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Local Nonprofit Hill Country Cats Offered $2K Challenge Grant
Must Be Matched By Community By December 31
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 13, 2012

Hill Country Cats, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to control of the free-roaming cat population in Burnet and Llano counties through the humane method of Trap/Neuter/Return, has been offered a $2,000 challenge grant by the Los Angeles-based Ernest Lieblich Foundation.

Ernest Lieblich was a German WWII refugee who emigrated to the U.S. and built a thriving food service business.  A lifelong lover of animals and the arts, he dedicated his foundation to supporting nonprofits in those fields.  According to Marble Falls resident Claire Edwards, an active Hill Country Cats volunteer whose sister serves on the Lieblich Foundation’s board of directors, Mr. Lieblich was so devoted to animals that his final instructions directed that his own ashes be commingled with those of a late beloved pet and scattered together.

To receive the foundation grant, which requires a dollar-for-dollar match, Hill Country Cats must raise the same amount through community contributions made by December 31, 2012.  The Lieblich Foundation has made previous grants to Hill Country Cats, and the current challenge grant underscores both the foundation’s continued support of HCC’s animal welfare mission and its desire for the local community to provide support as well.

Hill Country Cats invites residents of Burnet and Llano counties who care about animals to join in supporting its mission of humanely controlling the free-roaming cat population.  Tax-deductible contributions in any amount are welcome and may be sent to Hill Country Cats, PO Box 8418, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657.       

About Hill Country Cats

Hill Country Cats was organized in 2006 as a charitable nonprofit organization with the mission of humanely reducing the stray cat population through the proven practices of Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR).  Since its inception six years ago, Hill Country Cats has trapped and neutered or spayed more than 4,500 cats in the two-county area, thus preventing tens of thousands more from being born.

Hill Country Cats is an all-volunteer organization consisting of twelve TNR team leaders and trappers, about 200 caregivers and colony managers, a volunteer executive director, and a board of directors.  The organization depends on tax-deductible donations and grants to cover such expenses as veterinary services (at discounted rates offered to the organization by participating veterinarians), medications and vaccinations, humane traps, cat food, and transportation.

Anyone in Burnet or Llano counties with a stray cat problem may contact Hill Country Cats for consultation and assistance.  Donations are requested to help defray expenses, but services are offered regardless of ability to pay.   For more information, call 830-598-9883, email hill, or visit

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