The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) offered a thank you recently to  County residents for helping them save animal lives. The Petco Foundation put forward a match wherein they would grant $25,000 to DACC for COVID-19 relief if another $25,000 was raised to match the award. The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation (Foundation) took on this challenge and, throughout the entire month of June, engaged community members to raise the matching funds. As a result, DACC has been granted a total of $50,000 to support their lifesaving work.

“The matching grant from the Petco Foundation and the generous donations from the community will allow DACC to provide critical services during the COVID-19 crisis,” said DACC Director Marcia Mayeda. “These funds will help pet owners who require assistance with services and supplies for their pets, including necessary food and medical assistance.”

Petco Foundation matching grants were given to nearly 80 organizations across the country and brought in a total of $1.8 million to help essential animal care organizations continue their lifesaving efforts. Grant investments are part of the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives during the COVID-19 crisis by distributing $1M in product and cash donations and leading a national call encouraging animal lovers to take action to help save animal lives. This commitment follows the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13M to animal welfare organizations nationwide.

“Saving animals is difficult work during the best of times, but COVID-19 presented a host of new challenges to animal care organizations nationwide. The Petco Foundation issued matching relief grants designed not only to provide direct funding during the pandemic, but to create greater awareness and spark additional community support for these essential animal welfare organizations,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “We encourage the public to continue to make a difference by adopting, fostering and donating to help pets in need.”