For Immediate Release
MANITOBA UNDERDOGS RESCUE RECEIVES $20,000 GRANT FROM
PETSMART CHARITIES® OF CANADA TO FUEL SPAY AND NEUTER EFFORTS IN
CHEMAWAWIN CREE NATION
Manitoba Underdogs Rescue hopes to provide 100 dogs with spay/neuter
procedures via two community clinics hosted in 2018
WINNIPEG, MB.– January 19, 2018 – Today, Manitoba Underdogs Rescue Inc. announced it has received a $20,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada, one of the nation’s leading funders of animal welfare, to help fuel its spay and neuter efforts in Chemawawin Cree Nation in 2018.
With the help of this donation, Manitoba Underdogs Rescue will offer two mobile spay/neuter clinics within this First Nation community through their Fix It! Manitoba spay/neuter initiative. The goal is to fix 100 dogs while also providing wellness services such as vaccines, medications and veterinary check-ups. “We’re pleased to support Manitoba Underdogs Rescue with this grant that will help to prevent further pet overpopulation in the province,” said PetSmart Charities of Canada’s regional relationship manager, Dani Mailing.
Spay and neuter surgeries performed at these clinics will prevent a minimum of 2,100 puppies from being born in the next 18 months, thereby dramatically lowering the population of homeless pets in Manitoba.
Manitoba Underdogs Rescue has already scheduled their first clinic in Chemawawin Cree Nation for next month on February 24th & 25th. They hope to host their second clinic in the community later this year in November. The generous grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada will cover the majority of the costs associated with the two planned spay/neuter clinics in Chemawawin.
“This grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada is a game-changer for our organization,” said Manitoba Underdogs Executive Director, Jessica Hansen. “Our spay and neuter clinics are extremely important to animal welfare and health in Manitoba and we can’t run them without support from our generous donors. We can’t wait to get into the community and start helping these animals who so desperately need care.”
To find out more about Manitoba Underdogs Rescue and their Fix It! Manitoba spay/neuter initiative, visit www.manitobaunderdogs.org.
PetSmart Charities of Canada aims to proactively prevent pet homelessness by supporting spay and neuter efforts. With the help of animal welfare partners, such as Manitoba Underdogs Rescue Inc., PetSmart Charities of Canada has facilitated over 54,000 spay and neuter surgeries in the Canada since 1999.
About Manitoba Underdogs Rescue Inc:
Manitoba Underdogs Rescue is a registered charity and nonprofit organization. We are 100% volunteer run and foster-home based. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, care for, and ultimately seek out permanent and loving homes for Manitoba’s unwanted animals.
About PetSmart Charities™ of Canada:
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 89 cents of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a
member of Imagine Canada, and a registered Canadian charity independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit www.petsmartcharities.ca.
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