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York County Animal Control has received a new $10,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. The grant has been earmarked to support the daily operations of the York County Animal Shelter so they can continue helping homeless pets in York County.
More specifically, York County’s shelter operations grant is designed to improve animal enrichment; as well as, reduce the physical and mental stress of the animals while in the shelter.
“Animal Control is looking into sound reduction strategies to reduce the stress of animals in the shelter while enhancing their welfare and environment,” said Ryan Blancke, Assistant Director of Public Works. “Animal Control’s desire is to create a more peaceful environment that will assist the animals in being more appealing to adopt.”
In the field of animal welfare, grant funding to support shelter operations and improvements can be challenging to come by. That’s why PetSmart Charities created this stream of funding that supports an animal welfare organization’s core sheltering operations and practices with a focus on programs that are both innovative and sustainable.
Shelter Operations is just one of PetSmart Charities’ seven grant categories designed to support nonprofits that share a commitment to finding lifelong loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets closer together.
York County Animal ControlThe Animal Control division serves the public by responding to and investigating animal complaints regarding stray or unwanted dogs and cats in York County. The department also monitors rabies vaccinations in domestic animals. This service is provided under the authority of local and state regulations. For additional information visit www.yorkcountygov.com or follow us on Facebook @yorkcountyanimalshelter.
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 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission under four key areas of support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets and Providing Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. 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 $340 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 15 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.