New Endowment Fund at Scioto Foundation

The Animal Welfare League of Scioto County has established an endowment fund at the Scioto Foundation, according to SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip. With the creation of the new fund, the Animal Welfare League joins 25 other nonprofits who will participate in the 2015 Scioto Gives one-day, on-line matching gift program offering local organizations the opportunity to grow their endowments at the Foundation.

The Animal Welfare League was incorporated in 1985 as a nonprofit animal advocacy organization devoted to improving the lives of animals in the Portsmouth area. Trustees and members are all volunteers.

We are delighted to welcome the Animal Welfare League to the Scioto Gives program,” said Cutlip, “and look forward to working with them this fall.”

“As the treasurer of the Animal Welfare League for close to thirty years and also one of the trustees, I have a total commitment to improving the lives of animals in this area,” said AWL spokesperson Judy Cooper. “All of our programs have been designed to aid their owners in taking good care of them. We have chosen to be a part of the Scioto Foundation so that we can have the opportunity to continue these programs for years to come.”

“We have annual membership fees of $7 plus being dependent on several generous donors. Every cent donated goes to benefit the animals and people in our community. Our members and numerous friends volunteer to help the AWL with its programs,” Cooper

continued. “So to sum up our reasons for joining SF, we simply want to help make this area more loving and caring toward our furry friends.”

Among the programs and services provided by the Animal Welfare League are a

reduced rate spay/neuter program, offered year around and reduced rate pet vaccination clinics offered in May and June at 6 locations in all. AWL also offers emergency vet office calls, pet food donations to the St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center Food Pantry, pet photos with Santa on first Saturday of December and promotion through advertisement of World Spay Day on the last Tuesday of February. The Animal Welfare League has a working relationship with the Scioto County Dog Shelter.

With the help of local vets, the Animal Welfare League of Scioto County has provided a reduced rate spay/neuter program to low and fixed income households for the past 20 years. In 2014, 93 pets were spayed or neutered. So far this year, the League has altered 68 pets. In 2015, the League’s reduced rate vaccination clinic, with the help of local vets, vaccinated/ heartworm tested 358 dogs and vaccinated 68 cats. Food Pantry donations began in March 2015, and as of July have provided pet food for 71 households.

The Animal Welfare League will welcome contributions from supporters, animal lovers and members of the general public at any time. Donations may be in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property.

Additional information about endowment funds and other investment opportunities at the Scioto Foundation is available by contacting the SF staff at (740) 354-4612.