Pet Sitters International Raises Funds for Senior Dogs
PSI’s month-long #petsittersgiveback initiative included online giving and a charity Bingo event to raise awareness and funds to help senior dogs.
Pet Sitters International (PSI) recently raised $10,500 to benefit The Grey Muzzle Organization, a nonprofit that helps at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries and others.
The funds were raised as part of PSI’s month-long #petsittersgiveback campaign. The initiative, which was kicked off in early October, included an email and social media campaign to promote its online fundraising page to PSI’s more than 5,000 member businesses and 30,000 online followers, according to officials. The campaign concluded at PSI’s 2019 Pet Sitter World Educational Conference and 25th Anniversary Celebration, which took place Nov. 2-4 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
“Through its annual grants, Grey Muzzle is giving thousands of homeless senior dogs a second chance, and we are thrilled that PSI and its members were able to support these efforts,” said Beth Stultz-Hairston, PSI’s vice president and conference organizer. “Our hope is that our campaign will inspire other companies to learn more about Grey Muzzle and support their mission.”
In addition to the online fundraising page, PSI hosted a charity Bingo event during its conference, which raised nearly $2,000 toward the total donation. Conference keynote speaker Marika Meeks, author of “Incredibull Stella,” also donated $500 from her book sales at the event.
PSI’s conference agenda included business and pet care topics as well as a focus on Grey Muzzle and senior pet care. Stultz-Hairston presented a session highlighting the work Grey Muzzle is doing, and the conference speaker lineup also included Grey Muzzle Advisory Board Member Marty Becker, DVM, “America’s Veterinarian,” and Denise Fleck, president of Grey Muzzle.
“We appreciate Pet Sitters International’s financial support of The Grey Muzzle Organization, as well as their efforts to make both their pet-sitting members and the pet-owning public aware of our mission to improve the lives of senior dogs,” said Lisa Lunghofer, executive director of Grey Muzzle. “The monies raised will enable us to offer even more grants in the coming year.”