Lawrence Humane Society’s new Project HELP funded by $65,000 in grants from the ASPCA and local funders
LAWRENCE, KS — June 7, 2017 — The Lawrence Humane Society today announced that it has launched a new pilot program, Project HELP (Hope for Every Loved Pet), in an effort to help owners that are considering surrendering their animals due to financial hardship and other struggles.
The new pet retention initiative provides assistance to dog and cat owners that may be facing the difficult decision of relinquishing ownership of their pet(s) to the Lawrence Humane Society due to a lack of affordable assistance. Through Project HELP, the Lawrence Humane Society may be able to offer qualifying pet parents the following resources:
- Behavior training resources
- Pet-friendly housing support
- Medical support
- Temporary boarding support
- Pet care items
“We know that the most effective way to address pet overpopulation in our community is to focus on programs that help pets stay in their homes — and out of shelters like ours — in the first place,” said Kate Meghji, executive director for the Lawrence Humane Society. “Families face hardships all the time, and the decision to surrender a beloved pet because pet rent, medical support, or behavior training is not within a family’s budget is truly heartbreaking. Project HELP is designed to allow us to be proactive in our programming so that we can help keep pets and the people who love them together for the long haul.”
Project HELP is generously funded by a $50,000 grant from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and more than $15,000 in grant support from the Beth and Donna Fund and the Douglas County Community Foundation. Thanks to the grant funding, the Lawrence Humane Society has already provided assistance to 27 pets during the program’s soft launch. Almost all of the owners who have received support have ultimately been able to keep their pets thanks to the program.
“We are so grateful to the ASPCA and our local funders for supporting our vision to develop this program,” Meghji added. “The soft launch of Project HELP has seen some incredible successes and we’re excited to help even more people — and pets! — in our community.”
Pet owners facing hardships and considering surrendering ownership of their animal can seek assistance by contacting the Lawrence Humane Society’s Admissions Department at 785-371-0473 to request a Project HELP appointment.
Supporters interested in expanding the reach of Project HELP can do so by making a donation to the program at lawrencehumane.org/help.
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