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Animal shelter awarded $50,000 grant

Posted Sept. 28, 2018

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Henry, the mascot of Fort Worth Animal Care and Control, joins Code Compliance Director Brandon Bennett, Mayor Betsy Price, Rebeccah Holland and Code Compliance Assistant Director Tim Morton to accept the Better Cities for Pets grant.

Nationwide, animal shelters are overwhelmed as a result of animals being surrendered or left to roam the streets after owners can no longer care for them.

The $50,000 Better Cities for Pets grant was awarded to the City of Fort Worth to assist the people and pets of Fort Worth who lack access to mainstream veterinary care. The grant was awarded through Mars Petcare and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Better Cities for Pets grant program, a nationwide initiative to help cities implement, support and expand pet-friendly programs and policies.

“Fort Worth prides itself on being a pet-friendly city, as research shows living with pets enhances quality of life and has numerous health benefits,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “This grant will support the City of Fort Worth’s Animal Care & Control Unit as they expand efforts to improve animal well-being, as well as provide additional pet care resources and services to our citizens.”

People living in underserved communities love their pets as much as pet owners anywhere. But they often don’t have access to veterinary care, spay/neuter services and other services most Americans take for granted.

Fort Worth will use Pets for Life, a national program providing wellness resources to residents in underserved communities. Thanks to the grant, residents will receive information and assistance with access to free or low-cost pet services, such as vaccinations, spay/neuter and micro-chipping. The Ash Crescent neighborhood has been selected to receive the initial services provided as a result of the grant.

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