Press Release: 01.10.2012

Help for All

McCarthy P.A.W.S. Gets Underway

McCarthy’s Southeast Division recently began helping our four-legged friends by starting a Homeless Pet Club. Affectionately called McCarthy P.A.W.S. (Providing Animals With Shelter), the Atlanta office will sponsor a dog or cat from the available pets in the Homeless Pets Foundation network. McCarthy’s participating employees will then spread information about the sponsored animal through their local spheres of influence – Facebook, Flickr, email, etc. – until the animal has found a permanent home.

In addition to working to place homeless pets with forever homes, McCarthy employees will also volunteer time to help walk or spend time with the animals, as well as provide donations of food, beds, toys and other materials.

Homeless Pets Foundation
The Homeless Pets Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1998 by Dr. Michael Good, an Atlanta veterinarian who saw a need to create an organization that could assist animal shelters and pet owners in need. In the Atlanta area alone, there are more than 100,000 animals destroyed each year for lack of a home. The Foundation provides critical medical care, food, foster care and comfort to these homeless animals. Since late 2002, the Homeless Pets Foundation has placed nearly 10,000 animals in loving homes.

Homeless Pets Clubs
Homeless Pets Clubs use their networking ability to help animals find a permanent home. A club first sponsors either a dog or a cat or both from the Homeless Pets Foundation. Club members then spread the information about the sponsored animal in their local community. The Homeless Pets Foundation firmly believes that every animal in its program has a home in the community, but a lack of communication often means willing adoptees never meet them. The goal of Homeless Pets Club is to change this.

A 100 percent employee-owned company, McCarthy employees are passionate about building better communities. The McCarthy Heart Hats program is the volunteer-based community outreach program of McCarthy dedicated to encouraging, supporting and recognizing McCarthy volunteer efforts in a variety of causes to ensure real needs are being met in communities where employees work, live and play.

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