Athens, Texas (June 2, 2022) – The Athens Animal Rescue Shelter has received a $25,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love in support of their lifesaving work for animals in Henderson County.
Petco Love is a national nonprofit leading change for pets by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And Petco Love helps find loving homes for pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations — like ours — across North America, with 6.5 million pets adopted and counting.
“Our investment in the Athens Animal Rescue Shelter is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us. We recently celebrated the one-year launch anniversary of Petco Love Lost, a national lost and found database that uses pet facial recognition technology to simplify the search for lost pets.” “Petco Love’s generous grant will support medical and labor costs, increased costs to transport and care for our animals. We intake an average of 2,400 animals per year. Our medical costs continue to rise as we adopt and transfer out more animals every year, so we are incredibly grateful to Petco Love for supporting our shelter with this lifesaving investment,” said Monika Allen, Director of the Athens Animal Rescue Shelter.The Athens Animal Rescue Shelter is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, food, medical treatment, love, and care to every animal who is brought to our facility servicing Henderson County. Our dedicated, animal-loving employees engage a supportive community to build strong networks of fosters, rescue groups and animal lovers all willing to come together to save more lives.
The Athens Animal Rescue took over the county shelter on April 1, 2020, and began an immediate transformation. We have increased our intake, as well as continue to be very successful in finding homes for our animals via adoptions, rescue, transports, reclaim, fosters, community, and national organization support.
For more information about The Athens Animal Rescue Shelter, visit athensanimalrescue.com. Learn more about Petco Love here: petcolove.org.
About The Athens Animal Rescue Shelter
The Athens Animal Rescue Shelter has responded to animals in need through the generous support of individuals, businesses, and foundations. We provide shelter, food, medical treatment, love, and care to every animal who is brought to our facility. Our mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals through care, education, and advocacy. We serve the citizens and pets of Henderson County, Texas and are on target to care for over 2,400 shelter pets each year.
About Petco LovePetco Love is a life-changing nonprofit organization that makes communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Join us. Visit petcolove.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we lead every day.