Thank you, PetSmart Charities!

We are thrilled to announce that PetSmart Charities has awarded the Spay Neuter Action Program (SNAP) and Doña Ana County Humane Society (DACHS) a $40,000 grant to collaborate and support pets and pet parents in need through the Animal Relief Fund and Spay/Neuter Vouchers!


“With support from PetSmart Charities, families in need are able to access life-saving medical care for their pets and not be forced to make tough decisions, like surrendering their pets to already overcrowded shelters and rescue organizations” said April Anaya, Executive Director for DACHS. Read the press release below!





NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release



SPAY NEUTER ACTION PROGRAM AND DOÑA ANA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY RECEIVES $40,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® TO INCREASE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE VETER$INARY CARE IN

DOÑA ANA COUNTY, NEW MEXICO

February 9, 2021 — LAS CRUCES, NM – One of the most common reasons pets are surrendered to local shelters is the lack of affordable pet wellness. 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 $40,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the Spay Neuter Action Program (SNAP) and Doña Ana County Humane Society (DACHS) are collaborating to support pets and pet parents in need of these services through the Animal Relief Fund and Spay/Neuter Vouchers.


“This has been a challenging year for all of us. With the help of PetSmart Charities, SNAP will be able continue with our mission of helping under-resourced communities in Doña Ana County spay and neuter their pets despite this pandemic. As of January 2021, we are proud to report over 23,000 animals have been spayed or neutered since its inception in 1998,” said Julie Miller, SNAP Board President.

“With poverty levels in our region well above the national average, we know how hard pet parents in our county work to make ends meet,” said Doña Ana County Humane Society Executive Director, April Anaya. “With support from PetSmart Charities, families in need are able to access life-saving medical care for their pets and not be forced to make tough decisions, like surrendering their pets to already overcrowded shelters and rescue organizations.”


“Pets are family, and we know in times of uncertainty, pet parents will do whatever they can to care for their beloved pets,” said Kelly Balthazor, community grants manager at PetSmart Charities. “We’re thrilled to support this work to make affordable veterinary care accessible to the Doña Ana County community. Whether for emergency care, spaying and neutering services or preventative care to avoid costly treatment, these two programs working in tandem will ensure pets in need receive essential care.”


Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.5 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 more than $451 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 the Spay Neuter Action Program and Doña Ana County Humane Society.

About Spay Neuter Action Program

SNAP issues vouchers to qualifying low income induvial and families in Doña Ana County to get their family dogs and cats spayed / neutered at a free or reduced cost.

For more information on SNAP visit our website at https://snapnewmexico.org/ or call us at (575) 524-9265.

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spayneuter


About Doña Ana County Humane Society The Doña Ana County Humane Society serves as an advocate for animals and their people in Doña Ana County, New Mexico and to maintain an environment of respect, responsibility, and compassion through education, legislation and leadership. The organization is committed to reducing animal overpopulation and defending the abused. To learn more visit www.dachslc.org.

For more information on Humane Society’s Animal Relief Fund, please call (575) 647-4808 or email dachslc@gmail.com

Follow Doña Ana County Humane Society on Facebook: Facebook.com/DonaAnaCountyHumaneSociety

Find Doña Ana County Humane Society on Instagram: Instagram.com/DonaAnaCountyHumaneSociety

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 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 more than $451 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.

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

Media Contact DACHS: Media Contact SNAP: April Anaya Sue Daily 24-Hour PetSmart Charities

(575) 647-4808 (575) 524 -9265 Media Line: 623-587-2177 dachslc@gmail.com snapnm@zianet.com




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