CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Charlottesville-Albemarle Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is getting a grant to prevent unnecessary animal euthanizations across the country.

The Petco Foundation is giving the CASPCA a $10,000 grant which will go to the society's Compassionate Care-A-Van.

The van is used for rescue missions to different shelters that consider euthanizing animals when they become overcrowded.

"We want to do everything we can to save lives,” says Angie Gunter, the executive director of the CASPCA. “This grant enables us financially to continue to support our mission with saving animals at other shelters."

The Compassionate Care-A-Van has been used within the past year to travel to Houston, Atlanta, and Miami to rescue animals.

07-11-2018 Release from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA:

[Charlottesville] (July 11, 2018) – The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA today announced it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its Compassionate Care-A-Van which enables the CASPCA to save more pets’ lives through many facets such as transporting and showcasing adoptable shelter pets, providing accessible and affordable veterinary care to low-income pet owners and helping surrounding communities increase their live release rates by transporting and transferring in animals in danger of euthanasia.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is a nonprofit that continues to serve at the forefront of No Kill communities in our country, helping thousands of animals each year receive the loving, life-saving care they need to find homes. The CASPCA is proud to be the most substantial community to achieve No Kill since the San Francisco SPCA. Since becoming a No Kill organization in 2006, the CASPCA has found loving homes for over 34,000 animals, reunited nearly 7,000 lost pets with their families, spayed or neutered over 61,000 animals across the region, further reducing overpopulation.

The Petco Foundation investment will help provide the CASPCA necessary funds to continue to allow the Compassionate Care-A-Van to travel to neighboring animal shelters in an effort reduce euthanasia due to lack of resources or space.

“The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is extremely grateful to be the recipient of the Petco Foundation grant. This grant will continue to allow the CASPCA to travel to rural shelters with limited space and resources throughout Central Virginia to help prevent unnecessary euthanasia. Many of these shelters do not have the resources or space to care for these animals, and with the CASPCA’s support these animals future would be grim,” said Angie Gunter, Executive Director of the CASPCA.

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