Second Chance Center for Animals is expanding its enrichment and training programs for shelter dogs with the opening of its Canine Sports Arena, made possible by a $25,000 donation from Nestlé Purina, a global leader in pet care with a facility in Flagstaff, Arizona.
“We are thrilled to partner with Purina to save the lives of more dogs and cats,” said Sean Hawkins, executive director of the non-profit Second Chance Center for Animals. “Renovating our outdoor play yards to create the Purina Canine Sports Arena will allow our kennel coaches and volunteers the opportunity to spend more time training and interacting with the shelter dogs, teaching manners and skills that help the dogs find homes and stay in those homes.”
Further demonstrating its support for local efforts to save the lives of more homeless pets, associates from the Nestlé Purina facility in Flagstaff participated in a community volunteer day on December 16 at Second Chance Center for Animals, where they presented a commemorative check for $25,000 and painted cat condos, assembled new Kuranda beds for dogs, stuffed KONG enrichment toys with treats for dogs and cats and created cat toys from donated recycled items.
“Pets are our passion at Purina, and we are so excited to be sharing our commitment to pet welfare and helping shelter pets find a loving home by supporting Second Chance Center for Animals,” said Casey Hansen, plant manager for Nestlé Purina in Flagstaff.
In addition to the grant funds and volunteer support, Purina provided every dog or cat adopted during its holiday adoption campaign with a supply of Purina food and a special gift basket with treats and toys, according to Hansen.