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Wellness® Natural Pet Food Gives Big to Help Dogs of All Sizes in Need

Tewksbury, Massachusetts (February 12, 2009) – Yips of joy and barks of thanks resounded across the U.S. this winter as Wellness® Natural Pet Food, under the auspices of its charitable arm, the WellPet Foundation, donated 120 TONS of dog food to animal shelters and rescue organizations nationwide. That equates to one bowl of kibble to a half million dogs, from puppies to seniors!

With the nation’s economic crisis now affecting Main Street as well as Wall Street, many animal shelters are facing challenges in providing enough food and proper nutrition to record numbers of pets being left in their care. The animal lovers at Wellness, who are dedicated to doing the very best for the pets who depend on us, could think of nothing more meaningful than to provide these dogs, who give us unconditional love, trust and companionship, with a gift of sustenance and love through food.

Donations of Wellness Super5Mix® Large Breed Puppy Health, Wellness Super5Mix® Large Breed Adult Health, and Wellness Super5Mix® Small Breed Adult Health were made to the following shelters:

  • Blue Lion Animal Rescue of Yoder, CO

  • Dawgs N Texas of Dalhart, TX

  • West Valley Animal Shelter in West Valley, UT

  • Homeward Bound Shelter of Mechanicsburg, PA

  • Animal Rescue Food Bank Inc. of Wellsville, PA

  • Best Friends Animal Sanctuary of Kanab, UT

  • National Greyhound Adoption Program of Philadelphia, PA

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary of southwestern Utah was full of happy howls upon receiving their donation of Wellness dog food. “The more than 400 residents of DogTown here at Best Friends are happily enjoying the best in natural nutrition, thanks to the generous donation from Wellness,” said John Polis, public relations manager at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. “With so many dogs to take care of here at our sanctuary, we are especially grateful for the kindness shown by Wellness in contributing to the health needs of our animals.”

All the tails were wagging with happiness at the National Greyhound Adoption Program, in Philadelphia, PA, as the dogs were fed plentifully. “Wellness is such a caring brand; we appreciate their helping us to keep the animals we look after happy, healthy and well-fed during these difficult times,” said David Wolf of The National Greyhound Adoption Program.

DAWGS N Texas, an animal wellness group and sanctuary based in Dalhart, Texas, adds a bark of excitement to the happy throng. “We are thrilled to have Wellness make such a meaningful gift of food to our program,” said Diane Trull of DAWGS N Texas. “It is reassuring to know that our dogs will be well nourished and sustained as we help them to find loving homes.”

Wellness® – Guaranteed Natural Nutrition for the Life of Your Pet

Wellness, a proud member of the WellPet family of brands, delivers lifelong, natural nutrition for pets – guaranteed. The pet professionals at Wellness carefully select all-natural, human-grade ingredients proven to deliver 100% of a pet’s lifetime nutritional needs. To ensure pets enjoy a long and loving life, Wellness guarantees the best natural ingredient sourcing, most meticulous quality assurance and production standards, and nutritional analysis in the industry. Wellness is sold in pet specialty stores and natural food stores across North America and internationally. Visit www.wellnesspetfood.com to learn more.

The WellPet Foundation – Responsibility, Passion, Commitment

At WellPet, we are committed to giving back to the world we share with our pets. Through the WellPet Foundation, we support organizations and activities that promote the power of natural nutrition and the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles. Learn more at www.wellnesspetfood.com/foundation.aspx.

About Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Best Friends Animal Society, one of America's foremost animal rescue organizations, operates the country's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. On any given day, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located in southwestern Utah, is home to approximately 2,000 dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds, and other animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends advances nationwide initiatives by working with shelter and rescue groups around the country. The society also publishes Best Friends magazine, the nation's largest general interest, pet-related magazine with approximately 300,000 subscribers. For more information, visit www.bestfriends.org.

About National Greyhound Adoption Program

National Greyhound Adoption Program was founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1989. Their main goals are to help find loving, adoptive homes for former racing greyhounds, to provide superior knowledge and support for greyhound adopters and other adoption groups, to educate the public and spread awareness about the plight of the greyhound, and to provide specialized medical care specifically geared towards the greyhound.
For more information, visit www.ngap.org.

About Dawgs N Texas

DAWGS N Texas’ primary goal is to find great homes for the animals in their care. They currently house over 600 dogs and 50 cats and have placed over 3,600 animals, in homes or other no kill facilities, over the last six years. They also provide help and support to other organizations throughout the Texas panhandle and into New Mexico and Oklahoma. DAWGS also seeks to create awareness about the need to reduce the number of neglected and discarded animals by providing assistance, education and promoting spaying and neutering. DAWGS N Texas is comprised of children and adult volunteers who care deeply about animals and their community. The organization would like children, in their program, to learn responsibility, commitment, and a sense of caring for animals and community service. For more information, visit www.dawgsntexas.com.