Much like the rest of the world right now, we are feeling the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. But Mother Earth News Fair remains steadfast in our commitment to bringing together the nation’s leading authorities to educate folks on the virtues of self-reliance. Those skills are certainly relevant and self-empowering in times like these.
In honor of that mission, we have a special online learning opportunity available to you! This week only (April 20-26), the Skills for Self-Reliance Mini-Course is free through the Mother Earth News Fair website.
You may have heard that fostering is a great way to help homeless pets during the coronavirus crisis. It can make being socially distant feel a little less lonely, and go a long way to help your local shelter. Learn more about the foster process now.
Can’t foster? You can still help. The Petfinder Foundation is currently working overtime during the Coronavirus pandemic to identify and distribute funds to adoption organizations that need it most. Donate to them directly or reach out to your local shelter to help.
Across Purina, we are supporting organizations in the communities that we operate to help our friends and neighbors, and, of course, pets. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to provide pet food, treats and litter to our pet shelter and rescue partners across the country as their needs evolve with this crisis.
But we must and will do more.
We have selected three national nonprofit organizations to support during this crisis, each with initiatives to bring and keep pets and people together at a time when we need each other most.
Petfinder Foundation has organized a COVID-19 fund to provide shelters and rescue organizations with financial support to bridge financial gaps and help to keep their operations running to find loving homes for adoptable pets.
GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program is providing pet food and essential supplies to pet shelters and individual pet owners in need, helping to keep pets with their families.
RedRover, our Purple Leash Project partner, is doubling down its efforts to offer emergency grants for domestic violence survivors with pets who are leaving their abusers during this volatile time, and introducing new emergency boarding grants to pet owners who are diagnosed with COVID-19 to ensure their pets are cared for while they recover.
As this global crisis develops, the helpers are emerging, and Purina is committed to standing tall. We are providing these partners and others with more than they have asked of us, and we ask those who have the means to help, to consider giving as well.
I am heartened by the stories of love and hope casting rays of light in an uncertain time in our history. Neighbors are helping neighbors, and pets are wearing many hats as our best friends have now become our home office mates, household entertainers and, of course, our furry therapists.
At Purina, family comes first. Please stay safe and diligent and know that we are in this together.
Want to know how to help homeless pets during this time? Fostering, adopting and donating are great ways to take action. You can also sponsor a pet directly via any pet’s profile page on Petfinder.com. Learn more from our friends at the Petfinder Foundation.
We are all in this together, including our pets. At Purina, we love pets. Yours and our own. This is an uncertain time, and we are doing everything we can to make sure your pets will have nutritious pet food in their bowls in the weeks and months ahead.
Our amazing associates are working in our U.S. plants (keeping a safe distance from each other) to make the litter, treats and foods that fuel your pet and continue to provide industry-leading quality and safety checks at every step for every batch. We know that increased demand has led to some empty shelves, and we will continue working hard to make sure you can find Purina products on shelves (or in your online carts) to meet your food and litter needs.
In addition, we are sending pet food, litter and support to our shelter partners who are working tirelessly to adapt and care for pets who are awaiting their forever families. We are humbled by the commitment of shelters and rescues to serve, and we will do our best to match their passion and support their selfless work. If you are looking for ways to help, here are a few ideas from our friends at Petfinder Foundation.
Like you, many of us are also working from home. And by having our pets by our side, we are reminded that our pets are so much more than pets, they are family. We’ve always believed that pets and people are better together, and this has never been truer than in trying times.
In the coming weeks, we will share tips and information from our pet experts to help you keep your pets happy, healthy and engaged. Because today and every day, life is #BetterWithPets.