Grant Money Will Help Fund Humane Society Programs

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The Humane Society of Central Arizona (formerly Payson Humane Society) has received a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Companion Animal Spay/Neuter Committee, to be used to spay and neuter our community’s feral cats.

Grants are made possible from the purchase of the Spay/Neuter Pet Friendly license plates. The cost of the plate is $25, with $17 of each sale going to support organizations like HSCAZ in their efforts to help spay and neuter their communities’ companion pets and feral cats.

“Please help us further the cause to spay and neuter with your purchase of a pet friendly license plate today by going to the website at www.azpetplates.org. And please spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering — it is the only way to stop the overpopulation of unwanted pets,” Lisa Boyle of HSCAZ said.

Assistance with emergency veterinary care

The HSCAZ has also been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation. The grant will help provide assistance to low-income families in need of emergency veterinary care, as well as provide treatment to stray animals that arrive wounded or ill at the shelter through the shelter’s Second Chance program. Protocols are in place to determine need and amount of assistance required on a case-by-case basis. The Second Chance program is made possible through generous funding from organizations such as The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation, local Paws in the Park, and through public donations.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation is committed to making life more bearable for children, families and pets, in need of a helping paw. With the sale of each full-sized Bearemy’s Kennel Pals® friend — a collection of Build A Bear Workshop® plush dogs — one dollar is donated to domestic pet programs including local animal shelters, stray pet rescue and rehabilitation organizations, and pet education programs around the country. These funds are available to qualified nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada through a quarterly grant process. Visit www.buildabear.com for more information.

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