10 years ago, Pet Paradise started their Food for Paws Pet Food Drive. Since then, each year Pet Paradise collects pet food at each resort to donate to a charity of their choosing. In exchange for a food donation of 20 pounds or more, each family receives a certificate for a free night of boarding in any of our resorts. We love being able to help in each of our resort’s local community and make a difference in the lives of animals across the country.
Below are each of the charities that our resorts have chosen to donate their food to this year, as well as their mission statements and what they do in their community. Getting to know these charities makes the food drive mean even more to us an individuals and across all of our resorts.
Our New Orleans resort has chosen Louisiana SPCA Food Pantry.
Mission Statement: To promote, protect and advance the well-being of Louisiana's companion animals. Louisiana SPCA Food Pantry is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of animal suffering in New Orleans and the region. Their goal is to promote, protect and advance the well-being of Louisiana’s companion animals. They have committed to serving the needs of not only animals, but also people for over 130 years and impact more than 59,000 animals each year.
Our Houston Hobby, Houston JFK and Houston Will Clayton resorts have chosen Houston Pets Alive!
Mission Statement: To promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals. Houston Pets Alive! creates programs to save animals most at risk of euthanasia. They act as a safety net for shelters in the Houston area to save the animals who have no other options by either finding space in the shelter or working with foster homes. There are 1.2 million stray animals and only two open-intake shelters in Houston. They work with the two shelters to increase live outcomes through their programs, high-volume spay and neuter partnerships, political advocacy and by educating the community. Their ultimate goal is to make Houston the largest no-kill city in the country.
Our Jacksonville Airport, Jacksonville University Blvd., St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Bartram and Ormond Beach resorts have chosen Feeding Northeast Florida.
Mission Statement: To banish hunger from all 17 counties in Northeast Florida. Our goal is to rescue all the food that would otherwise be destroyed and get it to the tables of the families in our community who need it - Fast, Fresh and Free. Feeding Northeast Florida feeds local children, families, seniors and veterans that struggle to put food on the table. They connect local grocery stores and farms with hunger-relief organizations to rescue high-quality food that would normally be wasted and transform it into meals for those in need. Included in this families are pets. Making sure these families have the food and hope that they need helps them focus on building a foundation for a stronger tomorrow.
Our Gainesville resort has chosen Alachua County Humane Society, part of the Humane Society of North Central Florida.
Mission Statement: To eliminate the needless euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in North Central Florida. The Humane Society of North Central Florida was created in 2018 when the leadership of the Alachua County Humane Society, Gainesville Pet Rescue, and Helping Hands Pet Rescue decided to permanently join forces. Their core values are compassion, collaboration and community. The ultimate vision for these shelters is to make North Central Florida a sustainable no-kill community where we strive to act as advocates for pets and owners, match pets and people for a lifetime and promote spay/neuter programs for these pets through education and community outreach.
Our Tallahassee resort has chosen Tallahassee Pets Alive, part of Florida Pets Alive.
Mission Statement: It is our goal to make Leon County a community where no adoptable pet or feral/un-owned cat is killed regardless of resources, economics, or politics. Florida Pets Alive is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Leon County a no-kill community. They work with Tallahassee Animal Service Center, rescue groups and the citizens of Tallahassee to help save and improve the live of homeless pets.
Our Sanford and Orlando resorts have chosen The Sharing Center.
Mission Statement: To provide essential resources to those in need while ensuring dignity, reflecting Christian generosity and sharing God’s love. Since 1986, The Sharing Center has focused on preventing hunger and homelessness for families or individuals in crisis. They offer a hand-up to the working-poor in Seminole County for those who are struggling to move out of homelessness. They are partnered with the community to offer programs such as a food pantry, financial assistance, thrift outreach program, shoes for kids and homeless centers.
Our Naples resort has chosen Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dogs Project.
Mission Statement: To educate the public on the appropriate care of dogs, feed and provide emergency care for abandoned dogs and bring awareness to the plight of free roaming dogs in Miami-Dade County. Redland, Florida may be known to most people as a place where residents tour the bordering Everglades for some beautiful wildlife scenery. For animal lovers, it is a different story. Redland is known as a “dumping ground” for unwanted pets. They want to promote free roaming dog’s safe capture and transfer to a reputable non-profit rescue organization for re-homing. The goal of the project has evolved to include many other volunteers who feed these dogs daily and search for reputable rescues to house these dogs. It is our hope that by doing so, we will be able to finally get them safely into rescue and eventually adopted into loving forever homes.
Our Ft. Lauderdale resort has chosen Pooches in Pines.
