The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department STARS Volunteers have been awarded a $5,500 grant from the Petco Foundation to fund a sound system that was installed at the Yuba County Animal Shelter.
The STARS Volunteer Organization consists of a group of citizen volunteers committed to public service. Created in 1996, the Yuba County Sheriff Department’s STARS Volunteer Organization provides support to the Sheriff’s Department and the citizens of Yuba County. Each year the STARS Volunteers contribute thousands of hours in a variety of capacities which include Animal Care Services.
The Petco Foundation grant was used to install a sound system to play music for the animals at the shelter. The calming effect of music on the animals has been dramatic. Prospective adopters have been more inclined to take a new pet to a forever home when that pet is calm and well-adjusted to their environment. We truly believe the calming effect of music has helped us to accomplish this goal.
“Petco’s support means so much to us in our ongoing effort to find forever homes for shelter animals. Our new sound system is proving to be very soothing to the animals. When a family or person comes to the shelter seeking a new addition to their family, the pets that are relaxed and comfortable can be so much more appealing than pets that are uneasy. I believe that the overall health of the animal also benefits from it being in an environment where it feels safe and cared for. Petco really means it when they say “Think Adoption First” said Debra Luis, Yuba County Animal Care Services Supervisor.
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 approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals.