Petco Love Donates $10,000 to Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

SPRINGFIELD — The Foundation for TJO Animals received a $10,000 grant investment from Petco Love to support its lifesaving work for animals in Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee.

Petco Love is a nonprofit organization leading change for pets nationally by harnessing the power of love to help make communities and families with pets closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, it has empowered organizations with nearly $300 million invested in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. Petco Love, in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations like Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center (TJO) nationwide, have additionally helped to find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets.

“Today Petco Love announces an investment in TJO and hundreds of other organizations as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only one component. This month, we will also launch the first of our national tools to empower all animal lovers to drive life-saving change right alongside us.”

The Foundation for TJO Animals is a nonprofit organization supporting the medical services and needs of the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center serving Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee. Since 2007, the Foundation for TJO Animals, with strong community support, has raised much-needed dollars in support of life-saving medical treatment and care of local animals.

“Nearly 85% of the animals that TJO cares for are found or stray animals,” said Lori Swanson, interim executive director of the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center. “With this support from Petco Love, we are better equipped to provide the live-saving care the animals of our community deserve. Thank you to our friends at Petco Love for their generous support.”