Today, the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services announced its 13th annual cycle of grants to local nonprofit organizations serving companion animals (dogs, cats and horses) in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties. Read on to learn more about the Remy Fund and which organizations were awarded funding.
What is the Remy Fund?
The Remy Fund—a Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham—was established by Birmingham philanthropist Ken Jackson in honor of his late dog, Remy. Since its founding in 2010, the Remy Fund has provided more than $580,000 in grants to local nonprofits that serve companion animals—dogs, cats and horses—in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties.
The goal of the Remy Fund is to ensure that there will always be funding available for nonprofits that provide services to companion animals and their humans.
“The Remy Fund continues to assist in providing critical funding to large and small nonprofit organizations in our community, that work tirelessly to improve the lives of animals and the humans they touch.”Ken Jackson, Founder, The Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services
In addition to support from Ken Jackson—who has contributed well over $750,000—the Remy Fund is supported by a number of individuals and organizations, including:
- Peyton Lee, in honor of her beloved deceased dog, Orca.
- Beverly Brice LeBeouf, who has has included the Remy Fund in her estate plan.
- VP Funds, focused on “Kindness, Consideration and Common Sense”
The Anne Knight Townsend Fund for the Welfare of Animals, the Jean K. Forman Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Diane and Warren Ferguson Fund for Animals have also supported recipients of grants from the Remy Fund.
13 recipients of the 2023 grant cycle in the Greater Birmingham Area
Now in its 13th year, the Remy Fund has selected 13 nonprofit organizations as recipients of the 2023 grant cycle. All grant applicants are subject to in-depth reviews—including in-person and virtual site visits—conducted by the Remy Fund Grant Committee.
Those organizations are:
- Alabama Spay Neuter was awarded $10,000 to support affordable spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats through the Remy SNIP program.
- Two by Two Animal Rescue was awarded $10,000 to support spay and neuter services for dogs and cats in care.
- Walker County Humane Society was awarded $10,000 to provide low or no-cost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats in Walker County.
- Bama Bully Rescue was awarded $7,500 to provide comprehensive care for pit bulls and other “bully” breeds that have been abandoned, abused or neglected.
- Animal Savers of Pell City was awarded $5,000 to support low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in St. Clair County.
- Kitty Kat Haven was awarded $5,000 to support this free-roaming cat sanctuary and adoption center with veterinary services including spay and neuter surgeries for cats and kittens in care.
- Rescuers United for Furbabies (RUFF) was awarded $5,000 to modify their current transport van with sanitary and stationary kennels in partnership with the Walker Humane and Adoption Center.
- Sugarbelle Foundation was awarded $5,000 to provide needed supports including food, vaccinations and veterinary services to families struggling financially to keep their pets.
- Special Equestrians was awarded $4,500 to provide comprehensive care for horses in their animal-assisted equine therapy program.
- Greater Birmingham Humane Society was awarded $3,577 to provide veterinary services including spay and neuter and vaccinations for community pets to reduce the need for owner surrender, keeping pets with their families and out of shelter.
- Adopt A Golden Birmingham was awarded $3,000 to support spay and neuter surgeries, routine and specialist veterinary services and other care required for abandoned, abused and neglected Goldens and “golden” breeds.
- Pita and Pecan’s Animal Rescue was awarded $2,600 to support comprehensive veterinary care including spay and neuter for cats and kittens in care.
- Birmingham AIDS Outreach was awarded $2,000 to support spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats of low-income clients in conjunction with their Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) program.
Want to help support animal services in the Greater Birmingham Area? You can be a part of the Remy Fund by making a gift online or by check. Applications for the 2024 grant cycle from the Remy Fund will open on March 15, 2024.