Petco Foundation Matching COVID-19 Grants Support Animal Welfare Organizations
The Petco Foundation has offered $1 million in support for “essential” animal welfare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic and an additional $807,000 of community support to continue the lifesaving work of 80 organizations across the country.
The Petco Foundation issued special COVID-19 matching relief grants designed not only to provide direct funding but to spark additional community support for the “essential” animal welfare organizations during the pandemic.
“We are thankful for every organization working to save lives. However, the local animal care organizations with legal requirements to serve the public were, and continue to be, disproportionately challenged during the COVID-19 pandemic. These essential employees often put themselves at risk to continue serving the animals and people in their communities,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “Consequently, we designed this special matching grant campaign to promote these hardworking organizations and create greater awareness of these frontline employees, and the work they do each and every day, especially during times of crisis. We are proud these grants served as a catalyst for added community support.”
The Petco Foundation’s matching grants ranged from $10,000 to $25,000 in an effort to make twice the lifesaving impact while also mobilizing the public to take action to save animal lives. In addition to monetary support, organization leadership reported that the matching grants helped them reach new donors, raise visibility and bring in additional community support. In some cases, organizations more than tripled their goal, demonstrating all that could be achieved when we come together to save lives.
Organizations plan to put the funds raised back into the community supporting foster care and adoption programs or helping pet parents who are struggling financially keep their pets with food or medical care, including vaccinations and spay/neuter services.
“Although many have modified operations, these animal care and control organizations have remained open to the public through the pandemic and are often responsible for helping the greatest number of animals in their community,” Kogut said. “We encourage the public to continue to make a difference by adopting, fostering and donating to help pets in need.”
Grant investments are part of the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives during the COVID-19 crisis by distributing $1 million in product and cash donations and leading a national call encouraging animal lovers to take action to help save animal lives. This commitment follows the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13 million to animal welfare organizations nationwide.