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AHS Receives PetSmart Charities Grant



For Immediate Release


OCTOBER 2020— ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Humane Society received a $28,125 grant from PetSmart Charities to help keep more pets in loving homes and out of shelters in Asheville, NC.

As the face of family changes over the years, what remains constant is the role pets play in our lives. Many people consider pets family members and it can be challenging to find resources when facing life changes and issues such as homelessness, lack of pet-friendly housing, military deployment or fleeing domestic violence in search of a safe-haven. Pet parents in these and other at-risk situations often determine they have no options beyond surrendering their beloved pet to a local shelter.

With this grant, Asheville Humane Society will help preserve the bond between pets and their people by providing sheltering and boarding costs, supplies, transportation, necessary veterinary medical care, and other emergency and supportive services. Through this grant, we hope to serve an estimated 40 pets over the course of a year. 

“One of our core missions is to help pets stay in their homes where they are loved,” said Jody Evans, Executive Director at Asheville Humane Society. “In addition to keeping families together, we are also able to reduce the number of animals who are surrendered to us for issues that can be resolved with help from our Community Solutions Program. This PetSmart Charities grant will enable us to provide assistance to families who might otherwise be faced with the unthinkable decision to give up their beloved pet(s) for reasons beyond their control.”

“Many people consider pets as family, and it’s unimaginable to consider being separated under any circumstances,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “With organizations like Asheville Humane Society, pet parents will never have to choose between a beloved pet and receiving the resources they need.”   

Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.3 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,600 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $430 million to improve access to veterinary care, to positively impact communities, to connect people and pets and to help preserve families through initiatives like this with Asheville Humane Society.


About Asheville Humane Society
Asheville Humane Society is about hope, not heartache. As Buncombe County’s critical safety net since 1984, we are always here to save and protect every animal. We have mastered the art of saving lives within our walls and now we are going even further, helping our community’s pets and their people thrive together. We are going beyond a no-kill community to ensure that each animal has the quality of life they deserve—a life worth living.

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 more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads 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 almost $430 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 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

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Media Contact:
Meredith Pitcairn                                                                                  
843.367.8838; mpitcairn[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org    

24-Hour PetSmart Charities Media Line:  623-587-2177



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