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$100,000 Grant Awarded to Honor Animal Rescue

In addition to Manatee Community Foundation’s deep investments in education, human services, health, civic engagement, arts and the environment, donor advisors and legacy donors make it possible for us to support animal welfare in our community.

Upon their deaths, Bill and Maryann Vinall’s passion for animals was transformed into a permanently endowed fund that supports dogs, cats, wildlife and other animals every year at the Foundation.

A $100,000 grant from the Fund was recently awarded to Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue to support its new buildings and enhanced campus in east Manatee County.

“This investment demonstrates a commitment to homeless animals and working families in need of assistance with their pets in our growing community.” said Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue Executive Director Dari Oglesby.

“The Journey Home Capital expansion is not just about building more kennels to house more animals; it is about providing the medical, training and safety net resources families need to keep their pets.”

The enhanced campus plans include a new welcome and adoption center, a behavior and training center that will help make shelter pets more adoptable and serve as a resource for current pet owners, and a building to house and treat sick and special needs animals being transferred from other shelters where they would have otherwise been euthanized.

To learn more about Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, visit

Rendering of Honor Animal Rescue’s New Campus and Buildings