PAWS CHICAGO Partners with Merrick Pet Care to Improve the Lives of Pets

PAWS Chicago Announces Merrick Pet Care as Exclusive Food Provider to Thousands of Homeless Pets

CHICAGO — (Nov. 26, 2013) — PAWS Chicago and Merrick Pet Care will join paws for an exclusive partnership to provide Chicago’s homeless pets with quality nutrition while they’re awaiting their forever homes.

Starting Dec. 1, Merrick Pet Care, a leader in the natural and organic pet nutrition, will generously provide PAWS Chicago with the quality pet food for all of PAWS’ homeless pets.

“PAWS Chicago is committed to ensuring the health and happiness of every pet in our adoption program,” said Paula Fasseas, PAWS Chicago founder. “We are proud to provide the pets in our care with Merrick pet food during their stay and provide a foundation of health and nutrition that we hope will continue for the rest of their lives.”

As PAWS Chicago’s exclusive feeding partner, Merrick will provide all of the meals to each resident cat and dog at both PAWS Chicago, and to PAWS Chicago North Shore (projected to open mid-2014), as they begin the journey to find a new home. From their first meal at the

PAWS Chicago Rescue & Recovery Center until adoption day, each PAWS pet will enjoy healthy recipes made in Merrick’s kitchens with locally sourced USDA-inspected deboned meat, fresh produce and high-quality protein.  All of the ingredients are fresh, regionally sourced in the United States and made in Merrick’s own kitchen.

“PAWS Chicago has a proven record of helping pets in need and we are pleased to partner with them to feed homeless pets awaiting their forever homes,” said Greg Shearson, CEO of Merrick Pet Care, Inc. “Together, we can better help pets not only survive, but thrive through feeding them more wholesome, natural and nutritious foods.”

What’s more – Merrick’s help and commitment to homeless pets doesn’t stop at the PAWS Chicago’s doors. In addition to supporting the shelter-feeding program, they will help each new family kick-off a healthy at home eating program by arming each adopter with a supply of dry food for the transition to their new home.  It’s a great partnership for PAWS Chicago and Merrick Pet Care, and especially for pets.

About PAWS Chicago

PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is a national model in animal sheltering, committed to bringing an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs.  Since the organization’s founding in 1997, the number of homeless pets killed in the city has been reduced by nearly 70 percent, from 42,561 to fewer than 14,000 last year. This year, PAWS Chicago will find homes for more than 6,000 pets from its cage less, state-of-the-art No Kill Adoption Center, and perform more than 18,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries in disadvantaged communities through its Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and GusMobile spay/neuter van.

Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent evaluator, ranks PAWS Chicago in the top 1% of charities in the nation and recognized PAWS Chicago as the highest-rated Animal Rights, Welfare and Services charity in the nation in 2012 and 2013.  To learn more about PAWS Chicago, please visit and

About Merrick Pet Care, Inc.

Founded in 1988, Amarillo, Texas-based Merrick Pet Care Inc. is a leader in the natural and organic pet food category. With a mission to create the most nutritious and wholesome food, Merrick helps families take better care of their pets by cooking up nutritious, real whole foods for pets. All foods are made in the USA using only the freshest ingredients grown by local farmers. The company offers a wide variety of dry and wet foods, as well as treats, that are available nationally at independent pet specialty stores, Petco and online via select retailers. In April 2012, Merrick Pet Care Inc. acquired Castor & Pollux and its Organix and Natural Ultramix products. For more information about Merrick or Castor & Pollux, visit or

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