ASPCA and Animal Assistance Foundation Collaborate to Grant $30,000 to Pets Forever

Funds will allow Pets Forever to provide pet owners with critical resources to keep their pets
January 20, 2016

FT. COLLINS—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Animal Assistance Foundation have joined forces to provide a grant totaling $30,000 to Pets Forever. The funds will support Pets Forever’s efforts to provide low-income elderly and disabled Larimer County residents with supplies, services and resources that will help them maintain ownership of their pets. The ASPCA is making a grant of $20,000; Animal Assistance Foundation will be contributing $10,000.

Acting in partnership with Colorado State University, including the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, as well as local companies and organizations, Pets Forever creates opportunities for students to participate in programs that benefit the local community. More than 150 area pet owners rely on the Pets Forever safety net program for services including dog walking, bathing and grooming, transportation to/from appointments, veterinary care and medications.

“Pets Forever was created to fill a void in our community by offering hope and help to pet owners with limited options to care for their pets,” said Dr. Lori Kogan, director and founder of Pets Forever. “With the generous support of ASPCA and AAF, we have confidence that Pets Forever will be able to continue offering this valuable service – and thereby help not only pets and their owners, but our student volunteers, as well as our community as a whole. We are delighted that ASPCA and AAF has agreed to provide much-needed resources to support our program.”

”A recent ASPCA study estimates that over 1 million households re-home their pets each year, many for reasons that could have been resolved through accessible veterinary care, pet-friendly housing and access to other supplies and resources,” said Dr. Miranda Spindel, senior director of shelter medicine, research and development at the ASPCA. “Pets Forever addresses this issue head-on by connecting pet owners with services that are helping to keep pets in safe and loving homes where they belong.”

“AAF is excited to support the Pets Forever program in collaboration with the ASPCA,” said Roger Haston, executive director at the Animal Assistance Foundation. “It truly is a reflection of how working together can help bring about positive change. This program not only helps keep pets in homes and strengthens the connection between people and pets, but it is a place for our next generation of veterinarians and animal welfare leaders to interact and impact the community in a real way.”

This is one of many collaborations between the ASPCA and Animal Assistance Foundation, including the development of the Disaster Grant Collaborative. Bringing together grant-makers in animal welfare, the Collaborative consolidates the process for grant-seekers during certain disasters into a single application for consideration by participating funders. This enables animal groups to focus their attention on the immediate needs of pet owners and animals in crisis.