Chewy Continues to Support Relief Efforts During COVID-19 Pandemic
Chewy is donating $1 million to expand food support for people and pets living in underserved communities. The funds are being directed to the Human Society of the United States (HSUS)’s Pets for Life and Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) programs. Both programs serve pet owners and pet health care partners to ensure that families are able to keep their pets healthy at home rather than facing the decision of surrendering their pet.
“It has always been Chewy’s mission to serve pet parents, and we’re committed to fulfilling that promise now more than ever,” said Sumit Singh, CEO of Chewy in Dania Beach, Fla. “We are honored to continue our support with a $1 million donation to help put much-needed resources directly into the hands of millions of pet parents dealing with the economic effects of COVID-19. This program is going to help people around the country by making sure pets stay healthy, happy and at home.”
The Pets for Life is a program driven by social justice and guided by the philosophy that connection with pets transcends socio-economic, racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries, said Amanda Arrington, senior director of Pets for Life.
“No one should be denied the opportunity to experience the benefits, joy and comfort that come from the human-animal bond,” Arrington added. “This is especially true in a time when so many are feeling the stressful effects of COVID-19 on our economy and our homes. Our local partners around the country will ensure people have the food they need for their pets during this crisis.”
The Rural Area Veterinary Services program combines veterinary field clinics with clinical training and mentorship for future veterinary professionals to bring health care to animals in underserved rural communities.
“With the current crisis, huge numbers of economically vulnerable families are being pushed into even greater need by unemployment and other disruptions and are struggling to find food and other essentials,” said Windi Wojdak, RVT, senior director of the program, which is operated by HSUS affiliate Fund for Animals. “With no pet food on the shelves and little of their own food to share, families unable to care for their animals are at risk of giving them up.
“Donations of dog and cat food being delivered to our community partners by Chewy will help ensure that families can provide for their pets during these difficult times,” Wojdak added. “These critical donations will save lives and keep pets in their homes. The RAVS program is proud to partner with our friends at Chewy to offer support to communities in need and provide essential animal care resources to families impacted by this crisis. In collaboration and connection, we will get through these difficult times together.”
The donation is the latest in a series of relief efforts to which Chewy is contributing, which totals to more than $4 million in pet products donated across the country, according to company officials.