SEATTLE and EDMONTON, ALBERTA — Champion Petfoods has donated more than 3 million pet meals to animal welfare organizations and families facing economic hardships through its partnership with global nonprofit Greater Good Charities. The donations will be distributed across Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

“At Champion Petfoods, we see and recognize the countless organizations doing critical work in our communities, and this includes Greater Good Charities,” said Jess Eide, chief people officer at Champion Petfoods. “Coming together with Greater Good Charities made perfect sense — it’s a chance for us to support cats, dogs and pet parents and make an impact on our purpose, To Earn Pet Lover Trust Every Day so Pets Thrive for a Lifetime.

Greater Good Charities will deliver the products to pre-vetted and trained Ambassador groups who will then distribute the products to local groups in need. The Ambassador groups include Michigan Humane, Columbus Humane, United Pet Fund, Tiggertown, 4 Paws Animal Rescue, Pet Project for Pets Wilton Manor, Pet Project for Pets Winter Haven, Pet Project for Pets Venice, Gateway Pet Guardians, Pennsylvania SPCA, Phoenix Dream Center, SOS Rescue, Henry’s House Feral Community and Atlanta Humane Society.

“We are grateful to Champion Petfoods for helping us provide families and animal welfare organizations with assistance to care for their pets,” said Liz Baker, chief executive officer of Greater Good Charities. “Pet food is one of the biggest expenses for shelters and rescue groups, and no family should ever be forced to have to give up their pets because of an economic hardship.”

Since 2011, Greater Good Charities has provided more than 715 million pet meals to pets in need. The recipients of the program include both homeless and owned pets, families facing economic hardships, unhoused populations, military veterans, domestic violence survivors, victims of disasters and displaced persons or internally displaced persons. Distribution is done through animal welfare organizations, food banks, VA locations and other agencies. 

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