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SPCA of Texas Receives $50,000 from PetSmart Charities® to Support the Pet Resource Center

 

 

 

 

 


(DALLAS, TX); February 14, 2018
— The SPCA of Texas is excited to announce that it has received a generous grant in the amount of $50,000 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, in support of the Pet Resource Center. The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Resource Center provides a safety net for pets of low-income families, providing everything from medical care to behavioral support. This resource aims to increase the number of pets that are retained in their homes and prevents pets from being surrendered to shelters.
The funding will provide pet supplies including crates, dog houses, bowls, collars, leashes and pet food, behavioral training, pet deposits for pet parents, medical care including minor orthopedic surgery, prescriptions for chronic illness, heartworm and parasite treatment for the Pet Resource Center.


One example of a pet whose owner was able to keep their pet because of support from the Pet Resource Center is Scooby.


The SPCA of Texas’ Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit learned about a client who had a senior dog, Scooby, who appeared to be malnourished. When the investigator went to the house, the owner was unaware that there was anything wrong with the dog because all his friends’ dogs were skinny and all the dogs his family had ever owned were skinny like Scooby.


There were no signs of abuse to Scooby, rather, his situation was due to a lack of education and resources. Instead of surrendering the dog, the investigator suggested that the Pet Resource Center could help. The Pet Resource Center provided free medical services to treat his skin and ear infections, intestinal worms and arthritis; provided Scooby with a heartworm test and heartworm preventative, a rabies vaccine, dewormer and flea and tick prevention. Staff spent time with the pet owner, educating him how to properly care for Scooby in the future. Scooby, now healthy, was able to stay in his loving home thanks to the services provided.


The SPCA of Texas is able to provide exceptional care for these animals thanks to this generous grant from PetSmart Charities. Without support from foundations and donors like PetSmart Charities, the SPCA of Texas would not be able to afford the cost of the care for the animals necessary to keep pets in homes, out of shelters and off the streets.


“Scooby’s story is a powerful one and a true testament to the SPCA of Texas’ dedication to helping local pets in need,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities.  “The Pet Resource Center has proven to be an invaluable resource and, with this grant, we hope the organization will continue its lifesaving work to help pet parents keep their pets in loving homes and out of shelters.” 


Intake Diversion is just one of PetSmart Charities’ ten grant categories designed to support their expanded mission: to find lifelong loving homes for all pets by supporting programs that bring people and pets together. Funding from PetSmart Charities supports best practices and thought leadership that enhance the human-animal bond and keep more pets in loving homes and forever families.  For more information, visit PetSmartCharities.org.


About the SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare organization in North Texas. Founded in 1938, the non-profit operates two shelters, three spay/neuter clinics and an animal rescue center, all located in Dallas and Collin Counties, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators who respond to thousands of calls in seven North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other national humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, visit www.spca.org.


About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to PetSmart Charities to help pets in need by making donations on a pin pad at the register. PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its mission of finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

 

 

 

 

 

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