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Posted on: June 15, 2021

6-15-21 June is National Foster a Pet Month

Killeen Animal Services partners with Petco Love and BOBS from Skechers to celebrate local pet foster volunteers.

June is National Foster a Pet Month, and Killeen Animal Services is celebrating with Petco Love, a national non-profit working to lead and inspire change for animals, and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers. Together, they will recognize lifesaving foster volunteers in Killeen and encourage more people to foster pets.

“Our organization is receiving new foster applications almost daily, and we are so grateful for this outpour of support from our community,” said Jessica Dunagan, Killeen Animal Services Manager. “As we look to save as many animal lives as possible, we recognize that a successful foster program is a crucial element to our success.

“Recently, we have seen a large increase in the number of young kittens coming into our care. These little ones are often the most critical, and having dedicated foster volunteers who can provide the extra love, care and support need is so important. They are crucial to our lifesaving efforts.”

“It is an honor to recognize the individuals making a difference in their communities and demonstrating the lifesaving impact of fostering pets,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “What they are doing is so powerful. If less than 2 percent of the 85 million pet-owning households in the U.S. fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate preventable euthanasia in animal shelters nationwide tomorrow.” 

Throughout June, Petco Love will share foster resources and stories to show how fostering is easy, highly rewarding and significantly helps end preventable euthanasia of pets.

Through sales of its BOBS from Skechers collection, Skechers has donated more than $3.1 million to support Petco Love’s more than 4,000 animal welfare organization partners like Killeen Animal Shelter. The company’s funds have helped Petco Love save and care for more than 700,000 shelter animals.

To learn more about Killeen Animal Services and how you can help foster, visit www.killeentexas.gov/animals. For more information on Petco Love and to view foster resources, visit www.petcolove.org/foster. Join the conversation about fostering on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #PetcoLoveFoster.

Killeen Animal Shelter is located at 3118 Commerce Drive and is open for adoptions Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information about Killeen Animal Services along with a link to view adoptable animals is available online.

About Killeen Animal Services 

Killeen Animal Services was formed in 1975 to meet animal welfare and public health needs in the community. Its mission in to help all animals in need, regardless of species or breed. Education, community outreach, and forged relationships with animal welfare organizations are critical to this mission. We believe the character of our organization is best reflected in the strong dedication of all our employees to strive to meet the highest standards of performance and compassion on behalf of the animals and people we serve. As stewards of those who cannot speak for themselves, we recognize society has entrusted us with a great responsibility. Our community’s expectations and trust give us the courage to perform our duties with transparency, honor, empathy and compassion. 

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 $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? Visit www.petcolove.org or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.

About BOBS from Skechers

BOBS from Skechers’ charitable collection of shoes, apparel and accessories has improved animals’ lives: over the past five years, Skechers has contributed more than $6.6 million to help more than 1.2 million shelter pets, including saving more than 894,000 rescued pets in the United States and Canada. It all started in 2011, when Skechers launched a movement to support children impacted by natural disasters and poverty – a cause that has helped the Company donate more than 16 million new pairs of shoes to kids in more than 60 countries worldwide. To learn more about BOBS from Skechers’ commitment to making a difference, visit www.bobsfromskechers.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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