For much of the year, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation has been providing free pet food to help pet owners who have lost their jobs, had their hours cut, or been furloughed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Without this assistance, many individuals and families would not have been able to afford to keep their pets and may have had to relinquish them to shelters. This problematic situation is compounded by the fact that the shelter system simply can not cope with a huge influx of animal surrenders from members of the public who are no longer financially able to care for their pets.
As of December 27, the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation will have donated 35,340 lbs of dry cat and dog food, 7,000 lbs of canned dog and cat food, and 22,546 lbs of cat litter, to people in communities that are facing economic hardship due to the health crisis. The food has been distributed in partnership with rescue organization Nuzzles & Co., whose staff have held a number of “Pop-Up Pantry” events at regular intervals throughout 2020.
“These dogs and cats are extremely important to families – our pantry staff hear stories from grateful pet owners as they drive up to receive pet food and cat litter. We will continue to help the community as long as we can!” said Cathy Green, Development Director for Nuzzles & Co.
If you would like to show you support for our vital work, and help ensure owners and pets stay together during this pandemic, you can make a donation here.
SHARE HOW YOUR ADOPTED PET CHANGED YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN
Exciting news! The Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco, will be granting Holiday Wishes in the form of more than $750,000 in grant awards to
qualified animal welfare organizations. This contest is designed to help animal welfare organizations save more lives during the holidays and year round.
So, what does that mean for the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation? We have a chance to win $100,000, but we need your help!
What do we need from you? It’s simple: share your story of love! The Petco Foundation wants to know how the love of your Heigl Foundation animal has
changed your life for the better.
Because if you’ve ever shared your life with a pet, you know: love changes everything. It changes your mornings. It changes your routine. It changes your
perspective. Tell the Petco Foundation how your pet brings more joy to your life each day, and how their love changed your life, big or small, and made it better.
That’s why the Petco Foundation and this year’s Holiday Wishes campaign are All for Love.
By submitting your adoption story and giving us the opportunity to participate in this year’s campaign, we have the chance to receive up to $100,000 in grants
to continue doing what we do best — saving lives.
IF THE HEIGL FOUNDATION IS SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE $100,000 GRAND PRIZE AS A RESULT OF
YOUR STORY, YOU’LL WIN A $1,000 PETCO GIFT CARD!
If you adopted your pet through us, please consider submitting your story (500 words max) along with photos and/or video of your pet. Be sure to talk about how
your pet has changed your life and how we helped you find each other!
The deadline to submit your story and nominate us for a Holiday Wishes grant is October 15, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Only the first 10,000 submissions are
guaranteed to be considered, so please visit holidaywishes.fluidreview.com to get started as soon as possible. The winning organizations and their featured pets
will be announced in December.
Also, be sure to include the contact information below on your submission form to ensure that we can respond to the Petco Foundation if your story is selected as
Organization: Jason Debus Heigl Foundation
Contact: Patty Learned
For more information on the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes campaign visit holidaywishes.fluidreview.com.
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and Instagram or by using the campaign hashtag #HolidayWishes.
Thank you for your support!