The Helping Hands program helps to feed, provide shelter and emergency vetting, low cost spay and neuter, and food on a temporary basis, for pets of families in financial distress.
“The program has helped over 500 animals since its inception in 2013,” said Karol Wilcox, President of CHS-PAWS. “The funds from the Petco Foundation will go directly to the Helping Hands program and free-up donations that can now be used for high utility bills, animal care, and sheltering needs. We have a long standing relationship with the Petco Foundation and have received other grants when we've been in need.”
“This grant is a true blessing and couldn't come at a better time. Because of the bad weather, tough economic times, and high unemployment in our county, people have more and more difficulty taking care of their family pets. With this grant we are able to provide relief to pet owners and help them to keep their pets in their homes when they may otherwise not be able to.”
The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more than 8,000 local animal-welfare partners across the country, the foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals.
The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco's more than 1,200 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, and the Petco Foundation is also involved in many national animal-welfare efforts.
In 2012, the Petco Foundation surpassed $100 million in funds raised for companion animals since the organization was created. To learn more, visit www.petcofoundation.org.
CHS-PAWS works with Petco on the local level as well. “We are pleased to have a great working relationship with the Petco store in Cape Girardeau, Mo. for the past five years,” Wilcox says. “The store has been so supportive with allowing us to have adoption events, answer our questions about training and grooming, and the employees are very supportive of us.”