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Animalkind, Inc.
P. O. Box 902, Hudson, New York 12534


AnimalKind Receives a $5,000 Grant from PETsMART

25 January 2004

Animalkind Inc., of 721 Warren Street, Hudson, NY , a not for profit organization dedicated to the non- proliferation of unwanted animals, has a received a $ 5,000.00 grant from the PETsMART Charities.

Announcement of the grant was made by Patty A. Finch, Manager of Charitable Giving. The grant was given to support the TNR (trap/neuter/return) program Animalkind Inc. has been utilizing for the last four years in and around Hudson and Greene/Columbia County, to help reduce the feral cat population and to care for existing managed colonies.

Animalkind works for the protection and welfare of homeless and feral cats through TNR on a daily basis. This reduces the overall population of unwanted cats, increases public awareness and promotes non lethal cat population control.

Katrin Hecker, president of Animalkind Inc., said the grant would be used for its spay/neuter program for feral cats.

Animalkind Inc. was established in 2000 by Katrin Hecker and Madeline Chapin to rectify the overpopulation of unwanted cats through a non lethal method. Since then, over 2,700 cats have been altered, preventing the births of over 600,000 kittens into a world where nobody wants them. 1,060 have been adopted into loving homes and over 580 cats are taken care of daily at 17 managed colonies.

Animalkind Inc. expresses itıs deepest gratitude and thanks to the PETsMART Charities! PETsMART Charities is an important and essential part in the effort to end euthanasia and provide all pets with lifelong, loving homes. Our goal: "No more homeless animals"!

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Animalkind Inc.is a not-for-profit welfare, protection, rescue, rights organization dedicated to the  compassionate care and humane population control of abandoned, feral and stray cats in Hudson, New York (Columbia County) and the surrounding area.  We promote non-lethal  prevention of an unwanted litter or litters of kittens through trap, spay, neuter, release (return), (tnr, TNR).  An altered cat or kitten is released into a managed colony. Felines living in such colonies are assured kind daily care.  Adoption to  homes providing love and care for cats and kittens is encouraged.   We also provide low or no cost spaying and neutering assistance to low income pet owners and help increase public awareness and education through the media, special events, and publications to promote compassion, respect, and kindness towards all animals.  (d-28)

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