ASN Receives $149,500 Grant from PetSmart Charities

ALABAMA SPAY/NEUTER RECEIVES $149,500 GRANT FROM PETSMART

CHARITIES® TO INCREASE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE VETERINARY CARE IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

February 10, 2020— Birmingham, Alabama – One of the most common reasons pets are

surrendered to local shelters is the lack of affordable pet wellness, training and education

programs. Due to cost and other barriers, pets in under-resourced communities often do not

have access to basic veterinary care such as spay/neuter services, vaccinations, dental care

and other medical and preventative care.

With a $149,500 grant from PetSmart Charities Alabama Spay/Neuter aims to support pets and

pet parents in need of these services by providing Spay/Neuter and Rabies Vaccinations to

5,000 pets under The BIG FIX Program for a $20 copay.

“Over 80% of our clients cannot afford spay/neuter and preventative care for their pets without

subsidized funding. When their pet reproduces it adds to the epidemic of overpopulation and

euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets in shelters,” said Dani Pelt, business development coordinator. “Providing an affordable solution helps

alleviate the cost for these families and eliminates the need to surrender or abandon their pet and/or offspring.”

“For over 10 years, Alabama Spay/Neuter has served as a trusted community partner and invaluable resource to the pets and pet parents of Birmingham,” said Lindsay Del Chiaro, director of community relations and programs at PetSmart Charities. “We are thrilled to support this initiative that will make affordable pet care more accessible to those in need. Through our continued partnership, it is our hope this work promotes a healthier pet population while reducing the strain on community resources.”

Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet

rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9 million pets to find

loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores. The leading

funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $400 million, to positively impact communities,

to connect people and pets, to help preserve families and to improve access to veterinary care

through initiatives like this with Alabama Spay/Neuter.

Qualifications and Restrictions – Households must be enrolled in one of the following

programs: Medicaid, Disability, WIC, SNAP, Government Assisted Financial Aid (Welfare), SSI,

TANF, Unemployment Benefit, Social Security, or be a Veteran with hardship. Any additional

charges for optional services requested by the owner and the $20 copay must be paid in

advance by the owner. The offer is valid for up to 5 pets per house hold. All pets must receive aRabies Vaccination unless they have already received it for the year. All pets are given a Cap

Star (flea treatment.) Availabilities and quantities are limited to certain counties. Formore information call (205) 956-0012 or toll free at 877-334-9738.

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About Alabama Spay/Neuter

Since 2008, ASN has performed over 125,000 low-cost, high quality spay/neuters on cats and

dogs in Central Alabama. Our mission is to To provide high-volume, low-cost sterilization as the only humane, sustainable solution to the overpopulation of dogs and cats in Central Alabama. To maintain the highest level of veterinary care and customer service. To address and respond to the needs of our customers and to the best of our ability, assure that our services are available to everyone. Please, visit our website at www.alspay.org and follow us on Facebook.

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 nearly 600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart

Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PINpads 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 nearly $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.

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs

Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities

See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

Media Contact:

Alabama Spay/Neuter Inc. 24-Hour PetSmart Charities

(205) 956-0012 or Toll Free: 877-334-9738 Media Line: 623-587-2177

alabamaspayneuterstaff@gmail.com