Moncks Corner, S.C. (Thursday, February 4, 2021) – Berkeley Animal Center has received a $65,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help prepare more Berkeley County shelter animals for adoption and find them forever homes. With the help of this grant, the Animal Center will be able to offer the public more adoptable animals and host more offsite events.
Specifically, the PetSmart Charities® grant will assist with the cost of each animal’s spay/neuter surgery, vaccines and testing. Funds will also cover critical medical care for sick and injured animals that arrive at the shelter each day. 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 5,500 stray, abandoned, and lost animals.
“We are proud to support Berkeley Animal Center in its efforts to care for and connect homeless pets with loving homes – especially during the pandemic,” said Johnny Jenkins, associate relationship manager at PetSmart Charities®. “Thanks to this work, thousands of pets will receive vital care, along with the best chance of adoption.”
Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.5 million pets find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in more than 1,650 PetSmart® stores. As the leading funder of animal welfare, the organization has also donated more than $450 million to positively impact communities, help preserve families, improve access to veterinary care, and connect people and pets through initiatives similar to this grant with Berkeley Animal Center.
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 berkeleyanimalcenter.org.
About PetSmart Charities®:
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities 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 $450 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org. Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.