Following several high profile cases of animal abuse involving pets set on fire, the Pennsylvania SPCA is establishing the Fund for Humane Education.
“Sadly, vicious cruelty and acts of neglect towards animals are terrible and constant truths in our society,” said Jerry Buckley, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA. “Prevention and education are closely linked. The fund will allow us to expand our efforts to educate all citizens, with particular focus on middle and high school aged youth, regarding the humane treatment of animals.”
The goal is to raise $100,000 for the fund which will allow the Pennsylvania SPCA to:
- devote resources for a full-time humane educator;
- expand the number of educational programs currently provided to schools, community groups, after school programs, summer camps and other organizations;
- Develop and purchase age-appropriate educational materials;
- Develop web-based education modules on the Pennsylvania SPCA Web site;
- Provide transportation for school-aged groups to visit the shelter and learn more about animal care and welfare.
“Numerous studies have indicated that animal abuse is closely related to domestic violence and other violent acts in society,” Buckley said. “The Fund for Humane Education is designed to not only improve the lives of animals, but also the entire community. We are 100 percent dependent on donations to help fulfill our mission. We are grateful to all our benefactors and we ask for continued support for this important initiative.”
Donations to the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Education Fund can be made by calling 215-426-6304 Ext. 272 or online.
The Pennsylvania SPCA continues to investigate numerous leads in the cases of both dogs that had been intentionally set on fire. Chloe, a young female pitbull who was found on the 700 block of Gray street, died June 25 from her injuries. Hercules, a four-month-old puppy who was found on West Cheltenham Avenue July 5, is recovering from burns over 75 percent of his body.
You can also share your support in person by attending “Justice for Chloe and Hercules” a rally hosted by the PSPCA tonight at 7 p.m. at the PSPCA headquarters at 350 East Erie Ave.