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December 01, 2014 08:30 ET

Canadians Open Hearts to Support Homeless Pets

Pet Valu Distributes 100 Percent of Donations to Local Charities Through Annual Campaign

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 1, 2014) -

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Pet Valu stores and customers across Canada donated more than a half million dollars to local pet charities during the third annual Thanks for Giving event and National Adoption Weekend. Homeless pets and the organizations that support them received crucial support through these generous donations and many deserving pets found new Forever Homes.

Over $500,000 in much needed food and supplies was collected and delivered to local shelters, rescues and charities by Pet Valu stores. 100% of the donations received remained in local communities. 1,592 adoptable pets in need of loving families found their Forever Homes during National Adoption Weekend. Local stores worked directly with pet charities in their communities to determine what supplies were needed most, and organized inventive ways to encourage customers to participate. Stores hosted activities and events such as BBQs, food trucks, pumpkin sales, nail trimming, craft sales, and microchip clinics.

The annual event ran from October 1 to 19 at Pet Valu stores across Canada and was supported online by a can drive from Pet Valu's Facebook page, where followers dedicated an additional donation of 10,000 cans of pet food for pet rescues. Thanks for Giving is just one of Pet Valu's programs that helps support local shelters, rescues and community organizations helping pets in need. During 2014 alone, Pet Valu stores helped raise over $1.5 million dollars for pet charities and worked with local animal organizations to find Forever Homes for over 4,500 deserving pets.

"We are proud with the efforts made for this year's Thanks for Giving event and National Adoption Weekend. We have increased our donations from last year and we could not do it without our customers, who were more generous than ever before and, in the spirit of giving really opened their hearts to help local pets in need," says Julie Johnston, Vice President Merchandising and Marketing. "It was an honour to help so many local animal organizations across the country and we cannot wait to do it again next year."

Pet lovers can continue to support homeless pets by visiting any Pet Valu location and donating to the year-round Pet Food Bank. To find out more, and learn how you can help, visit your local Pet Valu store, www.petvalu.com or www.facebook.com/petvalu.

About Pet Valu

Pet Valu, Inc. (www.petvalu.com) is a Canadian specialty retailer of pet food and pet-related supplies with over 580 stores across Canada and the US. The Pet Valu family of stores consists of Pet Valu Canada, Pet Valu US, Paulmac's Pet Foods and Bosley's By Pet Valu. The Pet Valu family prides themselves on providing pet owners with the best selection of pet care items at competitive prices, together with Pet Expert service, at convenient, neighbourhood store locations.

Canadians Open Hearts

Pet Valu offers more than 7,000 products, including a broad assortment of premium, super premium and holistic private label brands scientifically developed by internal nutritionists. Pet Valu, Paulmac's and Bosley's team members are true Pet Experts and they are happy to use their knowledge and experience to help find the right nutrition and other solutions for your pets.
Pet Valu stores are heavily involved in their communities, teaming up with animal rescues and adoption programs, and fundraising for animal shelters.

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