Center for Wildlife Health Research: community cat colony reduction in Maine
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2014
Center for Wildlife Health Research Receives $38,000 in Grant Support, Seeks Board Members
(FREEPORT, ME) The Center for Wildlife Health Research (CWHR) recently received $38,000 in grant support from two Maine-based foundations. A $30,000 grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation will be used to conduct research on community cat colony reduction in Maine. An additional award of $8,000 from the Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund at the Maine Community Foundation is targeted for board development, strategic planning, and organizational capacity building. CWHR is now actively seeking new members for its Board of Directors who have a passion for animals, and bring talents in marketing, financial management, fundraising, law, or human resources.
“The Sewall grant will enable CWHR to conduct groundbreaking research in Maine focused on reducing the number of homeless cats in Maine, protecting both cats and wildlife,” said Dr. Elizabeth Stone, Executive Director and Chief Veterinary Officer at CWHR. “As we expand to encompass this work, we are looking for leaders in the community to join the CWHR team. The capacity building grant from the Belvedere Fund will help us with this goal of strengthening our organization.”
Founded in 2004, the Center for Wildlife Health Research has as its mission to reduce negative impacts of human activities on wildlife. Programs include education, applied research, and early spay-neuter designed to promote responsible pet care. CWHR supports the work of the Community Spay Neuter Clinic, a high-volume, low-cost, spay-neuter operation based in Freeport which has sterilized over 15,000 dogs and cats since it opened in 2010. CWHR also conducts humane & environmental education camps throughout the summer in Freeport, Maine.
The Center for Wildlife Health Research was created to help engage citizens in stewardship of wildlife through choices they make in their daily lives. We strive to empower people by showing the direct connections between individual action in ways that help them appreciate the interconnectedness between our actions and those of the wild animals around us. The Center for Wildlife Health Research conducts research and outreach about leading threats to wildlife, and applies research findings to reduce impact from these causes. We work on causes that are most amenable to change from simple choices individuals can make in their daily lives. Meanwhile, we also monitor bird admission rates to local wildlife rehabilitators to identify emerging threats. We implement change through education, social marketing, citizen science and policy recommendations.