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HOMEAGAIN® PET RECOVERY SERVICE DONATES $50,000 TO ANIMAL SHELTERS; Five Non-Profit Shelters Each Receive $10,000

Summit, NJ, Oct. 21, 2010 – HomeAgain® Pet Recovery Service has awarded $50,000 in grants to support a variety of local animal welfare initiatives, including placing senior cats with elderly persons and a dog training program in prisons. Five animal shelters were selected out of 400 applicants to each receive a one-time grant of $10,000. The grants program was sponsored by HomeAgain as part of its ongoing efforts to help ensure the health and safety of companion animals.

The grant recipients are:
  • Idaho Humane Society (Boise, Idaho) which will use its grant in support of the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho that transform inmates’ lives by having them train and rehabilitate dogs.
  • For The Love of Cats, Inc. (Marco Island, Fla.) for its program, Seniors 4 Seniors, that places abandoned cats with the elderly thereby finding homes for older cats while improving the quality of life for their new owners.
  • Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) (Ashland, Ore.), which is the only animal shelter in Jackson County, Ore. to accept stray and surrendered pets.
  • Friends of the Shelter Animals (Senatobia, Miss.), which serves an area that suffers from pet over-population and hopes to reduce the number of unwanted animals through an expanded spay and neuter program.
  • Montgomery County Animal Control & Adoption Service (Clarksville, Tenn.), which works against many obstacles to reduce the number of abandoned and stray animals.

The grant winners were selected by three animal welfare experts from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Shelters have been hit hard with a combination of rising pet surrender rates and falling contributions. All of the grant applicants are genuinely in need of financial support; we selected the winners because of their compelling programs or circumstances and quality of their applications,” said Linda Lord DVM, M.S., Ph.D., assistant professor, Ohio State, who led the selection committee. She was joined by Meghan E. Herron DVM, Diplomate - ACVB, clinical assistant professor, and Lawrence N. Hill, DVM, DABVP, associate professor-Clinical.

“We are so excited to receive this grant to help place senior cats with older people,” said Jan Rich, president, For the Love of Cats. “Studies have shown that senior citizens live longer, healthier and happier lives when they have a companion pet so it’s a win-win situation for the cat and the person who adopts it.”

Dee Fugit, program manager, Inmate Dog Alliance of Idaho (IDAPI) said: “Thanks to HomeAgain for supporting our program. Not only do the animals at our shelter benefit but, by working with the dogs, the inmates learn discipline, respect for others and themselves, team work, patience and problem solving.”

About HomeAgain

HomeAgain, offered by Intervet / Schering-Plough Animal Health, goes beyond microchipping. The national HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service reunites over 10,000 lost pets each month with their families. Once enrolled, a pet's microchip is registered in the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database for its lifetime. In addition, the annual HomeAgain membership includes:

  • Live Pet Recovery Specialists always available at 1-888-HomeAgain
  • Lost Pet Alerts with a Lost Pet Poster sent to veterinary clinics, shelters and PetRescuers
  • 24/7 Emergency Medical Telephone Assistance
  • Travel expenses of up to $500 for dogs or cats found more than 500 miles from home. HomeAgain memberships are renewable annually for a fee of $17.99. For more information, visit www.homeagain.com.
About Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health

Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, based in Boxmeer, the Netherlands, is focused on the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of animal health products. The company offers customers one of the broadest, most innovative animal health portfolios, spanning products to support performance and to prevent, treat and control disease in all major farm and companion animal species. Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health; subsidiaries of Merck & Co. Inc., Whitehouse Station NJ, USA. For more information, visit www.intervet.com.

About Merck

Today's Merck is working to help the world be well. Through our medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer and animal products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching programs that donate and deliver our products to the people who need them. For more information, visit www.merck.com.

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