FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Debbie Beyfuss, Grant Coordinator
November 18, 2010
Mobile Veterinary Unit Planned
ASSOCIATED HUMANE RECEIVES $200K GRANT
NEWARK, NJ -- Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park has received a $200,000 grant from The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation of Connecticut that will be used to purchase and equip a mobile veterinary unit to provide low-cost spay and neuter services in Newark and surrounding vicinity as well as other locations in need.
Dr. Lisa Bongiovanni will head the AHS Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic.
“This is a totally new venture for us and we are anxious and thrilled to get this program started,” said Roseann Trezza, Executive Director AHS/Popcorn Park. “Our veterinarians have been in contact with the ASPCA in New York, which has run a successful mobile spay-neuter program for over 10 years. They have taken us under their wing and are helping us by sharing their strategies and knowledge of how to best approach this exciting new project. Dr. Lisa Bongiovanni of our Newark Veterinary Clinic spent time with their doctors and technicians to best observe how their unit operates and is ready to get underway.”
The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation was created by an Indenture of Trust for the purpose of protecting and improving the welfare of animals of all kinds, but focusing on cats and dogs, the promotion of veterinary programs and the protection of wildlife, including endangered species of flora and fauna.
“We are extremely grateful that they have chosen to fund our project,” Dr. Bongiovanni said. “We recently met with one of their board members, who took the time for a tour of our Shelter and introduce herself and talk to our veterinarians about our undertaking and their goals.”
Once the unit is ready to roll, The Societies will advertise in advance where it is headed so spay and neutering appointments can be made ahead of time.
“Rampant breeding and poor pet care continue to be a problem in our area and we are hoping to help the situation by altering as many pets as possible while educating the public on the benefits of having pets spayed or neutered and kept up-to-date on inoculations,” Ms. Trezza said. “With the ease, convenience and reduced costs of operating the mobile unit, we hope to see a reduced number of orphaned and unwanted cats, kittens, dogs and puppies coming into our shelter.”
AHS officials will purchase the van based on the specifications and options from their research with the ASPCA. They hope to have the van fully functional and on the street by late winter or early Spring of 2011.