The Pegasus Foundation improves animal welfare through effective grant-making and education in the United States, the Caribbean, Native American lands and Kenya.
Through a strategy of engaged philanthropy, the Pegasus Foundation serves as a catalyst to help non-profit organizations achieve their potential by forming partnerships and educating the public.
2012 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS
The Pegasus Foundation continued its work in the Caribbean through its partnership with the Humane Society International (HSI) and is one of the sponsors of the Caribbean Animal Welfare Conference to be held in April, 2013 in Tortola.
Throughout the year, Pegasus Foundation spoke to 175 Caribbean animal welfare advocates in Puerto Rico about the challenges of collaboration and the reasons for continuing to work in conjunction with others. Pegasus also toured with the local colony caregivers to areas in an around the city, going on routine feeding trips to see first-hand the magnitude of the problem. An increased focus on humane education was mentioned by Puerto Rican animal advocates on the same trip, communication channels have been kept open and humane education resources sent, with good result. The next logical step would be to train the humane educators/teachers/advocates in effective, interactive humane education techniques.
The Pegasus Foundation’s Caring Fields Education Center in Palm City, Florida, reached over 4,700 people, both adults and children, in 2012 through educational workshops. Since the Education Center opened in June 2006, an extraordinary number of people have participated in Caring Fields Education Center programs. The Education Center sponsored several collaborative adoption events with many animals finding permanent homes.
The humane message of how to help all species of animals of the Caring Fields Humane Education Center programs was directed towards children and adults and at- risk groups. Field trips, workshops, speaking engagements at schools, festivals, conferences and two Earth Day events where held throughout the year.
The humane education presentations include how to help companion animals, spay/neuter, adoption, how to help local wildlife, what to do if a baby bird falls out of the nest, living with wildlife solutions, and exotic wildlife issues, circus animal abuse, and factory farmed animals, detailed descriptions of the various programs are on the education segment of the Caring Fields website. Each program includes a component of varying degrees of each animal issue to create well-rounded awareness. People are equipped with the tools of how to help all species of animals, which makes our programs unique as humane education programs focus on companion animals, only.
Adult workshops included the subjects of large animal disaster, and small animal disaster response, increasing adoptions, working with media and adoption event hooks. Representatives from 47 different animal organizations from around Florida attended the workshops as well as individuals. Adults were also reached through speaking engagements at Fish and Wildlife Commission hearings, Martin and St Lucie County Commission meetings, two mass adoption events, Earth day speaking events, and combined (adult/children/youth) field trips. A conservative combined figure from the above events for the number of people reached is approximately 4,700 for 2012.
That figure does not include the thousands of people reached by reading/watching the media news stories generated by the Caring Fields Humane Education Center of the Pegasus Foundations’ activities. News stories appeared in the Stuart News, Palm Beach Post, Hometown News, NBC news, WPTV news, and WPBF news the circulation and viewer’s number in the thousands. When the public hears of an adoption workshop event for example that is in response to the increasing number of homeless animals they consider adopting, spaying/neutering and how they can help. A wildlife story was on the Ch. 25 news about the vulture whose wing had healed after treatment and time at the South Florida Wildlife Center who was release back to Caring Fields. Here is a sampling of one of the newspaper articles about the Caring Fields humane education field trips for the Big Bros, Big Sisters.
Monofilament Recycling Canister Project – A collaborative project between Pelican Harbor, South Florida Wildlife Center, Pier 66 Marina, Florida Fish and Wildlife and Coastal Clean-up resulted in increased canisters, volunteers and media in the Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Current numbers of canisters in four counties covering the South and Treasure Coast region of Florida; Miami-Dade now has 90 canisters; Broward County 45 canisters; Palm Beach County 100; and Martin County 40. A great article was on the front page of the local section of the Sun Sentinel in response to Pegasus news release distribution and her creation of a simultaneous canister installation day in two counties. Pegasus was able to get permission from Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to add a sticker on each canister with Caring Fields website for free wildlife education programs, this had to be approved through the various levels of FWC bureaucracy and marks the first time an outside humane org was able to achieve this. Increased wildlife education program requests are expected as a result.
