Pickering receives $25,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada

Posted on Thursday March 30, 2023

Pickering, ON, March 30, 2023 – The Pickering Animal Shelter has received a $25,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada to help support the shelter and animals in its care.

PetSmart Charities’ Adoption Prep Grants are designed to help prepare unsheltered animals for adoption by providing funding to support vaccinations, spay/neuter procedures, staffing, and supplies.

“Thanks to the generosity of PetSmart Charities of Canada, we are able to support more animals in need,” said Lindsey Narraway, Supervisor, Animal Services. “The number of animals coming into the shelter has been growing since the start of the pandemic. In the last year, we’ve cared for 425 animals at the shelter. This funding will be instrumental in supporting our efforts as we continue to take more animals in, provide care, and prepare them for adoption.”

Pickering Animal Services and PetSmart Charities have a long-standing relationship, as PetSmart (1899 Brock Road in Pickering) has been a Satellite Adoption Site for the shelter for many years. Since 2018, this partnership has helped find 936 animals their forever homes.

“As the Pickering Animal Shelter continues to help more pets each year, we’re glad to lend support,” said Heidi Marston, Director of Pet Placement Initiatives, PetSmart Charities of Canada. “Ensuring the delivery of critical preventative care promises the best possible start in their new homes. We’re grateful for the important impact they make to families and the local community by connecting pets with people to love.”

The shelter is an integral part of the community, and provides a variety of services, including:

  • Picking up lost, stray, and sick/injured animals
  • Investigating animal-related complaints
  • Public education
  • Community Pet Pantry
  • Volunteer management

Visit pickering.ca/animals to learn more.


About City of Pickering

As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 99,200) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

About PetSmart Charities of Canada™
PetSmart Charities of Canada 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 country, PetSmart Charities of Canada helps thousands of pets connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities of Canada 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, thousands of generous supporters help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada directly at PetSmartCharities.ca, while shopping at PetSmart.ca, and by using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities of Canada efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, granting more than $25 million since its inception in 1999. Independent from PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity. To learn more visit www.PetSmartCharities.ca

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