Pet Leadership Council Partners with to Maximize Relief Efforts for Hurricane Irma

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The partnership improves efficiencies of getting much-needed supplies and donations from the pet industry to the right shelters and organizations when needed most and where pet owners can go for help.

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Donated pet supplies aid safe transport of pets following the hurricane.

With our partnership with, we’re now able to have more accurate transport information and direction in connecting our medical supplies, food, and other aid, to those who can get it to all the shelters.

In order to streamline relief efforts and ensure maximum assistance from the country’s pet care community to those most in need, the Pet Leadership Council has partnered with to provide aid to those impacted by both Hurricanes Harvey and now Irma. After significant coordination of logistics and support from pet suppliers for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, this partnership will further streamline the delivery of donations to shelters and rescues impacted by Irma in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

“While support from so many companies has been tremendous, we’re most helpful if we have allies on the ground and entrenched in the direct relief efforts,” said Bob Vetere Pet Leadership Council Chairman. “With our partnership with, we’re now able to have more accurate transport information and direction in connecting our medical supplies, food, and other aid, to those who can get it to all the shelters and areas where it is needed most.” has been and will continue to help The Pet Leadership Council and is managing the distribution of desperately needed items from PLC members, including food, crates, litter, hard goods and veterinary medical products, provided by almost two dozen major brands and retailers. In the first few days of response, they have either shipped, received in warehouses, or have scheduled to arrive, enough pet food for one million meals along with other critical supplies.

“We are thrilled with our partnership with the Pet Leadership Council,” says Liz Baker,’s Executive Director. “PLC members are a critical link in times of disaster allowing us to get much-needed supplies out efficiently and quickly to help pets in need.”

More information on how companies and the general public can assist in the hurricane aid efforts is available at Lists of critical needs and shipping locations are updated daily, information on where to donate to aid providing organizations and a map of locations for operating stores, shelters and hospitals is featured as well as services to locate lost pets, foster hurricane pets, find temporary housing for pets and more.

About the Pet Leadership Council:
The Pet Leadership Council is made up of pet industry leaders, animal welfare, veterinarians and academia and advocates for pets and those who serve and support them by promoting responsible pet ownership and educating the public on efforts to improve the health and well being of companion animals. Members include: American Humane, American Kennel Club, Animal Supply Co., American Pet Products Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Central Garden and Pet, Florida Tropical Fish Farms Association, Human Animal Bond Research Institute, Mars Petcare, Petco, Petland, Petmate, PetSmart, Phillips, Pet Industry Distributors Association, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, Segrest Farms, Spectrum Brands, Worldwise, and World Pet Association. Visit for more information.

About is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. It accomplishes this mission by partnering with charitable organizations and administering programs worldwide that address hunger and illness (particularly in women and children), promote education and literacy, feed and care for rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries, and protect wildlife and restore the environment. A suite of internally funded Signature Programs, staffed by experts in their respected fields, furthers the mission of Giving Where It Matters.

Over the last 10 years, has granted over 100 million dollars to more than 3,000 charitable partners worldwide and created and operated several Signature Programs including Rescue Rebuild, Rescue Bank, Girl’s Voices and GROW. You can learn more about on our website or by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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