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Companions for Pets will get $20,000 grant from Petco

Companions for Pets Humane Society simply received an enormous serving to hand from Petco because it makes an attempt to search out extra houses for animals by its foster program.

On Tuesday, Companions for Pets workers members and foster care suppliers gathered on the Petco retailer in Edwardsville for a $20,000 verify presentation from Petco Love, which is the corporate’s nonprofit charitable basis.

“Companions for Pets utilized for a foster incentive program by Petco Love in 2021 and we obtained $20,000 to broaden our foster program to make it extra enjoyable and invite folks to hitch our group,” stated Erika Pratte, who’s the chief director of Companions for Pets.

“Fostering is essential to what we do, and there’s a saying that by fostering, you’re saving two lives. You’re bringing an animal into your private home and also you’re opening a spot so we will carry one other rescue into our facility.”

Pratte added that Companions for Pets at present has greater than 250 canines and cats in foster care, plus about 150 extra in its facility at 9136 Decrease Marine Street in St. Jacob. 

“This grant funding has introduced one other group member to our facility, a behavioral coach,” Pratte stated. “If our fosters have canines at house that want additional coaching earlier than they’re adopted, that coach can come to their home and supply that coaching.

“We’re additionally providing anyone who fosters some fantastic T-shirts like those we’re sporting at present. We’ve got hats and all types of provides for the foster care suppliers to make it simple and enjoyable for them. We’ve revamped our total construction for fostering to ensure that all people is supported.”

Companions for Pets is a licensed, 501c3 no-kill animal rescue. It recurrently visits animal management amenities and rescues animals which have used up their time, want medical care and/or are too fragile for shelter life.

“We enter native animal management amenities Monday by Friday, and we concentrate on the sick, the injured, the extraordinarily younger and the previous,” Pratte stated. “We could have kittens which are going to wish bottle feeding across the clock in a single day. We could have medical instances which are going to wish routine veterinary appointments.

“These are the harder-to-place instances. We opened our doorways in 2003 and since then we’ve rescued virtually 22,000 animals.”

Ryan Lewis is the overall supervisor of the Edwardsville Petco location and offered the ceremonial verify to Companions for Pets.

“Petco Love collects donations all year long and is ready to present grants to organizations like Companions for Pets,” Lewis stated. “It’s superior to have the ability to give them one thing they want that’s going to assist them discover houses for these homeless pets.

“A number of these pets are animals that might in any other case have a tough time discovering a house. Teams like Companions for Pets have a variety of volunteers who foster these animals and so they put a variety of dedication into getting them prepared to enter a great house.”

Meg Stullar from Troy was among the many foster care suppliers for Companions for Pets available for Tuesday’s verify presentation at Petco. Over the previous three years, she and her husband have fostered 34 canines.

“The canine we’ve now could be named Ezra, however I name her ‘Ezzy.’ She’s a 9- to 12-month-old collie combine,” Stullar stated. “We received concerned with Companions for Pets by the meals and produce co-op that Troy had at one time. I met Wendy (Kossakoski) from Companions for Pets in Troy, and he or she talked about what they did.

“As quickly as I may get my husband on board with it, we began fostering canines. I hold a journal of all of them. I like animals and it’s a approach of serving to that doesn’t value something, besides once they would possibly want a toy or a particular deal with. I take pleasure in serving to them get able to have a brand new house.”

Teresa Carey of Collinsville, in the meantime, has been fostering for 2 or three months.

“I began out as a volunteer strolling canines and I ultimately stated I needed to foster since you fall in love with all of them,” Carey stated. “I’ve had three fosters now and I’m hoping for a fourth quickly.

“It’s a pleasant feeling to know that you simply’re giving the canines a second probability. If you happen to foster a canine, that leaves extra room within the shelter for a brand new canine to come back in, and it’s at all times nice once they discover a new household.”

Companions for Pets is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday by Friday. For extra data, name 618-540-7387, go to or go to Companions 4 Pets on Fb.

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