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Humane Pennsylvania Recipient of Half-Million Dollars’ of Donations from Rescue Bank Program

by Humane Pennsylvania

Humane Pennsylvania Recipient of Half-Million Dollars’ of Donations from Rescue Bank Program

Reading, PA – Humane Pennsylvania, through its Health Pets Initiative, is the recipient of over a half-million dollars’ worth of pet food and supplies from PetSmart and’s Rescue Bank Program.
PetSmart has donated 10,000 dog beds of various sizes, with a value of over $500,000.  Humane Pennsylvania and its partner shelters have begun distributing dog beds in the community at a variety of events, vaccine and microchip clinic, and Spike’s Pet Pantry clients from its new distribution center in Reading.

As part of a $3.1 million grant from the Giorgi Family Foundation, Humane Pennsylvania has purchased a large warehouse space in the City of Reading, which it will use as a distribution center for a variety of donated items to better serve the community.

In addition to the dog beds from PetSmart,’s Rescue Bank Program has donated over 35 tons of food, toys, treats, and various other pet supplies.  These donated items will serve our Spike’s Pet Pantry clients and benefit tens of thousands of animals in our community, helping prevent relinquishment of pets to animal shelters.

Inga Fricke, Director of Community Initiatives stated: “We cannot express enough gratitude for partnerships with PetSmart and’s Rescue Bank Program.  It is because of these large partnerships that we are able to have such a far extending reach into the communities of which we serve.”

The ability to accept and coordinate both of these massive donations was made possible by an anonymous donor who offered their warehouse space for such large donations. “The anonymous warehouse donor is the sole reason why these donations are ever possible.  This donor has been a longstanding supporter of our organization and once again has provided an enormous opportunity for Humane Pennsylvania to build the best community anywhere to be an animal,” as said by Karel Minor, CEO of Humane Pennsylvania.

Distribution of these items have already begun with a 5-ton donation made to Helping Harvest, formerly known as the Greater Berks Food Bank.  These donations will provide community members with necessary resources in providing the best care for their beloved pet.

Humane Pennsylvania does not receive funding form the federal, state, or local government, or from national interest groups like the HSUS or ASPCA.  With donations from $1 to our recent $3.1 million grant which will help build a new shelter and community veterinary clinic and provide unprecedented life-saving services to animals and their people, we strive to help all animals in our community, both in our shelters and in their homes.  For updates on Humane Pennsylvania, please visit us at