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Rescue Me receives 1,000 grant to help local animals

Posted at 7:04 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 10:04:50-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A local animal rescue has received a $1,000 grant award from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to help the organization purchase pet kennels and fixtures for a collaborative based pet adoption center for rescues and shelters to use for dog and cat adoptions.

Rescue Me Tucson is a 501(c3) non-profit formed to establish and operate a collaborative-based Pet Adoption Center to help rescue animals find forever homes.

President of the Rescue Me Board Nancy Young Wright said with the recent outbreak of COVID-19, she's afriad it's going to have an impact on local animals.

"Anytime there is economic uncertainty and people have lost their jobs or they don’t know where there next paycheck is coming from, they are not necessarily interested in adopting an animal until they know what is going on better for there own lives," Wright said.

This could also result in people surrendering their animals. Nancy said this is something animal rescues saw during the 2008 recessions, so they're prepared.

"There is going to be a slow down in adoptions and more animals showing up as this COVID-19 gets bigger In Arizona," Wright said. "We just want to make sure we can be there to help."

Wright said Rescue Me is searching for their own facility that is about 1,500 square feet.