In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 10 to 17, Hill’s Pet Nutrition has recognized five Shelter Heroes and donated $10,000 to each of the shelters that these volunteers support.
The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program has provided shelters with more than $280 million in pet food since 2002. The program currently feeds more than 100,000 homeless pets every day in over 800 shelters.
“We launched the Hill’s Shelter Heroes Contest to recognize amazing volunteers and inspire others to start volunteering at their local shelters,” said Gavin du Toit, Hill’s marketing director. “Our Food, Shelter & Love program reflects Hill’s deep commitment to animals beyond selling pet food, and has worked with more than 1,000 shelters nationwide in the past 14 years.”
When the Hill’s Shelter Heroes Contest was announced, more than 100 shelters submitted stories and videos of volunteers who make an impact on the lives of homeless animals. Hill’s announced ten finalists and then asked pet lovers on their Facebook and Twitter pages to select the five winners.
The winners of the Hill’s Shelter Heroes Contest are: Margo with Nine Lives Foundation in Redwood City, California; Wendy with Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport, Mississippi; Carla with Pearl River County SPCA in Picayune, Mississippi; Billy with Great Plains SPCA in Merriam, Kansas; and Annie with Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Missouri. Their video submissions can be viewed at Hill’s Shelter Hero Contest page.