StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//img-yChvgqXGpi.jpg’, ‘Photo provided’, ‘Winnebago County Animal Services Director Gary Longanecker, right, accepts a check for $1,400 from Petland Franchisee Dean Johnson during the WCAS Canine Classic Dog Walk in Rockford. Petlands donation will enhance the shelters spay-neuter program as well as provide needed dollars for surgeries to save adoptable shelter dogs.’);
StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//img-bWt9EOvgax.jpg’, ‘Photo provided’, ‘Dogs and their owners enjoyed a cool drink of water at Petlands Canine Comfort Station during the annual Winnebago County Animal Services Canine Classic Dog Walk fund-raiser on Sunday. In addition to handing out free pet care literature and products, Petland made a $1,400 donation to WCAS at the annual dog walk.’);
A donation of $1,400 from Petland will enhance the spay-neuter program and pay for surgeries needed to save adoptable dogs at Winnebago County Animal Services, according to Auxiliary President Donna Apgar.
The donation from Petland Franchisee Dean Johnson came as part of the festivities at Winnebago County Animal Services Canine Classic Dog Walk. The annual event was held in the Lockwood Park and drew hundreds of pet lovers, enjoying a walk with their pets on a beautiful 80-degree day while raising funds for a good cause. Overall, the walk is estimated to have raised more than $4,000 for the county shelter.
Petlands booth offered a number of informational and product giveaway items to the walkers. During the walk, WCAS Director Gary Longanecker accepted the check from Petland with a promise of future donations.
We at Petland care about the health and well-being of all pets in the Rockford community, so we decided to become involved this year in the annual fund-raiser for Winnebago County Animal Services, said Johnson, who is now planning ways to fund-raise year-round for the shelter.
Johnson, who has operated Petland stores in and around the Rockford area for more than 20 years, has always been involved in community service. He and his Petland staff regularly open their stores doors to tours by school-age children in the Rockford Public School District. Petland pets also visit with senior citizens at area senior care facilitiesFairhaven Christian Retirement Center and Milestone Inc. residential facilitiesas part of Petlands ongoing Pet Therapy program.
The WCAS Classic Dog Walk is just one more way for us to give back to our community while supporting the human-animal bond, which is a big part of the Petland Mission, Johnson said.
The Petland Mission: Our pet counselors are dedicated to matching the right pet with the right customer and meeting the needs of both. To our customers who already have pets, we are dedicated to enhancing their knowledge of the enjoyment of the human-animal bond.