New VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry to Open in Nashville
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New VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry to Open in Nashville

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Jennifer Scott

Launched to help pets in need by VCA Animal Hospitals, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and Southern Alliance for People and Animal Welfare

Nashville, TN (June 19, 2018) – VCA Animal Hospitals, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and the Southern Alliance for People and Animal Welfare (SAFPAW) have teamed up to hold their first VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry food distribution event in Nashville. The event will be held Tuesday, July 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the JC Napier Community Center, located at 73 Fairfield Ave.
After the event, pet food will be distributed at several homeless camps in the East Nashville and Madison areas.
VCA Animal Hospitals is extremely honored and proud to expand its national Pet Food Pantry program to the Nashville area. In June 2010, VCA Charities launched the first Pet Food Pantry location in Venice, CA. The program was created to provide nutritious pet food to needy families to help keep their pets healthy and happy. It has since expanded to 30 locations in 19 states, including the new Nashville addition.
The Pet Food Pantry program is co-sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, which donates the pet food. The annual cost to provide the pet food for each pantry location is approximately $5,000. Each year, the program provides over 300,000 meals to animals in need. Since the program was launched eight years ago, VCA Charities and Hill’s have provided these pets with over two million meals.
The Pet Food Pantry program was initially started to provide healthy, nutritious pet food to pet parents affected by the economic downturn.
"At that time, an increasing number of pets were being taken to animal hospitals for euthanasia or abandoned when their owners could no longer bear the cost of caring for them,” said Art Antin, chief operating officer for VCA Animal Hospitals. “By providing free meals, we have helped many families hold onto the loving and comforting bond their pets provide.” 
This amazing program comes to the Nashville area via the dedicated hard work of local VCA Animal Hospitals team members who bonded together to help those in need.
“We live and work in the Nashville area, and we see the need to help our community," said Tom Hazay, VCA regional operations director. "By starting the Pet Food Pantry program here, we are able to give back and do something positive for others.”
VCA Animal Hospitals and VCA Charities continue to support programs, organizations, and causes that promote pet healthcare education, proactive veterinary care, proper pet nutrition, and prevention of cruelty to animals.
About VCA Charities
VCA Charities is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that supports programs and organizations that directly help pets in need. Established in 2005 by the founders of VCA Animal Hospitals, VCA Charities has helped to provide over 2 Million nutritious pet food meals to families who could not otherwise afford it in the local communities we serve via the VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry program. Currently there are 32 VCA Charities Pet Food Pantry locations in 20 states. 
About VCA Animal Hospitals
VCA Animal Hospitals, part of the VCA family of companies, operates more than 800 companion animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.  VCA hospitals are staffed by more than 4,700 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care.  With over 525 board-certified specialists who are experts in areas such as oncology, cardiology, emergency & critical care, and surgery, VCA Animal Hospitals provides not only a full range of general practice services to keep pets well, but specialized treatments for when pets are ill. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter @vcapethealth and
About VCA Inc.
VCA is a leading provider of pet health care services in North America. Through VCA Animal Hospitals, VCA operates the largest network of free-standing companion animal veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada, while its Antech Diagnostics, division operates the preeminent network of veterinary exclusive clinical laboratories in North America, servicing all 50 states and Canada.  VCA also supplies diagnostic imaging equipment to the veterinary industry through its Sound™ division and through Camp Bow Wow franchises, a premier provider of pet services including dog day care, overnight boarding, grooming, and other ancillary services at specially designed pet care facilities.
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SAFPAW's Pup-Putt Tournament!
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SAFPAW's Pup-Putt Tournament!

Whack some balls for a good cause on Wednesday, May 2!

Join us for an evening of mini golf, prizes and friends as we round off The Big Payback—a 24-hour online giving day hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

It’s simple. Our homeless and impoverished friends and their pets need us—and we need you.

$30 for an individual, or
$100 for a team of 4!

1) First of all, RSVP to this invitation!
then, to secure your place in the tournament, you can:
2) Schedule your donation of $30 or $100 (or more!) starting Wednesday, April 25, through The Big Payback's secure online giving portal for SAFPAW at We'll also have a computer at Family Golf Center so that you can donate through The Big Payback's site that night. 

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Every year for the past 5 years, we have adopted a trailer park on Dickerson Road. We provide Christmas for every child there and we pay December's rent for someone trying hard but struggling...because keeping someone from being homeless is a lot kinder than waiting till they are homeless to help. And I will be honest, as founder of SAFPAW this is my Holiday present to myself. This makes me so happy. But we need you, every single one of you!

And we need to get started. We need places where we can place huge boxes to hold new toys. We need Elves who will help make Santa proud. We need huge boxes wrapped in holiday paper to hold those new toys.

Now, we do our Christmas program a bit different. We gather together the toys and gifts and put them in the manager's office, and let the parents, grandparents or guardians shop. All the gifts are free for them to pick out, of course. The manager assists with their Holiday shopping. We are the silent Santa. The quiet provider. If there is ever a time of year that no one needs to be reminded that they are battling poverty, it is during the Holidays.

SAFPAW is only there to be Santa's helper and not there to be acknowledged. We are there in the shadows to pay that rent. All the children know is that they have toys and gifts and something cool but warm to wear and diapers for new moms under their tree on Christmas morning.

Are you in? This gift of a program needs about $1,500 to make it work. An abundance of gift donations is needed, but the funds are necessary if we do the shopping. Any funds raised over and above will go towards our cold weather needs for the animals and people we serve year round.

Please, we need your donations. And we need you. We need elves. for online giving

P. O. Box 23535
Nashville, TN 37202

To help:
Text: 615-474-8390
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