The Jennifer A. Kemp Foundation donates $30,000 to the Linda McNatt Animal Adoption Center
In late 2010 JAKF was approached about an opportunity to help the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation to replace a 33 year old facility by building a much needed new and expanded animal shelter for the city of Denton to house the growing number animals needing a temporary home and an inviting place for adoptions. After several members toured the existing facility and looked at the opportunities, the board agreed to fund $30,000 for a Cat Enclosed Porch for the new building. Several members attended the groundbreaking on Sept 14, 2012 and then again in Dec 2014 for the pre-grand opening.
The new Denton Animal Shelter opened to the public in January 2015. It is owned and operated by the City of Denton and is managed by the City of Denton Animal Services. It is a municipal shelter that must accept any animal (domestic or livestock), regardless of type, breed or condition, surrendered or reported by Denton residents, rescued as stray/abandoned or seized as abused, aggressive/dangerous.
The Jennifer A. Kemp Foundation donates $2500 to the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
On June 22, 2009 the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake was featured in a story on WFAA in Dallas after funds and food had dried up and the shelter was faced with euthanizing or letting the animals starve to death. JAKF representatives held a quick vote and approved a $2500 donation to help the shelter get through their crisis. On July 7th Geoffrey Kemp presented the check to Tamara Rhodes, President of HSCCL. During the visit to the small shelter about 45 miles southeast of Dallas it was learned that the HSCCL takes in stray animals from the Cedar Creek Lake area, the City of Kaufman, and the City of Crandall and strive to provide them with the best temporary care, including food, shelter, medical attention, and much needed TLC. In 2008, the HSCCL took in over 3,000 animals and had a 38% adoption/rescue rate, which is higher than the national average of 35%. As the shelter had received so much food from the story, money from the JAK Foundation will be used to cover medical and spay/neuter costs providing a better chance for more animals to be adopted.
From left: Tamara Rhodes,President of HSCCL, Kayleigh Venable, and Geoffrey Kemp, JAKF Board Member
The Jennifer A. Kemp Foundation donates $2500 to the NYC ASPCA
On May 9, 2009 representatives from the Jennifer A. Kemp Foundation toured the New York ASPCA Adoption Center (which is often featured in “Animal Precinct” on the Animal Planet channel). During our visit, in addition to meeting a number of current “residents” of the shelter (including a particularly cute kitten named Harry Potter), we learned about the various community outreach programs that the ASPCA runs to help provide subsidized spay and neuter services to low income pet owners. In addition, the ASPCA is looking to expand their adoption facility in order to be able to temporarily house more animals pending their adoption. At the end of our visit, Elena Dulik, JAKF Board Member, presented Diane Wilkerson, Senior Vice President of Volunteer Development, and Nada Polanco, Manager of Foundation and Corporate Support, with a $2,500 donation on behalf of the Foundation to support their on-going efforts.
From left: Elena Dulik, JAKF Board Member, Julia Dulik, Diane Wilkerson, Senior Vice President of Volunteer Development, and Nada Polanco, Manager of Foundation and Corporate Support
The Jennifer A. Kemp Foundation donates $2500 to the Chicago PAWS
On March 14th, 2009 members of the Jennifer A. Kemp Foundation visited the PAWS Lincoln Park Adoption & Humane Center in Chicago. PAWS Chicago is the city’s largest No Kill humane organization. This state-of-the-art facility, with a rooftop pet deck, offers a cageless environment for homeless pets while welcoming adopters and providing them with guidance in selecting their new pet and continued support for life. At the end of their tour, the Foundation made a $2,500 donation to PAWS Chicago to help continue their efforts in building a No Kill Chicago – a city where pets are no longer destroyed just because they are homeless.
Tiscia Eicher (PAWS Adoption Center Director) and Varsha Vig
From left to right: Elena Dulik, Tom Carl, Kay Pitman, Bonnie Nelson, Varsha Vig, Tiscia Eicher, Kelly Hansen, and Doug Hansen
The Jennifer A. Kemp Foundation donates $2500 to the Dallas SPCA
On March 6th, 2009 members of the Jennifer A. Kemp Foundation visited the Dallas SPCA, where they toured the current facility. The Dallas SPCA is currently working on building a newer facility just west of their current downtown facility where they can provide a better atomosphere for the animals and adoptive families. Thomas Kemp, JAKF Vice President, presented a check for $2,500 to SPCA President James Bias to help in their efforts.
From left to right: James Bias (Pres. SPCA), Thomas Kemp, Judith Moore, and Geoffrey Kemp