Weis Markets Inc., a Mid-Atlantic food retailer headquartered in Sunbury, Pa., kicked off a month-long collection program on May 1 to benefit animal shelters. The Paws for Pets program offers Weis Markets’ customers the opportunity to donate pet food and supplies to local animal shelters.
“With the slow economy, we’re hearing about the increasing number of pets that are turning up in pet shelters, resulting in an increased need for pet food and supplies,” Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets’ vice chairman, said in statement. “We’d like to help.”
During the Paws for Pets program, which runs until May 31, customers can drop off donations at any of Weis Markets’ 154 stores throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. That includes the company’s King’s and Mr. Z’s stores. Each donor will be invited to add a paw print sticker to the store’s Paws for Pets window poster.
Paws for Pets organizer Karen Buch said Weis Markets are accepting items purchased at its stores as well as items from customers’ homes. However, if items are from home, Buch asked that customers make sure the donations are safe for pets.
Donated items will be distributed to 75 local shelters. Weis Markets has worked with the shelters to compile a list of needed items. Included among the items are pet food (dog, cat, kitten and puppy food), collars, harnesses, pet shampoo and towels.
In addition to the donation drive, about 30 select stores will host pet adoption events, many of which are scheduled for May 16 and 17.
“It’s really about getting the word about each, individual shelter and helping people in the community understand where that shelter is located, how they can see the pets available for adoption and what the adoption process is,” Buch said.
For more information on the program, suggested items for donation and a complete listing of partner shelters, visit Weis Markets’ website.