Funded by PetSmart Charities® of Canada and donations from Toronto residents, the City of Toronto is providing assistance to pet owners in under-resourced communities and those facing homelessness, who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A $30,040 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada has provided 240 pet owners with gift cards to purchase pet food and supplies, such as cat litter and pee pads for dogs.
Thanks to donations to Toronto Animal Services directly from residents worth nearly $36,000, the City is continuing to help pet owners affected by COVID-19. To apply for assistance, pet owners can contact Toronto Animal Services by doing one of the following:
The best place for a pet during COVID-19 is with their owner. However, if pet owners become seriously ill or require hospitalization, the best place for the pet is with a family member or friend.
In case of emergency, pet owners are advised to ensure pets are cared for by taking the following precautions:
More information and advice for pet owners is available on the City’s website.
Residents and businesses wanting to support the City’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts can visit DonateTO at toronto.ca/donate to make their gift and find out more about how they can help.
“Our pets provide much needed emotional support and I want to thank PetSmart Charities of Canada and our generous residents for providing the grant and donations, which is allowing us to help people take care of their beloved pets and keep them close. During this crisis, our pets are here for us and we are here for them.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Through this grant, PetSmart Charities is proud to support the pets and people of Toronto, and our hearts go out to those impacted by COVID-19. Throughout the uncertainty of this pandemic, PetSmart Charities of Canada remains committed to the health and welfare of pets during this extraordinary time of need.”
– Dani LaGiglia, Regional Relationship Manager, PetSmart Charities of Canada
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