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Ren’s Pets donates to support Ukraine

GUELPH, ONTARIO — Pet retailer Ren’s Pets has donated $20,000 to support pets affected by the crisis in Ukraine on April 13. The retailer made the donation to the nonprofit Animal Food Bank, which will distribute the funds to pet organizations in and around Ukraine.

Ren’s Pets raised the money through a customer collection effort at its retail stores.

“As an extremely passionate company about pets, we wanted to help and show our support for pets affected by the conflict in Ukraine,” said Scott Arsenault, general manager of Ren’s Pets. “Our stores have collected donations from our very generous customers for this cause, and the amount given has been absolutely extraordinary. We are now able to donate $20,000 to the animal food bank to distribute to charities. organizations in and around Ukraine that help and support pets.We are very grateful to our customers who have shown so much love, care and support for Ukraine.

“Our in-store teams showed a ton of passion for the cause and held raffles for customers to win gift baskets filled with treats, toys and pet supplies to donate,” added Arsenault. . “It’s a small way for us to thank our customers for their generosity. We understand that pets are part of the family, and Ren’s is truly here for your pet’s best life.

Founded in 2019, the Animal Food Bank strives to support pets in need through donations, petitions, fundraisers and more. The nonprofit operates as a human food bank, but with strict animal service, which prevents the nonprofit from receiving any federal or provincial funding.

“Animal Food Bank is honored to have been chosen as a partner to distribute the generous donations of Ren’s Pets customers to help support pets on the ground in Ukraine, refugee pets around Ukraine and now those who come to Canada with pets,” said Nicole Fey, founder of the Animal Food Bank. “This work is of the utmost urgency and importance and we, all volunteers and unfunded, could not do it without incredible partners like Ren’s Pets. We are so grateful for our collaboration with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) of Canada that led to this incredible initiative.

Since the Ukraine crisis, Animal Food Bank has partnered with several pet organizations to provide funds and pet food donations and has developed the AFB Ukraine fund. As of April 4, the nonprofit organization has donated $25,238 to Ukraine.

“Learning how the animal food bank distributes funds in Ukraine has been very informative, to see how they care for pets that have been affected,” said Larissa Wasyliw, vice president of e-commerce and marketing at Ren’s Pets. “Nicole and her team work tirelessly to ensure these animals are fed and cared for. She told us where donations go, such as Planting Peace, which provides pet food and supplies and sets up feeding stations at pet shelters on the border of Poland and Ukraine, or Breaking the Chains, which is on the ground in Ukraine providing and distributing medicine, food and supplies as well as transporting animals out of war zones, they really do an amazing job.

In addition to donating funds to the Animal Food Bank, Ren’s Pets also donated $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Crisis Appeal in Ukraine. Ren’s Pets is part of the Legault group, which also owns Canadian pet retailer Mondou. To support Ukraine, Legault donated a total of $150,000 to the Red Cross through donations from Ren’s Pets and Mondou.

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