National Nonprofit Petco Love Invests in Vanderburgh Humane Society To Save and Improve the Lives of Pets in Southwestern Indiana


Evansville, IN (April 228, 2024) – The Vanderburgh Humane Society has received a $35,000 grant investment from national nonprofit Petco Love in support of their lifesaving work for animals in the Evansville region.

Petco Love is a national nonprofit leading change for pets by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since its founding in 1999, Petco Love has invested $375 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And Petco Love helps find loving homes for pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations — like ours — across North America, with 6.75 million pets adopted and counting.

“Our investment in the Vanderburgh Humane Society is part of more than $15M in investments recently announced by Petco Love to power local organizations across the country as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, president of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only part of our strategy to empower animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us. We launched Petco Love Lost, a national lost and found database that uses patented image-recognition technology to simplify the search for lost pets.”

“Petco Love has been so supportive of our work for years. The best part about them as a partner is that they understand how overwhelming sheltering can be, and their grant application process and lifesaving investments reflect that,” said Amanda Coburn, Director of Advancement at VHS. “This lifesaving investment will help us support and retain our hardworking frontline staff who care for our pets day in and day out, so they can hopefully stay in an animal welfare career for the long haul.”

The Vanderburgh Humane Society is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 12,000 families every year through Adoption, Spay/Neuter, Humane Education, and many other programs that help keep pets with the people who love them. The VHS has been serving our community since 1957 and is one of the largest nonprofit shelters in the region, maintaining above a 90% save rate since 2020 while still remaining open-admission. Their clinic completed its 100,000th spay/neuter surgery in December of 2022.