Pet Valu donates $100,000 in product to help pets displaced by British Columbia wildfires

Litter, food and crates given to animal rescue organizations on front lines

MARKHAM, ON, July 20, 2017 /CNW/ - With experts predicting families who have been evacuated from British Columbia's wildfires could be unable to return home for weeks, Canadian pet retailer Pet Valu has donated $100,000 worth of products to help animals affected by the fires. The donation, which includes litter, litter pans, dog and cat food and crates, was given to Four Paws Food Bank in Kamloops and the Prince George Humane Society which are on the front lines of desperate pet owners seeking help.  

"Our volunteers have been working non-stop since July 9 helping every type of pet - dogs, cats and small animals," says Bonnie McBride, Four Paws Food Bank in Kamloops. "The donation from Pet Valu has made an enormous difference. We can now help all the pet owners and their pets who come to us."

Pet Valu has experienced firsthand the stress and disruption caused by the fires; its two stores in 100 Mile House and two stores in Williams Lake have been evacuated. The leading pet retailer anticipates additional stores in other communities will be evacuated in coming days. Pets from the evacuated stores are being fostered with staff members and arrangements are being made to ensure staff and pets in nearby communities will get out safely if the call for evacuation is made.

"When you have to pack up your family and pets and flee a wildfire, the stress can be overwhelming," says Tom McNeely, CEO, Pet Valu. "We hope our donation will give pet owners some peace of mind knowing they can keep their pets safe and comfortable while they're away from their homes."

In addition to its $100,000 product donation, Pet Valu is also accepting monetary donations at all of its stores across Canada so people can quickly and easily make a donation to the Red Cross.

About Pet Valu
Pet Valu, Inc. is a Canadian specialty retailer of pet food and pet-related supplies with more than 750 stores across Canada and the U.S. The Pet Valu family of stores consists of Pet Valu Canada, Pet Valu US, Paulmac's Pet Foods, Bosley's by Pet Valu, Total Pet, and Tisol Pet Nutrition & Supply stores. To learn more about Pet Valu visit petvalu.com.

About Pet Retail Brands
Pet Valu and Pet Supermarket merged in 2016 to create the third largest pet specialty retailer and the largest small format, neighborhood pet specialty retailer in North America - Pet Retail Brands - with more than 1,000 stores across the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about Pet Supermarket, please visit www.petsupermarket.com.

SOURCE Pet Valu Inc.

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