By: Claire Roberson, Communications Director
The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare of Aiken, SC announced it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support TNR efforts and veterinary care adoption prep to help reduce cat overpopulation in the shelter.
The Petco Foundation investment will help to minimize the number of cats overwhelming area shelters by allowing the SPCA Albrecht Center to continue offering affordable TNR surgeries for community cats and cut down on the cost to prepare the abundance of ‘Kitten Season’ cats for adoption. From 2018 to 2019, the SPCA Albrecht Center experienced a 15% increase in the number of cats and kittens taken in during the year. Combatting this rise was an important objective when entering 2020 and, with the aid of the Petco Foundation, these efforts are underway.
“Last year, the SPCA Albrecht Center faced an unusual increase in the number of cats taken in, and we were put in a really tough position with deciding how to move forward. Luckily, our amazing supporters and adopters stepped up and saved a lot of lives. However, we didn’t want to find ourselves in the same place this year. This grant from the Petco Foundation will allow us to cut down on these staggering intakes and care for the numerous ‘Kitten Season’ cats that need loving homes,” said Claire R. Grimes, Communications Director.
This grant investment is part of the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13M to animal welfare organizations nationwide. In addition, the Petco Foundation distributed $1M in emergency product and cash donations to partner organizations facing the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis and put out a national call to mobilize animal lovers to take action and Pledge to Save Pet Lives.
The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of companion animals by rehoming abused, abandoned, and neglected pets while fighting for their well-being through vigorous legislative efforts, humane education, and by offering affordable veterinary care for all. Since 1935, the SPCA Albrecht Center has found loving homes for over 96% of the 1,200+ homeless and neglected animals that enter their doors every year. These successes are solely thanks to the incredible, compassionate efforts of adopters, supporters, volunteers, donors, staff members and Board of Directors.
For more information about the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare visit www.LetLoveLive.org. For more on the Petco Foundation, visit www.petcofoundation.org and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily.
About the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare
The SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare is a private, nonprofit, no kill animal shelter in Aiken, SC. The SPCA also operates a local Thrift Store (“Where Shopping Saves Lives”), a public, affordable Veterinary Care Center & a Dog Park. It is our mission to improve the lives of companion animals by rehoming abused, abandoned, and neglected pets while fighting for their well-being through vigorous legislative efforts, humane education, and by offering affordable veterinary care for all.
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About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $280 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.