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SPCA of Texas Receives Grant of $100,000 from PetSmart Charities®
Grant Will Support Work of Pet Resource Center

 

(DALLAS, TX); December 4, 2018 - The SPCA of Texas is thrilled to announce that PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, has granted the SPCA of Texas $100,000 to provide medical care, housing and supplies to animals in the Pet Resource Center. The SPCA of Texas’ Pet Resource Center provides services to low-income families and their pets.


Oftentimes low-income pet owners feel the only solution to keeping their pets alive is to surrender them. Through surrender surveys, the SPCA of Texas has learned that there are three main reasons people surrender their pets: the prohibitive cost of veterinary care, behavioral problems or housing issues. The SPCA of Texas aims to help prevent this through the Pet Resource Center.


If a family tries to surrender an animal who may be ill or has an injury and they cannot afford the cost of treatment, the SPCA of Texas veterinary staff provides treatment at no cost to the family. They also educate the family on proper pet nutrition and care. Medical services may include, but are not limited to: parvo treatment, mass removal, and soft tissue or orthopedic surgeries. Additionally, the Pet Resource Center offers free behavior training, through which families can work on basic issues such as leash walking, house training or getting along with other pets in the home. Lastly, the Pet Resource Center may provide housing assistance in the form of off-site boarding or pet deposits.


“Pets add so much to our lives, especially in difficult times,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities. “We believe income should never be the reason families are torn apart. Thanks to our generous donors, we’re able to support the Pet Resource Center and its continued work to provide help to pet families throughout north Texas and beyond – keeping more pets in loving homes.”


The grant will allow the SPCA of Texas to continue their hard work of providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. When people request to surrender their pet, the Pet Resource Center provides alternatives to surrendering by offering medical, behavioral and housing assistance at no cost to the owner. The goal of the program is to reduce shelter intake by keeping pets off the streets, in their homes and out of shelters.

 

 

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