Petco Love Raises $1M to Aid Ukrainian Pets, Families
Petco Love, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the lives of pets, recently announced a $1 million grant to organizations assisting pets and pet families affected by the conflict in Ukraine. The money will be sent right away to groups that are assisting shelters, rescues, and pet families leaving the war-torn country, as well as to fund future recovery efforts and needs as they emerge.
Ukraine's needs are urgent and will continue to be so as long as the humanitarian situation persists. Prior to the war, the organizations getting funding from Petco Love, such as Humane Society International and FOUR PAWS International, were working with rescues and shelters all around Ukraine and in neighboring European Union nations. These non-governmental organizations have been working to accommodate developing demands to maintain pet health and welfare since the military invasion about a month ago.
It's heartbreaking to witness families seeking sanctuary as they flee war-torn places. The entire Petco family is pained by the suffering and moved by Ukrainians' affection for their dogs, which they often transport when they escape their homes and country in search of safety. As a result, we banded together as a company to mobilize our employees and guests to assist save pets and support Ukrainian pet owners devastated by the conflict. Petco Love president Susanne Kogut said, It is with love that we commit $1 million in help for urgent relief and long-term recovery.
Animal shelters and border refugee support centers in adjacent countries also require supplies, products, and veterinary care for family pets attempting to enter EU countries; longer-term funding will be required as institutions recover from the war.
During a crisis, humanitarian efforts must be focused on ensuring the safety of all involved. In times of conflict, though, pets suffer as well. Petco Love, like the rest of the globe, is attempting to alleviate some of the Ukrainian people's suffering. Petco strives to make a tangible difference in all of their lives by assisting their adoring dogs.
Petco Love is a charitable organization dedicated to helping communities and pet families healthier, stronger, and more connected. Since its inception in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, it has invested $330 million on adoption and other lifesaving programs, empowering animal welfare organizations. In collaboration with Petco and groups across the country, Petco Love has helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million dogs. The company's enthusiasm for pets pushes it to lead with innovation, building solutions that help pet owners reunite with their missing pets, and to lead with passion, inspiring and organizing communities and more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to help save lives.