Anicira is set to receive a $12,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love in support of their lifesaving work for animals in Harrisonburg and Rockingham Counties.

Petco Love is a national nonprofit leading change for pets by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested $370 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And Petco Love helps find loving homes for pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations — like ours — across North America, with 6.7 million pets adopted and counting.

The investment in Anicira is part of $1.5M in grants recently announced by Petco Love for more than 100 spay/neuter clinics and other low-cost veterinary care providers to help increase access to veterinary care for pets in their communities. The lifesaving investments are also being granted to reduce economic euthanasia, and the surrender of pets to shelters when families are not able to afford needed veterinary treatment.

“Petco Love knows pets are family and we strive to take care of them the best we can, though the reality is not everyone has equal access to veterinary care as many pet parents face difficult financial times,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “That’s why we are proud to support our partner animal welfare organizations in providing helpful services in their communities, so we can keep pets and their families together.”

“We are incredibly grateful for this Access to Care grant from Petco Love. With this invaluable support, we will be able to provide vital healthcare to 145 pets, ensuring they stay happily united with their families,” said Cate Lemmond, President and CEO of Anicira.

As part of Petco Love’s mission to make pet families healthier and increase access to veterinary care, through its Vaccinated and Loved campaign, Petco Love reached its goal of distributing 2 MILLION free pet vaccines for family pets in November 2023! The campaign was launched in August 2021, encouraging Petco Love animal welfare partners to host free vaccine clinics. Vaccinated and Loved marked its first significant milestone in September 2022, when Petco Love reached its one-millionth free pet vaccine distribution for family pets and committed to another one million free pet vaccines.

Anicira is a nonprofit organization that provides accessible and affordable medical, surgical, and dental care to pets in Virginia. Since 2005, Anicira has provided care to more than 300,000 pets. For more information about Anicira, visit anicira.org. Learn more about Petco Love here: petcolove.org.