San Diego Humane Society Receives Generous Donation from Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation

Donation Will Provide Support for Homeless Animals in San Diego

July 30, 2015: SAN DIEGO — San Diego Humane Society is the proud recipient of $60,000 in grants from the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation to benefit homeless animals in San Diego County. $20,000 will go to San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido Campus for equipment and supplies to create a kitten nursery, $20,000 will support the foster program, and the remaining $20,000 will be used for outsourcing specialized veterinary services and medical supplies for Project Wildlife, a program of San Diego Humane Society.

“We’re so appreciative of our partners who are committed to our mission and the work that we do,” says Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of San Diego Humane Society. “We can do much more together than we can alone, and that’s why we’re sincerely grateful for our longstanding partnership with the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation. Our work would not be possible without a community who cares so deeply for its animals.”

Escondido Campus Kitten Nursery: San Diego Humane Society opened the first 24-hour kitten nursery in the country in San Diego, providing orphaned kittens with the care needed to survive until they are old enough to be adopted. Since opening, the kitten nursery has saved more than 7,000 kittens. The ability to provide care for orphaned, underage kittens at the Escondido Campus creates a lifesaving resource for the community in the North County area. In addition to taking in kittens from the community, the Escondido Campus will also be able to serve as a resource to other local shelters, freeing up space and making it possible for them to focus on saving the lives of other animals.

Foster Care: Every person who opens up their home to a foster animal opens up space for even more animals in need. Thanks to the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation for supporting this essential program, San Diego Humane Society is able to care for more animals in need in our community, eliminating the need for euthanasia of treatable animals in San Diego coalition shelters.

Specialized Veterinary Services for Project Wildlife: Project Wildlife’s mission is to improve the quality of life for local wildlife and the community and is the primary resource for animal rehabilitation and conservation education in San Diego County. This grant will help to provide the specialized veterinary care and medical supplies necessary to rescue and rehabilitate 8,000 to 10,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals this year.

Executive Director of the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, Doug Dawson says, “Animals are near and dear to all of us at the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, so we’re proud to be able to contribute to their care through the great work of San Diego Humane Society. They do so much for the people and animals of this community, and we’re happy to be a part of it.”

San Diego Humane Society would like to acknowledge Doug Dawson, Executive Director of the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, and all the trustees for their generous donation.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Kelli Schry: 619.250.6801 or [email protected].

About San Diego Humane Society

Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services.