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Monday, January 9, 2017  
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Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design Issues Sixth Round of Matching Grants

Up to $8,000 in Matching Grants Awarded to Two Animals Shelters to Fund Needs Assessments


CINCINNATI, OH – The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design announced its eleventh and twelfth matching grant awards to two animal shelters to conduct needs assessments. Each animal shelter has been awarded the maximum amount of up to a $4,000 matching grant. Since its inception, the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design has awarded $48,000 in matching grants.  


The Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia, MO was awarded the maximum matching grant to up to $4,000 to hire an architectural firm to conduct a needs assessment and fundraising feasibility study to potentially secure a new location. The current building, constructed in 1973, has heavily degraded over the years. It does not offer enough space to house animals or offer the programs and services needed. As the only animal shelter in the area, the Central Missouri Humane Society provides services to the community as well as many surrounding counties that don't have services or resources for lost or unwanted pets. The City of Columbia has agreed to match the grant amount.


Animal Rescue, Inc. in New Freedom, PA was awarded the maximum matching grant to up to $4,000 towards a needs assessment and architectural drawings to design a new clinic. Rather than expand the current 475 square-foot clinic, Animal Rescue, Inc. plans to tear down a farm building on the shelter property to build a new larger, more efficient and cost-effective clinic to meet the growing needs of the large Maryland-South Central Pennsylvania area while enhancing the quality of life of shelter animals. The design would allow for a larger operating room and surgical recovery area to accommodate two veterinarians and increase the number of spay/neuter surgeries that can be performed.


“A needs assessment and architectural plans are necessary to help shelters successfully meet their community needs and fundraising goals,” said Greg Taylor, Executive Director of the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design. “The matching grants from the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design help make it possible for shelters to complete this critical first step.”


The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design awards matching grants to animal shelters in the United States. The matching grants enable shelters across the United States to fund an initial needs assessment and architectural consultation, providing the hard data necessary to quantify the size and scope of the new facility or remodel, and to start the process correctly and professionally with schematic architectural drawings.


Shelters may apply at Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, email or call 937-780-1039. Mason Company established the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to enable animal shelters to work with architects and needs assessment providers on their project. 

Media Contact: Tammy Monroe, 513-459-5699

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