The Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals Awards $47,000 in Grants

Fund has awarded $360,067 since 2009...

SOUTH YARMOUTH—The Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals of The Cape Cod Foundation recently awarded a total of $47,000 in grants to nine local nonprofit organizations to support domesticated animals and wildlife.

The fund was established at the Foundation through a gift from the late Thomas C. McGowan.

“Mr. McGowan was passionate about animals and wanted to ensure there would be funds to support their protection and welfare long after his death,” said Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation. “Since 2009, the Fund has awarded $360,067 in grants to continue his legacy.”

In establishing the fund, McGowan indicated a preference for initiatives that focused on medical treatment, spaying/neutering of domestic animals, the prevention of cruelty to animals, and education and awareness-building on related public issues.

This year’s recipients are:

Animal Rescue League of Boston, $5,000

To the Brewster shelter to support the Behavior Care program


Cape Wildlife Center, $7,000

To support hospital and education initiatives


Center for Coastal Studies, $3,500

To support the Marine Animal Rescue Program


Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, $5,500

To support the Northern diamondback terrapin conservation program


Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), $7,000

To the Centerville shelter to help provide low-cost spay/neuter services to low-income cat and dog owners on Cape Cod


Nantucket Island Safe Harbor for Animals, $5,000

To support the Pets for Life program


New England Society for Abandoned Animals, $3,000

To support the Feral Rescue program


People for Cats, $3,000

To support the Veterinary Care Assistance Fund


Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care, $8,000

To support rehabilitative treatment for critically ill or injured dogs and cats, particularly in life-threatening cases, when their owners cannot afford treatment


Anyone interested in creating their own charitable fund or donating to The Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals can call Kristin O’Malley at 508.790.3040, donate online at, or mail a check, payable to the Thomas C. McGowan Fund for Animals, to: The Cape Cod Foundation; 261 Whites Path, Unit 2; South Yarmouth, MA, 02664. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on