November 4, 2015—Best Friends Total Pet Care is pleased to announce their 15th annual Angel Tree, a holiday fundraiser for local homeless shelters and rescues, November 23, 2015 – January 4, 2016.
Giving trees will be set up at locations across the United States, decorated with wish lists from local animal shelters and rescues. Participants can visit any local Best Friends location, choose a wish list off of the tree, and purchase the gift for the animal. Items will include anything from food and treats, leashes and collars to crates and cat trees. Cash donations are also accepted.
“The holiday season is an important time to give back to our local animal shelters and rescue groups,” said Mollie Hoff, President and COO for Best Friends. “The angel tree program makes a difference in the lives of so many pets in need by contributing to more than 75 animal welfare groups across the country. The response from our clients and friends is always tremendous and we look forward to it each year.”
Beneficiaries range from large shelters such as Chicago Canine Rescue and Northeast Animal Shelter to small rescue groups like Morris Animal Refuge of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Buddy Dog Humane Society of Sudbury, Massachusetts. In 2014, the campaign raised more than $25,000.
In addition, 10 veterinary hospitals operated by Best Friends will raise funds for the Veterinary Care Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides medical funds for disadvantaged pets. These funds will cover care to local Good Samaritan cases, police, fire and service animals, pets displaced due to local emergencies and pet parents who have been denied by traditional payment providers. The public is encouraged to donate on the website, where they can designate funds to their local Best Friends hospital. Approximately 100 percent of proceeds will benefit disadvantaged pets.
This year, the campaign will start on November 23 and last through January 4. For more information or to find a participating location near you, visit www.bestfriendspetcare.com/locations. For more information on the Veterinary Care Foundation, visit www.vetcarefoundation.org.