Happy, Healthy Cats Thanks to Petsmart Charities!

The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare has received nearly $9,000 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America. The grant has been earmarked to support the daily operations of SPCA Albrecht Center so they can continue helping homeless pets in the CSRA and beyond.

More specifically, the SPCA Albrecht Center shelter operations grant is designed to enhance the lives of the abandoned and neglected cats that are in their care by reducing communicable disease and average length of stay. With this grant, the SPCA Albrecht Center will transform a vacant room in their facility into a cat quarantine for sick cats and kittens and purchase a Tono-pen for their full-service Veterinary Care Center to increase their diagnostic capabilities with ophthalmic exams – all of which will aid to decrease the risk of spreading infectious diseases and time spent in the shelter.

“The SPCA Albrecht Center is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization that is not funded by the government or the ASPCA. We rely on the generosity of our supporters and foundations like PetSmart Charities to help achieve our mission of improving the lives of companion animals,” said Claire Grimes, Development Director at the SPCA Albrecht Center, “The SPCA’s ultimate goal with the aid of this grant, is to ensure the abandoned and neglected cats and kittens that come through our doors from the community stay as happy and healthy in our care as possible and find their forever homes quickly.”

In the field of animal welfare, grant funding to support shelter operations and improvements can be challenging to come by. That’s why PetSmart Charities created this stream of funding that supports an animal welfare organization’s core sheltering operations and practices with a focus on programs that are both innovative and sustainable.

Shelter Operations is just one of PetSmart Charities’ seven grant categories designed to support nonprofits that share a commitment to finding lifelong loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets closer together.

About SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare Established in 1935, the Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is a private, non-profit organization operating under IRS Section 501c3. We have been placing thousands of needy animals into loving forever homes for over 80 years. It is our mission to improve the lives of companion animals by rehoming abused, abandoned, and neglected pets while fighting for their well-being through vigorous legislative effort, humane education, and by offering affordable veterinary care for all.

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 more than 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits 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, 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 almost $340 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 15 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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Claire R. Grimes is the Albrecht Center’s Development Director. She is an Aiken native, but spent some college years in Charleston, graduating from CofC and interning with Charleston Animal Society. She is excited to now be working in the animal welfare field in her hometown and is proud of the community efforts to better the lives of Aiken’s animals. Her family includes her husband, Logan, an adopted black lab, Ozzy, an adopted Siamese mix, Luna, and Claire’s first love, Anakin, a 17-pound rescued Maine Coon mix.​

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The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is a

tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

EIN: 57-0329782

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