Petco Love Awards Louisville Metro Animal Services Grant for Live-Saving Work

April 28, 2021

Grant of $20,000 will be used for spay-neuter medical vouchers


Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) announces it will use a $20,000 grant awarded by the non-profit Petco Love to continue its life-saving efforts by offering medical vouchers for spay-neuter services.

“Hundreds of pets that may not have been spayed or neutered will be because Petco Love’s investment eases the financial burden that may be preventing an owner from scheduling the surgery,” said Ashley Book, LMAS interim shelter director. “We never want turn away a responsible pet owner who wants to get their pet spayed or neutered but may not be able afford it.”

Spaying and neutering pets in our community is a key component to reducing the stray pet population and preventing shelter overcrowding.  Grants provide additional funding so LMAS can offer spay-neuter vouchers for pets that are not currently being cared for at the shelter, which contributed to LMAS not euthanizing any animals for lack of time or space in 2020, for the fourth consecutive year.

Spaying and neutering not only prevents unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, it has health benefits including reducing the risk of certain cancers and a calmer pet, while dogs will be less likely to roam. LMAS spayed and neutered 2, 910 animals in 2020 but is not able to offer spay-neuter services to the public. Many local animal welfare organizations were forced to limit or stop offering affordable spay-neuter service, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spay-neuter vouchers cover up to $100 of the cost to have the procedure done at a local veterinary clinic or hospital.  Jefferson County pet owners who need assistance providing medical care, food or shelter for their pet is encouraged to visit the intake office at the LMAS Shelter, located at 3528 Newburg Road. The shelter is open Monday-Saturday from 12-6pm. To contact the intake office, send an email to [email protected] or call 502-473-PETS.

For more information about LMAS, visit www. https://louisvilleky.gov/government/animal-services.

For more on the Petco Love, visit www.petcofoundation.org and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #PetcoFamily.

About the Petco Foundation  At Petco Love, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $280 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

 

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