Bark Avenue Foundation has received a new $27,360 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, designed to keep more people and pets together in Los Angeles City/County. When people are experiencing life changes and challenges such as poverty, hunger, or homelessness; a move to housing that will not accommodate pets; coping with military deployment or fleeing situations of violence, having a pet can add an extra layer of complexity and concern. Pet parents in these situations often feel that they have no other option but to surrender their beloved pets to local animal welfare organizations.
But with the help of this new grant, Bark Avenue Foundation is committed to offering solutions that will help pets to stay within their loving families. Funding from this grant will enhance the Unsheltered People and Pets program to assist more pets of unsheltered people through not only partnering with humane service agencies referral, but offering onsite pet assessments, services and supplies once per month and getting additional veterinarian care as needed such as spay/neuter, dental, emergency care, etc.
“We are grateful for PetSmart Charities’ of our Unsheltered People and Pets (UPP) program,” says BAF Executive Director, Christy Schilling. “This program is unique in its design and delivery, and truly focuses on the human-animal bond. It is truly about making a difference for a growing population, to assist homeless and at-risk pet guardians, to keep their pets safely, providing basic pet needs, spay/neuter and vet care, as well as helping the unsheltered access resources to be able to get into pet friendly housing,” she added.
“As an organization that promotes the transformative power of the human-animal bond, we are excited to support this unique initiative that will ensure homeless and unsheltered pet parents will not have to surrender their pets because of their residential status, and provide access to necessary services so they will not have to forgo their own resources to provide for their beloved pets,” said Jenny Aho, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities.
Funding from PetSmart Charities supports animal welfare organizations and non-profits committed to reducing pet homelessness and enhancing the human-animal bond. For more information, visit www.PetSmartCharities.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 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission under key areas of 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 more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $340 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 15 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.