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The Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals Awards $40,000 in Grants

The Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals of The Cape Cod Foundation awarded a total of $40,000 in grants to 11 local nonprofit organizations to support domesticated animals and wildlife.

The fund was established at the Foundation through a gift from the late Thomas C. McGowan, who was passionate about animals and wanted to ensure that there would be funds to support their protection and welfare long after his death. In establishing the fund, McGowan indicated a preference for initiatives that focused on medical treatment, spaying/neutering of domestic animals, the prevention of cruelty to animals, and education and awareness-building on related public issues. Since its inception in 2009, the Fund has awarded $268,067 in grants.

This year’s recipients are:

Animal Rescue League of Boston, $2,000

To support medical and surgical costs for procedures that animals in the Brewster shelter need prior to adoption

Center for Coastal Studies, $4,000

To support saving endangered whales and sea turtles that are trapped and/or injured from being entangled in ropes and nets

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), $2,500

To support the spay/neuter program

Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals, $3,000

To support the Lucky Whiskers and Wags program which provides veterinary care for shelter and privately owned pets with extreme medical cases

National Marine Life Center, $3,500

To support NMLC’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Program

New England Society for Abandoned Animals, $5,000

To support spay/neuter costs and basic medical care

Pegasus Foundation, $7,000

To support Cape Wildlife Center for treatment and care of wild animals

People for Cats, $2,500

To support spay/neuter costs and veterinary care for cats whose owners need financial assistance

Second Chance Animal Rescue, $2,500

To support spay/neuter costs for animals on Martha’s Vineyard

The Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care, $6,000

To support rehabilitative treatment for critically ill or injured dogs and cats, particularly in life-threatening cases, when their owners cannot afford treatment

Wild Care, $2,000

To support the Critical Care Clinic and Wildlife Nursery

Anyone interested in donating to The Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals can call President and CEO Kristin O’Malley at 508.790.3040, donate online at or mail a check, payable to the Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals, to: The Cape Cod Foundation; 261 Whites Path, Unit 2; South Yarmouth, MA, 02664.

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Together, we have invested more than $75 million in grants and scholarships in the Cape Cod Community. For good.

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