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BANFIELD FOUNDATION RELEASES 2021 IMPACT REPORT HIGHLIGHTING SUPPORT FOR 1.4 MILLION PETS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM

Report Highlights $2.6 million in funding and 515 grants to expand access to veterinary care, resources and medical equipment to reach communitiesunderservedand various

VANCOUVER, WASH., March 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Banfield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the charitable arm of Banfield Pet Hospital®today released its 2021 Annual Impact Report detailing how it has helped enable veterinary care, disaster relief and temporary shelter for nearly 1.4 million pets over the past an unpredictable year.

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The 2021 report examines the transformational impact of Foundation-supported initiatives and programs on communities in need, including improving the quality of life for millions of companion animals around the world. United States and Porto Rico. Throughout 2021, The Banfield Foundation has deepened its relationships with local shelter partners, universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations to meaningfully fulfill its mission of making preventative care possible for animals that need it the most.

“Access to and affordability of veterinary care continues to be a significant issue for countless pets and families and is central to the mission that drives us every day,” said Kim Van Syoc, Executive Director, Banfield Foundation. “As we reflect on another difficult year, we are struck by the generosity of our supporters and the resilience of our partners. Together, we have made it possible to provide care and shelter to companion animals in the wake of disasters, provided preventive pet care in underserved communities, and supported self-help initiatives and programs in tribal communities.”

Highlights from the Foundation’s 2021 Impact Report include:

  • A new Texas A&M University disaster response vehicle
    The Foundation’s support for Texas A&M University The Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) continued in 2021 with a new disaster response vehicle, the second Foundation-funded VET vehicle. The 28ft trailer has been designed and equipped specifically for heavy duty use during the hurricane and flood evacuation phase, and will allow faster and safer transportation of animals to areas where they can receive veterinary care and a shelter.

  • Access to veterinary care and education for Native American communities
    In South Dakota, the Foundation has launched a multi-year initiative, in part with the generous support of the IDEXX Foundation, to bring financially sustainable tribal-led preventive veterinary care and essential veterinary resources to the 20 communities of the Rosebud Lakota Sioux Tribal Community. The initiative also provides educational opportunities that support veterinary care on the reservation and full scholarships for tribal members seeking a career in veterinary medicine.

  • National disaster response and expanded resources throughout Louisiana
    Banfield Foundation Disaster Relief Grants Improved Community Preparedness Louisiana evacuating pets from at-risk shelters days before Hurricane Ida lands – additional support also enabled rescue trips to Mississippi and Louisiana during and after the storm. In total, more than 11,000 pets impacted by Ida received veterinary care, shelter or transportation. The growing need for disaster response through Louisiana resulted in a new grant to the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) for an animal disaster response trailer.

  • 600 days of low-cost or free preventative care for pets
    In 2021, the Foundation considerably strengthened its commitment to make preventive care possible for the animals that need it most. Through partnerships with non-profit organizations across United States and Porto Rico, the Foundation funded more than 600 days of low-cost or free preventive care. Through these clinics, along with other preventative care initiatives, 90,517 pets had access to wellness checks, vaccinations, flea/tick and heartworm preventative products, and more.

  • A 38-foot transport vehicle and preventive care for shelter animals
    At the end of the year, the Foundation donated a new transport trailer and disaster response vehicle to the Humane Society of Tulsa (HST) – an organization that transports thousands of pets each year. from overcrowded shelters to areas where they are more likely to be adopted. Thanks to the TVH transportation program, since October 2020 and through 2021, the Foundation has helped more than 5,000 shelter animals receive preventive care and enable safe transportation to shelters with space and resources and, ultimately, loving homes.

“The positive impact made possible by the Foundation and our partners in 2021 underscores how well we continue to help companion animals access preventative veterinary care, whether they have a home or are expecting one” , said Anthony Guerrieri, President and Chairman of the Board of the Banfield Foundation and Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Banfield Pet Hospital. “Making preventative care possible for the pets that need it most is our passion, our purpose and our mission and, more importantly, it helps us achieve our collective goal: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. “

The impact of the Banfield Foundation 2021 in numbers:

  • 600 days of free or low-cost preventive care for pets through United States

  • 90,517 pets received preventative care such as wellness checks, flea and tick preventative products, essential vaccinations, neutering and more

  • 1,395,148 pets helped through United States and Porto Rico

  • $2,601,379 awarded in support of: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS

To read the Foundation’s 2021 Impact Report or make a donation, visit BanfieldFoundation.org.

About the Banfield Foundation®
Since 2015, the Banfield Foundation has made preventive care possible for the animals that need it most. Through grants and partnerships, we provide medical supplies and resources to nonprofit partners in need; supporting pets, people and communities in crisis; and enable veterinary professionals to provide compassionate and inclusive preventive veterinary care in underserved and diverse areas across United States and around the world. We also leverage the expertise and passion of Banfield Pet Hospital, part of Mars Veterinary Health, and its associates to care for pets in need. At the Banfield Foundation, we are committed to living our collective goal: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. For more information, visit BanfieldFoundation.org.

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