LIVE OAK — Suwannee PAWS Inc. announced Thursday it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its lifesaving spay/neuter surgical operations.
Suwannee PAWS Inc. is a non-profit organization serving the Suwannee Valley region of Florida and provides much-needed surgeries to public, stray and rescue pets, including shelter animals before and after adoption. Since 2014, PAWS has provided almost 6,000 surgeries to pets in need and has donated more than $20,000 in services to shelter and rescue animals locally.
The Petco Foundation investment will help to purchase additional spay/neuter packs, which ultimately increases surgical capacity, allowing Suwannee PAWS to help more pets in need and to help with the serious pet overpopulation problem in the area.
“After 5,000 surgeries our instruments began to wear out and we were limited by the small number of functional surgical packs we had,” said Tracie Daniels, the Suwannee PAWS staff veterinarian. “High-quality surgical instruments are very expensive and we could not previously afford them. These packs will help add capacity and will replace some very worn-out instruments.
“We are grateful to the Petco Foundation for investing in us as we continue to grow.”