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November 28, 2017


CINCINNATI, OH – November 28, 2017 – Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati has received a $10,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. While most grants to Pets In Need are designed to help pets currently enrolled for services at the animal welfare agency’s clinic, the new grant is aimed at preventing owner surrender of pets at SPCA Cincinnati through intake diversion practices which include the provision of free veterinary care and pet food. These tactics will ultimately help to reduce pet homelessness in Greater Cincinnati while keeping pets at home with the people and families who love them.

Two of the most common reasons pets are surrendered to local shelters are due to financial difficulties and pet health issues. Pet parents with limited access to affordable veterinary care often have no choice but to surrender a pet that is ill. With this grant, Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati will support pets and pet parents in need by providing required veterinary care including basic wellness services, treatment of acute and chronic health issues, monthly preventatives and spay/neuter. The organization will also offer free pet food to pet parents who may need a little help feeding their pet from time to time.

"We are thankful for the generosity of PetSmart Charities and look forward to seeing the impact this grant will have in reducing owner-surrenders at SPCA Cincinnati. Support of this nature allows the pets of low-income families to stay healthy, fed and together with the people who love them," said Ann Hill, Executive Director of Pets In Need of Greater Cincinnati.

Historically, funding to support emerging best practices like intake diversion programming has been hard to come by in animal welfare. That’s why PetSmart Charities identified this as an area of great need, both for animal welfare organizations and for pet parents across North America, and developed this new grant category. The grant to Pets In Need is one of the first of its kind made by PetSmart Charities.

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 Pets In Need:

Pets In Need, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, is committed to helping pets stay healthy and together with the people who love them. Pets In Need provides low-cost veterinary care and food for pets from homes in which income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty level. The clinic is the only resource of its kind in Greater Cincinnati and currently serves cats and dogs from more than 1,800 low-income households. To learn more about Pets In Need and the services it provides, please visit PINCincinnati.org.

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 www.petsmartcharities.org.

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