Mission Statement: To reunite dogs found within the City of Pembroke Pines with their owners. Contact with lost dogs through police calls are handled by Pembroke Pine’s Police Department’s Animal Assistant Program. Pooches in Pine then works to find the lost dog’s owner. If no owner is found, they work with rescue groups and volunteers to rehome the dogs in their care. They provide shelter for the dogs in kennel facilities while they try to find a new forever home. Prior to their new home, they are seen by a veterinarian, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, microchipped and they undergo any minor surgery deemed needed.
Our Palm Beach resort has chosen Peggy Adams Rescue League.
Mission Statement: To provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals, to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals, and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals, to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals. In 2017 alone, Peggy Adams Rescue League provided 7,574 lost, injured or homeless cats and dogs with temporary shelter, placed 5,229 pets into loving homes, reunited 354 lost pets with their grateful guardians, had a total of 14,182 spay and neuter surgeries (includes shelter surgeries), fed 14,877 pets through Peggy’s Pantry Food Bank and overall impacted 45,994 cats and dogs by League programs and services.
Our Atlanta and Woodstock resorts have chosen Pet Buddies Food Pantry.
Mission Statement: To keep pets with their families, to work with the community to improve overall health and well-being of pets, to provide spay and neuter services and to keep pet bellies full. Many families have to give up a pet because they can no longer afford to provide food or proper care for them. Pet Buddies hopes to decrease this burden on families by providing pet food, supplies, spay/neuter services and education through their programs. They believe families should not have to choose between feeding themselves or their pets.
Our Charlotte Airport, Matthews and Wilmington resorts have chosen Second Harvest.
Mission Statement: To help set the tables of our struggling neighbors when they cannot. Second Harvest daily moves 37 tons of food through their warehouses and out to neighbors that need it most through their network of 470 partners in Northwest North Carolina. Beyond food, they support their partners through providing capacity building grants, nutrition programming, disaster relief, tools for advocating for families and more.
Our Greenville resort has chosen Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Mission Statement: To provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education. Harvest Hope distributed 27.8 million meals, around 38,000 a week, to provide hunger relief for individuals just in 2017 to the 20 counties across South Carolina. Harvest Hope provides food, comfort and hope to families and individuals by partnering with 506 member non-profit agencies. They offer multiple programs, such as child and senior feeding programs, mobile food pantries and Operation Hunger prevention for the military community.
Our Lake Norman resort has chosen Lake Norman Humane.
Mission Statement: To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome companion animals so they can get a second chance at a forever home. Lake Norman Humane envisions a community where pets are healthy and in a forever loving home with the ability to return to that home should they ever be separated. In 2017 alone, they helped 876 pets find their forever homes. They work to reduce the pet overpopulation problem by partnering with clinics and veterinarians in the area to offer affordable and accessible spay and neuter services. They also work on education and training for pet parents through the community so their pet can be treated properly as a valued family member.
Our Plano Premier, Plano Custer and Las Colinas resorts have chosen VNA Meals on Wheels.
Mission Statement: To help people age with dignity and independence at home. VNA Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious, freshly prepared meals five days a week to Dallas County residents who can’t provide for themselves due to illness, advanced age or a disability. VNA Meals on Wheels offers a pet program as well. Pet ownership can be a huge benefit for the elderly, especially if they live alone. Pets can reduce stress, increase social interaction and alleviate feelings of loneliness. To help with pet care, VNA Meals on Wheels can also deliver pet food once a month to VNA clients.
Our Rio Rancho resort has chosen The Storehouse Pet Food Pantry.
Mission Statement: To help New Mexicans solve their food insecurities regardless of race, faith, age, gender or disability. Last year, Storehouse New Mexico fed 50,000 people. They provide free food to people who are struggling to put food on the table. The Storehouse offers many programs, such as free food, bill assistance, connections to benefit programs and a pet food pantry every third Friday.
Our Phoenix resort has chosen Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry.
Mission Statement: To help people who would not ask for help themselves, but will ask for their beloved pets. To offer aid for pets and their owners through agency partnerships and help with their long term recovery with disruptive events. Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry helps build community through pets and neighbors helping neighbors during times of crisis and disasters. They help people who got knocked off of their feet because of a job loss, home loss, catastrophic illness or a home/community-wide disaster. They work with people to help them get back on their feed, in turn, directly helping their pet and helping with food insecurity. They have special projects that focus on veterans, the disabled population with service dogs, domestic violence victims, terminally ill patients and education regarding pets.
Our Wesley Chapel resort has chosen Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Mission Statement: We are dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and compassion for animals in need. Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been helping animals with shelter and finding their forever home since 1912. They take not only cats and dogs, but rabbits and “pocket pets” small pets. They offer a veterinary clinic and spay/neuter services as well. All pets come spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and dewormed – ready for a lifetime of love.