Chewy steps up charity work

Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Online pet product retailer Chewy has donated $1 million to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to help the organization deliver food to people and pets living in underserved communities through its Pets for Life and Rural Area Veterinary Services programs.

The programs serve pet owners and pet healthcare partners to support families in keeping their pets healthy at home, as opposed to being forced to give up the pet. The donation is the latest by Chewy, which has now given more than $4 million in donations during this pandemic, according to the company.

Previously, Chewy donated to animal shelters via the organization.

The latest programs are assisting families feeling economic pressures from the COVID-19 crisis, which can impact how pets get treated and fed. The Rural Area Veterinary Services program also helps bring health care to animals in underserved rural communities, including the rural Native American communities throughout the western U.S. and has cared for more than 130,000 animals in need. 

“These critical donations will save lives and keep pets in their homes. The RAVS program is proud to partner with our friends at Chewy to offer support to communities in need and provide essential animal care resources to families impacted by this crisis. In collaboration and connection, we will get through these difficult times together," said Windi Wojdak, senior director at Rural Area Veterinary Services, which is operated by HSUS affiliate Fund for Animals.