PetSmart Charities donated more than $60,000 in pet supplies and funds to help accommodate and treat 218 animals rescued in Callahan County
PHOENIX, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare in North America, today (Nov. 2, 2016) announced a donation of 21,000 pounds of pet supplies – estimated at more $35,000 — to the Humane Society of North Texas to help accommodate emergency response efforts in the area, including more than 200 animals rescued in early Oct. after a local hoarding case in Callahan County, located in north Texas just west of Dallas-Ft. Worth. The delivery included pet food, cat litter and wired crates from a PetSmart Distribution Center in Ottawa, Ill.
Additionally, the nonprofit organization will also donate more than $25,000 in funds to cover medical treatment for the animals, many of which are in severe and/or critical condition — bringing the donation support to more than $60,000.
Sandy Shelby, executive director of the Humane Society of North Texas, said the PetSmart Charities donation could not have come at a better time as the organization is a designated responder for all hoarding cases in the area. In fact, earlier this week, the organization acquired an additional 71 cats from a separate hoarding case and was in need of additional supplies.
“We are so grateful to PetSmart Charities for providing life-saving donations in the form of food, supplies and needed funding for the 218 cruelty seizure animals that we just took in from Callahan County,” said Shelby. “Their partnership in both adoptions and grant support is invaluable to all of us in the animal welfare community, and because of them, we are able to do the work we do.”
“The role of local animal welfare organizations, like the Humane Society of North Texas, is crucial during a crisis,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager for PetSmart Charities. “Through their hard work and dedication, these animals will receive the care they need to recover and find their forever home through adoption. We are confident they will be able to make a significant impact with this donation.”
According to local news reports, the Humane Society of North Texas was granted full custody of 218 animals found in a hoarding case at an animal sanctuary , including 162 dogs, 25 cats, 7 donkeys, 6 goats, 6 pot bellied pigs, 4 reptiles, 3 rabbits, 3 ducks, a rat and a rooster. The animals will require months of rehabilitation before they are healthy and ready for adoption. The organization is still in great need of donations and volunteer dog walkers, kennel aides and cat petters/cleaners to help support these animals.
PetSmart Charities’ emergency relief grants provide assistance in the event of a natural disaster or man-made crisis during all phases: rescue, relief and recovery. With the help of animal welfare partners, such as the Humane Society of North Texas, 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 disaster, please visit PetSmartCharities.org.
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.
Media Hotline: 623-587-2177
Source: PetSmart, Inc.