Weis Markets raised $312,000 for more than 120 local animal shelters and pet rescue organizations during its 11th annual Paws for Pets program.
During the four-week program from May 2-29, customers purchased vouchers for $1, $3 or $5, with all proceeds donated to pet shelters and rescue organizations selected at the local level. Customers also donated various pet-related products including dog, cat, puppy and kitten food, cat litter, collars, harnesses and leashes and related products. Weis also partnered with local shelters to host nearly 30 pet adoption events and pet photo shoots at Weis stores.
“Thanks to our generous customers and enthusiastic associates, our Paws for Pets initiative has had another successful year, which will benefit thousands of pets across the communities we serve,” said Ron Bonacci, VP of advertising and marketing. “Since 2008, our customers have shown us their passion for pets through more than $2 million in product donations and vouchers. In 2019, they helped us generate $312,000, which will support more than 120 animal shelters and rescue organization throughout our market area.”
Weis Markets’ Roosevelt Road store in York, Pennsylvania, was the company leader raising $8,935 for Heavenly Paws Animal Shelter in Seven Valleys. Its Franklin, New Jersey, store raised $5,262 for Byram Animal Rescue Kindness Squad in Byram. The company’s Lehigh Valley stores raised $53,100.
Founded in 1912 and based in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, Weis Markets is a Mid-Atlantic food retailer operating 200 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia.