Merrick Gives Back

We partner with and support wonderful local and national organizations
that share our commitment to helping pets change lives.



Of all the powers dogs possess, the greatest might be to understand the human spirit and help us find strength. That’s why, since 2015, we’ve been the exclusive dog food partner for K9s For Warriors, an organization that trains rescue dogs to aid and empower veterans to adjust to civilian life with dignity and independence. Merrick donates all the food and treats needed to feed all the dogs across their facilities. Merrick has also partnered with Purdue University and K9s by contributing over $500,000 to research designed to prove the healing power of service dogs.

Learn more about our partnership


Nothing makes us happier than when a pet finds a new family and a forever home. We believe every pet should have the best nutrition, which is why we serve as the exclusive feeding partner to several shelters across the US, providing all of the meals and treats to each resident cat and dog. From their first meal, until adoption day, they’ll enjoy healthy recipes made in Merrick’s kitchens with locally sourced USDA-inspected deboned meat, fresh produce and high-quality proteins. See more of our key animal shelter partners below.

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Paws Chicago


Chicago’s largest No Kill, humane shelter, PAWS fights to save every healthy and treatable pet—and killing in Chicago has dropped by more than 80% since 1998 when PAWS was founded. Learn more about Paws


Since 2008, Austin Pets Alive! has saved more than 50,000 dogs and cats through comprehensive programs for pets most in need of nutrition and care. Learn more about Austin Pets Alive

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Tree House Humane Society with a picture of a kitten in a tree


Tree House empowers communities of caregivers to protect, nurture, and support new solutions so no cat suffers. Their vision is that “Every cat thrives.”

Learn more about Tree House Humane Society


SAPA! began saving dogs and cats in 2012 from euthanization—and has now saved over 40,000!—with a focus on those who have traditionally had the hardest time finding homes. Learn more about San Antonio Pets Alive

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Merrick BBQ4Good

#BBQ4Good. Order BBQ. Help Dogs.

In celebration of our Slow-Cooked BBQ recipes, we launched a ‘BBQ 4 Good’ campaign in summer 2020 to support local restaurants and shelter dogs. When you placed an order on DoorDash, the nation’s leading on-demand local logistics network, or from a participating BBQ restaurant in Austin, Baltimore or Chicago, Merrick made a donation to a shelter partner. Overall, we donated more than $50,000 to help shelter dogs nationwide.