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Foundation Gives Wilson $30,000 Grant for Work with Shelter Animals

Posted: May 17, 2010

5/17/2010 Wilson College has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Burket-Plack Foundation of Philadelphia to help pay for supplies and materials related to spaying and neutering shelter animals.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 17, 2010
CONTACT: Sylvia DuRant, Grants Office
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3121
Email: sylvia.durant@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Burket-Plack Foundation of Philadelphia to help pay for supplies and materials related to spaying and neutering shelter animals.

During the spring and fall semesters, Wilson College provides free spay and neuter services for some cats and dogs from both the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter (CVAS) in Chambersburg and the Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro. The procedures allow students majoring in veterinary medical technology to gain hands-on experience as part of a surgical course.

As part of the course, students perform a pre-surgical work on each animal that includes a physical examination, blood count, heartworm and Lyme’s Disease test for dogs and a feline leukemia test for cats, blood chemistries and other tests. Surgery is performed, as well as extensive post-operative care.

The grant, which will be distributed to Wilson over five years, will help the college provide spay and neuter services for approximately 80 animals per year. In addition, it will help train approximately 16 to 20 Wilson students per year through the class.

CVAS Director of Communications Jennifer Vanderau said Wilson’s free neutering services are invaluable to the animal shelter.

“It’s such a great program – it helps both parties,” Vanderau said. “Students in the vet tech program learn practical skills and at the same time, we get our animals spayed and neutered. Overpopulation in the pet world is the reason shelters are here, and being able to adopt them out already spayed and neutered helps cut down on the overpopulation problem.”

The Burket-Plack Foundation supports the environment and the prevention of cruelty to animals.

For more information, contact Wilson Grants Writer Sylvia DuRant at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3121, or sylvia.durant@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and a master’s degree in education. The college’s 2009-10 enrollment in both the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 838 and includes students from 20 states and 18 foreign countries. Wilson is committed to environmental sustainability and to preparing leaders who will serve their communities and professions effectively.

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