$500,000 Petco Foundation Grant Supports Opening New Pet Resource Center & Mega Adoption Events
We’re excited to be executing the next phase of our strategic plan in Delaware thanks to a very generous $500,000 grant from Petco Foundation. The grant will facilitate the opening of a new Pet Resource Center in Dover, plus a portion of the funding will support two years of Mega Adoption Events.
Pet Resource Center for Kent County
We’ve purchased a property at 1757 Horsepond Road that we’re renovating to become a Pet Resource Center for Kent County. Formerly an animal shelter that’s been vacant for several years, the 1800 square foot building sits on two acres. The Pet Resource Center will focus on several unmet needs in the Kent County community, as well as helping with intake processes. Plans for the center include:
- Low-cost veterinary services, such as preventive care, sick visits and spay/neuter
- Intake intervention programs, such as a pet food pantry and behavior counseling for owned pets
- Humane education initiatives, such as Critter Camp, a summer day camp for kids
- Stray dog holding as part of the BVSPCA contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) to provide state-wide animal services
- (Adoptions will continue to take place at the existing adoption center in Dover.)
We expect the Pet Resource Center to open for services late this year. Petco Foundation’s generous support is funding the sale price and renovations for the Pet Resource Center. We need your help with the fitout costs. Donate today to help us bring these critical services to Kent County.
Mega Adoption Events
A portion of the grant will help fund our Mega adoption events in 2019 and 2020. Petco Foundation has been a generous supporter of the BVSPCA Mega events since their inception in December of 2016. These events place over 1,000 animals with families in two days.
Including the most recent event last month, the four Mega events have placed 4,061 homeless animals with families. The December 2018 event will take place on December 8 and 9 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. (Both 2018 events are partially funded by a prior Petco Foundation grant.)