Animal Shelter receives $20,000 grant from Purina

BATAVIA, February 7, 2022 – Clermont County Animal Shelter today received a $20,000 donation from Nestlé Purina to support a new area at the shelter that will create socialization benefits for dogs in their care. The shelter recently completed major upgrades to enhance infrastructure and maintenance at the facility, and additional funds from Purina will be used to add shade and a fence for an outdoor play area so dogs can enjoy enrichment and exercise. Purina also recently donated more than 2,000 pounds of Purina ONE dog food to the shelter.

“At Purina we’re committed to enriching the lives of pets and the people who love them, and that starts in the communities where we operate,” said Casey Hansen, factory manager at the Purina manufacturing facility under construction in Williamsburg Township. “Purina cares about finding a good home for all pets, and we’re excited to support the County in their efforts to enhance quality of life for dogs in the shelter and make more adoptions possible.”

The county will also add a sidewalk around the perimeter of the new play area, which will lead to a future green space to the south of the facility. Construction is expected to begin in late spring/early summer. In addition to creating this space for outdoor enrichment, the County is also contracting with an animal behaviorist to work with dogs that need additional support before finding their way to their forever homes.

“The Board of County Commissioners thanks Purina for being such a great corporate citizen by supporting a cause very near-and-dear to our hearts,” said Bonnie Batchler, President, Board of County Commissioners. “We’re very happy that a first-class organization so new to Clermont County is helping expand our growing efforts to provide top-quality care for the animals in our shelter. We are extremely appreciative to Purina for this generous donation. Clermont County’s animals and residents both will benefit from this generosity.”

This donation is being granted through the Nestlé Purina Trust Fund, established by Purina founder William H. Danforth to provide critical support to important community causes. The company is investing more than $1 million in its communities this year through several capital and capacity-building grants to support local non-profit organizations. Over the past five years, Purina has contributed more than $150 million towards organizations that bring, and keep, people and pets together, as well as those that help our communities and environment thrive.

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