OCHS Receives Grant from Petco Love
Newly Named Petco Love Invests in Lifesaving Work of the Oktibbeha County Humane Society
Grant of $50,000 will help save more pet lives in north central Mississippi
Starkville, MS (April 26, 2021) – The Oktibbeha County Humane Society (OCHS) announced today a $50,000 grant investment from the newly named, Petco Love, to support their lifesaving work for animals in North Central Mississippi. OCHS will use the grant to support its low-cost spay/neuter clinic, the OCHS Snip and Spay, which helps low-income families spay and neuter their pets.
Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered organizations with nearly $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And, they’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations, like OCHS, nationwide.
“Today, Petco Love announces an investment in the Oktibbeha County Humane Society and hundreds of other organizations as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only one component. This month, we will also launch the first of our national tools to empower all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”
“We are incredibly grateful for the support from Petco Love. The grant will fund spay/neuter surgeries through our low-cost spay/neuter program, the OCHS Snip and Spay. This program will help members of our community who can otherwise not afford the surgery for their pets,” said Michele Anderson, Board Member and Program Coordinator of Oktibbeha County Humane Society. “The impact of the grant will improve the quality of life for many animals and pets, which in turn will help reduce the number of unwanted litters entering animal shelters in Mississippi.”
OCHS is a nonprofit organization based in Starkville, Mississippi. Its three primary programs are: operating the City of Starkville Animal Shelter, an open admission shelter serving 2,000+ homeless pets each year; the OCHS Snip and Spay, which spayed/neutered 730+ community-owned or free-roaming cats in 2020; and the OCHS Express, an animal relocation program that serves two dozen animal shelters and rescues in north Mississippi.
For information on obtaining service through the OCHS Snip and Spay, visit www.ochsms.org/spay-neuter or call/text 662-546-0610 between 7 AM and 11 AM Monday through Thursday.
About the Oktibbeha County Humane Society
The Oktibbeha County Humane Society (OCHS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was founded on the belief that the community has the responsibility to treat animals humanely. The mission of OCHS is to promote domestic animal welfare, and the organization seeks to fulfill this mission by providing humane education; promoting animal welfare legislation; advocating and facilitating pet sterilization; and rescuing, sheltering, and promoting the adoption of abandoned animals. Visit www.ochsms.org for more information.
About Petco Love (Formerly Petco Foundation)
Petco Love is a nonprofit changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing nearly $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Today, our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Is love calling you? Visit petcolove.org or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.