FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 28, 2014
CONTACT: Margaret Light, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3179
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College has received a $40,000 grant from the Burket-Plack Foundation to help offset costs associated with the college providing free spay and neuter services to local animal shelters.
As part of a Wilson Veterinary Medical Technology (VMT) surgical course, faculty and students work with two organizations - Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and Antietam Humane Society - during both the fall and spring semesters to provide the spay and neuter services for cats and dogs, as well as associated medical care, at no cost to the shelters.
The grant, to be distributed over five years, will support purchase of supplies and maintenance or replacement some of the medical and surgical equipment.
“There is a substantial need for spay and neuter services in our local and regional communities; these services ensure that fewer unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized as a result,” according to Wilson’s grant application. “Often the cost of spay and neuter services can be cost prohibitive for both animal shelters and pet owners. Surgeries can cost up to $500 or more for animals, which may have the effect of dissuading some individuals form adopting an animal from a shelter.”
The grant will benefit approximately 100 rescue dogs and cats per year, according to Wilson officials. The VMT class typically provides spay and neuter services for five animals on a weekly basis for 10 weeks during each of the fall and spring semesters. The college provided free spay and neuter services for 102 local shelter animals during the 2013-14 academic year.
In addition to performing the surgeries, Wilson students provide an array of other services to the shelter animals, including pre-surgical work-ups, a variety of tests and screenings, and post-surgical care, according to Freya Burnett, director of Wilson’s VMT program.
“Thanks to the Burket-Plack Foundation, Wilson will continue to provide a much-needed service to the community, as well as a valuable education program for our students,” Burnett said.
The foundation, located in Philadelphia, was founded in 1994. It provides grants for animal welfare and the environment.
For more information, contact Margaret Light, Wilson’s director of corporate and foundation relations, at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3179, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors and master’s degrees in education, the humanities and accountancy. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation.
Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college has a fall 2013 enrollment of 662, which includes students from 20 states and 14 countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.