The Arizona Pet Project is focused around serving pet owners in crisis and low income situations. Make no mistake though – we assist anyone who falls into that category.
We also know that overwhelmingly it is our communities of color who are forced into these exact situations. The deck is stacked against them in so many ways. So, we believe it’s critical that our programs both address those systemic inequities and allow us to support everyone who needs some assistance.
While we work on a longer term strategy for increasing our impact we have identified immediate goals that we are acting on now, to fight harder, and do more to break down barriers and drive change.
We are sharing a summary of these goals today and will be following in the coming weeks with details about what each goal means and how they are being put into action. We welcome your thoughts and questions. Driving meaningful change to become truly anti-racist in our society will require the effort of many, and we are interested in having a conversation. Thank you for your thoughts and your support.
- Use clear and concise language when discussing systemic racism and inequity. For too long the language we’ve used in our communications and with supporters has been watered down to make people more comfortable.
- Address and call out the rampant implicit and explicit biases that exist in animal welfare. These biases detrimentally impact people of color and do not further the goal of saving pet lives. In fact, they do the opposite.
- Encourage funders to do the same and push for equity assessments to be part of grant-making and for more funding to go to organizations led by BIPOC.
- Enter into more partnerships with grassroots and community-based organizations led by BIPOC.
By addressing these issues and making these changes, we will save the lives of more pets in our community. This is not based in falsity or over-confidence, but in solid fact. The truth is…
To better serve the needs of pets, we must address the needs of their PEOPLE.