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Paws-itive Partners Receives Doris Day Grant of $5000

A $5,000 grant from the Doris Day Animal Foundation to Paws-itive Partners of North Platte will be used immediately to address a chronic problem.

The grant, announced Thursday, will support Paws-itive Partners work to trap, neuter/spay and return unowned cats to areas where they live.

“When we learned about the terrific work Paws-itive Partners is doing to reduce feline populations and care for cats in North Platte, we knew we wanted to help,” said Bob Bashara, a veterinarian and the Doris Day foundation’s CFO and director. “DDAF funds 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organizations that help animals and the people who love them. Jo Mayber and the volunteers at Paws-itive Partners are partnering with other local humane organizations and many others in the community to improve the lives of animals there, and we’re proud to be able to support their efforts.”The grant will make an immediate, significant impact in a low-income, high-cat population neighborhood in 

North Platte, said Mayber, the president of PAWS-itive Partners.

“For years, we’ve helped individual pet owners, but the number of homeless cats in some areas is still out-of-control,” she said. “With this grant, Paws-itive Partners, Trap Neuter Return-NP, Tender Hearts Veterinary Center, Westfield Small Animal Clinic and Fur the Love of Paws are working together to stop the problem before it starts and that’s by spaying and neutering.”

Mayber said with permission of mobile home park owners, and the knowledge of residents, 60 cats will be trapped, neutered /spayed and returned in the next three weeks.

“Doing simple pet population math, our TNR will prevent 300 unwanted kittens from having to be born just in the next six months,” Mayber said.

In addition to sterilizing the cats, Paws-itive Partners will have each cat vaccinated against rabies and treated for parasites.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation is a national non-profit organization founded by the legendary actress and animal welfare advocate.

With the straightforward mission of helping animals and those who love them, the Doris Day Animal Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations for animal welfare work with specific low-overhead programs, including animal rescue, lifetime care for search and rescue dogs, helping people care for their animals, assisting with care for horses, paying for spay/neuter and other animal-related needs.

Additional grants have provided college scholarships, rescue efforts for California seals and sea lions, Kevlar vests for service dogs, greyhound rescue, wild mustang rescue, reduced adoption fees for seniors adopting senior pets, wildlife sanctuary assistance and feral cat TNR programs, to name but a few.

Paws-itive Partners is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1998 with the mission to stop pet suffering and overpopulation by spaying and neutering.

Through a number of programs, Paws-itive Partners provides financial assistance to lower-income pet owners. Members also work to educate about responsible pet care and are involved in local humane issues.

(article from the NorthPlatte Bulletin: