For Immediate Release
HUMANE SOCIETY OF MEMPHIS & SHELBY COUNTY RECEIVES $5,120 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® TO REDUCE PET HOMELESSNESS IN MEMPHIS
November 27, 2017— MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County has just received a $5,120 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. While many grants to the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County are designed to help pets currently in the shelter, the new grant is aimed at keeping more pets out of local shelters through intake diversion practices that ultimately will help to reduce pet homelessness throughout Memphis and the surrounding communities.
The most common reasons pets are surrendered to local shelters by their pet parents are because of behavioral problems and limited access to affordable pet wellness, training and education programs. With this grant, the Humane Society hopes to support pets and pet parents in need of these services by providing access to low-cost vaccinations for those on government assistance.
“Vaccinations are probably the single most important preventative medicine we have for our pets. They also help keep animals out of our city shelters and in their loving homes where they belong,” said Matthew Womack, Community Outreach and Humane Education Manager at HSMSC. “We just want to do our part and help provide all pet owners, no matter their income level, with the opportunity to give their pet the safety and peace of mind that comes with vaccinations.”
Historically, funding to support emerging best practices like intake diversion programming has been hard to come by in animal welfare. That’s why PetSmart Charities identified this as an area of great need, both for shelters and for pet parents across North America, and developed this new grant category. The Humane Society’s grant is one of the first intake diversion donations made by PetSmart Charities.
Intake Diversion is just one of PetSmart Charities’ ten grant categories designed to support their expanded mission: to find lifelong loving homes for all pets by supporting programs that bring people and pets together. Funding from PetSmart Charities supports best practices and thought leadership that enhance the human-animal bond and keep more pets in loving homes and forever families. For more information, visit PetSmartCharities.org.
About The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County
The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County has worked in the Memphis community since 1933 to give injured and abused dogs and cats a second chance at life. The organization provides a safe place to recover, nutritious food and outstanding veterinary care for an average of 300 animals at a time. HSMSC staff and volunteers provide training, affection and socialization to the animals in their care to help them be adopted successfully into new and loving homes. HSMSC’s funding comes exclusively from private donations. For more information, visit www.memphishumane.org, call 901-937-3900, or visit the facility at 935 Farm Road.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. 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 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 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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