Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work at Louisville Metro Animal Services

July 29, 2020

Grant of $25,000 will extend LMAS shelter’s efforts to save more animal lives in Jefferson County through its pet retention program

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Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) announced it has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its efforts to keep owners and pets together, through the pet retention program.  

The Petco Foundation investment will help LMAS to provide pet owners critical resources, such as medical vouchers, food, crates and trolley systems, which could mean the difference in keeping or having to rehome a pet. The LMAS Shelter’s pet retention program is a key component to preventing shelter overcrowding and euthanasia, having helped hundreds of pets stay in their homes.

“It’s almost always best that pets stay with their owners and out of the shelter. The owner avoids impoundment fees while LMAS is saved the cost of caring for and rehoming pet,” said Ashley Book, interim LMAS shelter director, “That can be easily accomplished by providing food or a crate to a pet owner who may be struggling, right now. So, we always want to be able to help pet owners in need, and the life-saving grant awarded by Petco allows us to continue our mission.”

This grant investment is part of the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13M to animal welfare organizations nationwide. In addition, the Petco Foundation distributed $1M in emergency product and cash donations to partner organizations facing the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis and put out a national call to mobilize animal lovers to take action and Pledge to Save Pet Lives. 

LMAS has a fundamental mission to protect public health and safety, ensure the humane treatment of domesticated animals and provide quality, professional service to the citizens of Jefferson county. Since 2017, LMAS has euthanized zero animals for time or space and found homes for thousands of homeless shelter pets through its Pay It Forward Free Adoptions Program.

For more on the Petco Foundation, visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily.

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