NEWPORT NEWS—The Peninsula Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) recently received a $3,500 grant from the national non-profit Petco Love, to support the PSPCA’s lifesaving work for animals in Hampton Roads, specifically on the Virginia Peninsula.
Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested $330 million in animal adoption and lifesaving efforts. In partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations like the PSPCA across North America, Petco Love has helped to find loving homes for 6.5 million pets and counting.
“Our investment in the Peninsula SPCA is part of more than $15 million in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country 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 part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”
The Peninsula SPCA is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the humane treatment of all animals in their community with a mission to find loving homes for every animal in their care. Since the shelter transitioned to an adoption guarantee or “no kill” shelter in January 2015, it has been able to expand its services for the Peninsula community to not only include adoption services, but also humane education programs and preventative veterinary care.
PSPCA provides care and shelter annually for nearly 1,000 homeless pets as they await their new forever homes. This includes food, medical care, and training. All adopted animals leave the shelter spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. In an effort to offer resources that help keep companion animals healthy at home with their owners, PSPCA also operates an affordable, preventative healthcare clinic that offers low-cost vaccinations, parasite control, microchipping, and spay/neuter services. In the past year, the PSPCA clinic has administered vaccines to more than 3,000 pets, and focused their efforts on pet overpopulation by performing more than 1,000 spay/neuter surgeries.
“Petco Love’s investment in the Peninsula SPCA will help save lives on the Peninsula,” said Megan Steele, executive director of PSPCA. “Not only will this grant prepare pets for adoption into their forever homes, it will also help to provide emergency boarding through PSPCA’s Safekeepers, a critical program that prevents pets from being surrendered due to a temporary, emergency circumstance. Support like this helps the Peninsula SPCA help pets and people in our community.”