VCA Charities Pennies for Pets Donates $8,800 for Veterans Moving Forward

By August 20, 2018 October 21st, 2020 Pennies for Pets

Fairfax, VA – August 20, 2018 – VCA Charities, the nonprofit partner of the nation’s largest animal hospital network, VCA Animal Hospitals, together have successfully raised over $565,000 to support regionally selected companion animal welfare organizations in the annual company-wide Pennies for Pets campaign.

From April to June 2018, select VCA Virginia animal hospitals joined together to raise donations by encouraging clients to round up their transaction amounts to the nearest dollar or donate online. The local campaign raised over $8,800 which supports Veterans Moving Forward who are dedicated to providing service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and/or mental health challenges, at no cost to the veteran.

“We are thankful for the generosity of VCA’s clients across the country who have demonstrated their generosity by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar and helping us achieve our ambitious fundraising goal during this year’s successful campaign,” said Ron Tatum, VCA Charities executive director. “Donated small change resulted in raising over half a million dollars that directly benefit community-based animal welfare organizations who are essential to ensuring that all pets in need have a better chance for a happy and healthy life. This donation is part of the $565,000 raised across the country through our Pennies for Pets campaign.”

“We want to thank all of those clients, donors and staff for helping to make this year’s Pennies for Pets a success here in Virginia,” said Jay Kershenstein, a VCA Virginia regional operations director. “These funds are making a meaningful difference in the lives of our nation’s veterans.”

About Veterans Moving Forward

Veterans Moving Forward, Inc (VMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to “provide service dogs and canine therapy services to veterans with physical and mental health challenges at no cost to the veteran,” whether the illness or injury was acquired during military service or subsequent to honorable service. Founded in 2010, VMF strives to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our Nation’s veterans, and increase their safety and independence within their homes and communities.

About VCA Charities

VCA Charities is a 501(c)(3) with a mission to end medically unnecessary euthanasia. Established in 2005 by the founders of VCA Animal Hospitals, VCA Charities has helped feed thousands of pets and donated time and money to pet charities globally. Visit the VCA Charities website and blog to find out the most up-to-date information about VCA Charities and its programs.

About VCA Animal Hospitals

VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 850 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. The hospitals are staffed by more than 4,700 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 525 are board-certified specialists who are experts in areas such as Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency & Critical Care, and Surgery for animals. VCA Animal Hospitals provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter @vcapethealth and

About VCA

VCA is a leading provider of pet health care services in the country delivered through more than 850 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, a preeminent nationwide clinical laboratory system that services all 50 states and Canada (Antech Diagnostics), the leading animal diagnostic imaging company in the market (Sound), and Camp Bow Wow (CBW), the nation’s Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp® franchise, an Inc. 5000 company.

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