Cape Cod Foundation's Thomas C. McGowan Fund awards $25,000 in grants to local nonprofits

Funds to be used for spaying/neutering, medical and other service

The Thomas C. McGowan Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation has awarded $25,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. (Grants are listed below.) The fund, established through a gift from the late Thomas McGowan, of Centerville, supports animal welfare, especially medical treatment; “no-kill” shelters; spaying/neutering of domestic animals; prevention of cruelty to animals; and public education and awareness-building on issues affecting animals and their welfare.

The deadline for the McGowan Fund’s next grant cycle is Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. For more information, visit or call (508) 790-3040.

2010 Thomas C. McGowan Fund Grants

  • A Helping Paw, $1,000 - To support a subsidized pet medical care program that will help reduce adoption fees, making adoption a more attractive option in this poor economy.
  • Animal Rescue League of Boston, $4,000 - To provide spay/neuter services to 1,882 cats and dogs on Cape Cod.
  • Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter, $3,000 - To provide spay/neuter services and medical care for shelter cats and dogs.
  • Dukes County, $1,500 - For medical care to animals, including vaccinations, spaying, and neutering to prepare animals for adoption.
  • Friends of Falmouth Dogs, $2,000 - To provide emergency medical treatment and care of dogs in need.
  • Martha’s Vineyard Helping Homeless Animals, $1,500 - To ensure all animals are spayed and nuetered before leaving MVHHA and help reduce the overpopulation of homeless animals.
  • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Aminals, $3,500 - To complete 200 spays and nueters on feral, stray, and free roaming cats and cats owned by low-income owners, at the MSPCA Cape Adoption Centers.
  • New England Society for Abandoned Animals, $2,500 - To  spay/neuter and provide basic medical costs integral to key programs that directly benefit animals: affordable spay/neuter; trap, neuter, return; rescue and adoption; and family animal bond / homeless asstistance program.
  • People for Cats, $1,000 - To spay, neuter, and provide veterinary care for cats that are surrendered or abandoned to the shelter or whose owners are financially challenged, and for feral cats to be trapped, neutered, and released.
  • Provincetown Animal Welfare Committee, $1,000 - To purchase and display signage in the town to warn residents of the dangers of leaving dogs in cars unattended.
  • Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care, $4,000 - To provide financial assistance when sick or injured cats and dogs need critical vererinary care that is too costly for owners to bear alone or when an owner cannot be located.

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