For the seventh year, Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis Markets is embarking on its annual Paws for Pets program, which collects monetary donations, pet food and supplies for local animal shelters and rescue organizations throughout the month of May.
“Paws for Pets has become one of our company’s and one of our customers’ favorite programs,” said Brian Holt, VP of advertising and marketing for Weis Markets. “Each year we are amazed at the generosity of our customers as they donate pet supplies and money to help improve the lives of homeless pets. Shelters continue to be overwhelmed by the number of animals in need, and we hope our program will provide some assistance to local rescues and shelters.”
Since 2008, Paws for Pets has generated more than $1 million in donations for local pet shelters, courtesy of the four-week drive that invites customers to make $1, $3 or $5 donations, or buy a Paws for Pets reusable bag for $2. The initiative also enlists customers to make online donations at WeisMarkets.com, the proceeds from which are donated entirely to local shelters.
Weis Markets’ stores will also be hosting pet adoptathons in May, during which time the regional retailer's shoppers can also contribute to Paws For Pets by purchasing items on shelters’ wish lists, such as pet food, kitty litter, collars, harnesses and leashes, toys, treats, pet shampoos, nail clippers, pet brushes, combs, food and water bowls. After customers purchase the items they would like to donate, they can place them in a specially marked collection cart near checkout.
Ranked No. 29 on Progressive Grocer's Super 50 list of the nation's leading food retailers,Weis Markets operates 163 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.