NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it has established the ASPCA Julie Morris Scholarship Program, which will provide animal welfare professionals across the country access to important education and training by granting $100,000 a year for the next three years to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and selected animal welfare organizations. These restricted grants will enable animal welfare professionals to attend Animal Care Expo, the largest international education and training conference and trade show in the fields of animal care and control, rescue and emergency services.
Starting this year and continuing each year for the following two years, the program will cover travel and other related costs, enabling 100 animal welfare professionals to attend Animal Care Expo each year.
ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres stated: “Collaboration, tireless hard work and education are the cornerstones for providing positive outcomes for homeless and other at-risk animals around the globe. Events such as Expo provide the ideal environment to share our learnings and best practices so that we can save more lives in the field. I am very pleased to provide educational grants to animal welfare professionals who otherwise might not have access to these resources or opportunities to network with other animal welfare professionals.”
The program is named after Julie Morris, ASPCA senior vice president of community outreach, who has more than 30 years of animal welfare experience and joined the ASPCA in 1990 as Senior Director of the Manhattan Shelter/Animal Control Services, which was then associated with the ASPCA. Julie is currently Senior Vice President of the ASPCA’s Community Outreach team. In 1995, Julie created the organization’s National Shelter Outreach department, which provides resources and expertise to animal welfare professionals and workers all around the country. In 2005, Julie coordinated the ASPCA’s hurricane relief efforts when the Gulf region was reeling from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Thanks to her visionary leadership and reputation for getting results, ASPCA Community Outreach, as it is now known, has grown from a staff of two to more than 140 in 17 years, with dozens of staff members based in communities around the country. Prior to joining the ASPCA, she served as Executive Director during her tenure at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor, Mich. (1978-1986), and also was the Director of Operations for the Michigan Humane Society, Detroit, Mich. (1986-1990).
Animal Care Expo is in its 21st year, providing attendees with over 70 educational workshops for shelter and animal care professionals, emergency managers and responders, veterinarians and vet technicians, and equine protection organizations.
ASPCA grants provide support to a variety of U.S.-based non-profit animal welfare organizations through cash awards, sponsorships, executive and technical assistance, and training. In 2011, the ASPCA distributed more than $15.2 million in the form of 1,300 grants to 740 organizations in all 50 states.