Vermont Companion Animal Neutering Inc., a Middlesex-based non-profit organization, received an operating grant of $ 5,000 from the Gannett Foundation’s A Community Thrives initiative.
The organization, which provides affordable sterilization and sterilization services and basic veterinary care to Vermonters with pets, has been selected by leaders of Gannett’s USA TODAY Network, which spans more than 250 information sites , including the Burlington Free Press, in 46 states. All grant recipients have raised funds through crowdfunding prior to receiving a grant.
“Across the country, A Community Thrives grants connect the brands in the USA TODAY network to the communities in which we operate and beyond,” said Sue Madden, director of the Gannett Foundation. “Our journalists work every day to enable communities to thrive, and this program helps achieve that fundamental goal.”
The $ 2.3 million initiative supports organizations that tackle a range of social issues. Since 2017, A Community Thrives has distributed $ 17 million in grants and donations to community organizations.
For the full list of grantees, visit www.gannettfoundation.org/act.
Veterinary shortage: Vermont struggles to meet demand for pet spaying and neutering
The Vermont based organization was founded in order to reduce admissions to shelters and euthanasia, according to the fundraising appeal on MightyCause.com. Over the next few years, the clinic shifted to providing affordable veterinary care so people could keep animals at home and out of shelters.
Previous recipients of the Gannett Foundation grant in Vermont
In 2020, three Vermont nonprofits received grants under the program. Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors (HANDS) in Chittenden County received a $ 20,000 grant under the program, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra received $ 5,000 and the Manchester Riverwalk Association also received $ 2,500.
The previous year, three Burlington-area nonprofits received grants: Young Writers Project, the Flynn Center, and United Way of Northwest Vermont.