Animal Services chooses grant recipients

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 11, 2018)— Orange County Animal Services is proud to announce this year’s recipients of The Pat Sanford Animal Welfare Grant: Independent Animal Rescue (IAR) and the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC). These two recipients were chosen from among a number of applicants for the award by a committee consisting of members of the Animal Services Advisory Board and Animal Services staff.

Thanks to a generous donation from Friends of Orange County Animal Shelter, Orange County established the Pat Sanford Animal Welfare Grant in 2016 in honor of Pat Sanford’s distinguished career in animal welfare. The purpose of the grant is to both recognize and support efforts that advance companion animal welfare in Orange County.

The grant can be used for a wide range of pilot or seed projects or to supplement other programs, projects, and grants which support companion animals, including those animals used in recreation or therapy. It is available to individuals, groups, and organizations. Although the recipients do not have to live in Orange County, the funds must be used to aid animal welfare efforts in Orange County.

IAR plans to use their award to acquire additional traps to help catch and sterilize free-roaming cats in Orange County. NCTRC will utilize their award to purchase additional pain medication for their horses that suffer from osteoarthritis.

Each of the grant recipients will receive their award from the Animal Services Advisory Board in January 2018. Animal Services would like to congratulate these award recipients. We are fortunate to have these organizations as part of our community.

For more information on the grant and to find out more about giving opportunities for this program, visit