Main Content Foundation gives $8.6 million to vaccinate shelter dogs



Lavena is at Foundation grant recipient Bideawee in NYC.

The Foundation has partnered with Intervet/Schering-Plough to vaccinate thousands of shelter dogs against the deadly canine influenza virus.

Canine influenza is a respiratory disease that causes coughing, nasal discharge and loss of energy and appetite. While canine influenza can lead to a severe or even life-threatening infection, the good news is that, with proper care, most dogs recover.

As part of our mission, the Foundation strives to help reduce illness among pets at shelters and rescue groups. We hope the Building Community Immunity Grant will significantly reduce the number of canine influenza cases among adoptable pets.

The grant was opened in November to applications from Petfinder members, and we are now well on our way to awarding more than $8.6 million to more than 1,600 shelters and rescue groups across the country — enough to cover 955,555 vaccinations.

We have already begun to hear the thanks from grant recipients. “Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of our animals and the families who adopt them,” Nancy Taylor, president and CEO of New York City shelter Bideawee wrote us. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this vaccine to our shelter dogs!”

Thank you to Intervet/Schering-Plough, maker of the Nobivac® Canine Flu H3N8 vaccine, for joining forces with us to help shelters and rescue groups protect their dogs against a highly contagious disease and keep them healthy and adoptable.

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