Oct. 13, 2023




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Grant Award Covers a Year of Humane Cases

How Armstrong County's Humane Program helps animals.

Click on the above video to learn about the Armstrong County Humane Program.

ARMSTRONG COUNTY, PA -- On Tuesday, Oct. 10, The Founders' Fund, a component of the Armstrong County Community Foundation (ACCF), granted Humane Animal Allies $3,000 for its Cash per Case (CpC) program. This generous support will cover a year's worth of animal neglect and cruelty cases in Armstrong County.


CpC pays $30 to humane police officers (HPOs) for each case investigated to cover basic supplies and materials (it is not a salary or pay). It is used for pet food and supplies for families or seniors in need; animal rescue supplies including catch poles, traps, and personal protective gear; vehicle fuel; veterinary expenses including medical supplies and necropsies (animal autopsies) and other costs as they occur.


Both of Armstrong County's HPOs are unpaid volunteers. Officer Chris Jirak O'Donnell represents Orphans of the Storm in Rayburn Township and Officer Amber Phillips represents Champion's Crusaiders Rescue in Leechburg. They work 24/ 7 and dedicate hundreds of hours investigating animals that are victims of cruelty, neglect, and abandonment. The HPOs serve Armstrong County’s 65,000 people spread across 664 square miles, taking more than 100 cases a year.


"We cannot fully express our gratitude to the Founders' Fund and the ACCF from our CpC program. Volunteering as a humane police officer is more than a full-time job and it is a challenge to also raise money for this work. Because of this generous support we can focus 100 percent on our investigations," said Officer O'Donnell.


Humane Animal Allies’ (HAA’s) mission is promoting respect and compassion for all living creatures in the hearts and minds of those in our community.


To learn about Pennsylvania laws protecting animals, sponsor a humane call, schedule a presentation or report animal abuse or neglect in Armstrong County visit www.humaneanimalallies.org.


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