Margarette J. Sather Animal Welfare Fund Marks 20th Year With Grant to Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services
The Margarette J. Sather Animal Welfare Fund, a fund administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, announced it has awarded a grant to Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services totaling $15,820 to help low-income pet owners to spay and neuter their animals.
The Margarette J. Sather Animal Welfare Fund has consistently supported Mid-South Spay & Neuter since 1997. Over the past 20 years, the fund has granted approximately $245,000 to eight total Mid-South organizations including Friends of the Memphis Animal Shelter and Mewtopia Cat Rescue.
Margarette J. Sather was professor emerita at Christian Brothers University and recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching liberal arts and humanities. Dismayed by the fate many homeless animals meet, she became an avid advocate of spaying and neutering. The fund was established following her death in 1996.
“It has been and continues to be so rewarding to help make her desire to humanely help control the pet population a success,” said Grace T. Gokturk, Margarette J. Sather Animal Welfare Fund advisor.
Executive director of Mid-South Spay & Neuter Brittany Pace is thankful for the continued support and generosity of the Margarette J. Sather Animal Welfare Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.
“With this past year’s grant, we used the funds to offer discounted surgeries to low-income pet owners at our clinic,” said Pace. “By spaying and neutering 247 cats and dogs, Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services was able to make a meaningful impact toward reducing the overpopulation of animals in our community. Additionally, this is funding that is requested year after year by our clients, and it means so much to be able to offer them the help they desperately need to provide veterinary care for their pets.”
A portion of the grant is also earmarked again this year to be used specifically for the spay and neuter of court case pets referred to the clinic by vouchers from the Friends of the Memphis Animal Services organization.