Wag! Funds 5 Million Meals for Shelter Dogs Across America
Wag!, the number-one, on-demand dog care app, through its partnership with charitable organization GreaterGood.org, has reached a milestone of funding 5 million meals for dogs in shelters and rescues across the country. Every time a pet parent purchases a walk with Wag!, it generates a donation that pays for one meal for a rescue dog.
“We are so proud to partner with GreaterGood.org to provide meals for adoptable dogs as they wait for their forever homes,” said Hilary Schneider, CEO of Wag!. “Helping rescue pets has been part of Wag!’s mission since our founding. While providing 5 million meals is an impressive achievement, we look forward to making an even larger impact through our ongoing work with animal-welfare organizations to improve the quality of life for shelter dogs waiting to be adopted.”
Each year, nearly 4 million dogs enter animal shelters and rescues nationwide and these organizations take on the extraordinary costs of dog care—including medicine, beds, toys, and food. Sponsoring meals through the GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program helps participating animal-rescue groups save thousands of dollars a year in food costs, allowing them to shift scarce funds to other needs, such as spay/neuter and vet services, facility improvements, and adoption events.
“Wag!’s amazing support helps us feed hundreds of shelter dogs daily. This partnership is so significant to our work in serving animal-rescue organizations all over the country,” said Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org.
The partnership between Wag! and GreaterGood.org began in October 2016 and has produced numerous success stories such as that of Sienna (pictured above), one of 11 dogs rescued from an abandoned home in Dallas. When Sienna arrived at Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue, she was pregnant, sick, severely malnourished, and in need of a lot of tender loving and care. After being put on a diet of special food made possible through Wag! donations, her health recovered quickly, and she was soon adopted by a young couple committed to caring for her.
In addition to food donations, Wag! and GreaterGood.org raised more than $57,000 for pets affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, which devastated Texas and Puerto Rico in August 2017. Last December, both organizations worked with Wag! creative strategist and investor, actress Olivia Munn to hold a Shelter Dog Toy Drive at the LASPCA in Long Beach, Calif., which raised more than 30,000 toys that are being distributed to animal-rescue organizations nationwide.