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Humane Rescue Alliance receives $100,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® to help keep pets and people together

The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) received a $100,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help keep more pets in loving homes and out of shelters in Washington, D.C. and northern New Jersey.

As the face of family changes over the years, what remains constant is the role pets play in our lives. Many people consider pets family members, and it can be challenging to find resources when facing life changes and issues such as homelessness, lack of pet-friendly housing, military deployment or fleeing domestic violence. Pet parents in these and other at-risk situations often determine they have no options beyond surrendering their beloved pet to a local shelter.

With this grant, HRA will help preserve the bond between pets and their people through three of its programs, including:

  • Safe Haven, which provides help for victims of domestic violence and people facing housing insecurity who are concerned about the safety of their pets, including free and safe temporary housing for pets, along with medical treatment and enrichment.
  • Pet Help Center, which provides a single access point for pet-related needs. Through community partnerships, expanded services and customer-oriented efforts, HRA's Pet Help Center is focused on supporting the immediate needs of pet owners while also addressing the complex systems and resource inequity in our community. From housing restrictions to expensive veterinary care, to pet care deserts, people in DC and beyond face barriers to providing care for their animal family members. Our goal is to reduce those barriers and provide pet guardians with the resources and support they need to care for and keep their pets.
  • Pet Pantry, which provides supplemental pet food and supplies for pet parents facing food insecurity.

Through this funding, we anticipate being able to help several hundred pet owners keep their pets through this next year, despite the challenges related to the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. This grant will allow us to continue our serve our communities by providing critical resources, such as emergency boarding, pet food and professional pet behavior information.

“A community-based approach to helping animals and the people who love them has been at the heart of our mission since we were chartered by Congress over 150 years ago,” said Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of HRA. “At the Humane Rescue Alliance, we are committed to using all of the resources at our disposal to provide help for pet caregivers facing hardships with the goal of keeping families together. Our work is most effective when we can serve people and animals as the family unit that they are, and it’s made possible because of generous support from PetSmart Charities.” 

“When families face crises, they need the comfort of their pets even more,” said Aimee Gilbreath, President of PetSmart Charities. “The great majority of victims in domestic violence shelters, for example, report their abusers threatened, harmed or even killed their pets. Many put the welfare of the pets above their own and stay in dangerous situations. It’s our privilege to help remove this barrier, and support efforts that keep families and pets together during times of transition.”

About the Humane Rescue Alliance

The Humane Rescue Alliance honors more than 150 years of commitment to protecting animals, supporting families, and advocating for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive. We assist our communities by helping them find a new companion through adoption, secure assistance for veterinary care or pet supplies, and increase access to services to keep families together with their pets. Through our five campuses in the District of Columbia and New Jersey, 19 animal control contracts, and direct care, rescue, and community-based services, we are the largest animal services provider in our region, touching the lives of over 100,000 animals annually. HRA serves as a national leader and local champion for all animals. Our reach empowers us to reimagine the traditional sheltering system and tackle the most difficult issues facing animals and people who love them. For more information, visit humanerescuealliance.org.

About PetSmart Charities®

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 more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. 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 almost $400 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 16 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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Media Contacts:

Samantha Miller, Humane Rescue Alliance
202-697-2059; [email protected]

24-Hour PetSmart Charities media Line:  623-587-2177


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