PetSmart Charities recently announced that it has awarded over $11 million in grants to fund spay and neuter surgeries for pets in need. The grants, awarded to over 200 animal welfare organizations across North America, are intended to help reduce pet overpopulation. The announcement was made during National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, a time when many industry leaders work to raise awareness of the issue of pet overpopulation.
The $11 million in grants represents just one facet of PetSmart Charities’ efforts to help pets in need. The organization, along with PetSmart Charities of Canada, has contributed over $300 million to provide assistance to pets in need. These efforts are made possible largely through individual donations made by PetSmart customers during checkout.
“Spaying and neutering pets is key to reducing the number of pets entering shelters, lowering euthanasia rates and proactively preventing pet homelessness. By partnering with more than 200 animal welfare organizations, PetSmart Charities can help provide accessible spay and neuter services for pets and pet parents in need across North America. This brings us one step closer to ending pet homelessness and finding lifelong, loving forever homes for all pets.”
— David Haworth, President, PetSmart Charities
Following the expansion of its mission in 2016, PetSmart Charities extended the reach of its efforts beyond ending pet homelessness to include a variety of activities that aim to build connections between pets and people. These activities have been divided into ten major categories:
- Emergency Relief
- Intake Diversion
- Capacity Building
- Pet Transport
- Shelter Management
- Conference and Training
- Enhancing Quality of Life through Pets
- Keeping Pets and Families Together
Animal welfare professionals interested in applying for a grant to contribute to one of these areas are encouraged to do so through PetSmart Charities’ online application system.
More information about PetSmart Charities and PetSmart Charities of Canada, including information about grants and other ways to contribute, can be found at PetSmartCharities.org or PetSmartCharities.ca.