FoCCAS receives $10,000 grant | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 3, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm
Friends of Colleton County Animal Shelter (FoCCAS) recently received a $10,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. The new grant will support the daily operations of the Colleton County Shelter so they can continue their efforts to help local shelter pets thrive as they continue their journey to find forever homes and families.
FoCCAS’ shelter operations grant is designed to prevent diseases in the Colleton County Shelter by vaccinating all animals on intake through mid-2018. Currently, animals are not vaccinated until after the five-day “stray hold” is up and no owner has come to claim the animal.
“This newly funded vaccinate-on-intake initiative has the potential to save lives and keep our shelter free from certain diseases,” said Laura Clark, Colleton County Shelter manager. “By vaccinating when the animals come into the shelter, we are also making the animals one step closer to their forever home. Pets that are adopted or are going to rescue need to be up to date on all shots. With this PetSmart Charities funded program, there is one less step between the shelter and a forever home for these animals.”
One of FoCCAS’ goals is to make sure that adoptable dogs and cats (and horses or other animals) in the shelter are adopted or go to rescues. This vaccinate-on-intake grant will decrease the amount of time an animal must stay in the shelter, freeing kennel space to be available for incoming animals.
In animal welfare, funding for general shelter operations can be scarce. That’s why PetSmart Charities identified this as an area of great need to its adoption partners and grantees and developed this new grant category.
Shelter Operations is just one of PetSmart Charities’ 10 grant categories designed to support animal welfare organizations and nonprofits as part of its newly expanded mission to find lifelong loving homes for all pets by supporting programs that bring people and pets together. Funding from PetSmart Charities supports best practices that help pets thrive in a shelter environment until they find their forever family and offers funding for shelter-based programs that improve adoptions, reduce pets’ length of stay and strengthen shelter infrastructure.