PetSmart Charities of Canada is providing vital support and resources for animal welfare organizations across the country through a $20,000 grant.
The grant to Humane Canada will protect animals by ensuring sheltering organizations in Canada have the latest information on shelter management and intake protocols in a COVID-19 environment. Further, the grant will help Humane Canada strengthen local support for communities through access to veterinary services, pet food banks, and compassionate boarding for pet owners suffering with COVID-19 or fleeing domestic violence.
“We see our role as a hub for Canada’s animal welfare organizations to support the continued provision of animal welfare as a critical service to communities affected by the current crisis brought on by the pandemic,” said Humane Canada CEO Barbara Cartwright. “This is exactly what this grant is intended to do.”
There are several other seasonal and emerging risks with a high probability of generating animal-related emergencies in the near future—a growing concern in light of the weakened social safety net for animals.
“As an organization dedicated to supporting pets and the people who love them, PetSmart Charities of Canada remains committed to the health and welfare of pets during this unprecedented time, and our hearts go out to those impacted by COVID-19,” said Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager at the national charity. “We are proud to support Humane Canada’s efforts to serve as an invaluable resource to communities across the country.”