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Philadelphia Eagles hand out animal welfare grants


Photo: Eagles TAWK Press Release
From left: Wayne Pacelle, Joe Banner,
Christina Lurie, Dana Spain and Karel Minor

The Philadelphia Eagles are putting their money where their mouth is. Just a few months after catching flack for signing convicted dog felon, Michael Vick, the Eagles are making good on a promise to support animal welfare groups.

Earlier this week, the team unveiled a program called TAWK, which stands for Treating Animals With Kindness. According to the Eagles' TAWK press release, the initiative focuses on public education and awareness to reduce the abuse of animals, promote responsible adoption, encourage spay and neuter and put an end to dog fighting.

TAWK was developed in collaboration with animal welfare experts and will benefit from the reach of the Philadelphia Eagles' brand to advocate for responsible care and treatment of animals in the region and beyond.

Christina Lurie, Eagles Owner and Eagles Youth Partnership President and Joe Banner, Eagles President were joined by Dana Spain, PAWS President; Karel Minor, Humane Society of Berks County Executive Director; and Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the United States President to share the details of the initiative and announce a one half million dollar commitment for a grant program to support animal welfare organizations.

The Eagles organization will provide a matching grant of $50,000 each for three initial programs:

-- End Dogfighting Program - Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will bring their grassroots, preventative method to tackle dogfighting to Philadelphia,
-- 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 team announced that the first grants of $50,000 each have been awarded to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the Humane Society of Berks County, and the Humane Society of the United States.

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  • Sharon Pet Rescue Examiner 5 years ago

    Good post. I Tweeted this for you.

  • Baltimore Pets Examiner 5 years ago

    Stands to reason that HSUS would be first in line with their hand out. Shame on them all the way around. Vick is supposedly part of their anti-dog fighting campaign and has yet to roll over on any of his felon friends who continue the grusome practise of dogfighting. Oh, and isn't it the HSUS that continues to epsouse death for the vicims of dogfighting? Thank you for this article, I hope no one is fooled by this attempt to buy redemption. At least, however, two local orgs. that actually shelter animals will benefit.

  • 4BoysNow 5 years ago

    Guilt money? Blood money? It's a MATCHING fund program, not an outright handover of $50 grand. The organizations have to raise a dollar to get a dollar, so it's not as easy as it sounds for the receiving organizations. H$U$ is a far bigger killer of dogs than Michael Vick ever was. I heard Vick's "speech"; he's nothing more than a shill for H$U$. I guess the Eagles will fool enough people to make it all worth their while, but I'm not impressed. I buy Adidas products now; there's less blood on them.

  • Hillary 5 years ago

    Michael Vick has done terrible things in his life, but condemnation without constructive action doesn't gain much for the animals. The Eagles wouldn't have established an outreach program for animal shelters without Vick's arrival on the team. I work for the HSUS and the grant money we've received for our End Dogfighting program will help us establish in Philadelphia what has been successfully piloted in Chicago: a pit bull training team that redefines the relationshp between at-risk youth and their pit bulls from one of power and control to one of respect and appreciation.

  • Sharry 5 years ago

    I am still amazed at how many people think nothing of Dog Fighting, even after Michael Vick. He, and anyone condoning such an inhumane situation should be put in a ring to fight to the death. Let them see how it is to live in fear. Disgusting.