PetSafe outreach and philanthropic efforts help communities become better places to live for people and pets. Last year we contributed more than $3,500,000 in volunteer support, grants, and product donations to organizations working to improve animal welfare or youth education. Whether we're helping build dog parks or providing last-dollar tuition support for college-bound high-schoolers, PetSafe brand is proud to give back!
The Most Pet Friendly Community initiative: PetSafe has played a lead role in this effort to make sure that Knoxville/Knox County pets are highly respected citizens. Other participants include The City of Knoxville, Knox County, Young-Williams Animal Center, and the University of Tennessee. In August of 2011, Dog Fancy Magazine recognized Knoxville as the most dog-friendly city in the Southeast. There's still a lot of work left to be done! The initiative has led to the creation of several Knoxville/Knox County dog parks as well as an increase in the number of pet-friendly businesses in the community.
PetSafe Dog Parks: PetSafe brand has committed the funds to create 7 dog parks in Knox and surrounding counties in East Tennessee. The parks, prime examples of a working public/private partnership, help further the expansion of green space throughout the region while offering pet parents new locations for outdoor pet recreation.
Bark for Your Park: Through the annual Bark for Your Park competition, PetSafe brand is helping communities across America build their own PetSafe Dog Parks. Through the contest, communities are awarded up to $100,000 toward the construction of a PetSafe Dog Park. Participants secure land and local government support before entering the contest.
PetSafe Shelter Enrichment Project: PetSafe brand proudly supports the work of local animal shelter organizations by providing behavior enrichment toys and treats for shelter animals. We're thrilled to help our partner organizations make their shelters happy temporary homes for their animal guests while they wait to find forever homes.
Shelter isolation rooms are critical in maintaining a clean and healthy environment. Somebuddies, a Richmond-based cat rescue, asked for funding to renovate their cat isolation room. They had wonderfully creative and cost-effective plans for less than $1,000. They created a clean, safe space for the kitties in their care.
Morris Animal Foundation's Fight Against Canine Cancer: As a national sponsor of the Morris Animal Foundation, PetSafe brand has helped raise awareness and funds for canine cancer research. A team of PetSafe associates dedicates countless hours to organize the annual Knoxville K9 Cancer Walk and PetSafe Black Tie & Tails Gala. These dog-friendly events support MAF's life-saving work. Our 2013 events brought in more than $80,000 to help further the work of the Morris Animal Foundation.
PetSafe Shelter Product Program: Through this program, PetSafe products are sent to qualifying animal rescue groups in the greater Knoxville area. We regularly hold events for rescue groups to come and "shop" for products they can use at their shelters.
Small Animal Behavior Research at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine: PetSafe brand has funded one of the few veterinary school behaviorist positions in the U.S. at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville. The ultimate goal of an animal behaviorist is to help protect the bond between a human and companion animal. There is an extreme lack of clinical research in animal behavior, and with this initiative we hope to improve understanding of pets to improve their welfare.
Go North Transport Collaborative: Since 2014, PetSafe brand has donated over $20,000 to Peaceful Kingdom for the Go North Transport Collaborative. This project takes animals from maximum capacity shelters in east Tennessee to open shelters in the Northeast and upper Midwest. These receiving shelters are all under capacity and generally see pets adopted out in record time. The transport has saved over 5,000 pets since 2012.
Philanthropy Committee: Each year, the PetSafe Philanthropy Committee makes charitable donations to qualifying organizations. Most recently, the committee donated $6,100 to Knox County's K-9 Unit to purchase 6 bullet- and stab-proof vests and 3 cooling vests to help protect the 22 dogs in the unit. We also donated $8,000 to the Union County Humane Society to help cover medical costs for 136 dogs rescued in one of Tennessee's largest hoarding cases.
Since its inception as a locally-based program, PetSafe has been host to tnAchieves. The program, now state-wide, is a last-dollar scholarship and mentoring program designed to provide an opportunity for Tennessee public high school graduates to receive up to $3,000 annually for community college tuition. The program has 3 unique elements:
At PetSafe, our associates take great pride in offering products that help pet owners strengthen bonds with their animal companions. But our commitment doesn't stop there. Many of our associates are actively involved as volunteer leaders within the community. A prime example of our associates' commitment can be found in the PetSafe Philanthropy Committee.
Each year, the PetSafe Philanthropy Committee sets aside a percentage of corporate profits for charitable donations to qualifying organizations. The committee reviews applications monthly from 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization focused on improving companion animal welfare or advancing youth education and awards funds based on merit and remaining funds.
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