The Petco Foundation has awarded the Lynchburg Humane Society in Lynchburg, Virginia, a $400,000 grant so that the society can support its No Kill VA initiative, which is aimed at reducing euthanasia in designated communities throughout the state.
The $400,000 investment will be paid out in two installments of $200,000 this year and next.
“The Petco Foundation is an amazing organization that has helped save the lives of countless companion animals across the nation with their support,” Lynchburg Humane Society Executive Director Makena Yarbrough said. “We are so grateful for the backing of the Petco Foundation and their enthusiasm for helping Virginia pets through this Lifesaving investment.”
The Petco Foundation investment will be used to assist with low cost spay/neuter and medical services, transport assistance, training, mentoring and consulting services and the creation of No Kill VA support services to build relationships and coordinate efforts in the state to help save more companion animal’s lives, according to the Lynchburg Humane Society. The programs will be focused on targeted communities throughout Virginia with high euthanasia rates as well as local areas such as Pittsylvania, Campbell and Amherst needing additional assistance to reduce the number of pets euthanized.
According to Yarbrough, the humane society’s application to the Petco Foundation’s grant program was comprehensive and had a clearly defined budget and plan to show how the group would use the money to save lives.
The Petco Foundation agreed.
“At the Petco Foundation, we know that the greatest lifesaving impact is made when we work together toward our goal to save more animal lives. This is why it is our honor to invest in the Lynchburg Humane Society,” Petco Foundation Executive Director Susanne Kogut said. “We love that achieving lifesaving success in their own community wasn’t enough and are heartened to see an organization like Lynchburg Humane Society take action to help other communities across the state realize the same lifesaving success. If every successful organization did this, imagine how many more lifesaving communities could be realized.”
Yarbroug expects the grant to positively impact “thousands and thousands” of animals. The check presentation will be held at the Petco Store at the Lakeside Crossing Shopping Center in Lynchburg on Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m.