PetAid Colorado is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). These funds will support the Care Grants program, which provides medical assistance for underprivileged pets in rural and frontier counties of Colorado.
“This generous gift from ASPCA is propelling the expansion of Care Grants into 47 Colorado counties that are classified as rural and frontier areas. Through Care Grants, veterinarians have a new resource to support them in providing medical care to pets of owners who are struggling financially,” said Ralph Johnson, chief executive officer for PetAid Colorado. “We are very grateful to ASPCA for sharing our commitment to prevent animal suffering and to keep people and pets together.”
Pet owners in rural and frontier counties have fewer options for veterinary care, and many have limited financial resources. Because practices in these areas have fewer charitable funds to help pet owners in need, PetAid Care Grants provide funding to supplement that charitable care, providing much-needed medical assistance to help a disadvantaged pet owner save the life of a beloved pet. Without such emergency funding, an otherwise treatable animal might be unnecessarily euthanized, relinquished, and/or endure excessive suffering. By providing a Care Grant, PetAid Colorado helps to keep happy, healthy pets with their loving families.
The ASPCA provides grants to support animal welfare programs across the country through a competitive application and review process.
“Our research shows that lack of access to free or reduced-fee veterinary care was a critical factor among lower-income pet owners who felt forced to rehome their pets. Of those owners, 40 percent say they might have been able to keep their pets if they had access to these services,” said Karen Medicus, the ASPCA’s senior director of Community Outreach.
“The most ideal place for any pet is at home, so the ASPCA is proud to help PetAid Colorado provide necessary funding that keeps pets and families together.”