The Pegasus Foundation’s ‘Spay/Neuter Alliance of the Treasure Coast” cooperative project has distributed 35,000 in funds to increase spay neuter in the Martin and St Lucie County area. The volunteer advisory panel meets approximately every 3 months to review requests. The group is well rounded and populated by individuals who simply want to do the best job they can at making a difference in the numbers of animals who are homeless and in shelters. The Martin County Community Foundation has proved to be a solid partner and Brigitte Baratta a capable asset in reviewing grant requests efficiently. The Spay Neuter Alliance members’ sent a warm, unscripted video message to the Puerto Rican animal advocates at the conference where Pegasus spoke, the message is on YouTube.
The Pegasus Foundation supplied funding to two animal welfare groups in Massachusetts. A grant to the Cape Wildlife Center (HSUS) was to increase services for injured wildlife and to expand community outreach with humane education about how and when to get involved with wildlife and donation was made to support the work of the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART).
Western United States:
The Pegasus Foundation continued supporting the spay/neuter work of Dr. Carol Holgate of Desert View Clinic. Dr. Holgate provides mobile clinics for low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations in Kayenta, Arizona. Funds added to this grant were provided by local businesses and private donations.
2012 GRANTS, PROGRAMS AND DONATIONS
Animal Welfare $117,000
Caribbean Animal Welfare Program
(Partnered with Humane Society International)
Island Dog – Puerto Rico – $3,000
In 2008, Island Dog created The Red Collar Project (RCP) through which stray dogs are sterlized, vaccinated and provided with a reflective red collar to identify them as sterlized. The Pegasus grant was used to perform 45 surgeries in the town of Luquillo aat the Kiosko beach area. The project was completed in three weeks using one veterinarian. Each dog was transported to the veterinarian and returned to the project area the following day. They were monitored by Island Dog staff and volunteers to ensure the surgeries were successful.
Humane Beings – Humane Society of Dominica – $5,000
Humane Society of Dominica received the final installment of a 5-year grant from the Pegasus Foundation to increase their spay/neuter program and expand their humane education program for both children and adults on the island of Dominica. Over the past six years, more than 12,000 children have participated in their Humane Values education program. In addition 20 interested teachers attended the humane education workshops and were given relevant materials to include in their classroom teaching. The spontaneous creation of a Youth Group was a result of their summer workshops. Humane Beings started to administer an in-classroom survey to evaluate which areas in their humane education program have been successful and what points need to be better addressed in the future.
The Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society – $2,500
The Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society applied to the Pegasus Foundation for assistance with their spay/neuter clinics. Dog control officers identified dog owners who were unable to afford the cost of surgery and 79 animals were sterilized.
International Spay/Neuter Network, Jamaica – $2,500
ISNN is working to establish a sustainable, cost effective, socially responsible and humane solution for Jamaica’s street animals. Their goal is to relieve the pain and suffering associated with over-breeding through an island-wide spay/ neuter program, while simultaneously creating responsible owners and responsive communities through education. With this year’s grant ISNN conducted a community spay clinic in Ocho Rios in the community of Eltham. 250 dogs and cats from the surrounding community were spay/ neutered as well as 24 feral cats from the Sandals Rivera Resort. Eight Jamaican vet techs received two days of training during the clinic. Education was also a component of the clinic with 20 local children participating in a poster contest—each participant received a “Caring For” book and T-shirt.
AAA Sousa, Dominican Republic – $3,500
AAAS requested a grant to expand their public outreach program into the adjoining community of Los Charamicos. The program accomplishes spaying/ neutering of companion animals and provides vaccinations and owner education. With the grant funds, AAAS sterilized, vaccinated and provided aftercare for 250 dogs and cats by partnering with World Vets for a large field sterilization clinic. They also utilized visiting vets from Association for Aid and Support of Creole Dogs for smaller field clinics in the first half of 2012.
Grenada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Carriacou Animal Hospital – $2,500
The Carriacou Animal Hospital was opened in January, 2012 and is open 5-6 days a week. They have hosted 8 volunteer veterinarians during the first half of 2012 for the Society’s spay/neuter project. The Pegasus Foundation’s grant supported the purchase of operating equipment and medical supplies for the hospital and in turn the spay/neuter project. As of August 1, 167 surgeries have been carried out and they anticipate a total of 250 by the end of this year.
RSP Martinique – $3,000
RSP Martinique requested and received a grant to support RSP’s Program of Sterilization in conjunction with their Adoption Program and to support their Education program. RSP successfully spayed and neutered a number of dogs which have all found new homes in France and Germany. Stray cats are also treated and eventually adopted out. RSP also produced 10,000 education leaflets which have been placed all around the island and handed out at their events. The leaflet explains the need of important animal care and welfare.
