Dog ‘tale’ wins $5,000 grant award for shelter

The Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation has been awarded a $5,000 grant for shelter operations through the Petco Foundation/Ellen Degeneres Holiday Wishes competition.

Shelter volunteers submitted the entry, “Circle of Love,” about the adoption of an injured dog named. Lieutenant Dan which arrived at the shelter in January 2013 with a broken leg and was kenneled next to a lost dog named Jasper.

When Shona Moore and her family were reunited with Jasper, she noticed Lieutenant Dan. She felt a connection, after having been in a body cast for several months following a car accident.

In February, the Moore family returned to the shelter to adopt Lieutenant Dan.

“Circle of Love” was one of 33 winning entries in the competition, which drew 4,500 applications from across the country.

The Petco Foundation granted $500,000 to more than 30 animal welfare organization through the campaign.

“We are so pleased that the story of Lieutenant Dan struck a chord with the judges, and now other homeless pets at our shelter will benefit from the ‘Circle of Love,'” said Media Director Marjie DeFede.

The grant will defray the cost of providing food, shelter and medical care to animals at the shelter.

The Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation operates the shelter through a contract with Hancock County Commissioners. For information, visit

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 Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals.

In 2012, the Petco Foundation surpassed $100 million in funds raised for companion animals since the organization was created. For information, visit the website