SniffAZ Raises $75,000 for Friends of Animal Care & Control

From left, Tammy Cozzi, Tracyann Mains, Shannon Katt, Melissa Simpson, Rebecca Katt and Liz Sharp of SniffAZ Board of Directors; Dr. Rodrigo Silva, director, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control; Leanna Taylor, executive director of Friends of Animal Care and Control. (Special to the Independent)

From left, Tammy Cozzi, Tracyann Mains, Shannon Katt, Melissa Simpson, Rebecca Katt and Liz Sharp of SniffAZ Board of Directors; Dr. Rodrigo Silva, director, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control; Leanna Taylor, executive director of Friends of Animal Care and Control. (Special to the Independent)

 

SniffAZ, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer Valley organization established in 2012 dedicated to funding low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter services, recently donated $75,000 to fund spay/neuter surgeries of companion animals in Maricopa County.

The proceeds were generated from events hosted by SniffAZ, including SNIFF2015, a cocktail event and auction held in Scottsdale in November.

Members of SniffAZ met with representatives from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control, and members of Friends of Animal Care and Control — a nonprofit shelter prevention agency that supports the work of MCACC’s Spay Neuter Assistance Program – to present the donation, which is earmarked entirely to fund free spay and neuter surgeries in Maricopa County.

Leanna Taylor, executive director of Friends, said, “We are so grateful to SniffAZ for their support of spay and neuter initiatives in Maricopa County. Their generous donations, which have totaled $175,000 over just the past four years, have allowed us to provide funding for over 2,600 additional surgeries in low-income and at-risk communities, which in turn has resulted in 1,300 fewer dogs and cats from losing their lives in Valley shelters. With their help, we are making a difference in the lives of Maricopa County animals and their families.”

The SniffAZ donation represents a 50 percent increase over last year and will fund vouchers issued by MCACC under the SNAP program. Vouchers are exchanged by pet owners for spay/neuter surgeries at participating Valley veterinary locations.

SNAP prevents unwanted litters from occurring and therefore helps keep companion animals out of the shelter system.

Dr. Rodrigo Silva, director, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, said, “Pet homelessness is a key driver of animals entering our shelters and the needless euthanasia that sadly often follows. SniffAZ and those in our community who support SniffAZ understand that access to no-cost spay and neuter resources makes a tremendous difference, and we are grateful for their commitment to this important cause.”

SNIFF2015 was held at Gainey Golf Ranch in November and hosted over 300 guests. In addition to fundraising activities via silent and live auction items, the event featured adoptable dogs from MCACC, and resulted in three successful adoptions.

Donations and contributions are deductible to the full extent provided by law. For more information about POGD and SniffAZ events, visit www.sniffaz.org.

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