PetSmart Charities Expands Reach to Break Down Barriers to Affordable Pet Veterinary Care in Canada

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Millions of pets in Canada do not have access to veterinary care, especially those from underrepresented communities. As PetSmart Charities® of Canada – the nation’s leading funder of animal welfare – marks a $25 million Milestone in 23 years of giving, the Canadian charity is launching new grantmaking opportunities to meet needs at both ends.

Ushering in a new year with updated leadership, PetSmart Charities of Canada opens broader funding to help improve access to affordable veterinary care, alleviate pet food insecurity, and support disaster response. Strong support for adoptions will continue to serve the more than 100,000 pets entering shelters each year.

“Today, we celebrate the significant impact we have had in improving animal welfare, together with PetSmart customers, donors and partners,” said Aimee Gilbreath, Chairman of PetSmart Charities of Canada. “Advances in public awareness around the ‘adopt, don’t buy’ movement have helped millions of animals find loving homes. But we’re also starting a new chapter, investing in improving the health and well-being of pets and the people who care for them. We are forming new alliances in the human services industry to support the integration of companion animals alongside those in need. We believe people from all walks of life should enjoy the benefits of including a pet in the family. And when pet owners face crises, we know it’s in their best interests to meet the needs of pets. all family.”

To date, PetSmart Charities of Canada at:

  • Funded over $25 million in grants to support adoption, co-housing for people with pets experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, advanced veterinary education, spay/neuter services, disaster response and more Moreover.
  • Has helped over 350,000 (or some 30,000 per year) animals find loving homes through in-store adoptions with local partners.
  • Supported over 160 local Animal Welfare Organization (AWO) partners.

SOURCE PetSmart Charities of Canada