A 2020 Mars Petcare “Better Cities for Pets” grant for $10,000 has been given to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. The “Better Cities for Pets” grant program is funded by Mars Petcare and administered by the Humane Society of the United States. This program provides funding to animal care facilities across the country to improve the quality of life for animals in those constituencies.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “Developed in fall 2019, the AWLA’s Community Programs department was created to provide just this kind of assistance. As the pandemic affected budgets across the region, Fortin and her team have been able to provide pet food and supplies to pet owners in need through the Pet Pantry, which has donated more than 7,000 pounds of goods across the community since April. The Pet Pantry complements other AWLA programs aimed at pet wellness, including accessible spay/neuter vouchers for low-income families, Pet Care Fairs, and Drive-Up clinics to provide no- and low-cost vaccinations and AniMeals for pets of senior citizens on fixed incomes.”
Executive Director Stella Hanly said, “Every pet deserves to be healthy and safe, and every pet owner deserves the resources needed to care for their pets. Our community programs team strives every day to make that possible for animals across Alexandria. As a nonprofit, we don’t always have the funds to help everyone, but this grant will give us the opportunity to help more pet owners in need, and help those pets stay in homes where they are loved.”