Orange County

Petco Love donates $50K to support Orange County Animal Services

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orange County Animal Services received a large donation this week to support its lifesaving work for animals in the Orlando area.

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The national nonprofit Petco Love presented a grant of $50,000 to Orange County Animal Services in front of an Orlando Petco location.

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“Our investment in Orange County Animal Services is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love.

Photos: Petco Love donates $50K to support Orange County Animal Services

Animal Services is the only open admission, municipal pet shelter serving the Orange County area.

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In fiscal year 2021, the shelter received 13,527 animals and was able to obtain a live release rate of 96% for dogs and 88% for cats, for a combined total 91% live release rate.

“This grant from Petco Love will help fund spay and neuter services for qualifying low-income Orange County residents and will help provide financial support to adopters who have taken in dogs with heartworm disease,” said Diane Summers, manager for Orange County Animal Services.

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Petco Love was founded in 1999 and has invested around $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts.

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