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Petco Foundation Awards $45,000 Grant to Humane Society of Northwest Montana
Grant Awarded From PETCO Foundation For New Mobile Adoption and Humane Education Transport Vehicle to Replace Beloved “Beagle”
“This cements Petco’s position as our # 1 corporate sponsor”, said Lori Heatherington, Executive Director of the Humane Society. “While it is true that the Humane Society is home to the beautiful Charlotte Atkins Animal Adoption Center located off Highway 93 in Kalispell, the Beagle has long leveraged our effectiveness on adoptions, humane education, and community awareness by taking our operation mobile. Over many years, the Beagle has been a mainstay at holiday parades, fairs, sporting events, festivals, and other large public gatherings. These are all extremely valuable opportunities for us to promote adoptable animals, to conduct humane education, and generally to strengthen our local presence.”
The Humane Society expects to replace the older and box-like Beagle with a newer looking model known as a Class “C” Motor Home. While it will take a few months to locate, purchase, and remodel the interior of the new Beagle so that it is suitable for a multiplicity of animal related tasks, residents can rest assured the new vehicle will be ready to roll in the fall and winter season festivals and parades. Even more important, area residents will surely notice the new Beagle during “National Adoption Weekends” at the newly remodeled Petco Store in Kalispell, serving as both a magnet to the store and as an exciting venue for adoptions and public awareness.