Paws to Save PetsSM – the Inspiration

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When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, followed closely by Hurricane Rita, a vast and immediate need arose to help those pets impacted by the disasters. And so, Merial launched The Race to Save Pets.

With the help of 3,300 veterinary clinics, more than $1 million in cash and product was raised to aid animal victims. Within a few short months, thanks to this collaborative effort, The Race to Save Pets assisted more than 17,000 animals and reunited nearly 3,200 pets with their families.

As the immediate need for relief subsided, The Race to Save Pets evolved into Paws to Save Pets. In 2006, this valuable program raised more than $800,000 to support animals affected by natural disasters, including tornadoes, floods and forest fires.

Today, building on lessons learned to date plus the understanding that disasters require local preparedness as well as response, Merial, through Paws to Save Pets, provides ongoing funding to its foundation partners, the Petfinder.com Foundation and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) so that they can help facilitate coast-to-coast readiness for and relief following national disasters.

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