The Petco Foundation has awarded $200,000 to Tri-City Animal Shelter and its non-profit partner, Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter.
The Petco Foundation’s investment will be utilized to help renovate the shelter’s old building, located on the current animal shelter’s campus, into a surgery suite and medical center. This new facility will be used to provide veterinary care to over 7,000 animals at Tri-City Animal Shelter each year.
“When an animal comes through our doors, our team works together to determine its individual needs and then decides what resources we can utilize in order to either reunite them with their family or help place them with a new one,” said Tammy Miller, Director of Tri-City Animal Shelter.
Seventy-five percent of the dogs and cats that come into Tri-City are not spayed or neutered and about 1,000 of them require some form of veterinary care.
“Our intake can be a real challenge,” said Miller. “We see animals with some really complex medical and behavioral needs.”
“Four years ago, we began to recognize the shelter’s lack of capacity for treating injury and illness,” said Corey Thompson, Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter Executive Director. “If they transported every stray animal that needed veterinary care to one of the local vets, they would do nothing else all day — not to mention the financial constraints.”
Thompson also said that she knew something would need to change if the Friends wanted to protect the long-term sustainability of their pre-adoption spay and neuter program.
“The shelter team told us they could save more animals if they could bring veterinary care in-house, so there was no question that our nonprofit was going to commit to making that happen,” said Thompson.
Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter launched a $500,000 capital campaign in September 2018 and hopes to open the new facility in 2020.
“We’re so thankful that the Petco Foundation shares our commitment to lifesaving and has chosen to partner with us to build the Surgery Suite and Medical Center,” said Miller. “We asked for help and they came through in such an incredible way for us.”
“We’re happy to support Tri-City Animal Shelter’s lifesaving work which is creating a better world for pets and the people who care for them,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation.
The success of an animal shelter is a direct reflection of the support and generosity of its’ community! The public is invited to come celebrate this milestone with the Petco Foundation and our local Petco store partners at an investment celebration on August 22, 2019 at 2:30 PM at the Petco store located at 433 FM1382, Cedar Hill, Texas, 75104.
Donations to the surgery suite and medical center can be made at tricityfriends.org. To learn more about adoption or volunteering, visit luvpets.org.
About Tri-City Animal Shelter
The Tri-City Animal Shelter is a municipal agency serving the cities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and DeSoto, Texas. The shelter’s mission is to provide exemplary care for impounded and unwanted animals through redemption, adoption, and public education. For more information about Tri-City Animal Shelter, visit www.luvpets.org.
About Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter
Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2006 that partners with Tri-City Animal Shelter to improve the welfare of homeless, neglected, and lost animals. For more information about Friends of Tri-City Animal Shelter, visit www.tricityfriends.org.
About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve
invested more than $250 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 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.