[New Orleans, LA] – March 27, 2024 – SpayMart has received a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® to help prepare more pets in the greater New Orleans area for adoption. Some four million pets find themselves in U.S. shelters each year.

Following the model of SpayMart’s very successful PetSmart-funded initiative in 2023, SpayMart will fill the void of available spay/neuter appointments for area shelters and rescues by providing bi-monthly “pop-up clinics” at the Louisiana SPCA and Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter.

These clinics will spay and neuter more than 1,000 cats and kittens in the community. All participating organizations will have opportunities to adopt their pets through PetSmart stores.

“Making sure pets are spayed and neutered before adoption is incredibly important to stemming pet population,” said Lynn Chiche, SpayMart president. “A national shortage of spay/neuter services has hit animal shelters hard, and this grant will help ease shelter crowding by keeping the adoption pipeline moving.”

“Shelters across the U.S. are struggling to keep pace with the number of animals coming in and need support from their communities to bring pets and people together,” said Heidi Marston, director of pet placement at PetSmart Charities. “We’re proud to support SpayMart and the essential work they do to care and advocate for the animals that come through their door in need of loving families. Please consider supporting their lifesaving work through volunteering, fostering, adopting, or by making a donation.”

PetSmart stores feature adoptable pets to meet and cuddle in spacious areas, and staff and volunteers are on-hand to make introductions and answer questions. Potential pet parents can also learn about the products and services they’ll need for the best possible start with their new family members. SpayMart’s Kitten Foster Program has cats and kittens for adoption at PetSmart at 1000 S Clearview Parkway in Elmwood.

More information about SpayMart and its programs is available at www.spaymart.org.


About SpayMart
SpayMart’s mission is to ensure no animal enters local shelters at the risk of losing their lives. Our success is achieved by providing the public aggressive, proactive spay/neuter initiatives, robust adoption programs, and access to medical care regardless of income. Learn more at www.spaymart.org.
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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 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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