VCA Animal Hospitals demonstrates that when organizations work together, small change benefits local companion animal welfare organizations
PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL – September 5, 2018 – VCA Charities, the nonprofit partner of the nation’s largest animal hospital network, VCA Animal Hospitals, 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, VCA Animal Hospitals (Berwyn, Westerville, Aurora, Mill Run, Sawmill, Woodford, Advanced Veterinary Care Center of Indiana, College Hill, Northview, Arboretum, Great Lakes, Findlay, Findlay Animal Care Center, Fairleigh, Holly Farms, Midwest Vet, Tiffin, Southwest Michigan and Woodford Boarding and Grooming) collected donations by encouraging clients to round up their transaction amounts to the nearest dollar or donate online. The local campaign raised $20,205.31 which supports Project Paws Alive who is dedicated to providing lifesaving, K-9 equipment such as: bullet and stab-proof vests, first aid kits, vehicle heat alarms, cooling vests, and pet oxygen mask kits to law enforcement, fire, search and rescue, EMS, and military nationwide.
“The Central region hospitals were looking for an organization that supports working and service dogs. Because of the work that Project Paws Alive does, we unanimously agreed to support them,” explained Regional Vice President of the Chicago-area hospitals and Regional Operations Director for the Central Region’s Specialty Hospitals, Lorrie Nimsgern. “As we found out more about this wonderful group of volunteers and their work across the country, the hospitals were very excited to raise money for such a worthy cause and our clients were happy to help us reach our goals. We are truly grateful to our staff and our clients”, continued Nimsgern.
“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 who are essential to ensuring that all pets in need have a better chance for a happy and healthy life. 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 in our local hospitals,” said Regional Operations Director for the Columbus, OH and Kentucky hospitals, Keri Russel-Hughes. “These funds are helping our valued animal welfare partner groups improve the lives of pets in our community so local animals get a better chance for a forever home and a happy life.”
About Project Paws Alive
Project Paws Alive is a nationwide 501(c) non-profit organization. We rely solely on donations and sponsors to provide lifesaving K-9 equipment such as bullet & stab-proof vests, first aid kits, vehicle heat alarms, cooling vests, and pet oxygen mask kits to Law Enforcement, Fire, Search & Rescue, EMS, and Military nationwide. To learn more about Project Paws Alive, visit their website at http://projectpawsalive.org/.
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 vcacharities.org.
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 VCAhospitals.com or follow on Twitter @vcapethealth and facebook.com/VCAAnimalHospitals/.
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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