Lakes Region Humane Society (LRHS) of Ossipee was selected as one of twenty-one local non-profit agencies to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (MVSB Fund) this year. In addition to the $5,000 grant the organization received from the MVSB Fund, Bank employees also selected the Lakes Region Humane Society as one of ten local non-profits to receive a $3,350 donation resulting from the Bank’s match of employee donations to the Granite United Way. LRHS plans to use the $8,350 in support to convert attic space that is currently used for storage into a multi-purpose room that can be used for meetings, as an exercise room for dogs during inclement weather, and as a space to offer dog obedience classes.
“Socialization and training are important factors in reducing the likelihood that animals will be returned to the humane society after they are adopted,” said Megan Fichter, Executive Director for Lakes Region Humane Society. “Along with serving as an indoor space for our dogs to play and interact, this multi-purpose room will give us the opportunity to offer pet owners in the community training programs to better ensure that pets will successfully integrate into their new homes.”
The Lakes Region Humane Society serves the communities of the Lakes Region by providing a compassionate haven for animals in need. The organization is dedicated to the loving care of abused, unwanted, and lost pets. LRHS respects all animals, and euthanasia is never used as a means of population control. Their mission is to care for abused and abandoned animals until they can be adopted, and to promote the health and welfare of domestic animals through community outreach and education. For more information or to contribute, visit www.lrhs.net.
MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 269 grants totaling $1,071,067 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives. The deadline for consideration for the next grant cycle is October 15, 2015. Applications are available on the Bank’s website and at all MVSB offices.
Photo Caption: Meredith Village Savings Bank Regional Vice President Robyn Masteller (left) presents a $8,350 check to Megan Fichter, Executive Director for Lakes Region Humane Society (right) with recently adopted dog, Alita.