Our fresh dog and cat food donations are dedicated to helping shelters and rescues feed real, delicious food to animals in need. Donations of healthy food not only make pets more adoptable, but they also help keep rescues open by lessening the financial burden. When we discovered the Paw It 4ward Foundation, a new non-profit on a mission to help rescues, we were thrilled to spread the word.

The Paw It 4ward Foundation was established in April 2013 to help local animal rescues cover the exorbitant medical bills they incur throughout the year. The foundation is a volunteered-based, non-profit organization, where 100% of funds raised are allocated to the vet bills of ill animals in the care of rescues.

As you may know, rescue groups save healthy or ill animals from shelters that practice euthanization, and take on the full expense of their care until the animal is adopted. These excessive fees are why most rescue groups collapse within two years of establishment. On average, medical costs alone can run $250-$300 per healthy animal brought into the program, and that is just for basic medical care. Injured animal costs can escalate to $5000 or more.

According to the American Humane Society,  roughly 64 percent of the 4.3 million animals that entered “kill” shelters were euthanized — approximately 2.7 million animals in just 1,000 shelters out of an estimated 3,500 throughout the country. Many of these animals are euthanized due to overcrowding but countless numbers lose their lives because of medical problems that could be treated. Sadly, only 25 percent of dogs and 24 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are adopted.

Paw It 4ward wants to change these numbers by working together with local rescue groups to help provide financial assistance so they can more readily rescue animals with special medical needs that would otherwise be euthanized.

To learn more about this worthy cause, and how you can help, please visit pawit4wardfoundation.com or find it on Facebook.