Purina donates $200,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure
You may or may not be aware of the yearly event that we host on our blog, Wish List Worthy. It’s called Pink October, and is aimed towards helping raise money for Susan G. Komen foundation. So of course when we got this press release about Purnia Cat Chow and their efforts to raise funds for Komen, we were very excited to share it with you!
Purina® Cat Chow® understands the unique bond between an owner and their cat and the connection they share. Inspired by a cancer survivor’s touching story of the role her cat played during her battle with cancer, Purina Cat Chow began a partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. A recent Purina Cat Chow national survey of breast cancer survivors with cats underscores this connection by revealing 84 percent of respondents felt their cat had a calming effect during their battle with breast cancer and 76 percent of respondents received daily support from their cat during treatment. This year, Purina Cat Chow will donate more than $200,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and will raise awareness for breast cancer through the Purina Cat Chow Connected for the Cause campaign.
Beginning in May, Purina Cat Chow invites consumers to visit this website to hear survivor stories, read about the unique connection between survivors and their cats, and share photos of support. For every picture uploaded, Purina Cat Chow will donate an additional $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure up to $10,000. The Purina Cat Chow Connected for the Cause campaign will culminate in October with limited-edition pink packaging at grocery, mass and pet retailers nationwide in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Products featuring pink packaging include Purina® Cat Chow® Complete Formula and Purina® Cat Chow® Indoor Formula, both available in 3.5 lb. and 16 lb. bags.
“We have heard countless stories from breast cancer patients and survivors of how they have been emotionally supported by their cats,” said Katy Laciny, Purina Cat Chow, Assistant Brand Manager. “Purina Cat Chow’s Connected for the Cause campaign honors this exceptional relationship and asks our consumers to help us spread awareness and support Susan G. Komen so that a cure can be found.”
According to Dr. Karen Sueda, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, cats are perceptive to their owners needs during an illness. “Whether pet owners are fighting a disease such as breast cancer or going through a rough period in life such as job loss or financial stress, their cats often display intuitive behaviors of knowing when they need extra love and support.”
According to the Purina Cat Chow national study, breast cancer patients that own a cat report that their relationship with their cat has played an important role in their treatment and recovery: 73 percent said their cats knew they were sick and needed their support while undergoing treatment; 68 percent of survivors conveyed they found comfort from their cat during their treatment and 82 percent felt that their cats were there to greet them when they came home from treatment.
These findings are echoed by Missy Fish, a two-time breast cancer survivor who describes her cats Phoebe and Jack as, “the perfect companions when I needed them most.” She also notes, “The relationships between owners and cats are powerful.”
This marks the second year Purina Cat Chow is supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the global leader of the breast cancer movement. In 2009, Purina Cat Chow will donate more than $200,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and will encourage consumers to help add to the total donation by uploading photos of support or actively participating in the Purina Cat Chow Connected for the Cause campaign activities throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Laciny adds, “The Purina Cat Chow Connected for the Cause campaign gives consumers the opportunity to join us in showing their support and recognizes the strong emotional connection between owners and their cats.”