SPCA de L’OUTAOUAIS RECEIVES $46,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® OF CANADA FOR NEW PET TRANSPORT VEHICHLE TO HELP PETS FIND FOREVER HOMES
There’s a new vehicle on the roads near the Ottawa-Gatineau border. It’s a state-of-the-art, customized pet transport vehicle owned and operated by the SPCA de l’Outaouais, made possible by a $46,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada and purchased from Dormani Nissan.
The adorable pet-decaled Nissan NV 2500 SV high roof cargo van is a 12-seater van with 10 of the rear seats removed. The back of the van will allow the SPCA de l’Outaouais to transport and keep shelter pets safe, confortable and secure while they make their way to adoption centres across Gatineau and into the Ottawa area.
Four of those adoption centres are located inside Ottawa-area PetSmart stores. The SPCA de L’Outaouais is an approved PetSmart Charities of Canada adoption partner and, as such, is invited to bring adoptable shelter pets into PetSmart stores where they have the very best chance possible of being adopted into a loving home.
“This year alone, through our partnership with PetSmart Charities of Canada and the PetSmart stores in the Ottawa area, we’ve helped more than 500 pets from our shelter to be adopted” says France Dubois, Executive Director at the SPCA de L’Outaouais. “Now, with this customized pet transport vehicle, we’ll be able to have more transports and more animals each time, in a safe and secure way. Ultimately, we’ll be able to rescue, relocate and adopt out even more pets in need.”
“Being able to safely rescue, transport and rehome pets in need is essential to reducing pet homelessness in Ontario, Quebec and across Canada,” says Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities of Canada. “That’s why we’re pleased to support the SPCA de L’Outaouais in purchasing a dedicated pet transport vehicle that will help them to serve pets in Gatineau and its surrounding communities.”
About PetSmart Charities® of Canada:
PetSmart Charities of Canada 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 Canada, PetSmart Charities of Canada helps to find forever homes and families for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities of Canada also provides grant funding to registered Canadian charities aligned with its mission under four key areas of support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets and Providing Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, more than 500,000 generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada 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 a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, granting more than $14 million since its inception in 1999. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity, a member of Imagine Canada and is independent from the PetSmart business in Canada. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.ca.