Lost Our Home Pet Rescue recently received a $40,000 grant for their “Preserving Families Through Temporary Care Program & Sustainability Project” from Petsmart Charities and will receive another $30,000 in September 2022 to support these efforts.   

 “We are so appreciative of PetSmart Charities support,” said Jodi Polanski, Founder & Executive Director.  “Our temporary care program has seen a dramatic increase due to inflation and post-pandemic. The grant will also help us sustain general operating expenses.”  

 Lost Our Home (LOH) is dedicated to rehoming pets in need and, if you are struggling with a crisis, they also offer a Temporary Care Program to Maricopa County pet families in crisis. This program provides up to 90 days of care to at-risk pets and then they will be reunited with the pet’s parents. We focus on extremely vulnerable populations including women, children, seniors, veterans, people who are survivors of domestic violence, and people who are disabled. The City of Phoenix reports that both homelessness and domestic violence have significantly increased due to COVID-19, and our waitlist for this program has increased by70%. During the grant term, we anticipate serving 426 pets and 189 pet families.  

 The funds will help support the sustainability of the shelter moving forward, including a strategic plan for effective donor stewardship and diversifying funding avenues to increase revenue. This will help lay a strong foundation and build internal capacity to sustain the TCP program well into the future.  

 About Lost Our Home Pet Rescue 

Lost Our Home was founded in 2008 in response to the thousands of pets in need as a result of the economic downturn in general, and the Phoenix-area foreclosure crisis in particular. They are the only shelter in Maricopa County dedicated to rescuing pets abandoned or at risk of homelessness due to pet parents’ life crises: eviction, domestic violence, job loss, and illness. They have saved the lives of thousands of pets, reunited pets with their families through their Temporary Care and Tempe PD Programs, and fed over 10,000 hungry pets through their Pet-Food Bank Program.  Lost Our Home Pet Rescue specializes in helping domestic violence victims with their pets. They have valued partnerships with several domestic violence shelters to serve victims and their pets.   To learn more about Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, visit LostOurHome.org, or call (602) 445-7387 (PETS).