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Catawba County Animal Services Receives Rachael Ray Save Them All Grant from Best Friends Animal Society

Catawba County Animal Services Receives Rachael Ray Save Them All Grant from Best Friends Animal Society

Published: February 08, 2022

Catawba County Animal Services has received a 2022 Rachael Ray Save Them All grant in the amount of $20,250 from Best Friends Animal Society.

The grant supports Animal Services’ foster program for kittens by providing training and provisions to families who foster kittens from the Catawba County Animal Shelter. Funds will also be used to cover related medical expenses for the kittens in the foster program.

Additionally, the grant supports Animal Services’ trap, neuter and release (TNR) initiative to help humanely manage the county’s community cat population. Through this initiative, Animal Services will bring in, sterilize and vaccinate free-roaming, unowned cats and return them to their outdoor homes to live out their natural lives without reproducing.

“This grant allows us to expand our foster program as we work to find forever homes for the homeless kittens in our care,” said Jenna Arsenault, Catawba County Animal Services Manager. “Our goal is to facilitate foster placement of at least 150 kittens with foster families. We will also work to help humanely manage the area’s community cat population by trapping, neutering and releasing 100 community cats who would be at serious risk if they entered shelters. We appreciate the support of Best Friends Animal Society in making these initiatives possible.”

Catawba County Animal Services 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.

The Rachael Ray Save Them All Grants is a grant program, administered by Best Friends and funded by The Rachael Ray Foundation™, that provides grants to shelters for euthanasia reduction initiatives. The Rachael Ray Foundation helps animals in need and is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachael's pet food, Nutrish®.

About Best Friends Animal Society
Best Friends Animal Society is the leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 347,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs all across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 3,500 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit