Petfinder Foundation Awards Funding to Pima Alliance for Animal Welfareby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Aug. 23, 2013, under Press Releases
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW),
a collaborative working in partnership with the Community Foundation for
Southern Arizona, has been awarded a grant of $1,250 from the Petfinder
Foundation to help underwrite the creation of comprehensive study of local pet
homelessness by the University of Arizona’s Eller School of Management.
“The PAAW project is shining an accurate spotlight on the
plight of the thousands of homeless pets who enter Pima County shelters each
year,” said Lisa Robinson, Executive Director of the Petfinder Foundation. “It
is promoting collaboration amongst the many local groups who work tirelessly to
PAAW was formed in late 2012 when a small group of people
got together to discuss the staggering number of companion animals ending up at
the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) and
various rescue organizations. Pledging to change the situation, the group
expanded to include representatives from the two shelters, several rescue
groups, breeders, funders and veterinarians. A Steering Committee, which was
appointed to establish a framework for moving forward, will work with the Eller
team to determine baseline statistics against which success can be measured.
The Petfinder Foundation’s grant will support a
community-wide effort that ultimately will result in more adoptions, aggressive
spay/neuter efforts, and post-adoption support.
“If we know how many homeless animals are flowing through
and between the community’s key agencies and where they are coming from based
on zip code, we can target our efforts and know if they are making a
difference,” said Barbara Brown, VP of Program Services and Community
Initiatives at the Community Foundation. “The students enrolled in the Eller
program can get some hands-on, practical experience and PAAW can get vital
information to share with all of the partners, resulting in a better quality of
life and permanent homes for our companion animals.”
To learn about the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s
other community initiatives, contact Barbara Brown, VP of Program Services and
Community Initiatives, at email@example.com.