Imagine that you love your pets with all your heart but have to make heart-breaking choices about how to best care for them due to lack of access to veterinary services or the cost of supplies. That’s a situation many face in the best of times; now in times of uncertainty, the need is even greater and the urgency of the problem makes the stakes even higher for thousands of pet parents. So, here at Chewy, we’re ramping up our level of support even more, and helping to get much-needed resources directly into the hands of millions of pet parents by joining forces with two important organizations.
We’re teaming up with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and donating $1 million to expand food support for people and pets living in underserved communities through the HSUS's Pets for Life (PFL) and Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) programs. This partnership is the latest in a series of relief efforts to which Chewy is contributing; totaling more than $4 million in pet products donated across the country. As Chewy’s CEO (and pet parent) Sumit Singh, says, “Our goal is to help make sure that pets stay healthy, happy, and at home.”
Here is what you need to know about these organizations and how you also can help.
Humane Society of United States’s Pets for Life (PFL)
Pets for Life is driven by social justice and guided by the philosophy that a deep connection with pets transcends socio-economic, racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries, and no one should be denied the opportunity to experience the benefits, joy and comfort that come from the human-animal bond. “This is especially true in a time when so many are feeling the stressful effect of COVID-19 on our economy and our homes. Our local partners around the country will ensure people have the food they need for their pets during this crisis. ” explains Amanda Arrington, senior director of Pets for Life for the Humane Society of the United States. There are many partner organizations across the country (see map). Learn more about Pets for Life.
Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS)
RAVS is a mostly volunteer non-profit veterinary outreach program operating since 1995, delivering high-quality veterinary medical services to under-served rural communities by bringing veterinary field clinics and training to rural areas where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care otherwise inaccessible. “More economically vulnerable families will have access to high-quality veterinary services and pet essentials, and be able to provide for their pets during these difficult times. “These critical donations will save lives and keep pets in their homes,” says Windi Wojdak, RVT and senior director at Rural Area Veterinary Services. Learn more about RAVS.
As a customer of Chewy or reader of this blog you probably already know that everyday here at Chewy we bring everything we have to the table to help pet parents give the world to their pets. We’re committed to fulfilling that promise now more than ever and we hope you will, when possible, join us in supporting these organizations or other local animal welfare groups. It’s going to take all of us giving what we can—donations, supplies, volunteering—to ensure that the pets who give us more than we could possibly ever give them, get what they need to thrive.