The Denham Springs Animal Shelter received a $24,000 grant this month from the Petco Foundation to purchase a new van.

The shelter’s vehicle has about 200,000 miles on it, a news release from the city said.

The Petco Foundation investment will give shelter workers the opportunity to continue to reply to emergency animal calls, transport animals for spay/neuter procedures and transport animals to Petco for weekend adoption functions.

“This grant will make a significant impact on the services provided to the citizens of the community,” Mayor Gerard Landry said. “We are honored to have the support of the Petco Foundation, which will give shelter workers the capability of providing greatly needed services to the community.”

The Denham Springs Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter that places high emphasis on ensuring the animals in its care are socialized, spayed or neutered and are ready for their forever homes, the release said.

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999, the release said. Today, with more than 8,000 local animal welfare partners across the country, the Petco Foundation donates about $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals, the release said. For information about the Petco Foundation, visit www.petcofundation.org. Join social media conversations by using #petcoFoundation.