Project 121: VCA Animal Hospitals to match online donations for AHS [Photos]

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Now through Saturday, every online donation you make to the Arizona Humane Society’s Project 121: Action for Animals campaign will go twice as far thanks to VCA Animal Hospitals.

AHS has announced that VCA, which operates more than 520 animal hospitals in 41 states, including 14 facilities here in Arizona, will match all donations made online through Saturday up to a total of $10,000.

Saturday, Aug. 20 is International Homeless Pet Day, a day meant to raise awareness about the many homeless pets all over the world, including right here at home. The number of homeless pets is on the rise in Maricopa County, and it’s up to organizations like AHS to care for those animals and find them  new families.

Project 121 is a joint effort by the AHS and 3TV to raise money and awareness of pet overpopulation. It's called Project 121 because AHS take in an average of 121 homeless animals each day -- every day -- at its shelters. That's far too many.

AHS receives no federal or state funding. Initiatives such as Project 121 are critical to the survival of AHS, which relies solely on private donations to care for the 44,000 animals the organization serves annually.

You can get involved by adopting a pet or donating to the Project 121 campaign.

To learn more or to make a contribution, visit Project121.org. You also can make a donation at any AJs Fine Food Store, which has named AHS their PIN pad donation partner through Saturday, Aug. 27 to generate donations at the point of purchase for AHS' programs and services, including day-to-day care, surgery, general medical treatment and foster care.

Project 121 will culminate with a special television broadcast. Tune to 3TV on Aug. 27, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the Project 121 Pet Telethon, a 121-minute show featuring amazing stories of animals.