How Hill's Pet Nutrition is Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis
The saying “We may not be in the same boat, but we are in the same storm,” pretty much describes the extraordinary circumstances we are experiencing all around the globe right now. It has been inspiring to see how animal shelters, veterinary professionals and communities at large have gone out of their way to care for pets during this uncertain time. As a global pet food company, Hill’s Pet Nutrition wanted to support them in kind.
Through Hill’s Disaster Relief Network, which is a direct extension of our Food, Shelter & Love program, Hill’s has donated more than 450,000 pounds of pet food to pantry partners, shelters, veterinary hospitals and other non-profit partners who are caring for pets during the pandemic. We have also partnered with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement to provide financial grants totaling $400,000 to shelter partners to support adoption/foster programs and veterinary care for pets in-shelter or foster homes.
Click here to learn more about Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s response to COVID-19 https://www.hillspet.com/about-us/community-support/hills-response-to-covid19
More about the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Disaster Relief Network
When communities are hit hard by disaster and even the best laid plans are not enough, Hill’s Disaster Relief Network responds quickly to supply free pet food to families in need. This first-of-its-kind network was established in 2013 as an extension of the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program. Initially partnering with over 100 shelters nationwide, the network now works with a variety of organizations to provide expedited shipments of free pet food where it is needed most.
Over the last 7 years, Hill’s Disaster Relief Network has delivered over 400,000 lbs of free food to more than 430 organizations across the country in response to over 100 disasters, including floods, tornadoes, mudslides and the devastating hurricanes in Florida, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas in recent years. These numbers do not include donations made in 2020 or pet food distributed in response to COVID-19.
“To be able to depend on Hill’s coming through at a time of stress, chaos, and numerous other needs, was one less thing we had to worry about,” said Cindy Machado, Director of Animal Services at Marin Humane, a Hill’s shelter partner in Novato, CA. “It is something that we will be forever grateful for.”
Here are some tips to help ensure your own pet’s safety in an emergency:
- Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip or collar ID tag, and make sure that all contact information is up to date.
- Display a pet rescue decal on the front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include veterinary contact information.
- Learn where your pets like to hide in the house when frightened. Finding a pet quickly will help to evacuate faster.
- Identify a location to take a pet in case of evacuation. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
- Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
- In case of evacuation, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe keeping.
To learn more about how Hill’s supports pets and people in need, visit Hill's Disaster Relief Network website. For a short video, click here: To The Few: Hill's Disaster Relief
Wendy Weirich, DVM, MSc
Professional Consulting Veterinarian
Hill’s Pet Nutrition