St. Lucia Animal Protection Society – $3,000
This grant was awarded for education/advertising and SLAP’s spay/neuter program. SLAP’s chose to use the majority of the grant for their spay/neuter program. Because of the funding, they were able to increase their annual spay/neuter numbers by 50%. With a small amount of the funding, SLAPS produced 10,000 bumper stickers designed to increase public awareness of SLAPS’ programs.
Native American Animal Welfare
Desert View Mobile Veterinary Clinic $9,500
Pegasus Foundation has continued its funding of low-cost spay/neuter/ vaccination clinics on the Navajo Reservation in Kayenta, Arizona. Through May 2012, Dr. Carol Holgate held three mobile clinics providing 72 dogs and cats with medical services. Both private and corporate funds were received for the benefit of this project.
Second Chance Center for Animals $15,000
The Pegasus Foundation funded a conference through the Second Chance Center for Animals in the Navajo Nation community of Kayenta, Arizona in the spring. Through the conference, Pegasus enabled collaboration between Native American tribes in the Four Corners by sharing effective spay/neuter techniques. The Pegasus Foundation sponsored a scholarship to a student from Monument Valley High School to go to the Navajo Technical College (or college or technical school of their choice) in 2013. The student will receive a certification/degree as a veterinary technician and has agreed to return to work on a reservation for two years upon graduating.
Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation (ERAF) $5,000
As a resident of Pegasus Foundation’s Caring Fields Animal Sanctuary in Palm City, Florida, ERAF works to rehabilitate abandoned horses with a goal of permanent adoption. Pegasus has continued its support of rescued horses through a grant to ERAF for operational expenses of the organization.
Hobe Sound Animal Protection League (HSAPL) $5,000
In January of this year, Hobe Sound Animal Protection League received grant funds for their Operation Catsnip spay/neuter outreach program.
Spay/Neuter Alliance of the Treasure Coast (MCCF) $12,500
Pegasus has granted funds to the Spay/Neuter fund of the Martin County Community Foundation to support Alliance member organizations’ spay/neuter programs by giving individual grants to help with South Florida’s dog and cat overpopulation. See Florida Highlights and Accomplishments.
Emergency and Disaster Response $112,000
Cloud 9 Rescue Flights $10,000
Cloud Nine Rescue Flights aims to eliminate the euthanasia of pets in the United States and provide aid to animals worldwide. They do this by providing safe, fast, and cost-effective air transports of rescue pets, providing animal welfare-related transports to people who provide aid to animals in underserved areas, and by educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering of pets. In doing so, we manage to not only attack the problem on the surface, but also at its roots. With grant funds received this year, 111 animals were rescued.
International Fund for Animals (Whale Conservation) $25,000
With financial support from Pegasus, through a collaborative process engaging internationally recognized whale scientists, policy experts and others, IFAW has developed the “Blueprint for US Whale Conservation Action” to inform, encourage and guide US whale conservation leadership.
Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies $25,000
Programs at PCCS have suffered severe government funding cutbacks this year. After discussions with their Director, it was decided that the grant from Pegasus would be highlighted in their annual funding appeal in hopes that other organizations would follow our lead in supporting this group. The grant was given to PCCS to continue their outstanding work in marine mammal rescue.
Cape Wildlife Center (Humane Society of the United States) $20,000
Pegasus provided a grant to fund expanded services to the local Cape Cod community, increased community outreach, and humane education about interacting with wildlife.
Humane Society of the United States $15,000
Pegasus Foundation provided a grant for the Shark Free Marina Initiatives Membership Campaign to save sharks from extinction through educating the public, including fishermen, to the plight of the sharks by bringing an end to shark tournaments, in part by having marinas become members of the Shark Free Marina Campaign and keeping the marinas “Shark-Free” by promoting “catch and release” fishing.
International Fund for Animals – Marine Mammal Rescue and Research (MMRR) $10,000
Asked which area he considered in the most need, Dr. Ian Robinson, Director of Emergency Relief Programme quickly responded, the Marine Mammal Research and Rescue team. With an overwhelming number of dolphin strandings this spring, it became clear that the team needed updated equipment. Pegasus agreed that this was necessary for the team to continue its efforts and provided funding for new lighting equipment and rescue suits.
