On Nov. 20, The Brave Tide Foundation of Boyertown, announced it has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to fund animal welfare and other humanitarian efforts across the country.
The Brave Tide Foundation, founded in 2012, is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide a wide range of humanitarian services including animal rescue and relocation, emergency preparedness, and educational programs. Since 2012, Brave Tide has assisted with animal relocation, transportation, and search and rescue efforts.
The Petco Foundation grant, along with the financial commitment of the Brave Tide President, contributed to the purchase of a Piper aircraft that the Brave Tide Foundation will utilize for the transport of animals for rehoming, fostering, and relocation due to emergencies through the coordination with adoption agencies, humane societies, and rescue shelters. Brave Tide has already established contacts with a number of national and international animal rescue groups who will utilize Brave Tide’s services to transport animals, supplies, and other resources.
Animal transports are conducted based upon need and are funded through donations and grants. Although air transport is more expensive than ground transport, the advantages of air travel for the animal’s overall well-being are significant. Greatly reduced travel time and a climate controlled aircraft cabin result in less stress on the animals versus travel by van or hauler. Air transport also gives Brave Tide nationwide reach and the ability to pick up and deliver animals to multiple states in a single day.
Dr. Jason Hilt, Brave Tide Foundation President and CEO, explained, “Every day, neglected or abandoned animals need our assistance. Working with animal rescue organizations, we provide the transportation that is a key link in the rescue process. Now, through the generosity of the Petco Foundation, Brave Tide has the ability to extend this service all over the country.”
The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more than 8,000 local animal-welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,200 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, and the Petco Foundation is also involved in many national animal-welfare efforts.
In 2012, the Petco Foundation surpassed $100 million in funds raised for companion animals since the organization was created. To learn more, visit www.petcofoundation.org.
From Brave Tide Foundation, Inc.