RANCHO SANTA FE, CALIF. — In October, Blue Buffalo announced sizable pet food donations to animal shelters in San Diego and New York City, as well as cat litter donations to shelters on the West Coast.

The donations are part of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s annual Home 4 the Holidays campaign. The campaign has helped find homes for more than 19 million shelter pets since its founding in 1999. Blue Buffalo has supported the Helen Woodward Animal Center since 2013.

"Blue Buffalo's mission is to love, feed and treat all pets like family," said Haley Perry, consumer activation at Blue Buffalo. "We believe every dog and cat deserves a loving, forever home where they are truly embraced as family. This holiday season, we hope people visit their local rescue centers and consider the love they can give to shelter pets."

In 2021, the Home 4 the Holidays campaign helped place more than 1 million shelter dogs and cats into loving homes, according to Blue Buffalo. This year, the Helen Woodward Animal Center will award $25,000 and a custom kennel from Horizon Structures to the animal rescue organization with the most creative adoption promotion.

"Blue Buffalo has such a heart for pets," said Renee Resko, vice president of development at Helen Woodward Animal Center. "The company is not only dedicated to providing nutritious food to pets in homes, they are also dedicated to animal adoption and making sure shelter pets find their happily-ever-afters. Each year they are the engine behind the push to promote adoption during the holiday season. This gift of free food is an incredible bonus to rescue facilities that really need it."

To facilitate Home 4 the Holidays donations, Blue Buffalo’s Coast-to-Coast Food Drop aims to take some financial pressure off animal shelters by delivering “several truckloads of food” to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, as well as to the Center’s New York-based partner, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue Inc.

"We are beyond thrilled and honored to be a part of Blue Buffalo's wonderful Home 4 the Holidays food donation," said Jennifer Angelucci, chief executive officer of Paws Crossed Animal Rescue. "This is the 5th year that Paws Crossed has been the eastern hub for this tremendous gift of over 40,000 pounds of pet food, to be used at Paws Crossed and distributed to numerous shelters on the East Coast. We are so grateful to our friends at Helen Woodward Animal Center, the west coast hub, for suggesting our participation in helping so many orphaned pets!"

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