The City of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter was recently awarded a Lifesaving Grant from the Petco Foundation to support continued community outreach and adoption events in the Sacramento area.

Each year, the Petco Foundation invests millions in nonprofit animal welfare organizations across the country that work to make the most significant lifesaving impact possible for animals in their communities.  The City of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter receives approximately 10,000 stray, lost and unwanted animals annually. With only 25% of the animals being reclaimed by their rightful owners, finding new, suitable homes is a top priority.

Over the past three years the Front Street Shelter has become increasingly successful in decreasing the euthanasia rate.  A large portion of this success can be credited to high levels of community involvement and offsite adoption events. By showcasing animals in places other than the shelter, Front Street reached a larger number of adopters. In 2014, Front Street animals participated in more than 120 community events, ranging from traditional pet stores, wineries, festivals, parades and even the Sacramento Ballet.

The generous Petco Foundation grant will provide funding for transportation, staff, supplies and associated costs of preparing more than 500 animals for adoption, inclusive of surgeries, microchips, vaccinations and ID tags.

The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, Petco works with and supports thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 350,000 animals every year.