Riverside County has received a $90,000 donation from PetSmart, the Phoenix-based chain of pet superstores.
The grant will be used by the county’s animal services division, which helps county residents and their pets, according to a statement on the county’s website.
Specifically, the county will use the money to support its Helping Humans Keep Their Pet Families Healthy program, which provides veterinary care and financial assistance for families that are unsheltered or in transitional housing.
The board of supervisors must still approve the donation, which is expected to assist approximately 500 pets and 400 people.
“As a high-volume animal shelter system in Riverside County, more effort needs to be made to reduce the number of animals coming in,” said Erin Gettis, animal services director, in the statement. “One way to make that happen is by offering more programs to help people keep their pets, such as added spay and neuter clinics.”