Wireless Zone® Donated $25,000 to Best Friends Animal Society® in November

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Money was collected by local retailers through the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving®, which donates thousands of dollars annually to its core charities including Best Friends Animal Society.

Wireless Zone, a Verizon authorized retailer and the nation’s largest wireless retail franchise, recently donated $25,000 to Best Friends Animal Society through its philanthropic Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving. The check presentation took place on November 12, 2019 at the charity’s headquarters in New York City. Best Friends Animal Society is one of the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving’s core charities—groups supported annually that are selected for their service of all Wireless Zone communities.

The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are “no more homeless pets.” The organization, established in 1984, is determined to end the killing in America’s shelters by 2025 through building community programs and partnerships about the nation by implementing spray/neuter and trap-neuter-return programs to reduce the number of animals who enter shelters and increasing the number of people who adopt pets.

The Best Friends Network brings animal shelters and rescue groups together from across the country to hold mutual adoption events, public education campaigns, and fundraising drives. At any given time, Best Friends Animal Society houses about 16,000 animals receiving the medical support and attention they need in a scenic, healing environment to help them overcome their past. They also advocate for stray and free-roaming cats, strive to combat puppy mills and fight breed discrimination.

“Each year, too many animals end up in shelters through no fault of their own,” said Executive Vice President of Operations at Wireless Zone, founder of an animal rescue shelter himself. “Many people, including myself, consider their pets a part of the family. I know from experience that these animals are resilient and deserve a second chance. Best Friends gives them that.”

The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving allows for franchisees to participate in other system wide events including the annual Backpack Giveaway to local schools. Franchisees collect funds throughout the year in order to purchase new backpacks stocked with necessary school supplies for children in need. In 2019, Wireless Zone’s third annual Backpack Giveaway gave out an estimated 70,000 backpacks to children in need all across the country. More information about the Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving and its charity partners can be found at https://wirelesszone.com/foundation/.

About Best Friends Animal Society:
Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 2,200 animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about 1.5 million. That means there are still more than 4,100 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. We are determined to get that number to zero by the year 2025. Working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.

About Wireless Zone:
Founded in 1988 as ""The Car Phone Store"", the Wireless Zone system has become the nation's largest wireless retail franchisor and was ranked the No. 1 franchise in its category by Entrepreneur magazine. Each store is independently owned and operated, exclusively offering Verizon Wireless products and services. The Wireless Zone system has been honored with Verizon's “Best Customer Service” award for five consecutive years and is franchised and operated by Wireless Zone LLC. For more information, visit http://www.wirelesszone.com.

About The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving:
The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving was founded in 2003 after identifying a need and desire to give back to our communities. Today the Foundation raises a substantial amount of money to support a large number of local charities and causes in the communities in which we do business. We also have time-honored relationships with our national charities including Make-A-Wish, Autism Speaks, Children’s Tumor Foundation and St. Jude’s as well as No Kid Hungry, Best Friends Animal Rescue, Homes for our Troops and Sandy Hook Promise.

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