Always in the holiday spirit of giving, our customers certainly did their share in helping to support local breed rescue organizations. During November and December, we held 21 fundraising events for the following animal related charities:


  • New England Basset Hound Rescue
  • Northeastern Boxer Rescue
  • Kitty Angels
  • American Kennel Club’s Canine Foundation
  • Baypath Humane Society
  • Stray Pets in Need
  • Purr-fect Cat Shelter

We’re proud to report that we raised a total of $3,437 for these non-profit organizations!  Fundraising events included: Pet Photos with Santa, Holiday Wreath Sale, Gift Wrapping for Charity and Tree Trimming Parties.

When we went to press, we were still collecting toys, treats and food for the Animal Rescue League of Boston and Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton. (We will let you know what was collected for these two organizations in February.)

Comments from the breed rescue organizations that benefited from the fundraising events:
Eileen Valinski, New England Basset Hound Rescue Fund Raising Coordinator said “New England Basset Hound Rescue would like to thank the Especially for Pets Westborough store for a very successful Pet Photos with Santa event. Everyone had a great time and we met many wonderful dogs. Our large waving basset hound was a big hit (waving at passing cars) out on Route 9! The training room provided by your store was the perfect place to do the photos. Your staff was extremely accommodating to us. We raised $755 to aid in our rescue mission, this certainly exceeded our expectations! We hope to be able to come back again next year.”  For more information about New England Basset Hound Rescue, visit

An email from one of our customers:
“Thank you for the pictures. They came out great. I love them. It looks like everyone had a fun day at the Especially for Pets store. I know I did. Thank you and the Basset Hound Rescue for being there to show us a good time.”

Comments from Cheryl Townsend, volunteer with Baypath Humane Society:
“We want to send a huge thank you to Especially for Pets for all you have done throughout the year and including the holiday activities such as Pets Photos with Santa, the Giving Tree, and the nail clipping donations for the last quarter. We were thrilled that we raised just over $1,600 with the Pet Pictures with Santa and had fun doing it.  This fundraiser has always been successful but I believe this was our best year. I know we thank you after every event you have done for Baypath but you will never know how much we appreciate ALL you do for us and our animals. You are all the BEST and I love being affiliated with everyone at Especially for Pets - you all should be very proud to being a part of the Especially for Pets team.”
Thanks to all of you, our generous customers, for participating in our fundraising events this year and making a difference in the lives of many animals!