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Newly Named Petco Love Invests in Lifesaving Work of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital at the Richmond SPCA

Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Doctor of veterinary medicine examines a small dog in a hospital setting
Dr. Brit'nee Haskins examines Lil Bits at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital with the help of veterinary assistant Jane Wallingford.
Grant of $10,000 will help save more pet lives in Central Virginia

The Richmond SPCA announced today a $10,000 grant investment from the newly named Petco Love to support their lifesaving work for animals in Central Virginia served by the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.

Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered organizations with nearly $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And, they’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations, like ours, nationwide. 

Marilyn Davis is a veterinary assistant who helps patients like Rami at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.

“Today Petco Love announces an investment in the Richmond SPCA and hundreds of other organizations 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 one component. This month, we will also launch the first of our national tools to empower all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”

“Even before our hospital first opened its doors, Petco Love has been a generous contributor to our vision to make veterinary care more accessible in our community,” said Tamsen Kingry, chief executive officer of Richmond SPCA. “Their continued investment means so much to the pets and families we serve. This gift will allow us to waive our already low fees to deliver veterinary treatment to pets whose guardians have nowhere else to turn.”

The Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital is operated by the Richmond SPCA. It is the only full-service charitable veterinary hospital serving pets and their guardians in Central Virginia. Since 2016, the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital has provided access to quality veterinary treatment for pets of under-resourced guardians, those adopted from the Richmond SPCA and pets in the custody of local government shelters. The hospital served more than 10,000 companion animals last year, waiving nearly $100,000 in fees for services. 

For more information about the Richmond SPCA, visit richmondspca.org. To learn more about Petco Love, visit petcolove.org.

Veterinary assistant Monica Miles and Dr. Courtney Bowers are part of the professional staff of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital at the Richmond SPCA. More than 10,000 companion animals are treated at the hospital annually, and many of their guardians would be unable to afford medical care for their pets without lifesaving funding from Petco Love.

About the Richmond SPCA
The Richmond SPCA, founded in 1891, is a no-kill humane organization dedicated to the guiding principle that every life is precious. As a national leader in humane care and education, the Richmond SPCA is building a more compassionate community with comprehensive programs designed to reduce pet homelessness. For more information, visit richmondspca.org.

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

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