The North Bay and District Humane Society are aiming to keep local pet families in need together.

“Companion animals provide so much and support to humans,” says Liam Cullin, Executive Director of the North Bay and District Humane Society. “We want to ensure that when responsible pet owners experience hardship, those families can access help through the Humane Society. We’re always here to help.”

PetSmart Charities of Canada has given a grant to the Humane Society and with it a referral program titled “Fostering Links.” The program is designed to meet the needs of clients experiencing on-going medical and mental health issues, homelessness, poverty, family violence, and other related issues. Fostering Links covers a wide range of services, including microchipping, flea treatment, spays and neuters and more.

“PetSmart Charities of Canada is proud to continue to support the North Bay and District Humane Society’s ‘Fostering Links’ program, which is set to help additional families and their pets at pivotal points in their lives,” says Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager, PetSmart Charities of Canada. “Having local agencies refer families to the Humane Society, truly shows how the entire community works together to ensure everyone is happy and healthy and that the human-animal bond is strengthened.”

Since October 2018, the Humane Society’s “Fostering Links” program has helped over 40 families access medical, veterinary and other sundry support through two grants provided by PetSmart Charities of Canada totalling $25,000.