Eagles launch $500k animal welfare grant program

The Eagles today launched a $500,000 grant program to assist animal welfare organizations in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

That's about one-third of what the man who got a sports team into the animal welfare business -  Michael Vick  - will receive in the first year of his two-year contract.

The first three $50,000 matching grants were announced at a news conference this morning by team owner Christina Lurie and president Joe Banner.

They are:


End Dogfighting Program - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will bring their grassroots, preventative method to tackle dog fighting to Philadelphia. Vick already has a role in that program. He has been speaking to inner city students here and elsewhere as part of a controversial arrangement he made with HSUS following his release from federal prison where he served 18 months for his role running a brutal dog fighting ring.  

Low-cost Spay and Neuter Facility - Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to support the construction of a low-cost spay and neuter facility in Philadelphia.

Mobile Veterinary Clinic - Berks County Humane Society (BCUS) to support their new mobile veterinary clinic that will serve neighborhoods in Reading, Chester and parts of Philadelphia, PA.

The Eagles also announced the launch of the Eagles TAWK series to bring animal experts to elementary and middle schools to educate children on responsible pet ownership, a public service campaign that will involve Eagles players advocating on animal welfare issues and a dedicated website through the www.philadelphiaeagles.com site.


The Eagles also will support animal welfare organizations in their fundraising and awareness programs by committing various Eagles personnel and resources to expand their efforts.