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NEWS RELEASEFor Immediate Release FERAL FELINE FRIENDS OF EAST TENNESSEE RECEIVES [$10,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® TO HELP MORE HOMELESS PETS FIND HOMES IN EAST TENNESSEE KNOXVILLE, TN – FERAL FELINE FRIENDS OF EAST TENNESSEE has received a $10,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help prepare more shelter pets in KNOXVILLE AND THE EAST TENNESSEE AREA for adoption and ensure they are ready to find loving homes. With the help of this grant, the organization will spay/neuter microchip, vaccinate and test over 300 cats and kittens many of which will be adopted and find loving forever homes through the Knoxville PetSmart store. This program will help FERAL FELINE FRIENDS OF EAST TENNESSEE to support its efforts to help homeless pets find homes. Cat overpopulation is a huge issue in the U.S. and the East Tennessee area. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (ASPCA)s, over 3.4 million cats enter shelters each year. Of these, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners. This means that over 1.4 million cats are tragically euthanized each year. “Our spay/neuter/vaccinate program is a significant part of how our organization works to reduce pet homelessness,” said Kara Disbrow, President, Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. Disbrow added that “without this program and our network of trappers and home foster program volunteers, the homeless cat population in the East Tennessee area will continue to grow resulting in more cats/kittens being euthanized.” Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $400 million to positively impact communities, to help preserve families, to improve access to veterinary care and to connect people and pets through initiatives like this with FERAL FELINE FRIENDS OF EAST TENNESSEE. Members of the community who are interested in learning more about this program and the other work that FERAL FELINE FRIENDS OF EAST TENNESSEE does can visit the organization’s website at: www.feralfelinefriends.org ### About FERAL FELINE FRIENDS OF EAST TENNESSEE FERAL FELINE FRIENDS OF EAST TENNESSEE was founded in 2004 and became a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2009. Our mission is to end the overpopulation of cats in the East Tennessee area, protect the welfare of cats, and promote the humane treatment and well-being of these animals. We do this by providing a humane alternative to euthanasia through trap, neuter and release (TNR) programs, ongoing managed care of cats, and the adoption of tame cats/kittens through our home-based foster care program and PetSmart adoption events. As a non-profit, all volunteer organization we are funded solely from donations, grants, and fund raising with 100% of all monies raised going directly to managing and caring for the homeless cat population in the East Tennessee area. We find homeless, abandoned, starving and abused cats/kittens in feral colonies or while trapping feral cats for TNR. The first thing we do with all of the cats that we encounter is get them spayed/neutered, vaccinated. microchipped and have them all tested for Feline Leukemia. In addition, many of these cats/kittens require medical care due to outdoor exposure to parasites, injuries, and untreated infections which we have treated at our veterinarian partners. Of all the cats we encounter some are too feral to be socialized enough for adoption and these cats are either returned to the feral colony where they were trapped, added to an existing community cat colony, or placed into our barn cat program. Either way, their medical issues are addressed and corrected and they are spayed/neutered so that they are no longer able to breed and bring more homeless cats into the world. To learn more visit info@feralfelinefriends.org Follow Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs Find Feral Feline Friends of East TN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/feral.feline.friends.et/ Follow Feline Friends of East TN on Instagram: www.instagram.com/PetSmartCharities About PetSmart Charities®ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES®:PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $390 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org. Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: www.twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities Follow PetSmart Charities on Instagram: www.instagram.com/PetSmartCharities See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc Media Contact:Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee 24-Hour PetSmart Charities(865) 919-CATS (2287) Media Line: 623-587-2177info@feralfelinefriends.org