The Animal Foundation Receives $10,000 From PetSmart Charities® To Help Fund “KEPPT”

 Grant will fund program that keeps people and pets together in times of hardship

Las VegasThe Animal Foundation received a grant for $10,000 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to keep pets at home and out of the shelter by providing operational support and direct program funding for its Keeping Every Person and Pet Together (KEPPT) program. Thanks to this generous grant, The Animal Foundation will continue to provide assistance to people who need temporary help with basic needs for their pets, whether through the delivery of basic veterinary care, short-term boarding or pet food assistance.

“At The Animal Foundation, we understand that pet owners can sometimes face challenges such as pet behavior issues, a housing crisis or general financial difficulties,” said Daniel Neel, Chief Finance and Development Officer for The Animal Foundation. “When faced with the inability to feed, vaccinate, or spay/neuter their pet, many people will consider surrender. Thanks to the KEPPT program, we can provide assistance to people who face basic challenges in the care of their pets.”

“Grants from PetSmart Charities are making pet care services more accessible and affordable for pet parents in need of a temporary lifeline,” said Jenny Aho, Regional Relationship Manager at PetSmart Charities.  “Together with The Animal Foundation, we hope to reduce the number of owner surrenders and help find solutions so that pets can stay with their owners and avoid entering the shelter.”  

Operating as the Nevada’s largest open-admission animal shelter, The Animal Foundation provides refuge and healthcare for thousands of helpless animals annually. The Keeping Every Person and Pet Together (KEPPT) program was launched by The Animal Foundation in early 2017 as the shelter’s owner-surrender intervention program.

The Animal Foundation is open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information and to view adoptable pets, please visit animalfoundation.com.

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ABOUT THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION:

The Animal Foundation is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas Valley. The Animal Foundation operates the highest volume single-site animal shelter in America, saving more than 21,000 pets every year. Founded in 1978, The Animal Foundation’s lifesaving programs are designed to address the root causes of pet overpopulation and homelessness and include: adoptions; low-cost spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccination services; lost & found pets; Community Cats; and more. In June 2015, The Animal Foundation announced Mission: Possible 2020, a strategic initiative to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals come to them in need by the end of the year 2020. To learn more about The Animal Foundation or view adoptable pets online, visit animalfoundation.com.

ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to pets in need by making donations directly to PetSmart Charities on a pin pad at the registers in PetSmart stores. PetSmart Charities administers and efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar of the generous donations by issuing grants and providing additional support to help pets in need. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

Media Contact:

Kelly Leahy

Communications Manager | 702-955-5927 or 314-596-1375

kleahy@animalfoundation.com