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Quincy Humane Society gets $10,000 grant from Petco Foundation

In this Herald-Whig file photo, Quincy University students Rachael Binash, left, and Jessica Wicinski get a warm welcome from a dog as they spray and clean the dog’s kennel at the Quincy Humane Society. | H-W File Photo/Phil Carlson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 6, 2016 11:05 am Updated: Dec. 6, 2016 12:09 pm

QUINCY -- Quincy Humane Society has received a $10,000 grant from Petco Foundation to support the purchase of a new commercial washing machine.

Executive Director Sally Westerhoff said the agency relies heavily on its washing machine, which is used to provide "a clean and comfortable environment" at the agency's shelter while animals await adoption.

"All of our animals have clean, comfortable bedding in their kennels, and our washer runs from open to close every day," Westerhoff said.

"Our current washer is at the end of its useful life. Commercial machines that can handle the volume of laundry we need are very expensive. However, this is an investment that will last us for many years to come."

Founded in 1880, the Quincy Humane Society is one of the oldest continually operated humane organizations in the nation. It operates a limited-admission animal shelter, dog park and spay/neuter program. The not-for-profit animal welfare organization subsists on fundraisers, donations, bequests and grant funding.

The Petco Foundation since 1999 has invested more than $170 million toward lifesaving animal welfare work. The foundation partners with Petco stores and more than 4,000 animal welfare organizations to encourage pet adoptions.

More information about the Quincy Humane Society is available at quincyhumanesociety.org.

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