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Pet Specialty Retailers Make Donations to Support Animal Organizations After Hurricane Harvey


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In response to Hurricane Harvey, pet specialty retailers around the country are reaching out to help pets and pet owners in need.

PetSmart Charities has earmarked at least $1 million in emergency relief funding to help animal welfare agencies who are working on the front lines to rescue, relocate, feed and care for pets that have been left homeless due to the floods. Animal welfare organizations working to save the lives of pets in these areas are can visit petsmartcharities.org/pro to apply for an emergency relief grant.

“Our thoughts are with all of the people and pets who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Dr. David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities. “We’re committed to supporting everyone we can who has been impacted by this disaster, including pets and pet parents staying in evacuation centers and shelters in Houston and Dallas who may not have access to the pet food and essentials they need.”

By making grants to animal welfare and social services agencies on the ground in Texas, PetSmart Charities is supporting its united efforts to save the lives of pets and provide much needed pet food, veterinary care and supplies. Early grants and in-kind donations PetSmart Charities has made to date include:

  • $150,000 grant to Houston SPCA: Funds will be used to help care for pets in the Houston SPCA’s shelter while also supporting the recruitment and deployment of 13 animal welfare teams from across the country to enhance search and rescue efforts already underway by Houston SPCA.
  • $100,000 grant to SPCA of Texas: PetSmart Charities’ donation will support this animal welfare agency’s ongoing efforts to help pets in need at the Mega Shelter recently opened in Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Funds will also support the SPCA of Texas as it cares for more than 300 pets who have been surrendered or evacuated.
  • $75,000 grant to Rescue Bank: Last week, Rescue Bank in Houston received nearly 80,000 pounds of donated pet food generated by PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program. One pallet of food has been delivered to the Houston Convention Center to help feed the pets of people who have arrived in this temporary hurricane shelter. PetSmart Charities’ financial grant will help Rescue Bank to continue to distribute the donated pet food to animal welfare agencies and hurricane shelters in the Houston area.
  • $50,000 grant to Houston PetSet: As a locally-based nonprofit dedicated to working with animal welfare agencies and rescues, Houston PetSet will use its emergency relief grant from PetSmart Charities to help smaller nonprofits who are assisting with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and require grants of $5,000 or less.

In addition to providing financial support for animal welfare agencies, PetSmart Charities has allocated two truckloads of donated pet care supplies like collars, leashes, food and water bowls, pet beds, kitty litter and more to help with emergency relief efforts in Texas. Fellow animal welfare agency, Rescue Bank, will deliver these supplies leveraging its fleet of trucks. One truckload is on its way to the SPCA of Texas in Dallas, while the other will soon be arriving in the Houston area. A third truck filled with 50 pallets of donated pet food from PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program has been rerouted to help feed pets in need in Texas.

PetSmart Charities has allocated at least $1 million to support emergency relief efforts in Texas. Animal welfare organizations working to save the lives of pets in these areas can visit petsmartcharities.org/pro to apply for an emergency relief grant. Due to the volume of requests PetSmart Charities is receiving, all grant requests will be triaged by the grant administration team and responded to in a timely manner.

"All For Saving Lives"

All of the funds that the Petco Foundation raised during its All For Saving Lives campaign in Petco stores and online through Sept. 10 will directly support animal welfare organizations in the South Texas and Louisiana region.

Located in San Antonio, the Petco Foundation began reaching out to south Texas and Louisiana animal welfare organizations ahead of Hurricane Harvey to proactively provide supplies and support as organizations prepared to evacuate pets and take in displaced animals. As of Aug. 30, organizations throughout southern Texas, including Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio and Austin, as well as those in impacted areas of Louisiana have received supplies and/or pledges of grant funding to support their Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts.

"The impact of this devastation is beyond anything that we could have imagined. Today's focus is on doing everything we can to help save animal lives, and our efforts in the months ahead will be to support the recovery and rebuilding efforts," said Susanne Kogut, Petco Foundation executive director. "After the Baton Rouge flooding just about a year ago, we provided more than $500,000 of support. We know the Harvey recovery will require millions based on the massive scope of organizations and animals impacted by this storm and we're committed to doing all we can over the long haul."

The All for Saving Lives campaign, which launched on Aug. 19, celebrates the life-changing impact of pets. Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts clearly illustrates the fact that pets are family and at this time those impacted by this devastation need our support.

Individuals can join the Petco Foundation in supporting Texas and Louisiana by: Donating in a Petco or Unleashed by Petco store locations or online now through Sept. 10 or adopting a new family member during the All for Saving Lives Adoption Weekend (Sept. 9 to 10). The event will be celebrated at all Petco and Unleashed by Petco store locations.

Texas Strong

PetSmart and Petco are not alone in their efforts. Independent pet retailers across the country are offering their support in a variety of ways.

Tomlinson's Feed & Pets, which has stores in Central Texas, is monetary donations, which will be sent to The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Houston SPCA, according to the retailer's Facebook page.

"We've all seen the terrible impact #HurricaneHarvey has had on our fellow Texans, and it's time to do something," Tomlinson's Facebook post said. 

The retailer said that all of the donations collected in-stores will be donated every evening, so the funds can be used immediately. Additionally, Tomlinson's will match all donations made in-store up to $10,000. 

Healthy Pet, which has three locations in the Austin area, is another retailer that has witnessed the impact of the storm. According to the retailer's Facebook page, "all pet donations purchased at Healthy Pet will receive a 20 percent discount and pay zero tax." All locations will be set up as a drop off point.

In addition, proceeds earned from dog washes at Healthy Pet locations Sept. 1 to 3 will go to Hurricane Harvey flood victims.

Retailers Around the Country Respond

From Maine to California and places in between, pet specialty retailers nationwide are stepping up to show support to those impacted by the storm. 

Loyal Biscuit. Co., which has locations in Maine, is implementing a program its used in the past, called Round Up, to raise funds to help animals in Texas. The effort will run through Sept. 12, and Loyal Biscuit Co. will match up to $1,000 in round up donations received for this cause, according to the retailer's Facebook page

"We have also opened up a donation product on our website that will go towards the fund as well if you can't make it into one of our five stores," said the Loyal Biscuit Co. Facebook post. "To help keep credit card processing fees down on this, we have made the online donation option available in increments of $10.00. Any amount can be contributed in person at our stores."

Loyal Biscuit Co.'s efforts will support Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization - Houston, a "no-kill, all volunteer, rescue organization that is on the ground in Houston, making sure that pets can stay with evacuated families at area shelters."

Bentley's Pet Stuff, which has 82 locations nationwide, will help fill semi-trucks "with any and all things needed by those animals displaced and effected [sic] by the hurricane," the retailer wrote on its Facebook page.  

"With everyone's help...customers, our store teams, the brands and distributors in this industry...we will continue to add to donating as much as we can, so that families who need to focus on rebuilding and keeping their family together don't have to worry about where the next meal for their furry loved ones are coming from," wrote Bentley's officials. "Helping keep those families together through this is the best way we can help from afar. We all can."

Muttropolis, which has locations in California, has launched a PAWS donation drive at its Solana Beach and La Jolla locations, according to its Facebook page. In addition, all $1 donations from its Harry Bag will be donated to the Houston Humane Society.

Check petproductnews.com for more coverage on how independent retailers are helping the relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey.

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