The KWA awarded The Cannoli Fund a community grant for 2017-2018 that will help fund two programs of our animal welfare group that works in greater King William and Lavaca.
One of the programs is new: SOS: Save Our Strays. Our organization does not rescue stray animals itself, but provides advice, access to resources and financial assistance for neighbors who do. Stray dogs and cats have roamed the streets of King William for decades. In the past, our Cannolicare program, which provides financial assistance for major veterinary care, has supported neighbors rescuing these animals. Although Cannolicare officially provides $400 per animal towards veterinary care, we have often increased that amount to help save strays that suffer from at least one serious and costly medical condition, like heartworm disease.
The SOS program specifically helps neighbors who rescue strays from the street, removing the financial barrier to saving them. These animals receive initial vetting, standard health testing, vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchipping, and treatment for other serious health issues with a positive prognosis, with no set financial limit. All cats and dogs receiving any of our services are required to be spayed or neutered, and we facilitate those services through a local low-cost clinic as needed.
The Canoli Fund for Dogs and Cats, established in 2011, is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to improve the lives, and control the population of, animals in our area. The organization is named after a cat rescued as a kitten from a King William porch in 2009. To date, we have provided services to more than 850 cats and dogs. Through additional programs, we:
- promote and reimburse for spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm testing and microchipping
- provide water bowls for neighbors to place along the sidewalk to provide passing pets access to fresh water
- use our microchip scanner to scan found cats and dogs for a chip in hopes of finding their homes
- deliver pet food monthly to neighbors, often to those caring for “fixed” community cats
We truly appreciate the efforts of the staff and volunteers who make the King William Fair possible, which provides the funds to assist us in our work to help our community care for animals in need.
The Cannoli Fund is on Facebook and Instagram. Follow us for stories on animals helped, information about our free programs and more. Our website, thecannolifund.org, is loaded with information on animal welfare as well as the details of our free programs.
- Nancy Diehl, Board President