SOURCE: PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities

November 01, 2011 18:08 ET

PetSmart Charities® and the ASPCA® Mark 100th Spay/Neuter Clinic Training by Humane Alliance

Collaboration Funds Training, Helps End Euthanasia

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - PetSmart Charities® and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) marked a milestone with Paws of Michigan becoming the 100th spay/neuter clinic trained by Humane Alliance, which operates the National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) -- the nation's only training center for organizations to learn how to open and operate low-cost high-quality/high-volume spay/neuter clinics. The 100 clinics trained to date have spayed and neutered nearly two million cats and dogs.

This training milestone is a result of the ASPCA and PetSmart Charities partnering to each grant $2.6 million to Humane Alliance over five years to increase affordable spay/neuter services across the United States and prevent the births of millions of pets for whom there are no homes. The partnership, which began in 2010, will provide $5.2 million in total funding by 2015 to help open an additional 80 low-cost, high-quality/high-volume spay/neuter clinics across the U.S. Combined with the 100 Humane Alliance clinics now open, the clinics will provide up to 800,000 sustainable spay/neuter surgical slots, preventing an estimated 13 million pet births through 2013.

PetSmart Charities and the ASPCA recognize that adoption alone will not eliminate homelessness and pet overpopulation. In the U.S., an estimated four million pets are euthanized every year simply because they don't have homes.

"Preventing the births of millions of puppies and kittens is key to ending the unnecessary euthanasia of pets in the U.S.," said Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director of PetSmart Charities, Inc. "Making affordable spay/neuter services available in communities across America is a major part of the solution."

"Reaching the 100th clinic mark is a major accomplishment for Humane Alliance, the ASPCA, and PetSmart Charities," said Julie Morris, senior vice president of Community Outreach for the ASPCA. "Humane Alliance is the gold standard when it comes to successful high-quality/high-volume spay/neuter, and replicating their model program in cities across the country will help us to make real, measurable progress in the fight against pet homelessness and overpopulation."

In 2010, PetSmart Charities provided nearly $5 million in funding for spay/neuter efforts nationwide and more than $1.6 million in funding for 22 clinic openings and expansions. The ASPCA provided more than $1.3 million to support community spay/neuter efforts across the country in an effort to reduce the numbers of at-risk animals.

The ASPCA has made a strong commitment to Humane Alliance and the Asheville community in North Carolina, where Humane Alliance is based. Buncombe County is one of 10 ASPCA Partner Communities, and Humane Alliance has been essential in piloting ASPCA programs related to feral cats and effective spay/neuter mapping mechanisms, which benefit the entire county.

"PetSmart Charities and the ASPCA have been instrumental to the success of Humane Alliance," said Quita Mazzina, executive director of Humane Alliance. "Our long-standing partnership allows us to continue to provide the spay/neuter services that pets desperately need, as well as the high-quality/high-volume spay/neuter technique training for the veterinary community so that even more pets are sterilized every year."

About PetSmart Charities®
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 4.7 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation's leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.

About Humane Alliance
Humane Alliance of WNC, Inc. began as a small spay/neuter clinic in Asheville, North Carolina in 1994. To date, we have surgically sterilized more than 300,000 companion animals in Western North Carolina. We know that spaying and neutering is a key component in the fight against pet overpopulation. Sterilizing cats and dogs means fewer animals will crowd the shelter system and fewer animals will be euthanized. Reducing strain on the shelter system also allows shelters to devote more resources to each animal - increasing each animal's chance for a positive outcome. For more information, please visit humanealliance.org.

Contact Information

  • PETSMART CHARITIES CONTACT:
    Jeff Davis
    Senior Communications Manager
    (623) 587-2872 - Office
    (480) 252-1665 - Wireless
    jeffdavis@petsmartcharities.org

    ASPCA CONTACT:
    Mallory Kerley
    Media Coordinator
    (212) 847-7700 ext. 4589 - Office
    (917) 881-9819 - Wireless
    malloryk@aspca.org