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[New Orleans, La] – [Nov. 13, 2023] – SpayMart received a $45,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help prepare more homeless pets in New Orleans for adoption. Some five million pets make their way into shelters each year in the U.S. With the help of this grant, the organization helped ease the impact of a veterinary shortage in animal shelters by offering pop-up spay/neuter clinics and sterilizing more than 1,000 pets.

One cat, Chiquita, came into a recent pop-up event to be spayed. The veterinary team observed she had a serious leg injury, requiring amputation. Freshly vetted and ready to be adopted, Chiquita found her new home before her stitches were out!

“The national shortage of veterinarians and technicians is hitting animal shelters and rescue organizations especially hard,” said SpayMart co-founder Lynne Chiche. “This grant from PetSmart Charities allowed us to address the bottleneck of spay/neuter surgeries and get the adoption pipeline flowing again. Making sure pets are spayed and neutered before adoption is incredibly important to stemming pet population, especially in areas like New Orleans that have kitten season year-round.”

“Chiquita represents so many others that need this vital preventative care,” said Heidi Marston, director of pet placement at PetSmart Charities. “Our friends at SpayMart make an incredible impact on pets, people and communities in New Orleans. The delivery of these services straight to where the need is highest makes the process so much more convenient for pet parents. We’re happy to support the important work they do.”

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About SpayMart

Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, SpayMart has been working to improve the lives of cats and dogs in the greater New Orleans area since 1998.SpayMart’s mission is to end the unnecessary killing of animals in southeastern Louisiana and beyond. We work to enhance the lives of animals in the Greater New Orleans area and Gulf Coast region through programs directed at education, adoption, foster, rescue, and affordable spay/neuter. Learn more at

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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 600,000 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, while shopping at, 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

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Christie Keith                                                                                                 24-Hour PetSmart Charities                                                             Media Line:  623-587-2177