THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION RECEIVES $50,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® TO HELP KEEP PETS AND PEOPLE TOGETHER
Grant Funds Assistance with Emergency Pet Deposits for Qualifying Individuals
With this grant, The Animal Foundation will help preserve the bond between pets and their people by offering assistance with emergency pet deposits for qualifying individuals. By covering the cost of pet deposits with funds issued directly to landlords, The Animal Foundation allows the bond to remain unbroken and pets to remain where they should be – in their homes with their families.
Many people consider pets family members and it can be challenging to find resources when facing life changes and issues such as homelessness, lack of pet-friendly housing, or fleeing domestic violence in search of a safe-haven. Pet parents in these and other at-risk situations often determine they have no options beyond surrendering their beloved pet to a local shelter.
“A house truly becomes a home the moment we welcome a pet,” said Ariadna Medecki, Community Outreach Program Manager. “We know the importance of the human animal bond, now more than ever, which is why it’s our mission to keep every person and pet together.”
“Aside from being considered family to many people, pets often provide considerable support during life challenges,” said Dani LaGiglia, community grants manager at PetSmart Charities. “We’re pleased to partner with The Animal Foundation in supporting pets and people in need in Southern Nevada, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when housing assistance is critical for so many families who are struggling financially.”
If you are in need of emergency pet deposit assistance, please contact 702-955-5910 to see if you qualify.
Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.5 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,600 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also granted more than $451 million to improve access to veterinary care, to positively impact communities, to connect people and pets and to help preserve families through initiatives like this with The Animal Foundation.
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 one of the highest volume single-site animal shelters in the country, saving more than 15,000 pets in 2020. 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. To learn more about The Animal Foundation or view adoptable pets online, visit animalfoundation.com.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $451 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
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