that adopts a dog.
We also support PACT for Animals, which stands for People + Animals = Companions Together. PACT for Animals supports the community through foster programs
for deployed military or hospitalized pet owners, as well as supporting the animals’
caregivers with their emergency needs. By providing access to safe foster homes for
animals until their human companions can take them back, PACT reduces the number
of animals in animal shelters and gives the owners peace of mind that their best friends
will not be lost, abused or euthanized.
Additionally, we donate to nonprofit dog charities and animal shelters by providing
raffle prizes and some giveaways to help the organizations raise funds for their noble
causes to help keep dogs healthy and safe.
MATRIX PARTNERS LTD.
Rebecca Tomala, vice president, account supervisor
The most-rewarding parts of being a pet-centric marketing firm are the services we are
able to provide to our local shelters. Our amazing shelter partner, Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR), gives back so much to pets in our city, and it is a privilege for us to help them
in any way we can with the skills that we have. In addition to helping with marketing,
social media and design assistance, we contribute in several other ways.
Throughout the year, we support the planning and execution of several fun and
engaging events that benefit CCR. Art Unleashed is a one-of-a-kind auction featuring
live entertainment and plenty of adorable dogs. On National Dog Day, we organized
an event to help raise money and awareness for CCR and its mission. We also helped to
coordinate a Lagunitas Happy Hour with Binny’s and the For Paws
Club, which raised more than $3,000 for this deserving shelter.
This year alone, we have had the opportunity to partake in the
Midwest Brew 16th Annual Beaglefest, Live Like Roo/ATA Social
Blanket Tying Event, Doga at the Talbott Hotel and Real Estate to
the Rescue Baseball Outing, to name a few.
Outside of these wonderful events, we’ve also supported shelters
and their rescue pets in other ways. Over the summer, we sponsored
the vaccinations and neutering of a lovable cat named Cat and even
found him a home! We also sponsored a special pup named Jade and
were fortunate enough to speak on Steve Dale’s radio show about
all that CCR does for Jade and her friends. Additionally, we were
able to coordinate donations from our awesome clients that assist
with the health and wellness of these special shelter pets searching
for their forever homes.
MERRICK PET CARE
Jilliann Smith, director of communications
We have established a long-term partnership with K9s For Warriors,
which pairs veterans with PTSD with service dogs that have been
rescued from high-kill shelters and thoroughly trained. A staggering
one in five post-Sept. 11 U.S. veterans suffer from PTSD, but the two
current treatment aids available to them are limiting and often fail.
We are helping to raise awareness for a third treatment option by
committing $250,000 to help fund clinical research showing the effective role service dogs play in the treatment of PTSD among American
Over the last three years, we have provided each K9s For War-
riors rescue dog with all their meals and treats as they train for their
service of empowering their warriors to return to civilian life. We also
launched an assortment of Merrick Backcountry Hero’s Banquet recipes to celebrate our
longstanding partnership with K9s For Warriors.
This year, in support of PTSD Awareness Month, which was created to increase un-
derstanding of this pervasive medical condition that can cripple a person’s ability to live
a normal life, we launched the Give Back, Go Backcountry promotion. We pledged a $1
donation (up to $250,000) to K9s For Warriors for every purchase of a Merrick Backcoun-
try dog dry, wet or treat recipe to help fund its efforts to train rescue dogs and empower
veterans to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.
To help raise awareness and advocacy for the healing power of service dogs as a PTSD
treatment aid, we also released an online film that follows the journey of U.S. Army veteran Randy Dexter through the K9s For Warriors program as he is paired with his service
dog, Captain. The touching story can be watched at merrickgivesback.com and reinforces
the benefits of pairing service dogs with U.S. veterans affected by PTSD.
NEW LIFE SPECTRUM
Ian M. Tepoot, president
We are proud to support the Frost Science Museum in our home base of Miami by donating all of the pellet food used in the facility, which is home to the 500,000-gallon Gulf
Stream Aquarium. We believe education is vital to instilling respect for our marine and
freshwater environment, which nurtures the next generation of responsible aquarium
We are proud to support this mission in our community by partnering with Frost
Science and its ambitious ocean ecology education programs, and we are proud of the
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MERRICK PET CARE