Saving Grace Animal Society has received a $15,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada to help prepare more shelter pets in Central Alberta for adoption and to ensure they are ready to find homes.
With the help of this grant, the organization will prepare 100-plus animals for adoption allowing the to be fully vetted including spays, neuters, vaccinations, microchipping and deworming to support its efforts to help homeless pets find homes.
The rescue community is struggling right now with the issue of pet overpopulation in the province and surround provinces, noted a release.
“We are getting countless calls day and night to rescue animals in need but every animal that comes into care comes with the cost of vetting. Without funds to vet animals before adoption the intake cannot happen. With this grant money we can guarantee to have the funds to help over 100 animals right now,” said Amanda McClughan, development director with Saving Grace Animal Society.
“It really comes down to spaying and neutering and the importance that simple step takes in reducing the numbers of unwanted pets in our province.
“By spaying and neutering 100 animals now, we are preventing unwanted litters from being born later. One hundred lives changed now equals thousands of lives affected down the road, it is a simple solution but one that is taken for granted. Winter is here and as Albertans we know the elements can be harsh, it’s important to get as many pets out of the cold and into warm homes as we can,” said McClughan.
Since 1999, through its partnership with more than 220 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across Canada, PetSmart Charities of Canada has helped more than 300,000 pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 140 PetSmart® stores.
The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated more than $19 million to positively impact communities, to connect people and pets, to help preserve families and to improve access to veterinary care through initiatives like this with Saving Grace Animal Society.
“We work tirelessly day in and day out with an amazing team of individuals to bring in animals from many different situations. Whether they have found themselves injured or unwanted, whether they have known what its like to live in a home or not, whether they know the human touch or need to learn it we are here for them,” added the release.
“Every life is important to us and we are always up for a challenge.”