Berkeley Animal Center Receives $50,000 Grant to Help Companion Animals and Expand Programming | Community News

The Berkeley Animal Center received a $50,000 grant to help the shelter provide more adoptable animals and offsite events for the public.

The grant comes from PetSmart Charities, which serves shelter animals nationwide. In the case of the Berkeley Animal Center, the money will help fund efforts such as neutering surgeries, vaccines, deworming and testing at the shelter, in addition to increasing the shelter’s outreach efforts, according to a statement from Berkeley County Press.

The Berkeley Animal Center takes in more than 6,000 stray, abandoned and lost animals each year, according to the statement.

“We are extremely grateful for this grant and the support to fund the increase in crucial sterilization surgeries,” Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Director Heather McDowell said in the statement. “Our shelter has seen an increase in animal care since opening in 2017. We have grown from welcoming 2,000 animals to 6,200 animals and expect that number to continue to grow. This money will help our shelter address overcrowding. Berkeley County continues to seek efforts to meet the needs of animals in Berkeley County. Contributions like this not only help the animal shelter, but the entire community. county.

About 5 million pets enter shelters each year across the country, according to the press release. Heidi Fulcher, PetSmart’s Adoption Grants Manager, said the company is proud to help the Berkeley Animal Center with its work.

“The decision to give a pet a new home and people to love is a beautiful gift,” Fulcher said in the statement. “We’re happy to make sure everyone gets off to a good start by getting all the preventative care they need.”

For more information about Berkeley Animal Center, visit or check out the organization’s Facebook page.

Benjamin M. Yerger