HUDSON -- Burton D. Morgan Foundation has awarded a grant of $50,000 to Portage Animal Protective League, the second of four special $50,000 grants to the community that Morgan Foundation will announce throughout the year in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Serving Portage County since 1955, the Portage APL rescues nearly a thousand animals each year, caring for them until they can be placed in permanent homes. The organization will utilize grant funds to erect a much-needed pole barn on its Ravenna property and provide the community with additional low-cost spay and neuter clinics for cats. Construction of the pole barn will begin this summer and is expected to be completed by winter.

Chalan Lowry, Portage APL executive director, said, "The Board of Directors and I are absolutely ecstatic over this generous gift. We are a small shelter with big hopes for the future. This grant will have an invaluable and long term impact on Portage APL and our services. We will be able to save money and help more animals and people in the community as a result. Burton D. Morgan Foundation has given us a gift we could not have given ourselves and will forever have a place in our hearts."

Foundation CEO and President Deborah Hoover commented, "Morgan Foundation's 50th Anniversary is a major milestone for our organization and through each of our four commemorative grants, we recognize the good work of nonprofits in our area. We are gratified to be able to assist Portage Animal Protective League better serve pets in need. Burt Morgan had a special affinity for Portage County and would no doubt be greatly pleased by this grant award."

In keeping with its mission to champion the entrepreneurial spirit, Burton D. Morgan Foundation supports programs and projects at the youth, collegiate, and adult levels that are designed to build competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation. The Foundation also provides support to the Greater Akron community with non-mission related grants, which are awarded proactively each year. To mark its 50 years of philanthropy, Morgan Foundation announced earlier this year that it would award four grants of $50,000 to community organizations. A grant to Akron Soul Train was announced in February.