PetAid Colorado is pleased to announce its receipt of a new $25,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to reduce pet homelessness by making veterinary care accessible for animals who are at risk of entering the shelter system. The PetSmart Charities grant supports a shared commitment with PetAid in avoiding the needless abandonment of beloved pets—especially when a medical intervention is the pathway to healing the animal and avoiding relinquishment.
Four local shelters will be invited to participate in the program, which will make it possible for each organization to refer pet owners to PetAid Animal Hospital when pet parents exhibit a strong desire to keep their pet and remain bonded to it, but may be unable to afford the veterinary costs necessary for their pet’s recovery.
Ralph Johnson, chief executive officer for PetAid Colorado, commented that “PetAid is immensely grateful to PetSmart Charities for their collaboration in establishing a Compassion Fund that will ultimately provide quality, subsidized veterinary care to cats and dogs who need our help most. Preventing suffering is part of our goal, as is keeping pets healthy to enjoy long lifetimes with their human companions.”
Grants from PetSmart Charities are provided to support vulnerable and underserved animals who typically experience barriers to wellness services. “At PetSmart Charities, we’re not only a leader in pet adoptions, but we’re also the nation’s leading funder of animal welfare. We envision a world where every pet has a loving home and access to the care and treatment they need,” said Jenny Aho, Regional Relationship Manager at PetSmart Charities. “We’re proud to establish the PetSmart Charities Compassion Fund at PetAid Colorado through our most recent grant.