Northeast Missouri (NEMO) Humane Society recently received a $35,000 grant from PetSmart Charities — the leading funder of animal welfare in North America — designed to help keep more people and pets together in Hannibal and the surrounding region.

Northeast Missouri (NEMO) Humane Society recently received a $35,000 grant from PetSmart Charities — the leading funder of animal welfare in North America — designed to help keep more people and pets together in Hannibal and the surrounding region.

When people are experiencing life changes and challenges such as poverty, illness, lack of affordable veterinary care and pet-friendly housing shortages, having a pet can add an extra layer of complexity and concern. Pet parents in these situations often feel that they have no other option but to surrender their beloved pets to local animal welfare organizations.

But with the help of this new grant, Northeast Missouri Humane Society is committed to offering solutions that will help pets to stay within their loving homes and families. Community members in need simply apply to qualify for the Paw-Up Pet Retention Program for partial or full assistance with veterinary/medical expenses, housing deposits, emergency boarding fees and food costs. NEMO Humane Society hopes to help around 300 pets in staying with their pet parents by offsetting some of the cost-burden of pet ownership — saving MO paws by lending a Paw-Up.

“Northeast Missouri Humane Society endeavors to create, nurture and support the bond between human and animal. Utilizing the funds from PetSmart Charities will enhance our ability to capacity-build and network with pet owners and pet service providers. We have already started connecting with agencies that work with diverse populations within our community,” said Janet Smith, NEMOhs Executive Director. “To demonstrate fully the power of pet ownership, we intend to increase community presence by building-up programs and services. With new resources through grants and programs like pet retention, we are able to reestablish NEMOhs as not only an animal shelter but an advocate for the animal-human bond.”

The Paw-Up Program at Northeast Missouri Humane Society will officially launch Monday, Oct. 1.

“PetSmart Charities is pleased to support the Northeast Missouri Humane Society’s efforts to keep

people and their beloved pets together with this $35,000 grant to support the Paw-Up Program,” said

Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “Together, we’re helping people

and pets in Missouri when they need it the most.”