New $1 Million Grant Program to Save Most At-Risk Homeless Pets

During the PetSmart Charities® “Beat the Heat” campaign in February, spay and neuter clinics in 31 states offered the public $20 spays for female cats, resulting in more than 17,000 sterilizations. The Beat the Heat campaign is part of PetSmart Charities® new $1-million spay/neuter blitz grant program aimed at saving the lives of pets that have the highest risk of being euthanized due to overcrowding in shelters: cats and pit bull terriers.  

 Sixty-five clinics received grants so they can offer discounted spay/neuter surgeries and market the “Beat the Heat” event in their communities.  

This summer, the same 65 spay/neuter clinics will gear up for the second phase of the program with the “Primp Your Pet” campaign targeting pit-bull breeds. These clinics will again receive marketing funds and materials to promote the campaign and encourage owners to make an appointment for a $20 spay or neuter surgery during August.

These campaigns will result in nearly 24,000 sterilizations nationwide – ultimately reducing the homeless pet population by tens of thousands of at-risk cats and dogs that would otherwise wind up in shelters because of unplanned litters. Since 2009, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $26 million in grants that have subsidized almost 1 million spay/neuter surgeries in the United States, thanks to donations.