International Fund for Animals – (MMRR) $7,000
The Marine Mammal Rescue and Research (MMRR) team submitted a proposal for a new communication system for its volunteer response team. This system was implemented and allows IFAW MMRR to better organize and deploy its volunteers. It has already helping to get volunteers on the beach more quickly than ever before. IFAW President Fred O’Regan wrote “…this system is a life saver for animals that can be released if rescued quickly.”
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) $5,000
The Pegasus Foundation funded TNC’s Sea Turtle Monitoring & Protection Program in St. Croix, USVI. Poaching and deforestation of hillsides above nesting beaches in St. Croix are being addressed through this program. Increased monitoring during the nesting season was planned to safeguard endangered leatherback turtles. Reforestation has stabilized slopes and protects the beaches and bays below from erosion runoff where nesting occurs.
Habitat/Land Preservation $30,000
Treasured Lands Foundation $20,000
Drawing on community involvement and partnerships, Treasured Lands Foundation helps preserve Martin County’s natural resources, protect its wildlife habitats, advocate for intelligent land usage, help create future environmental stewards and encourage passive and active outdoor recreation by supporting public land conservation efforts. Pegasus grant funds were directed to be held in the TLF’s land acquisition fund to be used toward the purchase and protection of two important parcels of land in South Florida.
Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust $5,000
The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust celebrates and protects wild animals by creating permanent sanctuaries, preserving and enhancing natural habitat and confronting cruelty. Pegasus Foundation granted $5,000 to the Wildlife Land Trust to be used for the general operating expenses of the Trust.
International Fund for Animal Welfare $5,000
After the success of the Tsavo Park project, the Pegasus Foundation was approached with a request for a grant to assist in funding the first year of the Amboseli National Park project. IFAW is working with the Kenya Wildlife Service to better protect the core areas of Amboseli National Park for elephant habitat, assisting with the Amboseli Elephant Project and partnering with Masai community group ranches to secure land vital to migrating elephants through a lease plan.
State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART) $1,000
Anne K. Taylor Fund $1,500
Save the Chimps Sanctuary $1,500
The Wild Dolphin Project $1,500
Humane Research Council $650
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries $1,000
“Help Us Help Them” Fund
Grants and Donations $80,300
Last year, JoAnne Matz, founder of the “Help Us Help Them” Fund requested Pegasus Foundation to implement a new initiative for distribution of funding–“Help Feed the Hungry Animals.” Ms. Matz has continued the initiative in 2012. Donations and grants have been given under that timely initiative.
Treasure Coast Food Bank$22,000
A grant in the amount of $4,000 was made to provide pet food to be distributed by the Treasure Coast Food Bank to those in need. The funds were quickly used and another request was made for additional funding for pet food. Another grant was provided in the amount of $18,000 to ensure the Food Bank would have enough to feed the animals of those in need.
Animal Birth Control $30,000
This grant was given to the “Angel Fund” at Animal Birth Control. This fund is maintained to provide medical care and spay/neuter surgeries to pets of those in need.
Caring Fields Education Center$6,000
A grant was given to Caring Fields Animal Sanctuary for general operating expenses.
Hobe Sound Animal Protection League$6,000
Funding of this grant enabled HSAPL to provide food for feral cat colonies, increase HSAPL’s spay/neuter numbers, as well as provide for medical expenses.
Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation$5,000
ERAF requested a grant toward funding the construction of a new isolation building for sick horses. They are in the process of obtaining bids from various contractors for services required for a building of this type.
No Kill Nation, Inc. $5,000
No Kill Nation is sponsoring a group of volunteers to find and trap over 100 dogs abandoned in the Florida Everglades. The dogs were in severe need of medical attention and food. They are being rehabilitated and placed for adoption.
Busch Wildlife Sanctuary$2,500
The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary provided a proposal request funding assistance for their Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Program and this grant was given for that purpose.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, “Miracle Pets”$1,000
The funds were given to the “Miracle Pets Donation Account” to provide veterinary care for 15 severely neglected and abused horses. The horses will soon be stable enough to place for adoption with rescue groups.
Creature Safe Place, Inc. $1,500
Tower of Hope $1,000
Wild Dolphin Project $1,000
Save the Manatee Club $1,000
South Florida Wildlife Center $300