Posted By: Christian Marin
When Michael Vick was reinstated into the NFL, it caused a lot of controversy around the league and around the world. Now, as a successful quarterback in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, him and the team are doing all that they can with their Treating Animals With Kindness (TAWK) program.
The team uses their TAWK program to try and raise awareness around their community about animal rights, animal cruelty, dog fighting, responsible pet ownership, and the need for spraying and neutering pets. The Eagles also granted $500,000 to animal welfare groups so they can further their efforts.
The team also granted $50,000 to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the Humane Society of Berks County, and the Humane Society of the United States.
PAWS announced that it will use their grant to remove live animals from the city’s shelter, provide low income individuals with access to spay/neuter services, primary veterinary care, and micro-chipping, as well as provide a reduced cost of spay/neutering and veterinary services to more than 40 rescue groups it works with.
The Berks County SPCA will use their grant to fund a mobile veterinary hospital to provide veterinary services to people who are unable to obtain such services.
The Humane Society of the United States will use their funds to bring their End Dog Fighting Campaign to Philadelphia. It teaches kids about other alternatives to Dog Fighting, and gets the opportunity to train pit bulls for agility and obedience. The campaign already runs in Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.
For more information on Dog Fighting, visit http://www.stopdogfighting.net/
For more information on the Philadelphia Eagles TAWK program, visit http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/community/eaglestawk.asp