The Center for Wildlife Health Research recently received $38,000 in grant support from two Mainebased foundations.

Awarded was a $30,000 grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation which will be used to conduct research on community cat colony reduction in Maine. An additional award of $8,000 from the Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund at the Maine Community Foundation is targeted for board development, strategic planning, and organizational capacity building. CWHR is now actively seeking new members for its Board of Directors who have a passion for animals, and bring talents in marketing, financial management, fundraising, law, or human resources.

“The Sewall grant will enable CWHR to conduct groundbreaking research in Maine focused on reducing the number of homeless cats in Maine, protecting both cats and wildlife,” said Dr. Elizabeth Stone, executive director and chief veterinary officer at CWHR, in a prepared statement. “As we expand to encompass this work, we are looking for leaders in the community to join the CWHR team. The capacity building grant from the Belvedere Fund will help us with this goal of strengthening our organization.”

Founded in 2004, the Center for Wildlife Health Research has as its mission to reduce negative impacts of human activities on wildlife.

Programs surrounding education, applied research, and early spay-neuter are designed to promote responsible pet care. CWHR supports the work of the Community Spay Neuter Clinic, a high-volume, low-cost, spay-neuter operation based in Freeport which has sterilized over 15,000 dogs and cats since it opened in 2010. CWHR also conducts humane and environmental education camps throughout the summer in Freeport.

To express interest in joining our Board of Directors, or for more information about CWHR, email llichko@cwhrbirds.org, call 540-4032 or visit www.cwhrbirds.org.

Founded in 1982 by the late Elmina B. Sewall of Kennebunk, the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation supports work in Maine to improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment while fostering relationships that strive for social equity and community resilience. More information can be found at www.sewallfoundation.org.

The Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofit organizations to strengthen Maine communities. For more information, visit www.mainecf.org or call (877) 700-6800.

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