By Jennifer Tuohy for The Island Connection
Photos by Nancy Secoy
On July 29, 2014 PetSmart presented a check for $5,000 to Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding at the Brickhouse Equestrian Center. The grant money will be split between Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding’s Scholarship Program and Veterans Program. CATR improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities at the area’s oldest nationally accredited therapeutic horseback riding center.
“Everyone at CATR is extremely grateful to PetSmart for helping us serve more individuals who can progress and achieve personal goals with the help of equine assisted activities and therapies,” Amanda Gerald, Philanthropy Director, said. “CATR strives to provide services to all who can benefit. We charge a minimal fee representing one third of the actual cost, but depending on individual circumstances, some students may pay less or nothing at all. The difference is made up with CATR’s Scholarship Program that is funded by generous supporters in the community like PetSmart.”
CATR anticipates serving 140 individuals including children, adults and wounded military veterans within the next 12 months.
PetSmart will provide this charitable donation through its PetSmart Gives Back initiative. This initiative focuses on giving back to local communities throughout the nation in support of organizations that enrich people’s lives through the power of pets.
“As a PetSmart District Manager, one of the reasons I’m so proud to be a part of this company is due to the value we place on our communities. It is critical for us to be an active community member to help support the powerful relationship that pets and pet parents build together. PetSmart is honored to call Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding our partners,” Jason Moritz, District Manager with PetSmart, said.