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Michelson Found Animals Foundation Launches Better Neighbor Project

The group partnered with the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and California State Assemblymember Miguel Santiago.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Animal wellness non-profit Michelson Found Animals Foundation partnered with the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and California State Assemblymember Miguel Santiago to host a Pet Pantry and Wellness Pup-Up that provided free pet food and veterinary and wellness services to close to 400 families (many for multiple pets) suffering financial hardship. With the unemployment rate higher than 20% due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many families in Los Angeles are struggling to make ends meet. And, for the more than two-thirds of families that have pets, food insecurity extends to furry family members as well.

The veterinary and wellness appointment slots were filled immediately, and there were an additional 250+ pets lined up at the event that were not able to be served, demonstrating the urgent need for access to these types of services. Veterinary services and microchipping services were provided free of charge by Michelson Found Animals grantees Spay4LA, Home Dog LA and Bark Avenue Foundation, and grooming services by Hollywood Grooming.

The event was part of Michelson Found Animals Foundation’s Better Neighbor Project, an initiative to support underserved communities and their pets. Michelson Found Animals partners with human services organizations like the YMCA to support audiences they might not reach otherwise. They have provided pet food at six YMCA food pantries since May, helping over 2,500 pets to-date. Sunday’s “Pup Up” event provided a more complete set of pet resources, including much-needed access to low-cost veterinary care, to aid families in the ability to care for their beloved pets and reduce the incidence of surrender. Michelson Found Animals is the largest funder of pet surrender prevention in Los Angeles.

“Michelson Found Animals believes everyone should have the right to the joy of pets in their lives, regardless of socioeconomic status. In these unprecedented times, so many people are struggling to make ends meet – and that extends to the ability to feed and care for their pets,” said Brett Yates, acting executive director of Michelson Found Animals. “Michelson Found Animals is the largest funder of pet surrender prevention in Los Angeles county and works with dozens of local organizations to build programs that serve underfunded communities and pets at the highest risk.”

Click here for more information about the initiative.

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