We are very pleased congratulate our fellow rescue group PAWS on their recent award of $20,000 from Tom’s of Maine to provide free basic vet care and spay/neuter services to low-income residents of Philadelphia!! This is in addition to the great work that they are doing with the Community Pet Days, and their new low-cost clinic on Gray’s Ferry.
KENNEBUNK, Maine, September 24, 2010 – After tallying nearly 100,000 consumer votes from around the country, Tom’s of Maine announced today the five non-profit organizations that will each receive new volunteer support and $20,000 through its annual “50 States for Good” initiative. The program, designed to spotlight local nonprofit projects and volunteer needs, drew submissions from all 50 states.
- Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) (Philadelphia, PA): PAWS Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic will use the funding to provide free spay/neuter surgery to pets of low-income residents, as well as basic veterinary care to dogs and cats who would not otherwise receive it over a six month period in the Philadelphia area.At our low-cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic, we serve pet owners who have difficulty affording veterinary care. However, many Philadelphians cannot afford even our reduced costs. We are deeply grateful to Tom’s of Maine for providing this grant, which will allow us to help hundreds of the truly neediest pets and the people who love them. As a result, we will enable pets to remain as cherished family members, reduce the number of animals surrendered to city shelters, and bring Philadelphia one step closer to becoming a no-kill city.” – Melissa Levy, Executive Director, Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society
“The health of our communities depends on individuals and organizations committed to goodness every day,” said Susan Dewhirst, Goodness Programs Manager at Tom’s of Maine. “This year’s winners and all those who applied share a spirited commitment to doing good work, a network of supporters that is inspiring and a reminder that each of us can make a difference. We look forward to following the progress and seeing the results of all five projects.”
Tom’s of Maine is a longtime supporter of community involvement programs including clean waterways and greater access to affordable dental care, among many other programs. In addition, the company donates 10% of its profits back to the community and offers employees 5% paid time off, up to 12 days a year, to volunteer in their local community.
As always, we hope that you will consider supporting organizations and companies, like Tom’s of Maine, that support rescue groups like City Kitties and PAWS, and let them know how much you appreciate their supporting our work.