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.
For more info: http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/community/TAWKlaunch.asp