AHS Receives $20,000 Rachael Ray Save Them All Grant from Best Friends Animal Society to Help Save Homeless Pets
The grant is designed to further expand, develop and formalize AHS’ Bottle Baby Kitten ICU pilot program that launched in 2016.
AHS’ Bottle Baby Kitten ICU program is the largest shelter-run program of its kind in Maricopa County, and served more than 1,000 newborn kittens in its first year. This year, it is anticipated that number will grow to nearly 1,300 newborn kittens. The grant from Best Friends Animal Society aims to increase kitten survival rates by providing essential funds to continue high-quality, round-the-clock care in the form of additional kennels, formula, staffing and training.
“We are grateful for Best Friends’ generous support as we continue to push boundaries and increase medical initiatives devoted to orphaned kittens,” said Jared Wright, Arizona Humane Society’s Intensive Care and Special Projects Manager. “Our ability to decrease euthanasia by 84 percent over the last four years has been the result of increased lifesaving programs like this one, as well as through the collaboration of our animal welfare partners, funders, foster heroes, volunteers and Good Samaritans who are committed to helping these newborn kittens.”
AHS is an active partner in Best Friends Network, which offers help and support to animal rescue groups and shelters that save lives in their communities.
“When you choose to adopt your next pet, you are becoming part of the solution right here in our community,” said Wright.