The Healthy Paws Foundation is proud to announce their support of Pawsitive Alliance for the third consecutive year! By giving a $28,000 grant to our #WhyNotMePets campaign, we can work harder to end pet homelessness in Washington state.
What We Do
Pawsitive Alliance works across Washington to help cats and dogs in need – helping to end euthanasia of special pets by increasing adoptions, supporting spay and neuter programs and improving “pet retention” (homes keeping their pets). “Our vision is a healthy and happy home for every cat and dog in Washington,” says Executive Director Amy Ferguson.
Started in 2005, Pawsitive Alliance has been working hard on this mission, and since the start of the #Whynotmepets campaign in April of 2015, we have featured over 200 pets from Washington state shelters and rescues. The #WhyNotMePets program focuses on senior, long-term shelter residents, or one of the harder-to-home “restricted” breeds that need extra help in finding their forever home. Healthy Paws first recognized us in 2017, contributing to adoption efforts with weekly articles on the blog and targeted social media posts.
Spay & Neuter Programs
While we work hard to find forever homes, Pawsitive Alliance also initiates and supports spay and neuter programs across Washington State. We do this by targeting geographic regions with high euthanasia rates and communities with limited or no low cost spay/neuter options. “When I started volunteering nearly 10 years ago at my local shelter, the only thing I knew was that I loved animals and wanted to have as many as I could,” laughs Amy. “I quickly learned that shelters can be wonderful places for needy pets but in order for that to happen, the community has to be involved, which is how I became in involved in fundraising, community outreach, and being an overall advocate for shelter and rescue animals.”
Success in 2018
“The Healthy Paws grant for our #Whynotmepets program ensures that we can help pets find their forever home through Washington state rescues and shelters that request our help,” Ms. Ferguson continues. “In 2017, we helped over 78 pets through the program while in 2018 we had helped over 200 pets though the program! #Whynotmepets is made possible thanks to the grant from Healthy Paws.”
We’re very excited to see where 2019 will take us. For more good works from Healthy Paws, visit their Rescue Race page to learn more about animal welfare organizations that qualified for grants in the past year.
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