LAND O’ LAKES — Pasco County Animal Services and its staff have received several recent awards, including a $25,000 Petco Love grant to provide needed funds to help control animal overpopulation in the county.
Animal services with partner with the Humane Society of Pasco County and SPCA Suncoast to use the money to spay and neuter homeless dogs and cats. The grant will allow the surgeries to take place without having to pass the cost along to potential adopters, rescue partners or community cat caregivers.
“We’re grateful to Petco Love for helping us combat pet overpopulation,” said animal services director Mike Shumate. “We can also keep animals out of the shelter with our most effective lifesaving tool, which is spaying and neutering.”
Petco Love, formerly known as The Petco Foundation, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the strong bond between people and their pets. The group has given away over $300 million since 1999 to help with adoption and other lifesaving efforts.
Last week the Pasco County Commission also congratulated two staff members at animal services for recent awards.
Stella Ickes received the 2021 Florida Animal Control Association Animal Control Officer Of The Year Award, and Jessica Every received the 2021 Florida Animal Control Association Supervisor Of The Year Award.
Ickes, an animal services officer, was recognized for her work in the spay and neuter program and was responsible for transporting more than 500 cats for sterilization and vaccination.
Every, a shelter services supervisor, worked on programs to provide training for dogs and to help special needs pets, interventions which improved the positive outcomes for shelter animals.