PetSmart Charities Awards Humane Society of El Paso $52k Grant

Humane Society of El Paso receives a $52,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help more homeless pets find homes in El Paso, Texas for adoption preparation – medical services.                           

[EL PASO, TEXAS] – November 25, 2020 – The Humane Society of El Paso (HSEP) has received a $52,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help prepare more shelter pets in El Paso, Texas for adoption and ensure they are ready to find loving homes.  With the help of this grant, HSEP will provide on-site medical care to shelter animals, thereby supporting its efforts to help homeless pets find homes.

“This project ensures and increases the health and well-being of our shelter animals they can be placed in adoptive families,” said Deb Benedict, Executive Director of the Humane Society of El Paso. “Given the lower than average socio-economic level that much of El Paso falls into, there are many dogs and cats, both owned and homeless, that are not spayed/neutered and/or vaccinated. In addition, many have not received regular preventive medical care. This obviously presents a real problem in the community that must be solved. This generous grant from PetSmart Charities helps us provide a broad spectrum of medical services, including spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations. These services increase the health and well-being of our animals so they are ready for their forever homes!”

“We’re proud to support HSEP in its work to proactively reduce the homeless pet population while helping more homeless pets find homes in El Paso,’ said Heidi Fulcher, associate relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “Thanks to these efforts, shelter pets will receive holistic care as they wait to find loving homes” Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.5 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $430 million to positively impact communities, to help preserve families, to improve access to veterinary care, and to connect people and pets through initiatives like this with the Humane Society of El Paso.

For more information about the Humane Society of El Paso, please contact Samantha Cortez, Community Relations Coordinator, at or (915) 242-8817.

About the Humane Society of El Paso: In 2019, HSEP Provided shelter, medical care, and adoption services to over 4,000 dogs and cats, puppies, and kittens; found 154 foster families to care for 702 kittens/cats and 739 puppies/dogs; opened the Kitten Nursery, and volunteers provided around-the-clock care to over 830 newborn kittens and performed 3594 spay/neuter surgeries. Our 420 volunteers donated 22,362 hours of volunteer time, and the Humane Society of El Paso was named El Paso’s #1 non-profit!

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting nearly $430 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability, and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit

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Media Contact:
Humane Society of El Paso                                                      PetSmart Charities 24-Hour Media Line:
Samantha Cortez                                                                       623-587-2177
Community Relations Coordinator
(915) 242-8817

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