The Community Foundation awarded three grants, $5,272.67 each, from the Kingery Friends of Domestic Animals Fund, a component fund of the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF). This fund was established by Mary Catherine Kingery to provide support to Hancock County organizations providing programs that serve the following purposes: the care and shelter of homeless animals, the medical care of injured animals, the housing and placement of animals, and the feeding and general welfare of animals. The three recipients of these grants are Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center, Frenzy Animal Rescue, and Partners for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
Frenzy Animal Rescue, located in New Palestine, will apply the grant funds to the rescue’s spay/neuter program. Frenzy Animal Rescue rescues stray and owner-surrendered dogs, and the organization’s spay/neuter program provides the surgeries, vaccinations and micro-chips before the animals are set for adoption. PAWS will apply the grant funds to a similar effort called Operation Fix It: $5 Feline Fix and Trap-Neuter-Return Program. Spay/neuter programs are essential to reducing the large number of feral, unwanted, and stray animals in the county, as well as helping to control the over-population of stray and abandoned pets. Edelweiss will apply the grant funds to supplement the increase in the cost of grass hay for their therapy horses. The cost increase is due to experiencing the worst drought conditions Hancock County has seen in a very long time.
2012 marks the Community Foundation’s celebration of working with caring individuals, families, and organizations for 20 years. Our mission is to create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. HCCF has granted over $8 million since its inception in 1992.
Photo above: Clockwise from top left: Betty Wilkins, Director of Frenzy Animal Rescue, receives grant check along with volunteers, Gabriel Hall and Daman Mink, and their furry friends; Edelweiss volunteer helps feed a therapy horse; P.A.W.S. volunteer, Betty Fahnestock, with a cat in a live trap ready to be spayed/neutered.