Petco Foundation donates $10,000

petcofoundlogoSOUTH FLORIDA FUND FOR RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT K-9S

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 Contact: SOFL FUND FOR RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT K-9S, info@soflretiredk9fund.com

Petco Foundation Invests in South Florida Fund For Retired Law Enforcement K-9s

Grant of $10,000 will extend efforts to help retired law enforcement pets and their owners in South Florida live their best lives

 Miami, Florida (May 7, 2015) – South Florida Fund for Retired Law Enforcement K-9s of Miami-Dade county, today announced it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its mission to aid those retired K-9s in need of medical support for unexpected, serious health related issues.

 

South Florida Fund for Retired Law Enforcement K-9s is a nonprofit dedicated to helping any dog now retired that has worked as a law enforcement K-9 in Miami-Dade County. Since 2014, South Florida Fund for Retired Law Enforcement K-9s has raised over $20,000 to aid these service animals.

 

The grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods. During the campaign each October, customers are invited to donate in Petco stores across the country to support service and therapy animals and organizations.

 

The Petco Foundation investment will help to assist with the more serious medical expenses incurred as a result of a K-9s’ line of duty or natural aging problems.

 

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more than 8,000 local animal welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,300 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, as well as animal welfare efforts nationwide.

 

For more information about South Florida Fund for Retired Law Enforcement K-9s or the Petco Foundation, visit www.soflretiredk9fund.com or www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

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 About South Florida Fund for Retired Law Enforcement K-9s

Adam Block, an 11th grade South Florida student,  started this fund after learning from his father, a veterinarian, that retired law enforcement canines typically do not have official medical assistance in retirement. In forming this fund, he has sought the advice of multiple professionals.

All donations go to the medical assistance of retired Miami-Dade County law enforcement K-9s. Retired K-9s typically continue to live in the home of their law enforcement partner. After retirement, there are typically no financial provisions for their healthcare. Many, as they age, acquire diseases, frequently related to their past service. Oftentimes, the human partner is unable to manage the financial responsibilities of extensive medical care.

 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 $125 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 8,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay/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 4.2 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.