MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Friday, February 25, 2022) – Berkeley Animal Center has received a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® to help prepare more Berkeley County shelter animals for adoption. Some five million pets make their way into shelters each year in the U.S. With the help of this grant, the organization will be able to better fund adoption preparation procedures and continue meeting the Animal Center’s top goal of proper animal care.
Specifically, this grant money will allow the Animal Center to offer more adoptable animals and offsite events for the public and assist with the cost of each animal’s spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, deworming and testing. As the County’s only animal shelter, the Berkeley Animal Center’s mission is to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs across the County. The shelter annually takes in more than 6,000 stray, abandoned, and lost animals.
“We are incredibly thankful for this grant and the support to fund the increasing crucial spay/neuter surgeries. Our shelter has seen an increase in animal intake since opening in 2017. We have gone from an intake of 2,000 animals to 6,200 animals; and we expect this number to continue to increase. This money will help our shelter battle the over-population. Berkeley County continues to seek out efforts to meet the needs of animals in Berkeley County. Contributions like this are helping not only the animal shelter, but the entire County.” -Heather McDowell, Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Director
“We’re proud to support the Berkley Animal Center and the important work they do. The decision to give a pet a new home and people to love is a beautiful gift. We’re happy to ensure each one gets off to a healthy start by receiving all the preventative care they need.” -Heidi Fulcher, Adoptions Grants Manager at PetSmart Charities
About Berkeley Animal Center
Since 2017, the Berkeley County Animal Center has been committed to maintaining a fiscally responsible, healthy, safe and loving environment for rescued, abandoned, abused, or neglected animals of Berkeley County. The shelter is a place where animals receive appropriate care and attention and are treated with dignity and respect as staff pursues placing them into safe, lifelong homes. We strive to place every adoptable animal in a safe and loving home or rescue group. For more information, visit Berkeley Animal Center on Facebook or at www.berkeleyanimalcenter.org.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities is committed to making the world a better place for pets and all who love them. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps up to 600,000 pets connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to support organizations that advocate and care for the well-being of all pets and their families. Our grants and efforts connect pets with loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter and emergency relief. Each year, millions of generous supporters help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities directly at PetSmartCharities.org, while shopping at PetSmart.com, and by using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart® stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting more than $500 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for the past 18 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of rated charities. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
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– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –