AHS receives PetSmart Charities® grant to increase access to affordable vet care

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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 $200,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, Animal Humane Society aims to support pets and pet parents in need of these services by providing access to high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries, medical and preventative care, and dental and specialty services at our two Veterinary Centers in Golden Valley and St. Paul.

“One of the biggest barriers to keeping people and pets together is access to veterinary care. That’s why our Veterinary Centers offer care at two fee tiers based on household income.” said Janelle Dixon, President and CEO of Animal Humane Society. “The Twin Cities continues to see an increasing demand from more and more people in need of quality, affordable medical and preventative care for their pets. Our Veterinary Centers are a critical resource to keep pets with their families.” 

“Loving, attentive pet owners come from all walks of life,” said Aimee Gilbreath, president of PetSmart Charities. “More than 50 million pets in the US lack access to veterinary care for a variety of reasons. Some communities have few or no trusted sources close-by; other pet owners struggle to keep pace with the high cost. Grants like these make it possible for partners like Animal Humane Society to create low-cost delivery models we hope inspire others, too. We’re grateful for their example!”

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