Petco Love grants $20,000 to help Roanoke Valley pets

Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 12:26 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection has received a $20,000 grant to support its work saving animals in the Roanoke Valley.

The grant was given by Petco Love, formerly called Petco Foundation. Petco Love is a nonprofit hoping to change the lives of pets around the country. Since its founding in 1999, it has invested nearly $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. The organization has also helped find homes for more than 6.5 million animals in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations nationwide.

“Today Petco Love announces an investment in Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection and hundreds of other organizations as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only one component. This month, we will also launch the first of our national tools to empower all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”

The RCACP provides sheltering services for stray and homeless animals throughout Botetourt and Roanoke counties, as well as the City of Roanoke and Town of Vinton. It is an open-intake shelter that helps reunite lost pets with their owners and to provide care for unclaimed and owner relinquished animals until new homes can be found for them. The RCACP has sheltered between 4,000 and 6,000 animals each year since 2013.

In the past four years, the RCACP says it has increased adoption events through the use of an adoption trailer to carry animals, increased rescue partnerships to include freedom flights with Pilots for Paws and rescue transport through the ASPCA, opened a free roam cat room, hired a full-time veterinarian for in-shelter care, revamped the office area for a better customer experience, started an Inmate Dog Training Program - which trained more than 100 dogs in basic obedience - and increased its live release rate from 75% to 85%.

“We are very excited to receive this lifesaving grant to support our foster care program and rescue placement efforts. In 2020, our rescue coordinator found placement for 1,144 animals and our foster coordinator processed over 640 animals through the foster program to ensure a happy ending for these animals. This grant will allow us to add a part-time support staff person to share the workload and ensure that more animals find forever homes when they come into the shelter. We are thankful to Petco Love for recognizing our hard work and determination to find a home for our homeless animals and being a partner to ensure our success continues,” said Mike Warner, executive director.

For more information on RCACP, visit their website. You can click here to learn more about Petco Love.

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