BOBS from Skechers announced that Skechers has partnered with national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society to transport 25 adoptable dogs from Houston to rescue groups along the East Coast, ending with yesterday’s final stop at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in New York City. The dogs have been traveling on the BOBS from Skechers Roving Rescue bus, a school bus that the Company purchased and retrofitted exclusively for lifesaving pet transport.
New York’s Roving Rescue visitors met 10 Hurricane Harvey animals who will find homes through Best Friends Pet Adoption Center, and previewed selects from the BOBS Spring collection, including the latest BOBS for Dogs styles. The celebration followed stops in Arlington, Virginia and Waldorf, Maryland, which transported five dogs to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and 10 dogs to the Humane Society of Charles County.
“We love finding new ways to make a difference, and the Roving Rescue bus has given other communities a chance to directly support Houston by adopting these pets and relieving Houston’s local animal shelter and pet adoption organizations,” said Robert Greenberg, CEO of Skechers. “We believe this is just the beginning for the transport and adoption bus. Through this vehicle, we will spread the word about Best Friends’ movement and our charitable shoe program, BOBS for Dogs, both of which are helping to save shelter animals. And given the incredible response, we’re confident that many of the dogs that survived Hurricane Harvey will find their forever homes by the year’s end.”
“A big thank you goes to Skechers for helping to get these dogs home,” said Elizabeth Jensen, Northeast Regional Director, Best Friends Animal Society – New York. “To achieve our mission of getting the country to no-kill by 2025, we have to work together. This tour was a great example of the teamwork that will help us Save Them All!”
The Roving Rescue bus will travel to the West Coast for future Best Friends transport and adoption needs across the country. Skechers stores in the United States are holding a register roundup through November 15 to raise money in support of the bus’ lifesaving efforts.
To support Hurricane Harvey’s displaced animals locally, Skechers recently partnered with Best Friends to launch a special Texas Super Adoption event in Houston; the Company paid adoption fees for the first 100 animals as part of a $10,000 donation to Best Friends’ Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Best Friends Animal Society has also cared for pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey in the region since August, opening and managing the Pet Reunion Pavilion at the NRG Arena to reunite animals with their owners.
In addition to animals, Skechers has also donated to Hurricane Harvey families in the wake of the disaster – donating thousands of new footwear, socks, apparel, and Skechers Kids lunchboxes and backpacks to serve the immediate needs of those impacted.
The Roving Rescue event is the latest collaboration in a multi-year partnership between Skechers and Best Friends Animal Society, the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to eradicating the deaths of about two million dogs and cats every year in America’s shelters. For each pair of specially packaged BOBS from Skechers sold in the United States, twenty-five cents is donated to Best Friends to help save the lives of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Skechers has committed to donating at least $3 million dollars to Best Friends for the promotion, Best Friends’ biggest cause marketing partnership to date.
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