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Campaign tackles homeless pet problem

An alliance of eight animal welfare agencies has formed the “Fix.Adopt.Save.” campaign to tackle Maricopa County’s homeless animal problem. The three-year effort will provide 44,000 free spay/neuter surgeries and prepare an additional 7,000 pets for adoption to reduce euthanasia of homeless pets.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and PetSmart Charities are the two lead funders for the campaign, pledging a combined $4 million for the three-year effort. The Arizona Community Foundation and the Arizona Humane Society also are funding partners.

The eight members of the Alliance are Altered Tails, the Arizona Animal Welfare League, the Animal Defense League of Arizona, the Arizona Humane Society, HALO Animal Rescue, Healing Hearts, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, and PACC-911.

“While each of these animal welfare groups has had significant successes of their own in recent years, we are confident that coming together they will be more efficient and effective than ever before in solving a very big problem,” said Stephanie Butler, senior director of PetSmart Charities. “We’ll share nationwide what we learn in Maricopa County so others can benefit from our efforts.”

The campaign is data driven and will target geographic areas with the greatest needs.

More information can be found at www.FixAdoptSave.org.

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