Petco Love invests $20,000 grant to save pets around Roanoke Valley

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — On Thursday morning, the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection announced a $20,000 grant investment from the newly-named Petco Love to support their lifesaving work for animals in Vinton, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Botetourt County.

According to the RCACP, Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier.

Since it was founded in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, Petco Love has reportedly invested nearly $300 million to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts, as well as helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations like the RCACP.

“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 unnecessary 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.”

“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,” said Mike Warner, executive director of the RCACP. “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.”

The RCACP is reportedly an open intake shelter for the Roanoke Valley’s stray and homeless animals, providing a safe haven for lost animals waiting to be reunited with their owners, as well as to providing care for unclaimed and owner relinquished animals in order to find them new forever homes as quickly as possible.

According to the center, the RCACP has sheltered between 4,000 and 6,000 each year since 2013.

Over the last four years, the RCACP says it has increased adoption events by using an adoption trailer to carry animals safely; increased its rescue partnerships to include freedom flights with Pilots for Paws and rescue transport through the ASPCA; opened a free roam cat room so friendly cats can mingle freely; hired a full-time veterinarian to provide in-shelter care; revamped the front office area for a better customer experience; started an Inmate Dog Training Program, which provided basic obedience training for more than 100 dogs; and increased its live release rate from 75 percent to 86 percent.

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