The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. (ARF) has received a donation of 10,000 pet meals (2,500 pounds) from Halo, Purely for Pets, thanks to Academy Award–winning actress and Montauk resident Julianne Moore.
The donation, which is valued at $5,100, is a result of this spring’s Academy Awards. Each nominated actor and actress in the top categories received a gift certificate from Halo for a 10,000-meal donation to theanimal shelter or rescue of their choice. Moore, who won the Best Actress award in 2015 for her title role in Still Alice, chose ARF.
“We were thrilled to be chosen,” says ARF Senior Director of Operations & Partnership Programs Michele Forrester. “Every donation helps towards the bottom line of our budget.” says ARF’s Senior Director of Operations & Partnership Programs, Michele Forrester.
ARF has chosen to use the 2,500 pounds of kibble for the Operation Cat Program, the most successful TNR (trap/neuter/release) program on the East End of Long Island. In addition to spaying and neutering feral cats from Brookhaven Township to Montauk, Operation Cat also provides free pet food to those volunteers who care for the large colonies of these community cats— ensuring their survival and health, especially in the harsh winter months.
ARF says the donation should sustain Operation Cat through the end of 2015.
This grant is part of a partnership between GreaterGood.org, FreeKibble.com, and HALO to help alleviate the burden of feeding homeless animals and will help ARF continue to care for feral cats in the area.