Norwalk CT, January 2011 — Thanks to the generosity of thousands of clients, Best Friends Pet Care’s Angel Tree campaign made the holiday season a little brighter for homeless dogs and cats across the country.
For the 10th year, animal lovers shared their holiday spirit by donating tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of food, toys, treats and cash to help more than 75 local animal shelters and rescues care for homeless dogs and cats.
Each of Best Friends 42 locations put up an Angel Tree in its lobby during Thanksgiving week and decorated it with paper ornaments providing information about needy dogs and cats at participating local shelters. Pet lovers selected a card from the tree and donated the listed holiday gifts; Best Friends supplemented customer donations with large bags of food and other supplies.
“The holiday season can be a difficult time for our animal shelters because donations of food and funds fall off when regular supporters are preoccupied with the holidays,” said the director of one animal shelter. “The poor economy over the past two years has made matters even worse. We are grateful to Best Friends; the Angel Tree program helps many shelters get through the holiday season.”
Best Friends launched the program in 2000, inviting clients to make a small donation to benefit a local shelter. The program has grown each year, ensuring that thousands of pets have a happier holiday as they wait for permanent homes. Since all of the pets featured on the tree are available for adoption, many have found homes over the years thanks to the program.
Best Friends 11th Annual Angel Tree Campaign will begin in November 2011. For more information, call 888-FOR-PETS or visit www.bestfriendspetcare.com.