Saint Petersburg pet owners affected by COVID-19 can now apply for financial assistance for pet care through Friends of Strays.
The Safer At Home fund is intended to provide out-of-work Saint Petersburg pet owners with an alternative to handing their pets to shelters due to financial binds, according to a Friends of Strays press release.
To be considered, applicants must be Saint Petersburg residents and have lost their primary source of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who qualify can fill out an online questionnaire found on the organization’s website. Recipients will be given vouchers for use at Operation: SNIP, SPOT and Pet Food Warehouse based on individual needs, according to the release.
Contributions from supporters and the organization itself brought the fund’s total to more than $26,000, the release says. With this, Friends of Strays plans to prevent hundreds of Saint Petersburg families from surrendering pets to shelters.
“The benefits of this new program are two-fold: our community members get the support they need to care for their pets, and it eases the burden on shelters by helping to keep animals at home,” Friends of Strays CEO Dara Eckart said in the release.
Starting in mid-March, Friends of Strays has waived adoption fees on all animals indefinitely and launched a new “Doggy Day Out” program, which allows anyone 18 years and older to volunteer to take a dog on a day trip out of the kennel.
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