In November, anyone can adopt a senior dog or cat for free.
Oak Creek-based Stella & Chewy’s reimburses up to $ 80,000 in fees for all adoptions of dogs and cats five years of age or older at any shelter in the United States and Canada.
Additionally, through a partnership with Pilots To The Rescue, senior pets will be airlifted to more “adoptable cities to help them find forever homes,” Stella & Chewy’s said in a press release from October 27.
“When I first discovered Stella & Chewy’s, I knew that our joint senior pet rescue missions would have a big impact on the lives of these amazing animals, but also on the families that would bring them back to life. home, ”said Michael Schneider, founder of Pilots To. The Rescue. “I am honored to work together this year to launch National Adopt a Senior Pet Month by transporting senior pets to new cities in the hope of adoption.”
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Refunds are made via www.stellaandchewys.com/adopt. In addition to reimbursing expenses, the company includes a $ 40 voucher for Stella & Chewy’s products. The average cost to adopt an animal is $ 263, based on what Stella & Chewy’s saw during the program.
Marie Moody, the founder of Stella & Chewy’s, named the company after her two rescue dogs.
“Stella & Chewy’s has a long-standing focus on senior pet adoption, but this year we’re excited to take it one step further by not only removing the barrier of cost of adoption, but making also older pets more accessible through our work with To the Rescue pilots, ”she said.
Moody said rescuing an animal, as opposed to outright buying, is something people should consider when looking for a new pet, as rescue animals might “fit the profile they are looking for.” ‘they’re looking for “.
“It’s actually hard not to bring them all home,” she said. “On some level, I think they know they’re saved, and they’re really amazing animals.”
Why adopt a senior animal? Moody said that being adults there are no big surprises, they are often already gentle, more self-reliant, less destructive, and tend to be calmer.
“They don’t have that puppy energy,” she said. “Older pets are often overlooked and people miss out on opportunities if they miss them.”
Stella & Chewy’s has helped more than 650 senior pets find homes and reimbursed more than $ 200,000 in animal adoption costs since the national Adopt a Senior Pet campaign began in 2019. The effort is part of the Journey Home Fund, which aims to educate older pets. adoption problems and ensuring good nutrition for animals in shelters.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, senior dogs have a 25% adoption rate compared to the 60% adoption rate for young dogs.
Stella & Chewy’s suggests those wishing to become parents of an elderly pet check out the Humane Animal Welfare Society, Elmbrook Humane Society, and Wisconsin Humane Society.
Stella & Chewy’s was founded in 2003 and offers natural pet foods such as frozen patties and chunks, freeze-dried dinners and meal mixers, baked croquettes, stews, broths and treats.