Loudoun-based charitiesto get more than $889,000

The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation will award more than $889,000 to Loudoun County-based charities this year, the foundation said in a statement.

The foundation, created by Loudoun philanthropist Claude Moore in 1987, has pledged or made grants totaling more than $47 million to various charities since it began, the statement said. Loudoun-based charities and organizations have received more than $14 million, including $889,000 for 2013, the foundation said.

Among this year’s gifts:

→ Loudoun Youth, $10,000.

→Inova nursing scholarships, $150,000.

→ Arc of Loudoun, $50,000.

→ Loudoun Cares, $50,000.

→ Every Citizen Has Opportunities (ECHO), $26,000.

→ Loudoun Education Foundation (high school graduation party project), $38,000.

→Loudoun Education Foundation (Teachers Endorsement Scholarship Project), $27,000.

→Loudoun Education Foundation (Reality Store), $8,000.

→ Loudoun Literary Council, $50,000.

→ Loudoun County general distributions, $200,000.

→ Claude Moore Healthcare Academies, $225,000.

→ Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (Loudoun Impact Fund), $30,000.

→ Loudoun Education Foundation program (Future Leaders), $25,000.

Clinic offers free microchips and rabies vaccines for pets

Free microchip IDs and rabies vaccines for dogs and cats will be available at a Winter Pet Wellness Clinic on Jan. 26 at the Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates office,
120 E. Cornwell Lane in Purcellville.

Registration is required. The clinic, which is open only to Loudoun County residents, is part of ongoing efforts by Loudoun County Animal Services and Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates to reunite lost pets with their owners and to ensure that pets remain healthy through regular vaccinations and routine diagnostic tests.

A microchip provides a permanent way of identifying a pet found by animal control officers or a veterinary office. Implanted with a shot, the number on the chip can be read by a scanner and traced to the owner.

Rabies vaccines are required by law for dogs and cats 4 months or older. Loudoun dog licenses will also be sold with proof of a current rabies vaccine.

Appointments are available from 9 to 11 .m. for dogs and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for cats.

For information on the Winter Pet Wellness Clinic, go to www.loudoun.gov/animals or call the animal shelter at 703-777-0406.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson