Posted: Nov. 26, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EST
Cats and dogs housed at two Chicago shelters will fill their bellies on natural and organic food courtesy of Merrick Pet Care Inc.
The Amarillo, Texas, pet food maker will supply the PAWS Chicago shelter and the new PAWS Chicago North Shore facility, which is scheduled to open in mid-2014, with all the nutrition the homeless animals need.
The exclusive feeding partnership was announced Monday and goes into effect Dec. 1.
Greg Shearson, CEO of Merrick Pet Care, spends time with PAWS Chicago residents.
"PAWS Chicago has a proven record of helping pets in need,” said Greg Shearson, Merrick
’s CEO. "Together we can better help pets not only survive, but thrive through feeding them more wholesome, natural and nutritious foods.”
PAWS, which stands for Pets Are Worth Saving, was founded in 1997 as a no-kill shelter. PAWS Chicago expects to find homes in 2013 for more than 6,000 pets staying at its cage-free adoption
The organization also will perform more than 18,000 free and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries in disadvantaged communities through its clinic and mobile service.
Chicago is committed to ensuring the health and happiness of every pet in our adoption program,” said Paula Fasseas, the organization’s founder. "We are proud to provide the pets in our care with Merrick pet food during their stay and provide a foundation of health and nutrition that we hope will continue for the rest of their lives.”
Pets adopted through PAWS Chicago will go home with a sample of Merrick dry food, which is made from U.S.-sourced, USDA-inspected deboned meat and fresh produce.
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