VCA Charities’ Annual “Pennies for Pets” Campaign and Northeast Region Hospitals Donates $12,350 to NEADS

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

PRINCETON, MA – August 9, 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, 24 hospitals collected donations by encouraging clients to round up their transaction amounts to the nearest dollar or donate online. The local campaign raised $12,351.09 for NEADS, Inc., an internationally accredited non-profit dedicated to raising and training World Class Service Dogs for people across the country who have disabilities. NEADS will receive $12,351.09, 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 Massachusetts and New Hampshire,” said Lauren McVey, 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 Brown Animal Hospital, VCA Animal Medical Center, VCA Montgomery Road Animal Hospital, VCA All Caring Animal Hospital, Metro Cat Animal Hospital, VCA Russell Animal Hospital, VCA Palmer Animal Hospital, VCA Shaker Road Animal Hospital, VCA South Hadley Animal Hospital, VCA Windham Animal Hospital, VCA Lakes Region Animal Hospital, VCA Laconia Animal Hospital, VCA Southwick Animal Hospital, VCA Riverside Animal Hospital, VCA Sterling Animal Hospital, VCA Daniel Webster Animal Hospital, VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital, VCA South Shore (Quincy) Animal Hospital, VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital, VCA Capital Area Veterinary Emergency and Specialty, VCA Roberts Animal Hospital, VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, and VCA Cheshire Animal Hospital.


NEADS, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Princeton, Massachusetts that was established in 1976 and is accredited by Assistance Dogs International, the governing body that establishes industry standards and practices. NEADS World Class Service Dogs offers the widest array of programs in the industry, including Service Dogs for adults and children with a physical disability, Service Dogs for veterans, Hearing Dogs, and Service Dogs for children with autism or other developmental disabilities. NEADS Assistance Dogs are partnered with professionals in classroom, hospital, ministry, and courthouse settings.

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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