Heartland Pet Welfare

Petco Foundation has awarded Heartland Pet Welfare a $2,500 grant to support its 2019 Cat Rescue & Rahabilitation Program. Members of the Heartland Pet Welfare Board of Directors include, from left, Brad Cate, John Gloor, Penny Kreusch, Scott Russell, Amy Prowant, Freddy Preston and Elaine Shanks. Not pictured: Mark Maidak.

Heartland Pet Welfare, Inc. of Savanna has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its 2019 Cat Rescue & Rehabilitation (R&R) Program.

The Petco Foundation investment will help support Heartland's lifesaving mission to enhance the well-being of companion animals and feral cats.

The grant will be used to help implement the 2019 Heartland R&R Program which includes adoption preparation for rescued cats at the Heartland shelter. Specifically, the grant will help pay for necessary medical treatment and testing, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries and routine animal care.

"Heartland is honored to become a partner with the Petco Foundation," said Penny Kreusch, vice president of the Heartland Board of Directors. "The Petco Foundation's stated mission is to create a better world for animals and the people who love and need them. This is the same goal that Heartland volunteers have worked so hard to accomplish over the past 20 years. This grant brings us another step closer to that goal."

Heartland Pet Welfare is a nonprofit, "no-kill" animal welfare organization established in Savanna in 1999. Following years of work and fundraising, a new shelter building opened in 2005.

Heartland strives to heighten both community awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals. Its volunteers rescue, rehabilitate and find loving homes for abandoned, injured or abused cats and kittens.

Since 1999 Heartland has sheltered and found homes for over 1,800 cats, and financed nearly 3,000 spay/neuter surgeries for both companion and feral animals.

Heartland volunteers have also completed successful Trap-Neuter-Return projects for feral cats. In 2004 Heartland members initiated a local fundraising campaign to finance the construction of a shelter for cats and kittens.

The shelter, located at 2720 Wacker Rd. in Savanna, is the first and only permanent humane shelter serving all of Carroll County.

For more information about Heartland Pet Welfare, call 815-273-0556 or visit www.heartlandpetwelfare.org.

They also have a Facebook page and a website, www.heartlandpetwelcare.org where adoption and volunteering applications are available. There is a GoFundMe page to help support shelter upgrades.