WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, March 8, 2021 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced that Palm Beach Island Cats (PBIC) received a grant from American Humane’s Feed the Hungry COVID-19 fund. PBIC prevents future generations of homeless cats by implementing the humane practice of Trap, Neuter and Return.
“Animals have a special place in my heart, and I am saddened to see so many being abandoned and left hungry as a result of this sweeping COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jean Shafiroff, national spokesperson for American Humane’s Feed the Hungry campaign and renowned philanthropist. “We must ensure that rescue organizations have the basic resources necessary to care for these defenseless animals who are in dire need of a forever home.”
Like every other business or organization in America, rescues and shelters are struggling to maintain basic services and care for their animal residents in the face of the current worldwide pandemic. Thousands of animals are being left without homes and facilities are in desperate need of general supplies. Detrimental natural disasters further heightened the situation. In response to the overwhelming number of calls received from animal rescuers, shelters and first responders, American Humane launched the Feed the Hungry COVID-19 fund to feed and care for animals who have been abandoned during the coronavirus crisis. The fund seeks to raise much-needed resources to help shelters and rescue organizations that are not only struggling to keep the lights on, but also to keep critical supplies like food stocked.
“We would like to take a moment to thank American Humane for their generous support of Palm Beach Island Cats,” said Rob Scarborough from the board of directors of Palm Beach Island Cats. “I don’t think I have to tell you that it’s very difficult for a non-profit to raise funds when you can’t socialize in person… We really appreciate your support, and I can assure you, so do the cats. Thank you very much.”
PBIC is dedicated to preventing future generations of homeless cats. Studies have proven that trap-neuter-release is the single most successful method of stabilizing and maintaining healthy feral cat colonies with the least possible cost to local governments and residents, while providing the best life for the animals themselves. PBIC responds to all citizens’ concerns in order to achieve peaceful coexistence between the town’s cats and residents. The organization also maintains the current population through daily feeding, watering and providing medical care as needed. The Feed the Hungry COVID-19 fund will help PBIC carry out their critical work for cats in the town of Palm Beach.
To help shelters continue to save lives during this unprecedented crisis, consider donating today. Learn more at www.americanhumane.org/feedthehungry.
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