Innovative “Pet Food Pantry” Program Allows Families to Keep Their Pets During Hard Financial Times

VCA Charities and Hill’s Pet Nutrition Serve 1.5 Million Meals to
Cats and Dogs in Need

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VCA Charities and Hill’s Pet Nutrition are marking the 1.5 millionth
meal served to pets in need through the VCA Pet Food Pantry Program. The
celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the historical All Souls Church in
New York, NY, will recognize the major milestone in their six-year

Hill’s supports the VCA Pet Food Pantry program, which was initiated by
VCA Charities in 2010 to provide pet food to pet parents stricken by the
economic downturn. The program was designed to help families continue to
care for, and draw emotional support from, the animals they love as they
struggle through financial hardship and hunger.

In its first six years, the VCA Pet Food Pantry program has expanded to
more than 30 locations throughout the United States and Canada,
providing free pet food to clients of existing food pantries.

“We started the Pet Food Pantry program to provide healthy, nutritious
pet food to families who could not otherwise afford it in the local
communities we serve,” said Art Antin, Chief Operating Officer for VCA
Animal Hospitals. “By providing these 1.5 million free meals, we have
helped many families in need hold on to the loving and comforting bond
their pets provide.”

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the maker of the Hill’s Science Diet®,
Hill’s Prescription Diet® and Hill’s Ideal Balance™ brands,
donates premium pet food to VCA’s Pet Food Pantries across the U.S., and
has made a commitment to expand the current partnership by supporting
additional pet food pantries with pet food donations over the next few

“Our mission at Hill’s is to help enrich and lengthen the special
relationships between people and their pets,” said Kostas Kontopanos,
President of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, North America. “We want to help
transform lives, and this partnership with VCA Charities enables us to
do that by keeping pets with their families during a time of need, when
unconditional love is needed most.”

In furthering its mission, Hill’s has a long-standing history of helping
pets in need through its Food, Shelter & Love® program,
which has donated more than $280 million worth of Hill’s Science Diet®
brand foods to more than 1,000 shelters in the U.S. since 2002. Hill’s
also comes to the aid of communities impacted by disaster. In the past
four years, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network has helped feed cats and
dogs displaced by disaster by delivering free pet food to 167 shelters
and veterinary clinics across the country in response to 61 major

VCA Charities continues to support programs, organizations, and causes
that promote pet healthcare education, proactive veterinary care, proper
pet nutrition, and prevention of cruelty to animals. In furthering its
mission, VCA Charities partners with the American Red Cross in their
Disaster Relief Network, and provides free exams, boarding, and
vaccinations for pets displaced or injured during a disaster or

The Dec. 14 event will include a staging of the 1.5 millionth meal
served to a dog from a local New York City shelter. In addition, the
event will feature a range of speakers, including senior leadership from
VCA Charities and Hill’s Pet Nutrition; a representative from the Food
Bank for New York City’s Harlem location; and Jeff Perryman, a Special
Agent and Response Team Canine Handler with the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and his canine, Ike. Media
interview and photo opportunities will be available.

About VCA Charities

VCA Charities is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to end medically unnecessary
euthanasia. Established in 2005 by the founders of VCA Animal Hospitals,
VCA Charities has helped feed thousands of pets, provided free medical
treatment, and donated time and money to pet charities globally. Please
visit the VCA Charities website and blog to find out the most up-to-date
information about VCA Charities and its programs at

About Hill’s Pet Nutrition

Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet
nutrition, Hills’ mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special
relationships between people and their pets. The right nutrition
combined with the devotion of veterinary professionals can transform the
lives of pets; and healthier and happier pets can transform the lives of
pet parents. Hill’s is dedicated to pioneering research and
groundbreaking nutrition for dogs and cats based on a scientific
understanding of their specific needs. HILL’S® Prescription Diet®
therapeutic pet foods, HILL’S® Science Diet® and HILL’S® Ideal Balance™
wellness pet foods are sold through veterinarians and pet specialty
retailers worldwide. For more information about Hill’s, our products and
our nutritional philosophy, visit us at, or
Facebook, keywords “Hill’s Pet Nutrition.”


Edisa Chacin, (785) 368-5946
Agnes Huff Communications Group, LLC
Agnes Huff,
PhD, (310) 641-2525