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(DALLAS, TX); June 5, 2017—The SPCA of Texas is excited to announce that it has received a generous grant in the amount of $123,298 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, for emergency relief support. The grant includes $75,000 in cash and an estimated $48,298 of in-kind goods, to support an estimated 3,000+ pets the SPCA of Texas’ Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit rescues annually from abuse in North Texas and animals affected by natural disasters.

The cash funding will provide for veterinary expenses, including but not limited to spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations, testing, microchip and necessary medical procedures incurred during the treatment. The in-kind supplies, which include carriers and crates, bowls, leashes and collars, litter boxes, training pads, scoops, clippers, toys and more, will support the necessary immediate sheltering and transport needs for rescued pets and those affected by natural disasters.

The SPCA of Texas is able to provide exceptional care for these rescued 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 save lives.
“For years, SPCA of Texas has proven itself to be a trusted partner in all phases of emergency relief,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager for PetSmart Charities. “By providing this grant to support rescue efforts throughout 2017, we hope they will be able to continue the important work they are doing to help pets in need in their community.”

PetSmart Charities’ emergency relief grants provide assistance in the event of a natural or man-made crisis during all phases: rescue, relief and recovery. With the help of its more than 3,000 animal welfare partners, such as the SPCA of Texas, PetSmart Charities emergency relief efforts have assisted more than 244,000 pets in the U.S. since 2007.

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.

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and 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 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row -- placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.  To learn more visit

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