John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation Provides $481,261.85 to Animal Care Groups

On March 11, 2013, John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation Trustees met and voted to approve $481,261.85 in grants to animal care and rescue groups to support their efforts to provide disaster recovery services, rescue shelters and access to veterinary care for animals. The grants support the repair and improvement of kennel facilities, animal emergency rescue efforts, the facilitation of spay and neuter programs and other veterinary services for underserved areas.

The Little Guild of Saint Francis, West Cornwall Conn., was awarded $129,433 for renovations to refurbish itsindoor and outdoor canine facility and to provide for the purchase of a washer and dryer. 

“Currently, our dog kennels are very close and connected by a narrow hallway, which heightens stress and can trigger negative behavior as dogs often feel threatened,” said 
Denise Cohn, Little Guild Executive Director.

“These renovations will provide much needed stress relief for our kennel dogs and provide for a more positive environment, one that fosters friendly behavior and will help 
our dogs get adopted sooner. ”

Bideawee, N.Y., N.Y., was awarded $100,000 toward the purchase of a generator for its Wantagh location, the generator will aid in recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.

The ASPCA was awarded $85,000 toward interior modifications of a support operations trailer for use by its national Field Investigations and Response Team, which rescues animals from natural disasters and human abuses.

The Humane Society of New York, N.Y, was awarded $53,478.85 for the purchase of equipment for a surgical and exam suite within its veterinary clinic. Berkshire Humane Society, Pittsfield Mass., was awarded a $50,000 match in support of its Safe Pet program, which provides foster care for the pets of women leaving abusive homes.

The organization must raise $50,000 before the match will be provided. Associated Humane Societies, Newark, N.J., was awarded $25,000 to replace an animal control van that was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center Foundation, Springfield, Mass., was awarded $28,350 for improvements to cat cages, and the purchase of a pet-id tag machine, and a washer and dryer. 

Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue, Ridgefield, Conn., was awarded $10,000 for technology improvements and the expansion of veterinary services.

The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundtion was established in 1998 through a gift from John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold. The Foundation is committed to bettering the lives of domesticated and undomesticated animals, including supporting the efforts of animal rescue and land conservation organizations and advances in veterinary medicine. The Wiederhold Foundation is a supporting organization of The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut.

Established in 1969, The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut, Inc. serves 20 towns in northwest Connecticut. Its total endowment, comprised of more than 250 funds, has grown from initial assets of $15,000 to nearly $70 million. Last year, combined grants and scholarships totaled more than $1.2 million. For more information, call 860.626.1245

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