Funds to help maintain the Human-Animal Bond of Homeless Individuals and their Pets by providing Food, Supplies and Emergency Veterinary Care
CARSON CITY, Nev. – Feeding Pets of the Homeless recently received a $5,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help provide pet food, supplies, emergency veterinary care and wellness clinics to companion animals of homeless individuals across the United States.
Feeding Pets of the Homeless was nominated by Stephen Dixon, General Manager, at PetSmart’s Distribution Center 12 in McCarran, NV to receive this grant to support their programs to keep the homeless and their pets together.
“We’re deeply grateful for PetSmart Charites for contributing such a generous grant as it will further allow us to support the increasing need to help the homeless and their pets,” said Genevieve Frederick, founder and president of Feeding Pets of the Homeless. “The COVID-19 pandemic has proven homeless people and their pets need our support now more than ever.”
In 2020, Feeding Pets of the Homeless received over 8,100 calls from homeless individuals inquiring about where to find pet food, veterinary care and homeless shelters that will accept pets. While many shelters do not allow pets, there is an increasing numbers of organizations catering to individuals with pets. However, in circumstances where pet-friendly shelters are not accessible or at capacity, countless people live outside in the cold, during storms, and other adverse conditions because of their devotion to their pets.
“We’re excited to partner with Feeding Pets of the Homeless to address this critical need in the community,” said Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “We’ve seen the proven benefits of the human-pet bond, especially in homeless individuals and are proud to support programs that help pets and their parents remain together.”
To find more information or to donate directly to Feeding Pets of the Homeless, visit www.petsofthehomeless.org. People who are homeless and in need of emergency veterinary care or food for their pets can visit the website, call (775) 841-7463, or have their social worker contact Feeding Pets of the Homeless.
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About Feeding Pets of the Homeless
Feeding Pets of the Homeless believes in the healing power of companion pets and of the human-animal bond, which is very important in the lives of many homeless. They find solace, protection and companionship through their pets. They care for their pets on limited resources so they themselves have less. The task, nationwide, is to feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets. For more information, please visit www.petsofthehomeless.org.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. 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 more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $450 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.