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Granite Bay Great Pyrenees rescue receives $18,000 grant

Celebrates with kennel grand opening
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Sierra Pacific Great Pyrenees Club of Granite Bay has announced it has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the Petco Foundation. The rescue group will host its grand opening celebration for its new kennels from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at 8700 Golden Spur Drive, Granite Bay.

SPGPC is a nonprofit organization that takes in abused, unwanted, abandoned and shelter dogs slated for euthanasia and restores them to health, brings them current on vaccines, spays/neuters them, microchips them and then finds compatible families and homes through a stringent adoption process. The group has been serving the greater Sacramento area since 1996. Last year alone, the organization took in 95 dogs, of which 56 were purebreds and 39 were mixed breeds. Working with many of the Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and county and city animal shelters throughout California and the contiguous states, the club’s efforts are funded solely by donations and private contributions.

The Petco Foundation grant will be used to construct and outfit isolation kennels designed to keep sick dogs out of the rescue’s general population and help control the spread of infection while at the rescue.

“This grant has been an answer to a prayer,” said Pam Tobin, president and rescue chair. “It will help us save the lives of more dogs that we may not have been able to before the grant.”

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today, with more than 8,000 local animal-welfare partners across the country, the foundation donates about $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco's more than 1,200 stores across the country, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal-welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, and the Petco Foundation is also involved in many national animal-welfare efforts.

In 2012, the Petco Foundation surpassed $100 million in funds raised for companion animals since the organization was created. To learn more, visit www.petcofoundation.org.