Grant will fund program that keeps people and pets together in times of hardship
Las Vegas –The Animal Foundation received a grant for $75,000 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to keep pets at home and out of the shelter by providing funding for external veterinary medical services and behavior training services as part of its Keeping Every Person and Pet Together (KEPPT) program. Medical services and behavior training are among the greatest needs for KEPPT patrons who face real barriers that threaten their pet ownership. Thanks to this generous grant, The Animal Foundation will be able to channel more medical and behavior training resources to assist people who qualify for such temporary help with their pets.
“When faced with the inability to properly address their pet’s health or behavior issues, many people are forced to consider surrender,” said Daniel Neel, Chief Finance and Development Officer for The Animal Foundation. “Through our KEPPT program, we can provide much-needed assistance to these pet owners, whether that be in the form of short-term work with an animal behavior trainer, sterilization surgery, vaccines, medications or assistance to pay for medical procedures.”
The Animal Foundation launched KEPPT as a pilot program in September 2015 to serve as the shelter’s owner-surrender intervention strategy. Since its launch, KEPPT has successfully kept an average of 100 at-risk pets at home and out of the shelter every month. With the addition of the $75,000 PetSmart Charities grant, The Animal Foundation aims to reduce over-the-counter owner surrenders by as much as 30% over the next year to achieve significant cost savings that will help to sustain KEPPT as a vital program for the community.
“We are thrilled to lend our support to the KEPPT program, which will make affordable specialized pet care services more accessible to the community,” said Jenny Aho, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “Together with The Animal Foundation, we hope to dramatically reduce the number of owner surrenders in the Las Vegas Valley and find more 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 Animal Foundation is open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information and to view adoptable pets, please visit animalfoundation.com.
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 25,000 pets in 2017. 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.
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