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Food, Shelter & Love: A Program That Makes a Difference

by Melanie

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Thousands and thousands of pets are currently waiting and hoping to find a forever home in a local shelter. Back in 2002, Hill’s Science Diet® recognized the need shelters have to feed the pets in their care, and they decided to do something about it.

In 2002 Hill’s created their Food, Shelter & LoveTM Program to donate Science Diet brand foods to shelters nationwide. For Hill’s, the goal of the program was simple: to provide dogs and cats with superior nutrition that will make them healthier, happier and more adoptable as they wait for their forever home. Healthy pets are more adoptable pets, and every pet deserves a forever home.

In the last 11 years the Food, Shelter & Love Program has donated over $240 million worth of Science Diet brand foods to nearly 1,000 shelters nationwide. It helps feed more than 100,000 homeless pets every single day. Not only do they donate to the shelters, but they also provide the food to the shelters at a significant discount to help shelters be able to provide for their pets on a regular basis. Part of the program also provides a free bad of Science Diet ® pet food or a $5 off coupon to the pet’s adopting family, along with a new pet parent site with tips and tools to giving their newest family member the best start in their new forever home.

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Hill’s furthered their commitment to giving back in May, 2013, with the announcement of their National Disaster Relief Network to Help Pets During Emergencies. This is a network of nearly 100 shelters across the country that work with Hill’s during disaster events, and help to distribute emergency food supplies to the pets who need it most.

Hill’s shared a first-hand account in their May 8, 2013 press release, “I saw firsthand the tremendous work that Hill’s does when they supported my shelter during the wildfires in Colorado last year,” said Jan McHugh-Smith, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs. “It was remarkable how fast they were able to respond and how committed they were to making sure we had enough food for our shelters, including the temporary shelters that we set up (to) accommodate the influx of displaced animals.”

Hill’s program continues to grow and their commitment to supporting shelters and giving back grows with it. To request assistance during an emergency, shelters can contact Hill’s at [email protected].


This post is sponsored by the Hill’s.


About the Author: Chloe DiVita is the COE, Chief of Everything, of BlogPaws, a Pet360 Media division. She is a blogging expert featured on the February 8th episode of Who Let The Dogs Out and writes for the BlogPaws Be The Change For Pets blog. When she’s not engaging on line, she is serving her two dogs, Twiggy the Greyhound and Onyx the Pit Bull Shih Tzu mix – figure that one out!