DHSS Press Release
|Date: July 24, 2015
|Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Andrea Wojcik, Chief of Community Relations
302-744-4907, Cell 302-922-0925
PetSmart Charitie awards $200,000 grant to reduce free-roaming cats and protect Delawareans against rabies
|WHO:||Delaware Division of Public Health's Office of Animal Welfare, PetSmart Charities, Forgotten Cats, and the City of Newark|
|WHAT:||PetSmart Charities will present a $200,000 grant award check to Forgotten Cats to trap, neuter, vaccinate (against rabies) and release 4,000 free-roaming cats living in Newark, Bear, and the City of New Castle.|
|WHY:||To reduce the free-roaming cat overpopulation and protect Delawareans against rabies in ZIP codes 19711, 19701, 19702, 19713, and 19720|
|WHEN:||Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.|
|WHERE||Newark Municipal Building - Atrium
220 S. Main St.
Newark, DE 19711
- Karyl T. Rattay, MD, MS, Director, Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH)
- Hetti Brown, Executive Director, Delaware Office of Animal Welfare, DPH
- The Honorable Polly Sierer, Mayor, City of Newark
- Bryan Kortis, Program Manager, PetSmart Charities
- Felicia Cross, Executive Director, Forgotten Cats
- Presentation of $200,000 check
- Cats held by attendees and in carriers
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.
About PetSmart Charities:
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.
About Forgotten Cats:
Forgotten Cats was founded in 2003 to provide a humane and effective way to prevent the suffering of kittens born to abandoned and homeless cats by humanely controlling the homeless and feral cat population. This is done by working with colony caretakers to trap, neuter, vaccinate, and return (TNVR) every cat within a colony. Forgotten Cats is the only high-volume TNVR organization serving Delaware and surrounding states, sterilizing 10,000 animals each year in their two clinics.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.