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Petco Foundation Invests in Wisconsin Humane Society’s Lifesaving Work

Petco Foundation Invests in Wisconsin Humane Society’s Lifesaving Work

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) announced that it has received a $40,000 grant from the Petco Foundation.  The grant will help save 300 animals by providing specialty medical care, medicine, supplies, equipment and expert veterinary staff to support animals with medical needs beyond the scope of routine care. Many of these animals come from hoarding situations or law enforcement seizures.

“Every animal comes to us with a story,” said Angela Speed, vice president of communications at WHS. “But the ones who need the most help are the animals in need of special support after a traumatic situation like hoarding, law enforcement seizures, accidents or other emergencies. This grant from the Petco Foundation helps make that support possible.”

In 2016, 2,647 dogs and cats were adopted from WHS as “special” needs because of medical or behavioral issues; there were 10,100 adoptions overall at WHS’s shelters in Milwaukee, Racine and Saukville. 

For more information about the Wisconsin Humane Society or the Petco Foundation, visit or

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About the Wisconsin Humane Society

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin.  It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Counties, as well as a spay/neuter clinic in West Allis.  The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the state’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.   WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group. For more information, please call (414) 264-6257 or visit


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 $185 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 5.3 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

  • Thursday, August 10, 2017
  • For immediate release
  • Media Contact: Angela Speed
  • 414-431-6104