Newly Named Petco Love Invests in Lifesaving Work of Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter
Grant of $30,000 will help save more pet lives in the communities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County.
Newport News, VA (4/19/21) – Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter announced today a $30,000 grant investment from the newly named, Petco Love, to support their lifesaving work for animals in the Hampton Roads area.
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 its founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, Petco Love has invested nearly $300 million in support of adoption and other lifesaving efforts. Petco Love has also helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations nationwide, like the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter.
“Today Petco Love announces an investment in Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter and hundreds of other organizations as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessary 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.”
“Through this grant, Petco Love’s support for the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter helps us continue to offer educational opportunities and programs through outreach to the communities that we serve. This grant will allow us to further the shelter’s goals and commitment to meet new and innovative lifesaving opportunities and programs that will bring an awareness of the challenges that exist in our communities associated with lost, stray and community animals,” said Roger Iles, Shelter Manager.
Since 2015, Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter has averaged an intake of 6,200 animals per year, and in 2020 the organization reached an 89.75% life-saving percentage for dogs. This huge success was partly credited to a robust foster care program that served over 1,000 animals. In the past four years, Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter has raised its overall life-saving rate to 84%, an increase of over 20%.
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? Join us. Visit petcolove.org to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.
COVID-19 PRAS Shelter Update-
The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is currently operating under normal operating hours for adoptions, owner surrenders, stray drop offs and reclaims.
The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is now receiving feral cats, that are brought to the shelter by Animal Control. Please coordinatewith your local Animal Services Agency for the trapping and transport of these animals.
If you have any questions please call your local Animal Control Agency or the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter.
Both Newport News and Hampton have stopped selling pet licenses for the time being.
Thank you for your support and understanding. Stay safe!
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter is mourning the loss of Newport News Police Officer Katie Thyne, an officer who was active in their “Tail Wagging Tuesday” program to showcase adoptable pets looking for forever homes.
Shelter staff tell 10 On Your Side they are revamping the program, which now has a different meaning.
“It was beyond overwhelming to see all of the pictures that were shared and the main one that came across was her kneeling down, holding that black dog, which is that Tail Wagging Tuesday photo,” Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter Program Coordinator Brigette Dugan said.
There’s a photo that has been shared across the internet, which staff believes captures the essence of Thyne.
“Of course all smiles, very bubbly and fantastic to work with,” Dugan said.
Dugan met Thyne through Tail Wagging Tuesday. The program is a partnership between the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter and the police department, and hopes to increase recruitment for the department and decrease the animal population at the shelter.
Thyne participated in the program over the summer.
“She came in with her field training officer at the time and they had a bonded pair of hounds, Ivy and Lilly,” said Dugan. “They came in and I had a wonderful experience with her. She’s a huge animal lover.”
Tail Wagging Tuesday has been on hiatus, but is coming back in the near future. The timing wasn’t planned, but now has more meaning.
“As we all know, Katie was a huge animal lover,” said Newport News Police Department Senior Communications Specialist Jamie Bastas. “She would want the program to continue. She would want the animals to find good homes.”
Bastas worked with Thyne at the police department. She says this is one way to honor her legacy.
“Seeing the community come together and stand together and vow to remember her, I think that’s the best way to honor her is to never forget. Never forget her sacrifice, never forget her family,” Bastas said.
Dugan says the shelter is working on some other projects to honor Thyne’s involvement with the community and shelter, but can’t share details just yet.