Petco Foundation Makes Record-Setting Grant Investments

July 14, 2016

The Petco Foundation grants totaling more than $30 million in funding for animal welfare is the highest annual funding total in the foundation’s history.  The financial grants are in addition to $2 million in product donations. In total, 2770 organizations across the U.S. benefited.  A primary focus in 2015 was supporting organizations that inspire and transform their communities to reduce euthanasia of pets.

Recipients recognized for their lifesaving achievements and their relentless determination to eliminate needless euthanasia of animals in their communities include:

  • LifeLine Animal Project, an Atlanta-based, private non-profit that took over operations of two county facilities just a few years ago when euthanasia rates were over 65%. Because LifeLine has been able to inspire the community to participate in their lifesaving work, they are saving close to 90% of the 16,000 animals they care for each year at two of Atlanta’s oldest sheltering facilities.
  • Kansas City Pet Project, a newly formed organization that created excitement and hope for Kansas City and the 10,000-plus animals entering their city shelter. After assuming operations in 2012, the Kansas City Pet Project has been saving over 90% of the animals and has put their city on the national map as a leader and example of a successful lifesaving community.
  • Front Street Animal Shelter, the City of Sacramento animal shelter that has put itself on the map for its creative outreach activities. Efforts have spurred an entire community to take action and participate by fostering and volunteering to help care for more than 11,000 community animals each year. Front Street’s approach has made it one of the most engaging city shelters and created an international social media following that has contributed to the increase in its lifesaving rate from just 25% five years ago to 83% today.
  • Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter(BARCS), led by Jen Brause, whose determination to succeed despite very unfavorable conditions has been nothing less than heroic in changing the horrific 98% euthanasia rate in 2005 into a 85% save rate through the early part of 2016. BARCS is striving to save even more of the 11,000-plus animals entering its facility annually.

Significant support was provided to other up-and-coming organizations transforming communities such as the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association (WV), Animal Care Centers of NYC, HALO Animal Rescue (Phoenix), Charleston Animal Society (SC) and The Animal Foundation (Las Vegas), in addition to many smaller rescue groups that support these lifesaving efforts.


The Petco Foundation, believes that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999,more than $167 million has been invested with more than 4,000 animal welfare partners. The goal is to inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay/neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives.

With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We operate more than 1,430 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 115 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; and petco.com which is a partner with iGive.com.

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