$100,000 grant supports pets in need

DENVER (January 5, 2021) The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Veterinary Hospital is working to meet a vital need in our Denver community for low-cost veterinary care. Subsidized by a compassionate community of donors and partners, the work at Solutions – Veterinary Hospital would not be possible without aid from partners like PetSmart Charities. Over the past year, PetSmart Charities has helped keep pets in homes when their owners may not otherwise be able to afford treatment. By supporting subsidized care, the grant award received from PetSmart Charities has helped more than 1,600 pets.

Pets like Beavis, an 8-year-old cat, who came to Solutions – Veterinary Hospital as a referral from a private veterinarian. Beavis had trouble eating and had a severe dental abscess, widespread periodontal disease and several teeth already missing. Unable to afford the necessary dental care, Beavis’s owner brought him to Solutions – Veterinary Hospital for full-mouth dental extractions. The skilled team at Solutions performed dental surgery to remove his remaining 25 diseased teeth. Following his surgery, Beavis is much more comfortable and doing well.

“The work being done at Solutions – Veterinary Hospital is instrumental in not only alleviating animal suffering but in keeping pets in their homes, where they belong,” said Sharon Thomas, Director of Community Veterinary Services. “Thanks to support from PetSmart Charities, we are able to offer high-quality, low-cost veterinary care to a community that otherwise might not be able to afford it.”

“Dumb Friends League has proven to be a trusted community partner and invaluable resource to the pets and pet parents of Denver,” said Aimee Gilbreath, president of PetSmart Charities. “We are thrilled to support the Solutions – Veterinary Hospital, that makes affordable pet care more accessible to those in need – especially during the pandemic. Through our continued partnership, it is our hope this work keeps more people and pets together while reducing the strain on community resources.”

The funding received from PetSmart Charities means Solutions – Veterinary Hospital can continue to serve the thousands of pets like Beavis each year. And we anticipate this need will continue to increase as more people in the Denver Metro Area find themselves financially vulnerable due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Learn more about how you can support pets like Beavis who come to Solutions – Veterinary Hospital every day at ddfl.org/solutionsvh/.
About the Dumb Friends League

The Dumb Friends League cares for more than 20,000 homeless pets and horses each year and is a national model in animal welfare. Working to0ard its mission to end pet homelessness and animal suffering, the League is a strong and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Learn more about the programs and services the Dumb Friends League offers to its community at ddfl.org.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for nearly 600,000 shelter pets each year.  PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities 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 nearly $430 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.

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