New VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry Opens in Pasadena

Launched By VCA Charities, VCA Animal Hospitals, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and the Pasadena Humane Society to Help Pets in Need

PASADENA, Calif.--()--VCA Charities, VCA Animal Hospitals, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and the Pasadena Humane Society (PHS) have teamed up to hold their first VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry food distribution event in Pasadena. The event will be held Saturday, August 3rd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Humane Society located at 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105.

VCA Charities is proud to expand its national Pet Food Pantry (PFP) program to the Pasadena community. In June 2010, VCA Charities launched the first Pet Food Pantry location in Venice, CA to provide healthy, nutritious pet food to pet owners affected by the economic downturn.

"At that time, an increasing number of pets were being taken to animal hospitals for euthanasia or abandoned when their owners could no longer bear the cost of caring for them,” said Brandon Antin, VCA vice president of social responsibility and innovation. “By providing free meals, we have helped many families hold onto the loving and comforting bond their pets provide.”

The program was created to provide nutritious pet food to needy families to help keep their pets healthy and happy. The PFP has since expanded to 33 locations in 21 states, including the latest Pasadena location.

The Pet Food Pantry program is co-sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, which donates the pet food. The annual cost to supply the pet food for each pantry location is approximately $5,000. Each year, the program provides more than 300,000 meals to dogs and cats in need. Since the program was launched, VCA Charities and Hill’s have provided these pets with more than two million meals.

This valuable program comes to the Pasadena area thanks to the dedication and hard work of local VCA Animal Hospitals associates and Pasadena Humane Society staff and volunteers who bonded together to help those in need.

“We are so appreciative to the Pasadena Humane Society and the local VCA hospital associates for stepping up to help make a better world for pets,” said VCA Charities Director Ryne Meadors. "By establishing the VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry program here, we are able to partner and work with the Pasadena Humane Society to make a difference in the lives of pets in the local community.”

About VCA Charities

VCA Charities is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to inspire and nurture pets and their people to triumph over challenges and thrive together. Established in 2005 by the founders of VCA Animal Hospitals, VCA Charities helps to feed thousands of pets, provide access to expert veterinary care, and support animal welfare organizations globally. Please visit the VCA Charities website to find out the most up-to-date information about VCA Charities and its programs at http://www.VCAcharities.org.

About VCA Animal Hospitals

VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 900 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Brazil. The hospitals are staffed by more than 6,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 600 are board certified specialists who are experts in areas such as oncology, cardiology, emergency and 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, please visit VCAhospitals.com or follow on Twitter @vcapethealth and facebook.com/VCAAnimalHospitals/.

About VCA

VCA is a leading provider of pet health care services in the country delivered through more than 900 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Brazil, 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.

Contacts

Agnes Huff, Agnes Huff Communications
ahuff@ahuffgroup.com; (310) 902-8131

Release Summary

New VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry Opens in Pasadena With VCA Animal Hospitals, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Pasadena Humane Society to Help Pets in Need

Contacts

Agnes Huff, Agnes Huff Communications
ahuff@ahuffgroup.com; (310) 902-8131