Chewy assists animal shelters during coronavirus

Dan Ochwat
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Online pet retailer Chewy announced a donation in excess of $1.7 million to help animal welfare organizations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dania Beach, Fla.-based Chewy is working with the organization to help support animal shelters across the country.

"The unprecedented sheltering crisis that has resulted from the pandemic leaves many animal welfare organizations without basic supplies, and pet food is in especially in high demand,” said Liz Baker, CEO of “Chewy’s donations make it possible for many shelters to continue to save pets’ lives through this difficult time.”

Over the last month or so, Chewy and its network of non-profit distribution, shelter and rescue partners focused on areas greatly impacted by COVID-19 such as California, Washington, New York and others. Going through April, Chewy will donate food and product to shelters with the help of

Sumit Singh, CEO of Chewy, said: “Chewy is committed to helping shelters and rescues, who provide a valuable and essential service to the health and well-being of animals in communities across the country, during this unprecedented time. We remain dedicated to our partners operating on the frontlines of the current situation and will continue to look for ways to donate more.”

At the end of 2019, Chewy made waves with a third-quarter earnings call that showed an 80% increase in the company’s private brand assortment, helping to drive a 40% growth spurt.