Funds will be used to prepare 350 animals to find new homes 

Fort Collins, Colo. – Jan. 13 2021 – Animal Friends Alliance has received a $28,577 grant from PetSmart Charities to help prepare more shelter pets in Northern Colorado for adoption and ensure they are ready to find loving homes. This grant will cover the cost to spay or neuter, vaccinate, and microchip 350 cats and dogs prior to adoption.

Since 2006, Animal Friends Alliance has made preventing pet homelessness a part of its mission and has found homes for over 30,000 cats and dogs.  Each of these animals has been spayed or neutered, microchipped, and has received age-appropriate vaccines prior to adoption.  Spaying and neutering animals prior to adoption reduces pet overpopulation and breaks the cycle of pet homelessness by preventing unplanned litters and keeping animals out of shelters.

“Every pet deserves a loving and healthy home,” said Sarah Swanty, executive director of Animal Friends Alliance. “We’re so grateful to PetSmart Charities for this grant that will prepare 350 cats and dogs to find families who will cherish them.  A gift like this brings us closer to a future where all companion animals are wanted, cared for, and loved.”

“We are proud to once again support Animal Friends Alliance in its work to provide homeless pets in Fort Collins with basic veterinary care while in shelter,” said Sophie Faust, associate relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “This work will not only reduce the homeless pet population, but will also give these pets the best chance at finding loving homes.” Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.5 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $430 million to positively impact communities, to help preserve families, to improve access to veterinary care and to connect people and pets through initiatives like this with Animal Friends Alliance 


About Animal Friends Alliance

Animal Friends Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive companion animal resources, services, and education to the community to prevent pet homelessness and promote the human-animal bond. Animal Friends Alliance’s services include a limited-admission, adoption-guarantee shelter for cats and dogs, subsidized sterilization and vaccination clinic, grooming salon, and kibble pantry for pet guardians in need. Since its founding in 2006, Animal Friends Alliance has found homes for more than 30,000 cats and dogs and the clinic has performed over 70,000 spay/neuter surgeries. 


PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for nearly  600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. 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 more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting nearly $430 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 17 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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