The Humane Society of Central Arizona received a $30,050 grant from PetSmart Charities to substantially increase the number of spay/neuter surgeries needed to proactively fight the area’s homeless-pet overpopulation.
The organization’s 4-year0old pet sterilization voucher program currently alters more than 250 pets per year. The PetSmart Charities will enable HSCAZ to double the number of sterilizations this year.
The HSCAZ program offers free spay/neuter services for pets through voucher programs that can be used through participating local veterinarians.
The goal is to continue to reduce the homeless-pet overpopulation in the geographic area served by the organization. To view a list of local veterinarians and hours of operation, visit humanesocietycentralaz.org and click on pet care information.
Founded in 1972, the mission of the Humane Society of Central Arizona is to provide shelter and compassionate care for animals who are lost, abandoned or homeless; to place animals into loving homes through adoption; to improve the lives of animals through education and example; to promote spay and neuter of companion animals; and to provide a shelter where animals are nurtured in a loving space while healing from fear, physical or emotional trauma, mistreatment or loss of a caregiver.
HSCAZ considers non-human animals to be partners in the human life journey and strives to develop and implement programs to make the community a more humane place for all.
“With dedicated focus and a plan like the one offered by the Humane Society of Central Arizona, we are able to make strides toward helping end homeless-pet overpopulation,” said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. “Successful, low-cost spay/neuter programs like this one are so valuable to local communities, and PetSmart Charities is proud to be able to support these life-saving initiatives.”
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal-welfare issues, and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. PetSmart is the largest funder of animal-welfare efforts.