Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work of Willamette Humane Society

Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work of Willamette Humane Society

Grant of $20,000 Extends Individualized Care for Adoptable Pets in Willamette Valley

SALEM, Ore. ─ January 26, 2017 ─ Willamette Humane Society announced it was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support essential animal care initiatives for adoptable pets in Marion and Polk counties.

The Petco Foundation investment will help continue the tailored care Willamette Humane Society provides for stray and surrendered pets. Customized rehabilitation programs, medical treatment, and training routines, developed by trained shelter staff and volunteers, are core pieces of the shelter’s continuous effort to better serve companion animals in the local community.

“The Petco Foundation’s ongoing support has empowered our staff and volunteers to invest even further in the animals that come through our doors,” said Betsy Bode, Operations Director, Willamette Humane Society. “Personalized care enables us to more carefully address the individualized needs of an animal and ultimately save more lives.”

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

Callie Gisler, Communications Manager
Willamette Humane Society
503-585-5900, ext. 308


About Willamette Humane Society
Willamette Humane Society, located in Salem, Ore., was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve communities in Marion and Polk.  The organization is dedicated to establishing, maintaining and enhancing the bond between companion animals and people, serving more than 8,870 pets and 51,280 people in its last fiscal year. Willamette Humane Society provides essential services and programs such as adoption and sheltering, behavior and training, youth programs and a low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by more than 60 employees and  1,000 volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit

About Petco Foundation™
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $170 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 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.