Petco Gives 35K to Shelter Worker Who Dropped Kill Rate From 100% to 0%


2019 National ‘Unsung Hero” Award by Petco was given to Taft, Texas Animal Shelter worker Kayla Denney. She has worked tirelessly since taking over direction of the shelter and 565 animals have found forever homes under her new direction for the facility. After being awarded the 10K first prize, she was given an additional 25K to keep up her efforts.

An accountant-turned-Taft animal control officer, She started her work at the shelter in November 2018 and turned it into a “no kill” facility with a 100 percent live-release rate, according to Taft Animal Control.

Denney was nominated for the award that is given every year in California by Petco. The Petco Foundation recognizes animal advocates across the country by awarding the grant, which in turn allows people like Denney to continue their good work. She will be flying out to San Diego after being chose over thousands of applicants and nominations.

Kayla is planning on using some of the funds to continue the progress she has made and we at hold her up as an example of how small town America can show BIG HEART and lead the way in Animal Welfare Reform.