Big score for BVSPCA

The Brandywine Valley SPCA is about to get the largest grant it’s ever received. Petco Love is giving the organization $1.5 million. Linda Torelli, the BVSPCA’s marketing manager, said $1 million will go toward the new campus in New Castle, Del., while the remainder will be used for various SPCA programs and adoption events, including those in West Chester. They’ll be getting the money this Friday, May 13.

“This lifesaving investment is the single largest grant received in BVSPCA history and is among the largest grants awarded by Petco Love,” Torelli said in a press release.

Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love said, “Brandywine Valley SPCA is an amazing organization. While so many others had to close during the pandemic or had limited operations, Brandywine kept going strong helping animals in their area and from surrounding areas -- even down from Louisiana. They consistently are an animal welfare leader in helping pets and communities. We are so proud to support their tireless efforts to help pets in need.”

Added BVSPCA Chief Executive Officer Adam Lamb, “Our partnership with Petco Love demonstrates the best of what can happen at the intersection of business and non-profit. Petco Love has been an essential partner in our transformative impact on sheltering in Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania. We appreciate the animal advocates at Petco Love and the incredible work of the Petco Pet Care Centers to raise the funds for lifesaving work at organizations like ours. Every cent donated at checkout truly saves lives.”

About the Brandywine Valley SPCA

Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first open-admission no-kill shelter in Pennsylvania and Delaware. In 2021, the BVSPCA cared for nearly 19,000 lost, stray, owner-surrendered, and abused and neglected animals while achieving a 95% live release rate. The BVSPCA provides animal protective services for Chester County and much of Delaware County in Pennsylvania, and it holds a five-year contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to provide state-wide animal services. Animals are placed through five adoption centers: Dover Campus, Georgetown Campus, New Castle Campus, West Chester Campus, and Plymouth Meeting PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center. In addition, the BVSPCA provides families with a safety net and low-cost veterinary services at its four Animal Health Centers in Malvern, New Castle, Dover, and Georgetown. The BVSPCA also operates the Animal Rescue Center (ARC), a facility dedicated to helping animals with additional needs prior to being ready for adoption, such as cruelty cases, disaster victims, and infants. The website is

About Petco Love

Petco Love is a life-changing nonprofit organization that makes communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, the organization has empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $330 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. It has helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide.

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