The grant impacts approximately 350 animals and helps ensure that Amory Humane Society can continue lifesaving efforts.
Amory, Mississippi, July 25, 2023 — A $15,000 grant from PetSmart Charities is helping ensure Amory Humane Society can continue to help animals in the community, despite the fact that intake and funding needs have increased since the tornado.
The March EF-3 tornado severely damaged the buildings and dog park the shelter uses. While dealing with their own recovery efforts, the shelter team has mobilized to provide relief and recovery support to the community — including offering free pet food, supplies and a reunification program for displaced pets.
In addition, after the tornado, animal intake quickly doubled, as did budget projections. The shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, receives $55,000 per year from the city of Amory to take in animals from animal control. Beyond that, it relies on donations and grants.
Through a $15,000 grant made immediately available by PetSmart Charities, Amory Humane Society will continue to aid impacted pets. The grant covers the bulk of expenses incurred in the first 30 days after the disaster, including supplies, vet care and staffing. The funds directly impact approximately 350 animals.
Disaster response grants made by PetSmart Charities promote people and pets staying together during crises, when they need each other most. When people suffer during natural disasters, their pets often suffer too. As important members of the family, pets, too, have urgent needs for shelter, medical care, nutritious food, and social support.
“This grant is a lifeline to Amory Humane Society and the pets and people we serve,” said Misty Daniels, the shelter’s executive director.
“When disasters strike, people need the comfort of their pets even more,” said Sarah Ocampo, senior community grants manager at PetSmart Charities. “We’re proud to support Armory Humane Society and their many efforts to deliver much needed care and supplies to ensure peace of mind during uncertain times.”
Amory Humane Society has moved to a temporary location on private property so that building repairs can begin. It is closed to the public until repairs are complete, but it is fulfilling its contract with the city to take in animals from animal control, whose number is 662-256-2676.
Meantime, the shelter is focusing on programs to help animals in the community. One of those is intake diversion — helping families keep their pets so they don’t have to come into the shelter. People who need help with food or supplies are encouraged to call the shelter at 662-597-2049 or message Amory Humane Society through Facebook, Facebook.com/AHSSavingLives.
About Amory Humane Society
Amory Humane Society provides housing and care to pets in need in Amory, Mississippi. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, most of the shelter’s funding comes from donations and grants. With a strong reputation in the rescue community, Amory Humane Society practices no-kill policies, performs community outreach and education, and works to make life better for animals.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities is committed to making the world a better place for pets and all who love them. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps up to 400,000 pets connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to support organizations that advocate and care for the well-being of all pets and their families. Our grants and efforts connect pets with loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter and emergency relief. Each year, millions of generous supporters help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities directly at PetSmartCharities.org, while shopping at PetSmart.com, and by 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 $500 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the past 18 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of rated charities. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
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