July 13, 2023 - This morning, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, Petco staff, and city officials celebrated Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control receiving a $50,000 grant investment from the national nonprofit Petco Love.

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 $350 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.

“Our investment in Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country 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 part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us. We recently launched Petco Love Lost, a national lost and found database that uses patented image-recognition technology to simplify the search for lost pets.”

“This time of year, is our busiest, and being able to add a contracted vet technician will be a significant help to our medical team. Because of Petco Love's investment, we will be able to do so, and we will be able to continue to give each animal in our shelter the proper care they need. Petco Love's support means so much to our organization, community, and animals," said Director Amy-Jo Sites.

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control is a municipal agency promoting a humane community and finding a positive outcome for each healthy, safe, and treatable animal in our care. It is our mission to serve our community in a humane, public safety capacity while working to keep pets with loving families by providing education opportunities and resources or facilitating re-homing or adoption when necessary. Since 2017, Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control has hired a full-time shelter vet, two full-time vet assistants, a part-time vet assistant, remodeled their triage, increased surgeries by 46.08%, and was able to provide drive-through clinics during Covid-19. Thanks to Petco Love’s help in 2022, FWACC was able to contract veterinarians from the community, and with their assistance, the performance of surgeries was doubled.

For more information about Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control, visit fwacc.org. Learn more about Petco Love here: petcolove.org.