Pet Owners in Need in Utah during COVID-19
With the financial support of the Jason Heigl Foundation, Nuzzles & Co. is helping people laid-off or with reduced hours due to COVID-19 to feed and care for their pets. Jamie Usry, executive director, “Many people are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19. People who have been laid-off, or had their hours cut, will need to make financial decisions soon. Sadly, many people begin to consider surrendering their pets to shelters when money gets tight because the cost of pet food or cat litter can be too much to handle. During this crisis, shelters across the state simply can not handle an influx of animal surrenders from people who can not afford their pets’ care. Nuzzles & Co. wants to ensure that people and their pets are able to stay together during this crisis.”
Dog food, cat food, and cat litter are available for pick-up at the Nuzzles & Co. Rescue Ranch in Summit County seven days a week. Our pop-up pet pantry support in Salt Lake, Utah and Davis Counties for the month of April is below. We will also be accepting more supply donations from people who can contribute at the same locations.
Salt Lake County: Tuesday 4/7 from 1 to 4 PM - Target parking lot at 1110 S 300 W, SLC UT 84101 Wednesday 4/8 from 1 to 4 PM - West Jordan Petco parking lot at 6842 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84084 Friday 4/10 from 1 to 4 PM - Draper Petco parking lot at 195 E 12300 S, Draper, UT 84020
Utah and Davis Counties: Tuesday 4/14 from 1 to 4 PM - Ogden Petco parking lot at 390 E 525 North St, Ogden UT 84404
Rescue Ranch at 6466 N High View Road, Peoa, UT 84061 • Adoption Center at 6699 N. Landmark Drive # B103, Park City, UT 84068 • 435-608-1424 • www.nuzzlesandco.org
Wednesday 4/15 from 1 to 4 PM - Spanish Fork Petco parking lot at 1118 North Canyon Creek Parkway, Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Salt Lake County: Tuesday 4/21 from 1 to 4 PM - Target parking lot at 1110 S 300 W, SLC UT 84101 Wednesday 4/22 from 1 to 4 PM - West Jordan Petco parking lot at 6842 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84084 Friday 4/24 from 1 to 4 PM - Draper Petco parking lot at 195 E 12300 S, Draper, UT 84020
Utah and Davis Counties: Tuesday 4/28 from 1 to 4 PM - Ogden Petco parking lot at 390 E 525 North St, Ogden UT 84404 Wednesday 4/29 from 1 to 4 PM- Spanish Fork Petco parking lot at 1118 North Canyon Creek Parkway, Spanish Fork, UT 84660
The effects of COVID-19 on Nuzzles & Co. have been: ● Closing our Adoption Center and Rescue Ranch to the public to stop the community spread of COVID-19. Adoptions are available through virtual meetings with our staff and animals. ● We have over 150 pets in temporary foster care homes while adoptions are severely reduced. ● In need of people to donate supplies and money to keep us operational and able to continue saving the lives of animals in need. Monetary donations to Nuzzles & Co. can be made www.nuzzlesandco.org/donate. ---
Nuzzles & Co. is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill organization located in Summit County, Utah. Originally known as Friends of Animals Utah, Nuzzles has found homes for over 20,000 pets since its inception in 1990. In 2019 alone, Nuzzles & Co. saved the lives of 1,519 animals in need. Nuzzles also works to educate people on the humane treatment of animals. Its mission is to provide a loving, nurturing place where animals can become healthy, learn positive behaviors and ultimately, find loving, forever homes. #WhereLoveWins Jason Heigl Foundation was founded in 2008 by Nancy and Katherine Heigl. The Heigls’ desire to end animal cruelty and abuse inspired them to create an organization dedicated to animal welfare that would celebrate the compassion, kindness and memory of a beloved son and brother. Throughout his brief lifetime, Jason loved all animals, especially dogs, cats and monkeys, and he lived his life extending compassion and kindness to all creatures great and small. The Foundation is his legacy.
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