The Portage Foundation has a new fund for helping furry friends across Portage County, thanks to a donation from the animal-loving Madonio family.
The Madonio Family Animal Welfare Trust, established with a $10,000 donation, seeks to support no-kill animal shelters, rescues and other animal welfare projects throughout the county.
"We've just always loved our animals as if they were part of our family and wanted to give other animals the opportunity to have the kind of life," said Chas Madonio, who started the fund along with his three children, Patrick, Andrew and Erin Madonio Latina. "I thought, I've got some extra cash and would like to do something with it that might have an impact."
Madonio said a goal of the new fund will be to support groups such as the Portage Animal Protective League, Rose's Rescue in Rootstown, Happy Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna and the many other no-kill rescues throughout the county with the intention to help makePortage a 100 percent no-kill county.
Other long-term goals include providing funds for neutering and spaying, as well as financial assistance to individuals who cannot afford medical treatment for their pets.
The Madonio family also pledged to take on the costs of promoting the fund, to ensure that any money in it goes directly to its cause.
"The tagline for The Portage Foundation is 'Connecting passion and generous people with causes that matter,' and the Madonio family are very generous people and they're very passionate about animals," Portage Foundation Executive Director Ralph Kletzien said. "By their sharing of their resources through this fund on an annual basis, we're going to be able to make some grants to some organizations that are in the business of caring for animals."
Those who wish to support the Madonio Family Animal Welfare Trust can make a check payable to The Portage Foundation with "Madonio Fund" on the memo line.
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