PetSmart Charities® Donates More Than $20,000 to Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society to Help Pets in Need

Grant will be used to treat, feed and accommodate pets discovered in
Western Indiana hoarding case

, the largest funder of animal welfare in North America,
announced a donation of more than $20,000 to the Parke-Vermillion
County Humane Society
in Vermillion County, Ind. The funds will be
used to help cover necessary medical treatment, pet food and sheltering
supplies to accommodate nearly 100 animals rescued during a hoarding
case on Oct. 10 in Western Indiana.

According to local news reports, 60 cats, 12 dogs and 25 birds were
found in subpar living conditions with limited access to food and clean
water, putting them at risk for hazardous parasites and diseases. The
Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society, located in Hillsdale, just 80
miles west of Indianapolis, opened its facilities to the homeless pets
and is providing care in a safe, healthy environment while they are
quarantined for further medical observation.

Staff members continue to work diligently to help the pets recover,
performing medical testing and spay/neuter surgeries, as well as
administering vaccinations. The organization is still in great need of
donations and local volunteers to care for the animals.

“Our staff and volunteers have put in long hours to ensure each animal
gets the proper care and nutrition it needs to recover,” said Mark
Southwick, board president of the Parke-Vermillion County Humane
Society. “We are grateful for this donation from PetSmart Charities and
all of their support to help us procure the proper resources to get the
job done.”

“Due to the condition in which the animals were found, we know their
road to recovery is just beginning,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional
relationship manager for PetSmart Charities. “While the road to recovery
is long, we are confident the Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society
will be able to make a significant impact with this donation, securing
the necessary resources to nurse these pets back to health and giving
them the best possible chance of finding their forever home through

PetSmart Charities’ emergency relief grants provide assistance in the
event of a natural or man-made crisis during all phases: rescue, relief
and recovery. With the help of animal welfare partners, such as the
Parke-Vermillion County Humane Society, PetSmart Charities emergency
relief efforts have assisted more than 244,000 pets in the U.S. since

To apply for an emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities to help
local pets in need before, during or after a natural or man-made crisis,
please visit

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that
saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats
find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart®
stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions
of PetSmart shoppers contribute to PetSmart Charities to help pets in
need by making donations on a pin pad at the register. PetSmart
Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its
mission of finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets. PetSmart
Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other
animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption
and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation.
PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from
PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for
the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that
reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of
nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by
this organization.


PetSmart Charities®
Lauren Sawyer
Hotline: 623-587-2177