The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) on Monday announced the establishment of The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, a new $1 million initiative that will fund much-needed treatments and services for shelter dogs and puppies at municipal animal sheltering organizations, ultimately preparing them for transport from overcrowded shelters to give them the best chance of finding permanent, loving homes, officials said. The project is being made possible by a generous donation from Mrs. Carroll Petrie, a respected international philanthropist.
McKamey Animal Center is one of seven shelters in the country that have been chosen to participate in the life saving effort. "We are thrilled to be a part of yet another national effort to save more lives," said Karen Walsh, executive director of McKamey Animal Center. "If you are interested in becoming a Foster Ambassador and advocating for one of our homeless pets please contact us. Classrooms of children can help sponsor a homeless pet in this way through our Homeless Pet Clubs."
The ASPCA, through The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, aims to save 16,600 dogs before the end of May 2013, through a per dog or puppy subsidy for each animal transferred out through the following types of programs:
- Transfer to rescue groups;
- Transfer to other shelters;
- Adoptions through foster "Adoption Ambassador" programs; or
- Adoptions through permanent off-site partner locations.
"The participating organizations are taking such an important step by joining this project," said Sandy Monterose, senior director of community initiatives for the ASPCA. "By expanding relationships with shelters and rescue groups in their region and other parts of the country to move these dogs, they're not only alleviating the burden on their own facilities, but they are giving these animals a much-needed second chance at life."