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Assisting in the euthanasia of unwanted animals

Posted on 9 July, 2011 at 11:01
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Summer, 2011Your gift of as little as $30 can feed a homeless animal while they wait for a forever home.

There is a volunteer at my local animal control facility. Some days, as part of her job, she is responsible for assisting in the euthanasia of unwanted animals. On those days, she does her best to calm their fears, help bring a touch of kindness to their last day. As their eyes close for the last time, she softly murmurs, "Sleep in peace. God is awake."

She then honors the fallen pets, spending the rest of her day trying to prevent more unnecessary deaths by educating people on the importance of spaying and neutering.

Every year in the United States, 3 to 4 million homeless dogs and cats are needlessly put to death - that is one nearly every eight seconds. The PETCO Foundation raises millions of dollars every year and supports more than 7,000 partners across the country to benefit homeless pets. But it's not enough. It's never enough. No matter how hard we work, no matter how much money we raise , no matter how many charitable partners we assist, there are just not enough resources to save them all.

By spaying or neutering just one feral cat, in two years, we will stop 144 kittens from being born into a life devoid of love or shelter and full of starvation, disease, neglect and fear. By spaying or neutering just one cherished family dog we will offer hope to 18 more by creating space in a shelter or in a home.

The PETCO Foundation's National Spay and Neuter Drive, which runs June 26 through July 30, in all PETCO stores and online, supports of all of our spay/neuter partners and helps us strive for a future in which no adoptable animal is euthanized.

If you have a spay/neuter initiative, we hope you have taken the opportunity to partner with your local PETCO store for this important fundraising event. If you haven't, please keep this timeframe in mind for next year and, in the meantime, take a moment to apply for an online grant through the PETCO Foundation.

Thank you for your continuing efforts in Spay/Neuter initiatives, education and advocacy. Your tireless works is creating a legacy of hope and healing and providing a lasting impact for homeless pets.

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake." Victor Hugo

Beth Mars

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