & Grants is a groundbreaking program that will one day lead to an alternative to traditional spay neuter,” said Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director at Found Animals. “In the meantime, we are dedicated to supporting low-cost spay and neuter (http://www.foundanimals.org/
As a national leader in advocating for more access to low-cost spay neuter, Found Animals continues to invest in programs aimed at reducing shelter intake. With support from its partners, Found Animals is launching several new initiatives, including:
· Hosting the North American Spay Neuter Conference (http://www.spayneuterconference.com/
· Piloting a program with Los Angeles-based Downtown Dog Rescue to provide support to owners at risk of surrendering their pet to a shelter. Almost 50 percent of dogs surrendered to the South Los Angeles shelter was due to lack of access to, and education of, low-cost spay neuter services. Because of referrals to low-cost spay neuter clinics and vouchers for low-income families close to 1,000 dogs have remained with their families due to the program.
· Redesigning the Michelson Prize & Grants program website, making it easier for grantees to identify advances in sterilization research and track the progress of ongoing projects. The new website can be accessed through this link: www.MichelsonPrizeandGrants.org.
“While shelter intake has been decreasing nationally over the past five years, thanks in large part to heightened awareness of spay neuter, 90 percent of animals entering shelters are still unfixed. While we are beginning to see dividends from the investments we have made over the past six years, we know that there is still much work to be done to prevent unwanted litters from entering shelters,” continued Gilbreath.
Found Animals has directlysupported the growth of more than 235,000 new spay neuter surgeries in its hometown of Los Angeles since 2008. Through more than $3 million in grant funding to key local partners, including Spay4LA, FixNation, the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles (SNP LA) and Angel Dogs Foundation, low-cost spay neuter services are more accessible than ever before. Over the next five years, Found Animals is committed to maintaining spay neuter capacity at 50,000 surgeries per year, up from an average of 40,000 per year.
About Found Animals Foundation, Inc.
Found Animals is an independently funded nonprofit that works to achieve one goal: find the big ideas that help reduce the number of pets euthanized in shelters each year. Led by business and medical professionals, we develop innovative solutions that address the underlying causes of shelter euthanasia. Programs address pet adoption, low-cost spay neuter services, pet microchipping and registration, and sterilization research. By offering a wealth of educational resources to pet owners and animal care professionals, Found Animals advances the health and safety of animals everywhere. Support for Found Animals and its initiatives come from the generous contributions of Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson. Follow our progress online at www.FoundAnimals.org, or via social media at Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/
For more information on the Michelson Prize & Grants: www.MichelsonPrizeandGrants.org