Pets in many of Canada’s underserved and remote communities will soon have improved access to care, thanks to PetSmart Charities of Canada.
The group has announced more than $1.5 million in funding to provide owners across the Great White North access to affordable, preventive veterinary care. The contribution, PetSmart says, aims to break down barriers preventing pets’ access to standard care, including vaccinations, spay/neuter procedures, and annual check-ups, and offer sustainable care models for owners living in remote communities.
“We are committed to supporting people and pets and are working to break down the barriers that prohibit pet families from living happy and healthy lives together,” says the group’s president, Aimee Gilbreath. “We have a unique opportunity to drive lasting change for pets by working with partners and leaders in the veterinary space. Broadening the reach, we hope others will draw inspiration and replicate these efforts across the country.”
Guelph Humane Society, which serves Guelph and Wellington County in Ontario, has received $125,000 from the charitable group. It says the funding has increased fair and equitable access to veterinary and preventative care services for owners in need.
“Thanks to the continued generosity of PetSmart Charities of Canada in funding our work to improve access to veterinary care, Guelph Humane Society is one step closer to achieving its vision of ensuring pet parents in need can access services to keep their pets healthy,” says Guelph Humane Society’s executive director, Lisa Veit.
Additionally, the Nova Scotia SPCA has received an $85,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada, which has provided veterinary services for pets of people in need in Dartmouth and surrounding areas. The funding will also help cover staffing costs, medication and equipment, and pet care supplies at the Nova Scotia SPCA’s veterinary hospital.