Kitsap Humane Society awarded $150,000 grant by Petco Foundation

Proceeds are to improve animal housing and care, and drive higher adoption outcomes.

SILVERDALE — Kitsap Humane Society is the beneficiary of a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support improved housing and care for animals, and higher adoptions, especially for cats in need.

“KHS is thrilled to have our important lifesaving work recognized and supported by Petco Foundation,” said Natalie Smith, the agency’s director of animal welfare.

“Our team is always looking for ways to enhance our programs and services to help animals and the people that love them. This investment from Petco Foundation will allow us to make such a positive impact on our community.”

Smith said the investment will help Kitsap Humane Society improve housing for animals at the Silverdale shelter and reduce the tragedy of unwanted and homeless pets in Kitsap County. The grant will allow KHS to increase adoptions, improve its capacity to care for animals with behavior and medical issues, expand transfers of at-risk animals from partner shelters, and “expand robust and targeted spay/neuter programs,” the director said in an April 2 news release.

The animal care nonprofit agency said it has a 96 percent lifesaving rate of the more than 7,000 animals in need that it received in 2017. It said more than 6,810 were placed with families, the most ever and the fourth consecutive year of growth.