Lebanon's New Leash on Life announced this week it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its adoption center animals' medical needs, which will allow for reduced adoption fees.
A non-profit organization, New Leash on Life offers a no-kill animal shelter, a low-cost spay/neuter program and a pet food assistance program to aid cats and dogs in Middle Tennessee. Since 1980, New Leash on Life has helped re-home over 10,000 animals, provided spay and neuter services to over 45,000 animals and provides pet food assistance to 300 families annually.
The Petco Foundation investment will help offset medical costs of animals at the New Leash on Life Adoption Center. Currently, adoption fees for cats and dogs range from $85 to $150. The adoption fee covers an animal's spay or neuter, microchip and vaccinations. With the Petco Foundation's grant, adoption fees will now range from $40 to $100. New Leash on Life representatives said the reduced adoption fees will drive an increase in adoptions, allowing the organization to save more animals' lives.
"It means so much to know the Petco Foundation recognizes the need for what we offer. Their support of the medical needs of the animals in our care is truly lifesaving. The Petco Foundation's help means we can continue to say 'yes' when an animal has a need, when an animal needs a place to land until he or she can find their forever home and 'yes' when a rescue or local animal control asks if we have space to take an animal," New Leash on Life Director Angela Chapman said.