Ren’s Pets, Canadian pet retailer, has announced their donation of CA$20,000 to support pets impacted by the war in Ukraine and was delivered to Animal Food Bank, a non-profit organisation working to support pets in Ukraine.
“As a company extremely passionate about pets, we wanted to help and show our support for those pets impacted by the conflict in Ukraine,” says Ren’s Pets CEO Scott Arsenault. “Our stores have been collecting donations from our very generous customers for this cause, and the amount donated has been absolutely extraordinary. We’re so thankful to our customers who have shown so much love, care, and support for Ukraine.”
Chiming in, Animal Food Bank founder Nicole Frey said they were “honoured” to have been chosen by Ren’s Pets as a partner to distribute the donations that were taken from customers of Ren’s Pets. Several customers of different stores won pet gift baskets given out by Ren’s Pets for making a donation to support Ukraine.
“This work is of the utmost urgency and importance and we, completely volunteer operated and non-funded, could not do this without amazing partners like Ren’s Pets,” Ms Frey adds. “We are so thankful for our collaboration with PIJAC Canada that led to this amazing initiative.”
Animal Food Bank was founded in 2019 with the aim of feeding pets in need and working to address the reasons for pet food insecurity. It has set up the AFB Ukraine Fund to distribute funds to organisations helping pets in Ukraine and as of April 23, has raised a total of CAS$50,922.93 that can be donated.
“Learning how the Animal Food Bank is distributing funds into Ukraine has been so enlightening, to see how they’re caring for pets that have been affected,” continues Larissa Wasyliw, VP of Ecommerce & Marketing at Ren’s Pets.
“Nicole’s educated us on where donations flow to, like Planting Peace who is providing pet food and supplies and setting up feeding stations at pet intake centres on the border of Poland/Ukraine or Breaking the Chains who is on the ground in Ukraine providing and distributing medicine, food, and supplies plus transporting animals out of war zones. They truly do remarkable work.”
Ren’s Pets have also donated CA$50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal alongside pet retailer Mondou’s donation of CA$100,000. Both companies are owned by Legault Group and total a donation of CA$150,000 to pets in need.
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For more information on Animal Food Bank visit their website, HERE.