Stray Pets in Need receives $50,000 grant from Felicia Rose program

NATICK – Stray Pets In Need of Mass. (SPIN) is delighted to have been awarded $50,000 over two years through the Felicia Rose Fellowship Program.

Through this new invitation-only initiative, five local nonprofit animal welfare organizations will equally share $250,000 in multi-year funding.

SPIN is thrilled to be one of the nonprofits chosen for this grant! The organization is a small, all-volunteer organization. Volunteers visit the halfway house three times a day to clean, feed, socialize cats and kittens, and organize donated supplies.

SPIN volunteers also collect pet food and support a Pop-Up Pet Food pantry once a month in Natick and another in Wellesley.

The additional rooms will allow more homeless cats to be rescued and cared for locally.

“We will also have more space to help accommodate pets from domestic violence shelters so that pets and owners can be reunited once safe housing has been found,” the official said. ‘organization.

This first year of the grant, SPIN will be able to add two new rooms.

A room for new incoming cats so they can be checked by a veterinarian and have vaccines updated before joining cats already in our SPIN halfway house.

The second room will give us more space to separate sick cats from resident cats and kittens so that they can be cared for. Each room will have new larger cages for the cats during their treatments.

In year two, we will upgrade the catio so it can be used year-round while volunteers socialize the cats waiting at the SPIN Transition House in Natick. Adding a gated entry way will also ensure safety, as people will have a double-door entry door to prevent accidental escape.

The Felicia Rose Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts working to strengthen the human-animal bond, promote ethical animal treatment, and provide services to animals in need.

Established in 2021, this special interest initiative honors its namesake, a sweet-tempered American Staffordshire Terrier and former MSPCA-Angell guest. Felicia Rose was adopted in 2015 and has since become a Trusted Emotional Support Animal as well as a Pet Partners Certified Therapy and Assistance Dog.

Grant proposals are reviewed by invitation only and are subject to a competitive review process.


(Left to right) Kevin Cummings, Felicia Rose Grant Program. Sue Webb, Stray Pets in Need, Executive Director. Julia Russ-Neff, President, Stray Pets in Need. Gail Ekwurtzel, Past President, Stray Pets in Need. Dr. Ronna Kabler, DVM.


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