Pat Sanford Animal Welfare Grant
About Pat Sanford & the Grant
Sanford is the former Executive Director of the Animal Protection Society of Orange County (APS), where she served for 17 years until her retirement in 2002. During her time at APS, she implemented many important programs, including a huge push for spay/neuter to combat the county’s growing pet overpopulation program. During her tenure, she helped expand the size and capacity of the APS twice, grew its budget and resources, and created a wildlife rehabilitation component that would carry on beyond her retirement.
Sanford was a major voice for humane animal euthanasia in North Carolina, pushing for euthanasia by injection over the use of carbon monoxide. She acknowledged that many of those ultimately euthanized had come from less than ideal backgrounds with hard lives and deserved a compassionate end when euthanasia was the only option. After her retirement, Sanford continued her work for Orange County animals and, for several years, served on the county’s Animal Services Advisory Board.
Ms. Sanford’s accomplishments in the field of animal welfare are vast and her contributions helped Orange County become and remain one of the leading counties in the state and country for animal placement, recovery, and overall well-being. The grants awarded in her honor will support efforts that exemplify the same dedication and commitment to animal welfare in Orange County.
Application & Deadlines
The grant deadline for 2017 is December 1st. All applications must be received by this date to be qualified for the award. The maximum award for 2017 is $500 and will be chosen and announced in January 2018.
Click here for a printable pdf of the application. It can be returned in one of the following ways:
- via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject Line: Pat Sanford Animal Welfare Grant; or
- via snail mail to Orange County Animal Services, c/o Tenille Fox, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill NC 27516
The Pat Sanford Grant was originally funded for a 10-year period with a maximum award amount of $500 per year. Donations to aid in the continuation of the grant for a longer period, or to increase a year's maximum award potential, can be made via the Community Giving Fund as one of the Animal Services donation options. Staff discretion will determine how donations are applied unless otherwise specified.
Annual Award Winners
2016 Winner: Pet Pals
2017 Winners: Independent Animal Rescue and the NC Therapeutic Riding Center