Over the past year, we have continued with thousands of donations and supported fundraisers whenever possible. We always welcome recommendations of shelters
or groups for donations and requests for product for fundraisers at donations@
Jodi Ziskin, director of communications
Our popular Tater’s Sweet Potato Tots chews have a notable story of our ongoing support of Villalobos Rescue Center in California. It all began with a special dog named
Tater Tot is a rescue pit bull from Villalobos Rescue Center. He was found roaming
the streets in Los Angeles and brought to Villalobos in 2010. There, he was adopted by
Mariah, a family member helping run the rescue who knew he had physical discomfort
and mental distress, and who was determined to bring him relief.
Using our chews, Mariah saw a positive change in Tater Tot’s physical and mental
demeanor. With his vigor for life back, Tater became a liaison for Villalobos and helped
rescue dogs coming into the center feel welcome.
When our founder, Julianna, heard about Tater Tot’s story and the costly treatments
Villalobos provides to its rescues, she was moved and created our Tater’s Sweet Potato
Tots line, with a portion of the proceeds going to Tater Tot’s friends at the rescue. For
every bag purchased, $1 goes directly toward veterinary expenses for the Villalobos
Since 2017, Tater Tot has served as our ambassador, promoting
health and wellness to rescue friends nationwide. Over the past year,
we have donated $14,500 to the Villalobos Rescue Center and helped
these lovable dogs receive the veterinary care they need. We love
working with Villalobos, and we’re thrilled that, through Tater Tot,
we’re able to make a difference in the lives of rescue dogs.
Leah Angelos, sales representative
Here at ZippyPaws, we have a commitment to engage with the community and donate to those in need. In 2018 alone, we have donated
more than 4,000 toys and accessories to local nonprofit organizations.
The group we worked with most frequently this year is Taking it
to the Streets with Lori and Shira based out of Riverside, Calif. Its
mission is to bring donated food and pet supplies to the dogs and
cats living on the streets as well as water, snacks and toiletries for
their homeless human companions. ZippyPaws, along with the rest
of Taking it to the Streets’ supporters, help provide spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations, microchips and county licenses for these
Another way we “Paw It Forward” is with the recent launch of our
Zippy Charity philanthropy toy line. Each toy is designed to benefit
a specific cause, and for every Zippy Charity toy sold, we donate $1
to a handpicked organization and help raise awareness for its cause.
Currently, we have two toys in this philanthropy line: Camron
the Camo Gator and Drake the Dragon. Camron the Camo Gator
represents our efforts to rescue, reunite, re-home and rehabilitate any
retired working dog that has serviced mankind in some capacity. We
selected the nonprofit Mission K9 Rescue of Houston to represent
this toy. Our newest addition, Drake the Dragon, was developed to
benefit and highlight autism awareness. We selected Paws With A
Cause to represent this toy because we strongly believe in its efforts
to train dogs to act as facilitators to minimize triggers and improve
social interactions for children with autism.
With the Zippy Charity toy line, we continue to help raise awareness and have donated more than $15,000 to these nonprofit organizations. As we continue to grow, ZippyPaws will continue to donate to our local charities and partner with more nonprofit
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Sharon Durham, marketing communications manager
Year-to-date in North America, we have donated about six tons of food to local pet rescue
groups and to Rescue Bank, a program of GreaterGood.org that provides grants to the
animal rescue community in the form of donated pet food.
In New Zealand, we provide manpower, free or discounted food, and direct financial
assistance to several organizations that foster the special bond between dogs and humans.
These organizations include: Canine Friends Pet Therapy, DOG-abled and Perfect Partners
Assistance Dogs Trust. Canine Friends Pet Therapy is a New Zealand-wide network of
people who share their friendly, well-behaved dogs during visits with patients in hospitals
and residents in rest homes and hospices to provide companionship and comfort, and to
help them feel more connected to the outside world. DOG-abled provides safe, supervised
dog contact experiences for children with physical, emotional, behavioral or intellectual
challenges or vulnerabilities. Perfect Partners Assistance Dogs Trust provides trained dogs
to individuals who are not supported by other disability assistance dog organizations.
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