The Friends Animal Hospital, a non-profit organization that provides medical care to homeless animals, received $1 million in federal stimulus money, the Center for Public Integrity has learned.
The money is a major boost for a charity that, until now, has only operated on a volunteer basis, and the Center says the money will allow the organization to provide medical care for up to 2,000 animals per year.
In addition, the money supports the creation of a new fellowship program, which will give financial support to homeless animal shelters and adoption agencies, according to the news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The new fellowship will provide funding for the adoption of animals through a new nonprofit organization called Friends Animal Care.
“Foster care is the cornerstone of the Friends Animal hospital’s mission, and this funding will help support a program that will foster a new community of caring, compassionate individuals, who will become the next generation of Friends Animal Hospitals,” said Robert C. Nunn, the President and CEO of Friends animal hospital.
“The money will help us continue to provide vital medical care, including lifesaving surgeries, to animals who need it most, including our most vulnerable patients.
Friends Animal care has been providing a high level of medical care since its founding in 2013, with the addition of a large surgical suite, a full-service veterinary hospital, an on-site surgery center and a specialized surgical intensive care unit, as well as the expansion of our emergency department.”
Friends Animal Health is part of the American Animal Hospital Association, a nonprofit organization which, along with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), represents over 200 health care providers and organizations that provide medical, surgical, and nursing services to animals, including the homeless.
A spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to Breitbart News that the money is part in the federal stimulus package.
“These funds will allow us to expand our emergency departments and staff, and to improve the safety of our animal patients, which are the lifeblood of the animal shelter system,” said a spokesperson for CDPH, in a statement to Breitbart.
“This is an important and long-overdue investment to help provide the best possible care for our animals and our community.”
The hospital has long had a troubled history.
In 2011, the group was investigated for fraud and misconduct by the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and in 2014, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services closed its animal shelter in the Bronx.
In 2015, the federal government terminated its Animal Care and Control contract with the hospital.
In 2016, a federal judge ruled that the hospital should be declared a “non-profit shelter” by the U,S.
Last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs sued the hospital and the city over its treatment of animals.
“A lot of the money we’re receiving now will go towards medical care that we can do in our buildings and that we do inhumanely,” said CDPO spokesperson Caryn Baca.
“We have a huge amount of compassion and love for our patients and our staff and that compassion is what has kept us going for so long.”