Pet Valu helps assistance dogs

Staff report

PHILADELPHIA — Pet Valu, a specialty retailer of premium pet food, treats, toys and accessories, with a store at 2244 Michigan St., Sidney, will raise money this March for America’s VetDogs with the sale of 2-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer.

Throughout the month, Pet Valu customers will have the opportunity to purchase the hand sanitizer bottles for $3 each or as much as they wish to donate. All of the proceeds will be donated to America’s VetDogs, an organization that provides assistance dogs and training to disabled veterans and active service members. Pet Valu has raised more than $95,000 for America’s VetDogs with the hand sanitizer program since 2014. Because of its strong support, the specialty retailer has earned the honor of having America’s VetDogs’ name future VetDog Porter as the official puppy of Pet Valu.

“We’re proud to support the honorable services America’s VetDogs provides for disabled veterans,” said Joe Dent, vice president and U.S. general manager for Pet Valu. “With the generosity we’re used to seeing from our customer base, we expect to set a new fundraising record this year of $75,000.”

The hand sanitizers include a carabiner for easy attachment to a leash or belt loop. The dogs trained by America’s VetDogs fulfill various roles in veteran assistance including guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs for those with emotional disabilities and service dogs for those with physical limitations. Pet Valu is an official sponsor of America’s VetDogs Service Dog Team, Kent Phyfe and Mike.

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Staff report