Pet food brand Stella & Chewy's has announced the company's pledge to cover the cost of adoption fees for senior pets rescued from any shelter in the U.S. during the month of November in honor of National Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Through this initiative, Stella & Chewy's hopes to spotlight the many benefits of rescuing a senior pet and to drive as many senior pet adoptions as possible. According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year. An overwhelming majority of those animals are under the age of one year old, leaving a staggering number of senior pets longing for the comfort and warmth of a forever home.
Pet parents who open their homes and family this month to a senior rescue pet, which includes dogs and cats age 4 and older, can visit www.stellaandchewys.com to submit their adoption forms for fee reimbursement, courtesy of Stella & Chewy's. Applicable senior pet parents will also receive a month's worth of free Stella & Chewy's food to ensure their new pet's diet starts off on the right foot once they get home.
Stella & Chewy's commitment to supporting senior pet rescue spans National Adopt a Senior Pet Month and beyond. The company established its Journey Home Fund program, aiming to bring awareness to the awesomeness of senior pet adoption. As part of the Journey Home Fund, every purchase helps feed adult and senior shelter pets. Since 2018, the company has donated more than half a million meals to shelters and rescues and continues to donate a minimum of 250,000 meals each year.
"Stella & Chewy's has long placed a focus on senior pet adoption, but this year we wanted to do something extra special to support this important cause, and what better time to do so than National Adopt a Senior Pet Month?" said Marie Moody, founder, Stella & Chewy's. "My dogs Stella & Chewy, who were the inspiration behind our company, were both senior rescues, so I know first-hand the impact a senior pet adoption can make on the lives of both pets and their owners. By covering adoption fees this month, we hope more people feel encouraged to welcome a senior pet's love into their home."
In addition to the unconditional love a senior pet is eager to give its next owner, there are many benefits to bringing home an older pet versus a puppy or kitty. Most senior rescues have already mastered the behavior and house-training basics, which can be a big challenge with younger pets. Senior pets are also much more attentive and learn quickly, even "new tricks," and are eager to please their owners. Additionally, older pets already have established personalities, behaviors and sizes - so their new owners can feel confident choosing the perfect companion for their households, families and lifestyles.
Those interested in submitting for senior pet adoption fee reimbursement, can visit www.stellaandchewys.com. To learn more about Stella & Chewy's, and the importance of senior pet rescue, visit www.stellaandchewys.com/journey-home/ or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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