WHS Announces Community Program Funded by PetSmart Charities

Willamette Humane Society Announces New Community Program Funded by PetSmart Charities

Grant of $58,860 Will Fund Local Program to Keep Pets and Owners Together

SALEM, Ore. ─ April 26, 2017 ─ Willamette Humane Society introduced its new “Keeping Pets in Home Project,” a community program funded by a generous $58,860 grant through PetSmart Charities. The program focuses on reducing the number of surrendered pets in 2017 through accessible, low-cost sterilization and wellness care that allows more animals to stay in their current homes.

The PetSmart Charites investment will supplement medical costs for the Willamette Humane Society Spay and Neuter Clinic to provide high quality, affordable care to local pet owners. Through the program, residents of Marion and Polk Counties who quality for government assistance will be eligible for a $20 feline wellness package that includes a spay or neuter procedure, as well as necessary vaccines such as rabies, deworming and flea treatment, for owned cats.

The program also supports lost dogs in Marion and Polk counties by providing a spay or neuter voucher to pet owners who reclaim a dog that is intact. Redeemable through the shelter’s on-site clinic, the voucher provides a $20 wellness package that includes a spay or neuter procedure and the owner’s choice of rabies or combo vaccine, flea treatment, deworming or a microchip, depending on the dog’s specific needs.

“The inability to afford essential medical procedures, such as spaying or neutering, is devastating for any pet owner. It can be a reason that animals are surrendered, but it is also highly preventable if owners have access to the right local resources,” said Betsy Bode, Operations Director, Willamette Humane Society. “The Keeping Pets in Homes Project, in partnership with PetSmart Charities, is one more way we’re working to keep pets in already loving homes through accessible, affordable pet care.”

Willamette Humane Society aims to support 200 dogs and 800 cats through the Keeping Pets in Homes Project during the calendar year. For more information about Willamette Humane Society or the program, visit whs4pets.org.

Contact:
Callie Gisler, Communications Manager
Willamette Humane Society
callie.gisler@whs4pets.org
503-585-5900, ext. 308

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About Willamette Humane Society
Willamette Humane Society, located in Salem, Ore., was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve communities in Marion and Polk.  The organization is dedicated to establishing, maintaining and enhancing the bond between companion animals and people, serving more than 8,870 pets and 51,280 people in its last fiscal year. Willamette Humane Society provides essential services and programs such as adoption and sheltering, behavior and training, youth programs and a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by more than 60 employees and  1,000 volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.

About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 490,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. 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 spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.