Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday authorized the Department of Animal Services to accept a $90,000 charitable grant to help low-income residents pay for the care of their pets, sparing them the prospect of having to part ways. of their animals.
The Department of Animal Services received the PetSmart Charities Inc. grant after applying for it earlier this year.
Funds are specifically earmarked to help “vulnerable populations”, according to documents posted on the council’s agenda.
“The department intends to use the grant to increase the number of families who can keep their pets, thereby reducing the number of pets abandoned by their owners,” according to an agency statement. “These services include, but are not limited to, expenses related to veterinary care, such as vaccinations, microchipping, and neutering surgeries.”
Officials estimated that up to 500 pets could benefit from the award.
“This… will help reduce the overall shelter population,” the Department of Animal Services said.
The agency has struggled with deficits over the past decade and has continually sought funding opportunities and partnerships with nonprofit organizations to strengthen its operations.