"I saw firsthand the tremendous work that Hill’s does when they supported my shelter during the wildfires in Colorado last year," said Jan McHugh-Smith, President and CEO of the Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs. "It was remarkable how fast they were able to respond and how committed they were to making sure we had enough food for our shelters, including the temporary shelters that we set up accommodate the influx of displaced animals."
This formalized U.S.-wide network of shelters coordinates emergency pet food deliveries and is the first network of its kind. Leading up to National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 11, Hill’s is also helping educate pet owners on what they can do to keep their pets healthy and safe when disaster strikes.
"Hill’s has a long-standing history of helping pets in need by assisting communities during natural disasters - partnering with shelters, veterinary hospitals, pet care organizations and communities to ensure that pets and shelter animals are fed and cared for," said Kostas Kontopanos, President of Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. U.S. "The Hill’s Disaster Relief Network formalizes the work Hill’s has done with shelters throughout the country. Together, we can respond as quickly as possible when animals and their communities are impacted by disaster across the country. We are very proud of our strong relationships with shelters. When disasters happen, Hill’s is ready to respond with emergency food shipments within hours."
Since 2002, Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love™ program has donated more than $240 million worth of Hill’s® Science Diet® brand foods to nearly 1,000 shelters nationwide and helped more than 13 million pets find new homes. Every day, the program helps feed more than 100,000 homeless pets across the country. Through the Disaster Relief Network, Hill’s will be able to increase the reach of its assistance to pets, pet owners and communities during natural disasters and emergencies.