Now at the plate, local shelters! Merrick Pet Care is donating $25,000 in Merrick pet food – nearly 50,000 meals – to local pet shelters and animal rescues as part of its "Merrick's Homeruns for Shelters" campaign held this spring in conjunction with the start of baseball season.
Merrick's Homeruns for Shelters Facebook program culminates with a $1,000 donation of the company's all-natural food to a local shelter for every homerun hit by home teams during Opening Day baseball games this month.
Merrick invited its Facebook community of pet parents to nominate and vote on their favorite local shelters to receive a $1,000 food donation. During baseball home openers this April, home teams racked up 25 total homeruns for a grand total $25,000 donation.
"Every pet deserves a healthy meal especially those pets most in need awaiting their forever home," said Mark Sapir, vice president of marketing for Merrick Pet Care. "What better way to help them thrive than to knock it out of the park for them at the start of baseball season."
The 25 top shelters (based on fan votes) to receive a Merrick donation include:
- Midwest Dachshund Rescue of Highland, Ind.
- National Mill Dog Rescue of Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Life is Labs of Temple, Ga.
- Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats of Los Angeles, Calif.
- River Rouge Animal Shelter of River Rouge, Mich.
- Protecting Paws Animal Rescue of Prior Lake, Minn.
- Sheltie Rescue of Utah of Sandy, Utah
- Doxiefollies Villas of Wilmington, Ohio
- HELP Humane Society of Belton, Mo.
- Street Paws of McDonough, Ga.
- Houlton Humane Society of Houlton, Me.
- Mcintosh County Animal Services of Darien, Ga.
- Pibbles & More Animal Rescue of Queens, N.Y.
- Western Animal Resources of Elk City, Okla.
- Hopeful Tails Animal Rescue of Joliet, Ill.
- Rikki's Refuge of Rapidan, Va.
- Cleveland Animal Care & Control of Cleveland, Ohio
- Eleventh Hour Rescue of Rockaway, N.J.
- Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter of Pittsfield, Mass.
- Guardians of the Green Mile of Portage, Ind.
- Lifeline Animal Project of Atlanta, Ga.
- Plenty of Pit Bulls of Gainesville, Fla.
- Magnificent Mutts Rescue of Hillside, Ill.
- Kenosha Forgotten Friends of Kenosha, Wisc.
- League City Animal Shelter of League City, Texas
"With more than 600 shelter nominations, 16,000 votes, and 25 homers leading to 25 local shelters receiving food, we're thrilled our pet parent community came out in a big way to support their local shelters," said Sapir.