VCA Charities’ Annual “Pennies for Pets” Campaign and Connecticut Hospitals Donates Over $31,000 to Thank Dog Rescue

By August 15, 2018 October 21st, 2020 Pennies for Pets

VCA Animal Hospitals demonstrates that when organizations work together, small change benefits local companion animal welfare organizations

MILFORD, CT – August 15, 2018 – VCA Animal Hospitals, the nation’s largest animal hospital network, and its nonprofit partner organization VCA Charities, together have successfully raised over $565,000 to support regionally selected companion animal welfare organizations in the annual company-wide Pennies for Pets campaign.

From April to June 2018, 13 hospitals collected donations by encouraging clients to round up their transaction amounts to the nearest dollar or donate online. The local campaign raised $31,182.64 for Thank Dog Rescue, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to finding loving homes for shelter, homeless and abandoned dogs of all breeds. Thank Dog Rescue will receive $31,182.64, enabling the organization to continue its important work in the community.

“We are thankful for the generosity of VCA’s clients across the country who have demonstrated their generosity by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar and helping us achieve our ambitious fundraising goal during this year’s successful campaign,” said Ron Tatum, VCA Charities executive director. “Donated small change resulted in raising over half a million dollars that directly benefit community-based animal welfare organizations. This donation is part of the $565,000 raised across the country through our Pennies for Pets campaign.”

“We want to thank all of those clients, donors and staff for helping to make this year’s Pennies for Pets a success here in Connecticut,” said Val Lacasse, Regional Operations Director. “These funds are helping our valued animal welfare partner groups improve lives in our community.”

These efforts would not have been possible without the help of the hospital teams and the generous clients at VCA Baybrook Animal Hospital, VCA Bristol Animal Hospital, VCA Cromwell Animal Hospital, VCA Darien Animal Hospital, VCA Davis Animal Hospital, VCA Animal Hospital of East Hartford, VCA Foxon Animal Hospital, VCA Plainfield Animal Hospital, VCA New London Animal Hospital, VCA Northside Animal Hospital, VCA Old Canal Animal Hospital, VCA Valley Animal Hospital and VCA Animal Hospital of Vernon.

About Thank Dog Rescue

Thank Dog Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the state of Connecticut. Thank Dog Rescue is unique in that they foster all adoptable animals in their homes, allowing the animals to decompress from their former lives, be socialized and trained in preparation for a smooth transition into their forever homes.

About VCA Charities

VCA Charities is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to end medically unnecessary euthanasia. Established in 2005 by the founders of VCA Animal Hospitals, VCA Charities has helped feed thousands of pets and donated time and money to pet charities globally. Visit the VCA Charities website and blog to find out the most up-to-date information about VCA Charities and its programs at.

About VCA Animal Hospitals

VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 850 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. The hospitals are staffed by more than 4,700 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 525 are board-certified specialists who are experts in areas such as Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency & Critical Care, and Surgery for animals. VCA Animal Hospitals provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter @vcapethealth and

About VCA

VCA is a leading provider of pet health care services in the country delivered through more than 850 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, a preeminent nationwide clinical laboratory system that services all 50 states and Canada (Antech Diagnostics), the leading animal diagnostic imaging company in the market (Sound), and Camp Bow Wow (CBW), the nation’s Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp® franchise, an Inc. 5000 company.

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