VANCOUVER, Washington., February 22, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Banfield Pet Hospital® – the leading national provider of preventive veterinary medicine and part of the Mars Veterinary Health family – as well as its charitable arm, the Banfield Foundation®, published today 2020 impact reports detailing how they served millions of pets in an unpredictable year.
Over 19,000 associates at Banfield Pet Hospital and over 1,000 hospitals across the country have taken on unexpected challenges with passion, resilience and commitment to serving a key purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS®. Banfield’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts included initiatives to address the critical shortage of veterinarians and create a more diverse industry, including a virtual Banfield Pet Academy program that taught more than 8,500 young people the careers in the veterinary profession and responsible pet ownership. In addition, a practice-wide Caring Counts challenge resulted in over 30,000 acts of kindness from Banfield associates across the country.
“At Banfield, we have known for a long time that pets, people and society are linked, and this has become even more evident over the past year,” said Brian Garish, President of Banfield Pet Hospital. “I am more than grateful for how our associates have created new ways of working so that pets continue to receive the care they need and deserve. I am proud of our impact, to invest $ 12 million into the benefits of COVID-19 for our associates and inspiring more inclusive future generations of veterinary professionals. Our efforts are a true testament to what can be achieved when a business invests in preventative care for its employees, communities and society. “
Highlights of Banfield’s 2020 Impact Report include:
- Tackling Veterinary Student Debt: Contributed $ 5.4 million to help Banfield vets pay off their student loans through the firm’s student debt relief program. Only 8 percent of companies offer this benefit, including Banfield.
- Local shelters supported: Three days of free veterinary care to house animals awaiting adoption each time a new hospital opens, resulting in more $ 100,000 in the veterinary services provided. As part of Banfield’s annual March volunteer program, some hospitals have shopped at PetSmart on behalf of nearly 50 local shelters, providing much-needed enrichment food, treats, blankets and toys.
- Virtually engaged students: The Banfield Pet Academy was available online for veterinarians and accredited veterinary technicians to continue to teach future students about careers in the veterinary profession. The presentations were recorded in new languages including Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and Farsi. Over 8,500 young people had the opportunity to learn about future veterinary roles and responsible pet ownership.
- Equity, inclusion and diversity efforts ensured: Joined the Diversify Veterinary Medicine (DVM) coalition to ensure that efforts to increase equity, inclusion and diversity among veterinary professionals are ongoing and industry-wide.
Additionally, the Better Together Fund, a separate 501c3 public charity created by Associates for Associates, has expanded the eligibility requirements to include assistance to those affected by COVID-19. The fund allows Associates to apply for financial assistance for short-term living expenses related to housing, food or child care. In 2020, the fund granted more than $ 80,000 to Associates in need.
Banfield’s charitable arm, the Banfield Foundation, also a 501c3 public charity, celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2020 and shares the company’s commitment and passion to serving pets and the people who love them.
“The Banfield Foundation was established five years ago with the belief that every pet deserves access to veterinary care, no matter what their circumstances. In 2020, we have delivered on this belief and our promise to help pets and the people who love them by giving them $ 2.2 million and improve the lives of nearly 500,000 pets, ”said Kim van syoc, Executive Director, Banfield Foundation. “As we look to our sixth year of service, we are committed to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable pets and communities by deepening partnerships and expanding access to veterinary care.”
Highlights of the Banfield Foundation’s 2020 Impact Report include:
- Free mobile veterinary vehicle: Partnering with the Arizona Humane Society to provide free, low-cost preventative care to pets in underserved communities in Phoenix with a new mobile veterinary vehicle funded by the Banfield Foundation.
- Funded sterilization / sterilization surgeries: Partner of the #SpayTogether Coalition which has provided over $ 2.1 million to 100 animal shelters and veterinary sterilization / sterilization clinics in hard-hit states such as Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, to perform 50,000 life-saving sterilization / sterilization surgeries in just three months.
- Activated preventive care and adoptions: Helped transport more than 1,850 pets from maximum capacity shelters in the South and Hawaii to shelters with capacity across the United States
- Local shelters supported: Provided over $ 500,000 in COVID-19 Respond and Rebuild grants to nonprofits that have provided veterinary care and resources to the most vulnerable communities.
To further celebrate the impact, the Banfield Pet Hospital and the Banfield Foundation will be providing adoption kits for new pet owners at five deserving shelters that have made a big impact for pets in 2020, including Highland animal shelter in Los Angeles, Peninsula SPCA in Virginia, Boise Bully Breed Rescue, Pet Alliance on the Gulf Coast and Williamson County Wildlife Center in Tennessee.
About Banfield Pet Hospital®
Banfield Pet Hospital was founded in Portland, Ore. in 1955 and today is a pioneer in preventive veterinary care with more than 1,000 general veterinary hospitals in 42 states, Washington DC, Porto Rico and Mexico. More than 3,600 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high quality veterinary care to more than three million pets each year. Banfield collects data from each of these visits in the largest electronic veterinary medical record system in the United States. Our goal is to #bhere for animals, people and society. As a member of the Mars Veterinary Health family of brands, Banfield is committed to achieving its goal – A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS® – because pets create a better world for us. Press seeking further information are invited to call theMedia Hotline: (888) 355-0595.
About the Banfield Foundation®
At the heart of the Banfield Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, is the belief that all pets deserve access to veterinary care. In support of this belief, the foundation funds programs that enable veterinary care, elevate the power of the human-animal bond, provide disaster relief for companion animals, and advance the science of veterinary medicine by encouraging innovation and education. He also leverages the expertise and passion of Banfield Pet Hospital Associates to care for pets in need. At the Banfield Foundation, we are committed to creating a better world for pets because they create a better world for us. For more information visit BanfieldFoundation.org.
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