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Golisano Foundation Awards $426,000 in First Round of COVID-19 Response Grants

Rochester, NY—May 14, 2020—The Golisano Foundation announced today that is has awarded $426,300 in its first round of COVID-19 Response Grants. Now through the end of October 2020, the foundation is redirecting approximately $2 million in grant funding to assist organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida due to the coronavirus crisis. 

Grants totaling $23,300 from the Foundation’s new Bailey and Friends Fund will go to organizations dedicated to animal welfare that are experiencing unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bailey and Friends First Round COVID-19 Response Grants – $23,300

  • Beverly Animal Shelter – $5,000  
  • The Humane Society of Yates County – $1,000  
  • Mr. Grey's Strays, Inc. – $2,000  
  • Pet Pride of NY – $4,800  
  • Rochester Hope for Pets – $3,000  
  • SNIP Collier – $5,000  
  • Wyoming County SPCA – $2,500 

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Pet Holidays

2020 Pet Holidays and Awareness Dates

January

  • 14 – National Dress Up Your Pet Day

February

  • 20 – National Love Your Pet Day
  • 22 – National Walking the Dog Day
  • 25 – World Spay Day

March

  • 13 – National K9 Veterans Day
  • 23 – National Puppy Day
  • 28 – National Respect Your Cat Day

April

  • 10 – National Hug Your Dog Day
  • 11 – National Pet Day
  • 29 – International Guide Dog Day
  • 30 – National Animal Advocacy Day

May

  • 8 - National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

June

  • 4 – National Hug Your Cat Day
  • 22 – National Take Your Cat to Work Day
  • 26 – National Take Your Dog to Work Day

July

  • 10 - National Kitten Day
  • 15 – National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • 31 – National Mutt Day

August

  • 1 – “DOGust 1st” Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • 5 – Work Like a Dog Day
  • 15 – International Homeless Animals’ Day
  • 22 – National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
  • 26 – International Dog Day

September

  • 28 – World Rabies Day

October

  • 4 – World Animal Day
  • 9 – National Pet Obesity Day
  • 16 – National Feral Cat Day
  • 21 – National Pets for Veterans Day
  • 29 – National Cat Day

November

  • 1 - National Cook for Your Pets Day

December

  • 2 - National Mutt Day

2020 National Awareness Months

  • January – Train Your Dog Month, Walk Your Dog Month
  • February – Cat Health Month, Pet Dental Month
  • March – Pet Poison Prevention Month
  • April – Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • May - National Pet Month
  • September – World Animal Remembrance Month
  • October – National Animal Safety and Prevention Month, Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
  • November – National Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • December – National Cat Lovers’ Month