Petco Foundation invests in lifesaving work of Humane Society of Putnam County

Grant of $11,500 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in the Upper Cumberland

COOKEVILLE – The Humane Society of Putnam County has been awarded a $11,500 grant from the Petco Foundation to support spay and neuter efforts of companion animals in the Upper Cumberland.  

The Petco Foundation investment will help to offset the cost of spay or neuter surgeries of approximately 200 cats and dogs that are owned by members of our community.  

“This is a lifesaving grant to continue our ‘Fix By 6’ program, offering reduced cost spay or neuter for companion animals under the age of 6 months,” said Linda Clemons, Humane Society of Putnam County executive director. “We are grateful to the Petco Foundation for their support of this program, as it has proven to be very popular in our community.” 

The Humane Society of Putnam County is a nonprofit organization that operates the Major Michael Shipley Memorial Spay Neuter Clinic serving the Upper Cumberland.  Since 2007, the Humane Society of Putnam County has spayed or neutered over 48,000 companion animals which assists greatly in reducing the number of unwanted pets in our community.  

For more information about the Humane Society of Putnam County, visit For more on the Petco Foundation, visit www.petcofoundation.organd join the conversation on Facebook,Twitterand Instagramby using the hashtag #PetcoFamily.

About the Humane Society of Putnam County

The Humane Society of Putnam County is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, relief of suffering among animals, advocacy of spay and neuter programs, and the extension of humane education.  Our most significant accomplishment to date is in August of 2007 we opened a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Cookeville to serve the 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland Development District. This clinic is part of the National Spay Neuter Response Team, and we were the 25th clinic to open modeled on the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic of Asheville, NC. Our most significant goals for the current year are to continue applying for grants for spaying and neutering to defray the costs for those who cannot afford sterilization at our reduced prices and to continue to build a coalition with other Upper Cumberland animal welfare organizations in order to more effectively meet the needs of our community. On average, we spay or neuter 350 animals per month, or 4,200 per year.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $250 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 six million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.orgto learn more about how you can get involved.

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