Spay Neuter Grant Program and More
Your Maryland Votes For Animals – PAC has been working “round the clock” putting the final touches on the 2014 Endorsements and Scorecard for the upcoming election!
In this Update you will find information on:
- The Maryland Spay/Neuter Grant Program RFP
- The upcoming MVFA Endorsements for the Maryland General Assembly
- A Welcome to the next Chair of the MVFA Board
The Spay/Neuter Grant Program
Exciting News! The Spay/Neuter Grants Program's Request for Proposals (RFP) is now HERE! With the release of the RFP, Maryland launches a life-saving program designed to provide critically needed spay/neuter services to combat shelter overpopulation and reduce the number of cats and dogs euthanized in shelters across the state.
The program's purpose is to reduce shelter euthanasia through competitive grants that most effectively and efficiently increase spay and neuter services. The program, initiated by MVFA in 2010, resulted in the passage life-saving bills by the Maryland General Assembly in 2013.
A Legislative Task Force found Maryland’s shelter overpopulation resulted in an avoidable and unnecessary loss of animal life, and recommended a program to increase the number of altered animals as the most effective way to reduce shelter euthanasia. The Task Force Report emphasized efforts that target low income populations, where the highest rate of unaltered animals exist.
The RFP, Application, and Guidelines for this life-saving program are all posted HERE!
When asked about today’s launch of the Spay/Neuter program, Dr. Joseph Lamp, Interim Chair of MVFA, enthusiastically noted: “The implementation of this program in Maryland is a huge step forward along the path leading to a more humane state. As MVFA-PAC prepares its endorsements for the upcoming elections, this legislation is a critical key.”
It's a big year for MVFA because as a political action committee (PAC), MVFA can engage in political activity by endorsing candidates for office and holding politicians accountable to their constituents. MVFA is the only PAC for animals in Maryland and your best source of information on candidates and crucial animal welfare issues. MVFA helps animals by helping you elect humane candidates to the Maryland General Assembly.
Keep an eye out for MVFA’s first round of Endorsed Candidates, coming to you in just a few days in time for the Primary election! Early voting begins June 12th.
Also coming soon: The joint HSLF/MVFA Humane Scorecard! The Humane Scorecard, developed in conjunction with the Humane Society Legislative Fund, grades each Maryland legislator on how they voted over the past 4 years on key animal welfare/protection legislation. Just like in school, they can get 100% down to…. well, you know the rest.
A Welcome to the next Chair of the MVFA Board
MVFA welcomes Dr. Joseph Lamp as our interim Board Chair! A founding member and longtime Maryland animal advocate, Lamp holds a Ph.D. in Public Communications from University of Maryland and a masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a retired communications professor who has won several awards for his animal welfare advocacy. Dr. Lamp served for 14 years on the Wildlife Advisory Commission of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and was the only animal welfare person in the country ever to do so on such a governing body.
Dr. Lamp has worked hand-in-hand with outgoing chair Carolyn Kilborn for many years. Lamp strongly believes in the importance of continuing the MVFA mission of protecting Maryland's animals by working to elect Humane Candidates to the MGA and passing animal friendly legislation. Lamp noted, "It is a privilege to work on behalf of animals with MVFA, and I am looking forward to achieving more victories for animal welfare in the Maryland General Assembly. Working with Carolyn - the lady who made all of this happen starting in her living room many years ago - has been a true honor. I am elated Carolyn will be continuing as a member of the MVFA Board and I look forward to continuing MVFA’s critical life-saving work with such a dedicated animal advocate!”
Maryland's Animals Need You!
Once every 4 years Marylanders have the opportunity to VOTE and hold politicians accountable for their record. This is an election year and Maryland Votes For Animals is engaged in the fight to get humane legislators elected. Your financial support is critical - please make your donation today and let's bring home the Votes for the humane treatment of Maryland animals.