Animal services

Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Division of Animal Services Receives $150,000 Grant to Nonprofit Petco Love

The Animal Services Division of Fort Bend County Health and Human Services received a $150,000 grant from the national nonprofit Petco Love, FBCHHS announced in a recent release.

Fort Bend County Animal Services is an open-admission shelter covering 875 miles of unincorporated Fort Bend County. The grant will be distributed over a two-year period to FBCAS.

The FBCAS sees approximately 4,500 pets annually and serves as the county’s rabies control authority. The safe haven maintained a savings rate of 90% in August 2018.

“This grant will allow us to create new opportunities to expand our rescue programs and improve the lives of the companion animals we are responsible for caring for,” said Rene Vasquez, director of FBCAS. “Benefiting from the generosity of community donations at their local Petco stores will help us continue our mission and we can’t thank everyone enough.”

Founded in 1999, Petco Love has overseen more than 6.5 million pet adoptions and invested $330 million in adoption and other rescue efforts. The national nonprofit organization works in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 other organizations to help find loving homes for animals.

“Our investment in FBCAS is part of more than $15 million in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to creating a future where no pets are unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Our local investments are just one part of our strategy to empower pet lovers to drive life-saving change alongside us. We recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of Petco Love Lost, a national database lost and found that uses pet facial recognition technology to make it easier to find lost pets.

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