Lycoming County SPCA?awarded $5,000 Petco Foundation Grant

The Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to fund the shelter’s spay and neuter program.

The Lycoming County SPCA is the county’s only locally operated, full-service shelter which operates entirely on the support of its donors. All contributions to the Lycoming County SPCA remain within the county to provide services such as shelter and emergency treatment for homeless pets, investigation and prosecution of cruelty or abuse complaints, adoption and counseling, animal welfare education, outreach and humane care.

The Petco Foundation grant will be used to cover a portion of the costs associated with spaying and neutering shelter pets that are made available for adoption to the public.

“The Lycoming County SPCA has enjoyed a very positive and close working relationship with the local Petco store since its opening several years ago and is grateful to the Petco Foundation for its contributions. As a shelter entirely dependent on community support, we appreciate the efforts of our area businesses to support our mission,” SPCA?Director of Development John R. Hettinger, said.

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Now, with more than 9,500 local animal-welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,200 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised and the Petco Foundation is also involved in many national animal-welfare efforts.

In 2012, the Petco Foundation surpassed $100 million in funds raised for companion animals since the organization was created.

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