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HRA receives $155,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® to complete Phase 1 of the DC Cat Count

WASHINGTON, D.C. – PetSmart Charities has awarded the Humane Rescue Alliance a $155,000 grant to support the close-out of Phase 1 of the DC Cat Count project, bringing its total contribution to this three-year project to $655,000.

The new, $155,000 grant will support research and data analysis, as well as the creation of a toolkit to share with other organizations, municipalities and individuals across the country who seek to quantify the cat population in their area.

“The DC Cat Count team has exceeded our expectations for the project, and proven the value of interdisciplinary collaboration,” said Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of the Humane Rescue Alliance. “Two and a half years into the project, we have produced a robust set of cat-related data that will help us understand the dynamics of the cat population in the nation’s capital, and better allocate our resources toward their care. This funding from PetSmart Charities will support further data analysis and publication and will help us develop a cat counting model that can be used in communities throughout the country and beyond.” 

“The collaborative nature of the DC Cat Count has resulted in new tools and insights that will go a long way toward realizing the goal of fewer free-roaming cats,” said Aimee Gilbreath, President, PetSmart Charities. We are proud to support this data-driven initiative that will not only develop practical cat population management programs, but also bring people together to help serve the interests of all who care for and support animals in their communities.”   

To learn more, visit dccatcount.org.


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