January 6, 2017, Centerville, MA – The Pegasus Foundation is pleased to announce that it received a $5,000 grant from The Cape Cod Foundation through the Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals. The grant will be used towards Emergency funding to support the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable.
“We are so grateful to The Cape Cod Foundation and the Thomas C. McGowan Fund support. This grant helps our efforts in keeping the Cape Wildlife Center; a crucial Cape Cod resource stay open till we organize a long-term solution,” says Pegasus’ Founder and President Barbara Birdsey.
The Cape Cod Foundation is a community foundation whose mission is to build permanent charitable resources for community betterment through informed grantmaking and civic leadership. The Foundation has distributed more than $55 million in grants and scholarships since its founding in 1989. For more information, go to www.capecodfoundation.org
The Pegasus Foundation improves animal welfare through effective grant making and education in the United States, the Caribbean, Native American lands, Africa and Asia. Through a strategy of engaged philanthropy, the Pegasus Foundation serves as a catalyst to help non-profit organizations achieve their potential by forming partnerships, leveraging resources, and educating the public. The Pegasus Foundation seeks to inspire collaborations by organizing conferences and meetings and facilitating communications.
Pegasus Foundation’s areas of interest include Education and Outreach, Animal Welfare, and Wildlife and Habitat Protection – including a special initiative to raise emergency funds for the Cape Wildlife Center.
The Cape Wildlife Center promotes and protects the health and well-being of native wildlife and their habitats. Since 2000, the Center has been open 365 days a year, providing emergency care and wildlife rehabilitation to 1,500 animals and triaging 8,000 phone calls regarding injured animals annually. The Center had been operated by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), located in Washington D.C., in partnership with The Fund for Animals.
In October 2016, HSUS made the difficult decision to stop funding the Center and close the facility on November 18th The Cape community responded with concern as the Center has been a major resource for natural resource officers and animal control agents on Cape Cod and elsewhere. The Pegasus Foundation intervened and partnered with HSUS to keep the facility open through February 28th, 2017 and is working with stakeholders to organize a long-term solution. For more information, go to www.pegasusfoundation.org