Donations Support Two Programs Aimed at Saving More Animal Lives in Central Florida
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the area’s leading nonprofit animal welfare agency, today announced it has been awarded a total of $112,000 from PetSmart to support its lifesaving work. The donation represents PetSmart Charities largest investment to date to help save animal lives in Central Florida.
“This investment will truly make an impact for dogs and cats in Central Florida,” said Steve Bardy, executive director of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. “PetSmart Charities took the time to understand the needs of our community and invest in two innovative programs that will reduce the number of homeless pets. We are proud to partner with them on these initiatives and grateful for their support.”
The first gift of $52,000 supports Pet Alliance’s Pet Apartment Registry. The Registry is an innovative program focused on increasing the number of available rental units that accept pet dogs regardless of breed or size. Two-thirds of American homes have at least one pet. Yet, a leading reason for surrendering dogs and cats is difficulty finding dog friendly rental housing with no breed or size restrictions. Last year, nearly 1,800 dogs were surrendered to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando due to the lack of truly pet friendly housing.
PetSmart Charities’ investment in this program will support the work to expand the program from twenty apartment complexes in Central Florida to one hundred. The work includes the completion of an economic impact study and the addition of a part-time staff-person to manage the program.
The second award of $60,000 supports Pet Alliance’s Community Cat Initiative. This program is working to reduce the number of homeless kittens and cats in the metro Orlando area through targeted trap-neuter-vaccine-release events. It is estimated that there are about 70,000 community cats in Central Florida. In the past year, Pet Alliance has taken in nearly 2,000 homeless kittens, many of them born to community cats. Without a plan in place to help manage the population, that number will continue to grow. Pet Alliance’s project is working to reduce the number of homeless kittens being born and help humanely control the cat population.
As part of this project, Pet Alliance is dedicating every Friday at its Alafaya Clinic in East Orange County to spay/neuter surgeries of community cats. PetSmart Charities’ donation helps support a full-time Community Cat Initiative Coordinator that is responsible for community education, planning and logistics. It also helps underwrite the cost of the veterinary staff time and medical needs of the cats.
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 four key areas of support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets and Providing Emergency Relief and Disaster 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.