TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Canada’s shelter dogs and cats have great news to yap about: global lifestyle brand Skechers has expanded its popular animal-saving movement, now caring for the nation’s pets in need with its popular charity collection, BOBS from Skechers. Through BOBS sales, the Company that has helped save and support more than a million animals to date in the United States, now plans to protect animal shelters across Canada in the coming years, starting with a $35,000 donation planned for Greater Toronto Area shelters in honor of National Dog Day.
Established in the United States in 2015, the BOBS from Skechers charitable program launched its Canada lifesaving campaign in January 2020 to protect its shelter dogs and cats. For every BOBS from Skechers product purchased in the country, Skechers makes a donation to the Petco Foundation to help save and support animals in its shelters.
“Introducing BOBS from Skechers’ charitable component to Canadians is a wonderful chance for us to help dogs and cats in our region. Through our partnership with the Petco Foundation, the first grant of $25,000 will be made to Dog Tales Rescue & Sanctuary in King City, Ontario—a refuge for dogs, cats and farm animals—and we look forward to supporting more shelters nationwide,” said David Beecroft, country manager of Skechers Canada. “BOBS is a year-round lifestyle footwear offering that will allow for ongoing donations, season after season—a huge potential benefit for organizations that continually receive new animals in need of loving homes.”
“Since its launch in 2015, BOBS has grown from a small collection to a well-recognized brand,” added Skechers president Michael Greenberg. “From shirts to shoes and beyond, dog and cat lovers can wear and share their love—and with our new BOBS men’s offering, we have another opportunity to help even more shelter pets. In the United States, BOBS has donated more than $5.6 million to support animal welfare, and we believe that this campaign will resonate with Canadians who are passionate about saving dogs and cats in their communities.”
The BOBS from Skechers collection of alpargatas, sport styles, sandals, boots, slippers, apparel and accessories is available at Skechers retail stores, Skechers.com and select department and specialty stores throughout Canada. The country’s sales of BOBS from Skechers product will help find homes for dogs and cats with the support of local animal welfare agencies.
Through sales of its BOBS from Skechers collection in the United States alone, the Company’s contributions have helped save more than 709,000 dogs, cats and other animals with pet adoptions, and supported an additional 376,000 animals at animal nurseries, sanctuaries and medical care facilities. Since 2011, Skechers has also donated more than 15.8 million pairs of new shoes to children in need in Canada and more than 60 countries around the world through its BOBS program; more than 26,000 new pairs of shoes will be distributed to Canadian children this year.
* Skechers USA Canada Inc., 5055 Satellite Drive, Unit Number 6, Mississauga, ON L4W 5K7 Canada, 877-644-4414. Petco Foundation, 654 Richland Hills Drive, San Antonio, TX 78245, 858-453-7845. During the promotion, twenty-five cents CAD will be donated to the Petco Foundation per item of specially marked BOBS from Skechers footwear, apparel and accessories sold in Canada, to help save the lives of dogs, cats and other pets in Canada’s shelters. The promotion runs January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.
About Skechers USA Canada, Inc. and Skechers USA, Inc.
Skechers USA Canada, Inc. is a subsidiary of Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), which is based in Manhattan Beach, California. Skechers designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company’s collections are available in the United States and over 170 countries and territories via department and specialty stores, and direct to consumers through 3,615 Company- and third-party-owned retail stores and e-commerce websites. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, Israel and Mexico, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, India, Europe and Latin America. For more information, please visit about.skechers.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $280 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer treatment, service and therapy animals and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. We partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the United States to increase pet adoptions, helping more than 6.5 million pets find their new loving families. Made possible by its partnership with Skechers, the Petco Foundation will expand its lifesaving work with support to organizations in Canada working to save cats and dogs. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.
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