Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design Awards Two Animal Rescues in First-Ever Grant Awards
Future Matching Grants to Be Awarded More Frequently Than Originally Planned.
CINCINNATI, OH – The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design announced the two winners of its first-ever grant awards. Each animal rescue has been awarded the maximum matching grant.
Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in Salisbury, MA was awarded a matching grant for a needs assessment for a new facility. Their innovative no-kill programs have resulted in more than 19,000 cat adoptions in 22 years. The past ten 10 years have been in their current 2,000 square-foot facility that they have outgrown, as they intake approximately 600 cats and adopt 500 annually, provide monthly feral spay/neuter clinics and operate two mobile space/neuter clinics that alter 6,000 cats annually.
It Takes a Village Canine Rescue in Evansville, IN was awarded a matching grant to conduct a needs assessment to remodel an existing facility. As the only no-kill shelter in the county, the shelter opened in 2012 and increased adoptions by 30 percent in just one year. There are more than 100 dogs in the privately run rescue, which relies on community member volunteers and donations.
“The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design received an overwhelming number of qualified applications, underscoring just how important it is to animal shelters across the country to conduct thorough needs assessment and obtain good initial architectural plans for their building or remodeling,” said Greg Taylor, Executive Director of the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design. “We look forward to watching the progress of our first two grant recipients and will seek to issue awards four times per year rather than just twice a year as originally planned in order to help meet the demand for these critical first steps to help animals in need of finding permanent homes.”
The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design awards matching grants to animal shelters in the United States. The matching grants enable shelters across the United States to fund an initial needs assessment and architectural consultation, providing the hard data necessary to quantify the size and scope of the new facility or remodel, and to start the process correctly and professionally with schematic architectural drawings.
Shelters may apply at www.MasonAnimalFoundation.org. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, email info@MasonAnimalFoundation.org or call 937-780-1039. Mason Company established the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to enable animal shelters to work with architects and needs assessment providers on their project.