LAURINBURG — Scotland County Humane Society of Scotland County announced on Thursday that it had been awarded a grant from the Petco Foundation to support its medical expense fund and to help find more homes for shelter animals.
The Petco grant is for $10,000.
Melinda McMillan, director of the Scotland County Humane Society, said the privately-owned nonprofit shelter depends on donations and grants to support its medical fund.
“Our contracts with the city and county do not cover our operating expenses,” McMillan said.”Without the support of the Petco Foundation and personal donors, we would not be able to provide the vet care required to operate our shelter to our standards. We appreciate the Petco Foundation.”
Medical expenses are a large portion of shelter’s annual budget. Since 2011, Scotland County Human Society has found homes for 6,809 dogs and cats. During the same period, medical expenses have increased 200 percent to spay/neuter, and provide initial medical care to make sure dogs and cats are adoption ready. During this same period, shelter intakes decreased, and live release rates increased.
“The Petco Foundation investment will help to fund medical expenses necessary to prepare dogs and cats for adoption and rescue, “McMillan said.
Since 1999, Petco has invested more than $170 million in lifesaving animal welfare work. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, Petco tries to “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 its Think Adoption First program, the foundation partners with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, the group has helped more than 5 million pets find new loving families.
For information about Scotland County Humane Society or the Petco Foundation, visit scotlandhumane.org or www.petcofoundation.org.