PetSmart Charities Supports Spay/Neuter Efforts

PAWS is grateful to announce that PetSmart Charities has awarded a grant of $50,000 to support PAWS’ spay/neuter program. These funds will enable us to offer reduced-cost surgeries for pets belonging to low-income owners who cannot otherwise afford to have their pets altered. This essential service is helping at-risk pets remain healthy and in their homes and providing meaningful assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Clinic patient Poppy came to PAWS for a healthy start with owner Ely.

PetSmart Charities has been a steadfast supporter since the beginning of PAWS’ spay/neuter efforts. Thanks to this partnership, we have served thousands of the neediest pets, prevented the birth of countless unwanted litters, and enabled thousands of loving pet owners to care for and keep their pets as family.

The results speak for themselves: since PAWS began providing spay/neuter services in high volume, the number of stray and surrendered homeless pets entering the city’s shelters has dropped by nearly half (30,139 in 2011 vs. 16,833 in 2018) and continues to decline. The result has been a greater chance at survival for the pets that do enter the shelter, and a major step closer to making Philadelphia a no-kill city.

Kitten Cooper has received all his medical care at PAWS’ clinic.

PetSmart Charities aims to proactively prevent pet homelessness through increased spay and neuter efforts. With the help of animal welfare partners like PAWS, PetSmart Charities has funded over 1.7 million spay and neuter surgeries in the U.S. since 2009.

Learn more about services offered at PAWS’ Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic.