THE ANGELS, May 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Kicking off National Pet Month, VCA Charities today announced the launch of its Second Chance KONG® grant and fundraising initiative aimed at making second chances possible for more shelter pets, a program made possible by a partnership with KONG.
VCA Charities believes that all pets deserve a loving home, not to mention care and toys while they wait for one. That’s why with each $20 donation made in select VCA Animal Hospitals During the month of May, VCA Charities is offering generous donors a limited edition “Second chance KONG” and gift a KONG Classic or Extreme to a shelter pet. One hundred percent of donations made will support VCA Charities ready for rescue grant program, which supports shelters with adoption preparation efforts and veterinary care and resources.
“Knowing we’re helping create thousands of second chances for pets in need means we’re fulfilling our mission to help pets find and stay in loving homes. We can do a lot when we connect the needs of our hometown with the support of our hospital teams and the national reach of VCA Charities,” said kimberly westPresident and Chairman of the Board of Directors for VCA Charities and Vice President of Corporate Affairs for VCA Animal Hospitals.
Nationwide, 121 VCA Animal Hospitals will offer limited-edition KONG – 6,050 unique versions of the beloved toy. He “Second Chance KONGthey’re repurposed “second” KONGs: slightly imperfect KONGs that can’t be sold due to minor blemishes but have the same durability as any KONG you’ll find in a store, reducing waste and increasing resources for some of the higher-end shelters consumption around the world. the United States.
To celebrate the campaign, during the month of May, an additional 6,050 KONG will arrive at 12 high-consumption shelters across the country, including Los Angeles Animal Services (California), Palm Valley Animal Society (Texas), Memphis Animal Services (Tennessee), Animal Lifeline Project (Georgia) and the Michigan Humane Society (Michigan), among others.
“One of the most requested items from shelters is toys like KONG, which help provide healthy enrichment for shelter pets,” he said. kim van syoc, CEO of VCA Charities. “Having access to toys means shelter pets have a suitable outlet to keep themselves occupied while they patiently wait for a forever home.”
In addition to the May campaign, VCA Charities has partnered with KONG to award an additional 42,000 toys per year to shelters around the world. the United States.
“The joy that pets bring people is undeniable, and we wholeheartedly believe that pets deserve the same joy in return,” he said. gabriel martinez, Vice President of KVP International. “Knowing that donating these KONG toys is not only creating second chances for shelter pets, but also bringing joy to thousands of dogs each year, is the ultimate win-win.”
Helping pets find and stay in loving homes is at the heart of VCA Charities’ mission. Since 2021, VCA Charities has donated more than $2 million in grants and provided nearly 1.5 million meals to hungry pets in partnership with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Whether it’s responding to disasters, transporting pets from full shelters to others with a waiting list of adopters, or funding emergency veterinary care for pets owned by low-income pet owners, VCA Charities works to support the joy of pet ownership in communities across the country. .
Learn more about our impact by reading the VCA Annual Impact Report, joy of caring, in https://vcahospitals.com/social-responsibility.
About VCA Charities
VCA Charities, a 501c(3), is committed to supporting the joy of pet ownership by helping pets find and stay in loving homes. Through grants and partnerships with shelters and animal welfare organizations, we help remove barriers to pet ownership and help keep pets in loving homes by funding emergency and specialty veterinary care; support adoption preparation and delivery prevention programs; enable the care and feeding of pets belonging to marginalized families; and respond to our local communities in crisis. VCA Charities is the charitable arm of VCA Animal Hospitals, a leader in veterinary care committed to caring for the future of veterinary medicine while positively impacting pets, people and communities. To learn more about VCA Charities, visit VCACharities.org or find us at instagram and LinkedIn.
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