HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Northeast Missouri Humane Society has received a $35,000 grant to help keep more pets and their owners together in the Hannibal area.
A press release from the society said the grant will benefit about 300 pets by helping their owners offset some of the cost of pet ownership.
The grant from PetSmart Charities will be used to establish the "Paw-Up Pet Retention Program," which will provide assistance to pet owners who are struggling financially.
Under this program, which will be launched Oct. 1, community members who are in need will be able to apply for partial or full assistance with veterinary/medical expenses, housing deposits, emergency boarding fees and food costs.
The goal is to offer solutions "that will help pets to stay within their loving homes and families," the press release said.
The report said that for many people facing such challenges as poverty, illness and a lack of affordable veterinary care, "having a pet can add an extra layer of complexity and concern." Many people in such situations "often feel that they have no other option but to surrender their beloved pets to local animal welfare organizations," the report said.
The Paw-Up program will try to lend a hand to those people.
"Northeast Missouri Humane Society endeavors to create, nurture and support the bond between human and animal," said Janet Smith, the humane society's executive director. "Utilizing the funds from PetSmart Charities will enhance our ability to capacity-build and network with pet owners and pet service providers."
More information is available at www.nemohumane.com.