The Greg Biffle Foundation was founded by Greg and Nicole Biffle to provide support to animal welfare groups across the country through grant funding. Dollars provided by the Foundation help fund spay/neuter programs, vet expenses, kennels and operating expenses for shelters. Organizations supported by the Greg Biffle Foundation range from Humane Societies across the country to breed specific rescue groups.
In 2008, the Greg Biffle Foundation received more than 200 applications for funding, half of which they were able to fund. That is a huge increase from the 51 organizations they awarded funds to in 2007.
Thanks to events like the Partners for Paws and the support of NASCAR fans, the Greg Biffle Foundation has been able to double its reach in just one year and help a larger number of organizations across the country provide basic needs and protection to animals.
According to Greg Biffle Foundation Executive Director Emily DiNunzio, animal welfare groups face many challenges this year.
“During this type of down economy people start surrendering their animals to Humane Societies and shelters in record numbers. The shelters are becoming overwhelmed and we receive calls and emails each week from shelters that are at capacity. There is just a desperate need for funding.”
Founder Greg Biffle shares his compassion for animals with fellow NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. In addition to its conservation efforts, The Ryan Newman Foundation focuses its mission on promoting spay/neuter and pet adoption programs.
“For $350 you can spay/neuter about 5-6 animals,” said Rosalie DeFini, executive director for the Ryan Newman Foundation. “That’s the average price of rescuing and finding a home for one animal. We encourage and support both pet adoption and spay/neuter programs, but our main emphasis is on spay/neuter since there are not enough homes for all the abandoned animals in our country. The only mathematically proven way to reduce the number of pets euthanized in America each year is by reducing the population of unwanted animals through low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter programs.”
“6-8 million animals are taken into shelters every year and 3-4 million are euthanized. Until spaying and neutering become more common practice, it’s impossible for all shelters to be no kill, which is why we promote spay/neuter and adoption programs.” Rosalie DeFini, Ryan Newman Foundation executive director.
In 2007, the Ryan Newman Foundation SNIP Regional Spay and Neuter Clinic opened in the heart of NASCAR country. In the first 11 months of operation, the clinic spayed/neutered 6,249 dogs and cats across the region. This year, the Foundation hopes to expand these initiatives to a more national level by using proceeds from the next edition of Pit Road Pets to fund national spay and neuter grants.
“Events like Partners for Paws helps us fulfill our mission,” added DeFini. “As we look to expand our programming these events become even more important to helping us meet our goals.”
One such organization that has received past funding from the Ryan Newman Foundation and benefits from Partners for Paws is the Halifax Humane Society of Daytona Beach. The Halifax Humane Society services the Greater Daytona Beach area in Volusia County Florida. It is an open-door animal shelter that receives over 17,000 animals annually through city contracts and owner surrenders. Its kennel and cage capacity can comfortably house approximately 350 animals per day and is usually full.
Equipped with a spay/neuter clinic, they perform early-age spay/neuter surgeries to ensure that all adopted animals are altered before entering a new home.
Last year, the Halifax Humane Society played a critical role in getting legislation passed in their community that animals, with the exception of assistance animals and licensed breeders, must be spayed or neutered. This is a huge victory towards helping reduce the number of animals that are being brought in to the shelter every day.
The Greg Biffle Foundation, Ryan Newman Foundation and Halifax Humane Society have been working hard this past year to address the overpopulation issues surrounding pets. Thank you to those who attended the Partners for Paws last year and showed your support. With your help, we were able to accomplish great things in 2008 and we hope to see you again this year. We have a stellar lineup of NASCAR memorabilia and VIP experiences including a ride around Daytona International Speedway with NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, a limited edition signed Dale Earnhardt Jr. framed print, a Daytona 500 2010 VIP experience, an autographed race used tire, sheet metal from several of your favorite drivers and much more! Whether you are a NASCAR collector, fan or simply want to support the cause, we hope to see you there on Feb. 11th! Won’t you join us in continuing the fight to reduce the estimated 5 million animals a year that lose their lives in shelters because they are homeless by getting your ticket for the Partners for Paws today? CLICK HERE