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Posted on: April 12, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Animal Services receives grant from Petco Love to fund kitten foster program

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Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) is proud to announce that they have received a grant from Petco Love to fund their kitten foster program.

The grant amount received from Petco Love is $25,000. This grant will be used to provide needed medications, vaccines, and medical care for kittens in the foster program at OCAS. The grant funds will also be used to increase the amount and quality of care provided in order to help even more kittens in the program grow strong and remain healthy in their foster homes. Foster homes help to reduce the number of felines housed at the shelter, which greatly decreases both the incidence and spread of upper respiratory infections among felines. Placing kittens in foster care has also shown a decrease in risk of transmission of intestinal parasites and deadly diseases like the panleukopenia virus. In addition to the many health benefits, these foster homes are often an ideal setting for feline socialization and they can help to reduce stress for the kittens.

Petco Love (formerly Petco Foundation) 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 OCAS, nationwide. Visit for more information about Petco Love.

“Today Petco Love announces an investment in Orange County Animal Services 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 elated to receive this grant," said Vicki Jones, Interim Director at OCAS. "We know it will help us to expand and improve our lifesaving foster program to help even more animals in our community."

For more information about the kitten foster program at OCAS, please visit

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