Friends of Kitties & Kanines Receives $116,000


Qualifying residents of Sebastian and Crawford Counties will receive services at no cost to prevent births of unwanted animals and spread of disease.  


(Ft. Smith, AR) – (February 7, 2019) – Friends of Kitties and Kanines is pleased to announce that it has received a $116,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to boost spay and neuter efforts in Sebastian and Crawford Counties. Friends of Kitties and Kanines will use this grant to offer vouchers to Kitties and Kanines Verterinary Clinic.


Kitties and Kanines Veterinary Clinic provides subsidized spay/neuter surgeries to Ft. Smith and surrounding areas. Thanks to grants and donations Kitties and Kanines Veterinary Clinic has performed over 50,000 spay/neuter procedures since opening in 2009.


Kitties and Kanines Verterinary Clinic will use the funds from the grant to provide 1200 free vouchers for animals in Sebastian County with zip codes of 72901 and 72904 and Crawford County with zip code of 72956. Each voucher will offer a free spay/neuter, a free rabies vaccination, and a free microchip. Vouchers are not available for rescue groups or breeders, privately owned pets only. Procedures will be performed at Kitties and Kanines Veterinary Clinic.


“We are extremely grateful for this generous grant from PetSmart Charities”, said Ramona Roberts, President of Friends of Kitties and Kanines. “This grant will allow us to continue our effort to decrease the number of homeless animals in our area while providing important veterinary services to pet owners who could not otherwise afford these services”


About Friends of Kitties and Kanines Spay and Neuter Clinic 

In 2007, a group of concerned individuals formed the 501(c) (3) called River Valley Animal Welfare Coalition, now called Friends of Kitties and Kanines, out of concern for pet overpopulation in the River Valley community. This group saw the need to stop the cycle of the millions of unwanted births and euthanasia of cats and dogs in the community. They realize that the main reason people do not spay/neuter their pets is due to the high cost or having access to spay/neuter services. Friends of Kitties and Kanines work to fund Kitties and Kanines Veterinary Clinic to provide the community with high-quality, low cost spay neuter services, as well as vaccines and microchipping. This would only be possible through generous grants, fundraisers and donations from the community.


Families needing spay/neuter and vaccine assistance for owned pets may contact Friends of Kitties and Kanines Spay and Neuter Clinic directly at 479-434-4740. To learn more about our clinic and organization, please go to .


About PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission under four key areas of support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond between People and Pets and Providing Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $340 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 15 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit

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