The Petco Foundation says they jump-started the application process after hearing about an innovative program at Santa Barbara Animal Services. (KSBY Photo)
The Santa Barbara County Animal Services was awarded $25,000 in a grant from the Petco Foundation Monday.
The foundation learned about the shelter dog running program with cross-country high school students, sparking the application process after being recognized for their innovation. The shelter submitted their application at the end of June.
"We would like to thank the Petco Foundation for offering us this opportunity, awarding us this amazing grant, and giving us the ability to provide continued quality care for the animals in Santa Barbara County," said Stacy Silva, Santa Barbara Animal Services community outreach coordinator.
The money will be going toward improving the quality of care and the shelter, including new diagnostic testing abilities and pet-owner retention like microchipping the pets, and keeping current programs fully running.
"We are focused on increasing the quality of care our shelter animals receive and exploring ways we can prevent animals from entering into our shelters," said Jan Glick, the shelter director. "The Petco Foundation's support will allow us to continue the hard work we have started and explore new ways we can help homeless animals."