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Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement

Grant of $10,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Gaston County, NC 

Dallas, NC (April 23, 2019) – Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement of Gaston County announced it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its Full Hearts program.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to treat adoptable shelter dogs with heartworm disease. On average 24 percent of the dogs that enter the Gaston County Animal Shelter test positive for heartworms. The investment from the Petco Foundation will increase the number of shelter dogs that can be treated for the deadly disease.

“Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement is very grateful for the generous grant from the Petco Foundation and the support to allow us to save the lives of heartworm positive dogs in our care,” said Kristine Blankenship, DVM, Animal Care Administrator for Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement.

Since 2015, Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement has transformed the care of animals in Gaston County and increased the number of animals saved annually. The live release rate of the shelter animals has increased from 59 percent in 2014 to 75 percent in 2018, with an increase in adoptions from 600 in 2014 to 1264 in 2018. ACE continues to increase the lifesaving efforts with the newly developed foster program, off-site adoption and community education events, development of the Full Hearts program, and the expansion of the Placement Partner program.

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About Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement
Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement was established to provide for the health and safety of citizens and protect them from animals and the threat of animals. The mission of Animal Care and Enforcement is not only to enhance the safety of citizens, but also to ensure the proper care and treatment of animals.  This is accomplished through animal-related services which reflect our professionalism and a concern for responsible pet ownership. Animal Care and Enforcement became a Division of the County Police Department on September 18, 1995.

About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than six million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started.