DANIA BEACH, FLA. — Chewy, Inc., an e-commerce leader in the pet product space, announced April 21 it has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to provide a $1 million donation for the society’s Pets for Life and Rural Area Veterinary Service programs.
This latest donation brings Chewy’s total relief efforts to $4 million worth of funding and pet product donations made throughout the United States to support at-risk pet communities and owners as they cope with COVID-19.
“We are honored to continue our support with a $1 million donation to help put much-needed resources directly into the hands of millions of pet parents dealing with the economic effects of COVID-19,” said Sumit Singh, chief executive officer of Chewy. “This program is going to help people around the country by making sure pets stay healthy, happy and at home.”
HSUS’s Pets for Life program supports low-income pet owners by providing direct services and care, training and mentorship, and advocating for inclusive pet ownership and care policies.
“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,” said Amanda Arrington, senior director of Pets for Life. “This is especially true in a time when so many are feeling the stressful effects 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.”
The Rural Area Veterinary Service program provides medical care for companion animals in underserved communities, including those in low-income areas and geographically-isolated regions.
"With the current crisis, huge numbers of economically vulnerable families are being pushed into even greater need by unemployment and other disruptions and are struggling to find food and other essentials,” said Windi Wojdak, registered veterinary technician (RVT) and senior director at Rural Area Veterinary Services, which is operated by HSUS affiliate Fund for Animals. “With no pet food on the shelves and little of their own food to share, families unable to care for their animals are at risk of giving them up. Donations of dog and cat food being delivered to our community partners by Chewy will help ensure that families can provide for their pets during these difficult times.”
Read about other pet industry companies giving back to support people impacted by COVID-19.