Grocery chain collecting supplies for shelters

Weis Markets recently announced the launch of its annual Paws for Pets program, a company-wide initiative that collects monetary donations, pet food, and supplies throughout the entire month of May, also celebrated as National Pet Month. According to a news release, now in its ninth year, Paws for Pets directly benefits local animal shelters and rescue organizations in the communities in which Weis Markets operates.

“Weis Markets customers are always incredibly generous toward the causes we support and Paws for Pets benefitting local animal shelters is certainly no exception,” Richard Gunn, senior vice president of marketing and merchandising, said. “There is a heartbreaking problem in this country with abandoned or abused animals finding their way into shelters and animal advocates need a tremendous amount of help to be able to take in and care for these animals. Customer donations make a direct impact as their donations will help more than a hundred local animal shelters in the markets we serve.”

During the month-long program, customers can give $1, $3 or $5 donations at the register, or give online at WeisMarkets.com. All contributions will go to local animal shelters in the store’s own community, the news release said.

Weis customers also can donate much needed items in the Paws For Pets drive while they shop by purchasing the following products on shelters’ wish lists before placing them in a specially marked collection bin near checkout: dog, cat, puppy and kitten food, food and water bowls, kitty litter, collars, harnesses and leashes, toys and treats, pet shampoos, nail clippers, pet brushes, combs, dishwashing liquid, bleach, mops and brooms, towels, washcloths and powder-free latex gloves.

Weis Club Shoppers who purchase pet products using their club card also will be automatically entered to win the Paws for Pets Sweepstakes where 16 lucky winners will receive a $500 supply of Purina pet products.

Since 2008, Weis Markets has generated more than $1 million in donations for local animal shelters through its Paw For Pets program, the news release said. For more information on Paws for Pets, visit WeisMarkets.com/paws-pets.