Best Friends Animal Society Receives $60,000 Annenberg Foundation Grant for NKLA Initiative

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Funding from the Annenberg Foundation allows Best Friends Animal Society to provide 750 cat spay/neuter surgeries and 100 adoption subsidies in Los Angeles

An Annenberg Foundation grant is the Gold Standard of charitable grants.

Best Friends Animal Society recently received a $60,000 grant in August from the Annenberg Foundation for use towards its NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) initiative. Best Friends will use the funding to provide 750 cat spay/neuter surgeries, as well as 100 adoption subsidies to NKLA coalition partners, for a total impact of 850 animals by July 2015.

The grant was awarded for the collaborative nature of NKLA, a coalition of more than 70 animal welfare organizations that includes Los Angeles Animal Services working together to transform Los Angeles into the nation’s largest no-kill city by 2017.

“Best Friends is honored to receive a grant from Annenberg Foundation, which initially supported our efforts in L.A. by providing $100,000 in 2004 to fund a spay/neuter promotion in Los Angeles County and a volunteer coordinator position at Los Angeles Animal Services,” said Francis Battista, co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society. “We fully appreciate the prestige and significance of an Annenberg Foundation grant and are mindful of our accountability in putting this grant to its most effective use.”

Battista continued, “This grant will enable the NKLA coalition to make much needed inroads in providing spay/neuter services for low-income communities and provide financial support for our adoption partners. The integrity of an Annenberg Foundation grant and the trust and confidence in Best Friends Animal Society that it implies is of enormous value to our organization and to our work across the country. An Annenberg Foundation grant is the Gold Standard of charitable grants.”

About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.

About the Annenberg Foundation:
The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. The Foundation and its Board of Directors are also directly involved in the community with innovative projects that further its mission to advance public well-being through improved communication. The Foundation encourages the development of effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

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