TRAINING CANINE HEROES
Especially for Pets gives customer donations to rescue dog group

By Matthew Fisher
Staff Writer
 

Especially for Pets, a chain of pet supply stores located in MetroWest, donated three-months worth of fundraising to a Massachusetts group that trained two rescue dogs that traveled to New York City after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

The Bedford-based Massachusetts Canine Response Team (MACRT), received $3,945 from the stores, which have locations in Sudbury, Wayland, Acton, and Newton.

"Fundraising is so important to us," MACRT vice-president Gail McCarthy said, adding the money will be used to bring in outside trainers to help improve the dogs' performances.

Recently the staff of Especially for Pets and manager, Amy Lord were recognized by the MSPCA Animal Shelter at Nevins Farm in Methuen for their efforts to help find loving homes for cats and kittens. The offsite adoption program has existed for three years and during this time approximately 200 adoptions have been done at the store.

The award was given in recognition of the highest number of adoptions year to date. During the 2001 season, 64 cats and kittens were adopted.

‘Relationships like these enable us to make a real difference for animals,’ said Jean Weber, director of the Nevins Farm shelter.

MASSACHUSETTS CANINE RESPONSE TEAM, INC.
A Volunteer Non-Profit Canine Search and Rescue Organization
www.macrt.org

February 13, 2002

Especially for Pets
1223 Chestnut Street
Newton, MA 02464

Dear Especially for Pets:

On behalf of Massachusetts Canine Response Team, Inc. (MACRT), I would like to personally thank you for your recent donation. As you know, MACRT is a charitable, non-profit 501©(3) volunteer search and rescue organization dedicated to the training of search and rescue dogs, handlers and support personnel in order to provide professional and highly-skilled search and rescue canine teams in the event of an emergency response event.

ESPECIALLY FOR PETS IS THE PROUD RECIPIENT OF PET PRODUCT NEWS' 2002 'RETAILER OF THE YEAR' AWARD IN 'BEST DRY GOODS' CATEGORY

For a dry-goods only store that doesn't sell animals, Especially for Pets, with four locations in Massachusetts, finds homes for a lot of pets.

In 2001, its staff placed 245 cats in cooperation with Kitty Angels cat shelter and MSPCA of Methuen and Boston.  Cat orphanages are in three of their four stores, and they host regular in-house dog adoption days with local humane societies and rescue groups.

June 2002

Store Manager
Especially for Pets, Inc.
444 Great Road
Acton, MA  01720

Dear Especially for Pets,

On behalf of Emerson Hospital, the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary membership and walk day volunteers, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous donation of assorted dog toys and chews that were given to the four-legged walkers that participated in our Community Cures, Emerson walk for Cancer held on June 2, 2002.  It was the perfect day for a 5/10k walk with clear, beautiful skies and cool temperatures.  Our fantastic walkers raised over $14,000.00 for cancer programs and initiatives at the Bethke Cancer Center in Concord.