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PetSmart Charities donates more than $20,000 to Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society in Vermillion County, Ind.

Grant will be used to treat, feed and accommodate pets discovered in Western Indiana hoarding case

PHOENIX, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 2, 2016) PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare in North America, announced a donation of more than $20,000 to the Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society in Vermillion County, Ind. The funds will be used to help cover necessary medical treatment, pet food and sheltering supplies to accommodate nearly 100 animals rescued during a hoarding case on Oct. 10 in Western Indiana.

According to local news reports, 60 cats, 12 dogs and 25 birds were found in subpar living conditions with limited access to food and clean water, putting them at risk for hazardous parasites and diseases. The Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society, located in Hillsdale, just 80 miles west of Indianapolis, opened its facilities to the homeless pets and is providing care in a safe, healthy environment while they are quarantined for further medical observation.

Staff members continue to work diligently to help the pets recover, performing medical testing and spay/neuter surgeries, as well as administering vaccinations. The organization is still in great need of donations and local volunteers to care for the animals.

“Our staff and volunteers have put in long hours to ensure each animal gets the proper care and nutrition it needs to recover,” said Mark Southwick, board president of the Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society. “We are grateful for this donation from PetSmart Charities and all of their support to help us procure the proper resources to get the job done.”

“Due to the condition in which the animals were found, we know their road to recovery is just beginning,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager for PetSmart Charities. “While the road to recovery is long, we are confident the Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society will be able to make a significant impact with this donation, securing the necessary resources to nurse these pets back to health and giving them the best possible chance of finding their forever home through adoption.”

PetSmart Charities’ emergency relief grants provide assistance in the event of a natural or man-made crisis during all phases: rescue, relief and recovery. With the help of animal welfare partners, such as the Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society, PetSmart Charities emergency relief efforts have assisted more than 244,000 pets in the U.S. since 2007.

To apply for an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities to help local pets in need before, during or after a natural or man-made crisis, please visit

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets.  Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events.  Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to PetSmart Charities to help pets in need by making donations on a pin pad at the register.  PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its mission of finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets.  PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation.  PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.  PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

Lauren Sawyer
PetSmart Charities®

Media Hotline: 623-587-2177

Source: PetSmart Inc.

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