The ASPCA was thrilled to receive a $530,000 donation of food from premium pet food company Stella & Chewy’s, which will help feed animals impacted by COVID-19.
This week, the ASPCA® received a donation from Stella & Chewy’s, a premium nutritional pet food, for $530,000 worth of dog and cat food to assist pets and pet parents affected by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to this generous donation, the ASPCA will be able to distribute more than 800,000 meals at its regional food distribution centers in Miami, Los Angeles, New York City and Asheville, N.C.
“We know how special and strong the bond is between pet parents and their animals, and we are committed to bringing comfort and relief to those in need of an extra hand right now,” says Marc Hill, CEO of Stella and Chewy’s. “This donation is the biggest in our company’s 16-year history and we could not have partnered with a better organization than the ASPCA. Our employees take great pride in knowing the difference the donation will make in the lives of these animals across the country.”
This lifesaving donation from Stella and Chewy’s supports the ASPCA Relief & Recovery Initiative, a $5 million multipronged strategic relief response to the COVID-19 crisis. The ASPCA’s response includes the creation of regional pet food distribution centers which gives dog, cat and equine caretakers free access to critical food and supplies as the outbreak continues to spread. Stella and Chewy’s pet food donation will be distributed through the ASPCA’s regional pet food distribution centers.
“Providing free pet food helps struggling communities in many ways,” says Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. “It certainly promotes the health and safety of vulnerable animals, but also makes it possible for families to count on the continual love and comfort of their pets, which is especially valuable during this crisis.”
The ASPCA COVID-19 Relief & Recovery initiative underlines the organization’s longstanding commitment to the animal welfare community and people and their pets. In an effort to create better access to crucial services for underserved pet parents and improve the health and welfare of dogs and cats nationwide, the ASPCA has launched programs and partnerships that make veterinary care more accessible and affordable, and continues to develop initiatives to serve the more than 21 million pets living in poverty nationwide.