LAKEWOOD — In honor of surpassing $100 million in funds raised to help animals, the Petco Foundation awarded Old Dog Haven $11,000 to help pets in the local community.
The Petco Foundation, a non-profit organization which has sought to serve as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999, recently exceeded the $100 million mark for funds raised to help animals. To celebrate the milestone, the Petco Foundation and Petco store associates selected 100 charitable partners to receive a $1,000 donation each. Additionally, Petco and the Petco Foundation let pet lovers nationwide vote for 10 of the 100 charitable partners to receive an additional $10,000 each.
Old Dog Haven of Arlington was one of the 10 charities awarded the $10,000, and the check presentation took place on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Petco store in Lakewood. The money will help afford Old Dog Haven the opportunity to provide its senior dogs with much-needed vet care. Those costs average about $1,000 per dog and cover getting the pet out of the shelter and a full exam including blood work, dental, any needed vaccines, parasite screening and treatment, and microchipping.
“Most of the dogs come to us in really poor physical condition, which is why we budget $1,000 for each dog’s initial medical expenses,” said Judith Piper, executive director of Old Dog Haven. “So the Petco Foundation has made it possible for us to take in 11 more homeless old dogs, and make them comfortable and as healthy as possible. We got the initial $1,000 for being in the top 100, plus the $10,000 for being in the top 10.”
For more information on Old Dog Haven, log onto www.olddoghaven.org.