Eagles Announce Animal Welfare Program

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2009  |  Updated 6:10 PM EDT
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Eagles Announce Animal Welfare Program

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Months after facing sharp criticism for signing convicted dog fighter Michael Vick, the Eagles are making good on a pledge to support animal welfare groups by launching their TAWK initiative.

The team on Monday unveiled the program, which stands for Treating Animals With Kindness. It’s a $500,000 grant program to help animal welfare organizations in the Philadelphia area.

The initiative aims to reduce animal abuse, encourage spaying and neutering, and end dogfighting through public education and awareness.

The Eagles awarded their first three $50,000 matching grants to Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, the Humane Society of Berks County and the Humane Society of the United States.

Vick has worked with the Humane society for the several months to reach at-risk youth and address the problem of dogfighting in America.  He hosts two events monthly to get their message out.

Vick is scheduled to speak Tuesday to students and parents at Germantown High School in Philadelphia.

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