The Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced it was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Petco Foundation.

The grant will support lifesaving programs, primarily the opening of a new Pet Resource Center in Dover and two years of Mega Adoption Events.

The BVSPCA is using a portion of the grant to purchase and renovate a property in Dover to serve as a Pet Resource Center. The property at 1757 Horsepond Road was formerly an animal shelter and has been empty for several years. The 1,800-square-foot building sits on two acres.

The Pet Resource Center will focus on several unmet needs in the Kent County community. They include low-cost veterinary services; intake intervention programs, such as a pet food pantry and behavior counseling for owned pets; and humane education initiatives, such as Critter Camp, a summer day camp for kids. The facility will also house stray dogs in their hold period as part of the BVSPCA contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to provide statewide animal services. Adoptions will continue to take place at the existing adoption center in Dover.

A portion of the grant will also help fund the BVSPCA’s Mega adoption events in 2019 and 2020. Petco Foundation has been a supporter of the BVSPCA Mega events since their inception in December 2016. These events place over 1,000 animals with families in two days. The four Mega events have placed 4,061 homeless animals with families. The December 2018 event will take place on Dec. 8-9 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. Both are partially funded by a prior Petco Foundation grant.

Petco Foundation’s support is funding the sale price and renovations for the Pet Resource Center. The BVSPCA is seeking the public’s support to help with fit-out costs. Donations can be made at or by mail to: Brandywine Valley SPCA, 600 South St., New Castle, DE 19720.