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September 5, 2012 Media Contact: WANETA MCKINNEY
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$32,800 in Grants Awarded to Monroe County Animal League

ASPCA and Petco provide funds to assist MCAL canine transport program

Union, WV—The Monroe County Animal League (MCAL) today announced that they have been granted $17,800 from the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and $15,000 from Petco to be used towards the purchase of a transport vehicle.

“As a result of the economic downturn and the continuous struggle with pet overpopulation, many families in the area have sadly had to part with their pets,” observes Dina Wood, MCAL transport coordinator.  “The number of homeless animals in our community is too high, and we are grateful to the ASPCA and Petco for providing us with much-needed funds so that we may continue to provide these vital transports and save more lives.”

“The ASPCA is proud to support initiatives such as MCAL’s canine transport program,” said Kristen Limbert, manager of animal relocation for the ASPCA. “Relocating at-risk animals to locations where they have the best chance of finding permanent, loving homes is crucial in the fight against animal homelessness.”

The Monroe County Animal League participates in the Saving Pets Across America Program sponsored by Northeast Animal Shelter (NEAS), a no-kill facility located in Salem Massachusetts.  Since 1999, the animal league has transported more than 3,700 puppies and dogs to NEAS and other no-kill organizations.

In addition to adoption transports, the vehicle will also be used to support first responders in the event of a large emergency or disaster.  MCAL representatives have participated in Community Emergency Response Team training, and previously provided disaster relief assistance following Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

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About Monroe County Animal League

The Monroe County Animal League is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to addressing pet overpopulation in our community.  MCAL promotes responsible pet care and works toward ending pet overpopulation through spay/neuter assistance, adoption programs, and education.