Three Deserving Dogs Win Trip of a Lifetime and Support for their Charities from Pet Supplies Plus

America’s Favorite Neighborhood Pet Store Announces Winners of
Redford Naturals Path to Adventure Contest

LIVONIA, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Furry pups Creed, Rosie and Apollo may not know how to use social media,
but Facebook posts about their touching stories landed each of them an
adventure trip with their respective owners – along with fundraising and
awareness campaigns for their associated charitable causes.

The winning dogs and their owners were selected among more than 2,800
entries in the Path to Adventure Contest, a social media campaign hosted
by Pet
Supplies Plus
as part of the launch earlier this year of their
Redford Naturals dog food brand. Partnering with The
Sheppard, LLC
, Pet Supplies Plus will send them to the locations of
their choice this fall, while along the way also helping to raise funds
and awareness for non-profit, pet-related causes.

During the launch of Redford Naturals, Pet Supplies Plus asked their
social media followers to upload personal photos of themselves with
their dogs, along with a short essay describing where they would most
want to go on an adventure with their dog and why. The grand prize
included an adventure trip, booked by a travel concierge through The
Sheppard, a six-month supply of Redford Naturals Natural or Grain Free
dry dog and a GoPro® Hero4 Session camera and Fetch™ Mount, along with a
stipend of up to $3,996. The three winners include:

  • Jennifer McCollough and her dog, Rosie –
    Wilmington, Delaware
    : McCollough is a military veteran who
    served the United States following the 9/11 attacks and now expresses
    the desire to help and honor veterans and their service dogs.
    McCollough rescued Rosie from the streets when she was a puppy.

    • Their adventure: The duo will hike from the War Dog
      Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey, to Arlington National Cemetery in
      Washington, D.C., via the Appalachian Mountain Trail. They will
      visit other memorials along the trail, including the Pennsylvania
      War Dog Memorial in Bristol, Pa.
    • Their cause: During the approximately 200-mile trek,
      McCollough will raise awareness for veterans and service dogs with Shelter
      to Soldier
      , whose mission is to bring post-9/11 combat
      veterans together with trained rescue dogs to help them recover
      and move on from life in the military.
  • Megan Lewis and her dog, Apollo – Ladson,
    South Carolina
    : An avid hiker, Lewis adopted Apollo
    from the rescue that pulled him from a shelter the day he was set to
    be euthanized, Pet
    Paws Pet Rescue
    . Apollo was found as a stray at a young age with
    his leg caught in a bear trap. Veterinarians couldn’t not save his paw
    following the incident and were forced to amputate his leg. Lewis
    adopted Apollo after the amputation and have been hiking together ever
    since, even climbing the 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell in North Carolina.
    According to Lewis, Apollo has adjusted well and is not affected by
    having only three legs.

    • Their adventure: The pair will be taking a three-day hiking
      and camping trip in Utah’s Moab Desert.
    • Their cause: Lewis and Apollo are partnering with Paw Paws
      Pet Rescue, a charity whose sole purpose is to rescue by need and
      not by breed. The organization saves dogs that are realizing what
      Apollo once experienced – having their days numbered at a kill
      shelter due to sickness or injury. They rehabilitate them and
      finds foster families that nurse them back to health until they
      are healthy enough for adoption.
  • Tammy Schultz and her dog, Creed –
    Brookfield, Wisconsin:
    Schultz is a big supporter in
    research that helps promote healthier, longer lives for animals. As
    part of this mission, Creed is one of 3,044 golden retrievers enrolled
    in the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. He
    donates blood and other samples annually, helping researchers uncover
    the causes of cancer and other major diseases in dogs.

    • Their adventure: Schultz and Creed have chosen to visit the
      headquarters of Morris
      Animal Foundation
      in Denver, Colorado, via a route through
      Wyoming as described by author Ted Kerosate in a novel that pulls
      together the latest research by talking to countless breeders,
      veterinarians and animal welfare movement leaders. Schultz’s goal
      is to meet Kerosate in Wyoming and raise awareness for research.
    • Their cause: They are partnering with the Morris Animal
      Foundation, a nonprofit organization that invests in science to
      advance animal health. Founded in 1948, Morris Animal Foundation
      has become a global leader in funding scientific studies for
      companion pets, horses and wildlife, investing more than $100
      million toward 2,400 studies that advance the health and well
      being of animals around the world.

“The winners had incredibly touching stories. The passion for each of
their causes is truly inspiring,” noted Chris Rowland, CEO of Pet
Supplies Plus. “It was tough to choose winners among all of the
wonderful, heartfelt submissions. We congratulate Jennifer, Megan and
Tammy and can’t wait to hear about their adventures and share pictures
and video over our social media channels. We also thank The Sheppard,
Shelter to Shelter, Paw Paws Pet Rescue and the Morris Animal Foundation
for their honorable work in furthering important pet-related causes.”

Each of the winners are scheduled to travel in early fall, with send-off
parties at Pet Supplies Plus locations in Wilmington, Del., Brookfield,
Wis., and Summerville, S.C. The trio will document their voyages with
the GoPro® Hero4 Session camera and Fetch™ Mount, part of the grand
prize package. They will return after their respective journeys with
welcome-home parties at Pet Supplies Plus stores, where they will take
home their six-month supplies of Redford Naturals Natural or Grain Free
dry dog food.

Redford Naturals, a product of Pet Supplies Plus, provides protein-rich
nutrition and energy to fuel dog’s adventures. A good source of Omega 3
and 6, Redford Naturals offers balanced nutrition with added vitamins
and minerals to give dogs the rich flavors of the wild without the corn,
soy or wheat. Pet Supplies Plus will roll out additional recipes and
formulas of Redford Naturals in the coming months.

About Pet Supplies Plus

At Pet Supplies Plus, we’re crazy about pets and we are dedicated to
ensuring that pet owners everywhere spend more time at home with their
best friends than at the store searching for answers. At the end of the
day, we’re more than just Pet Supplies Plus, we’re also Pet Supplies:
minus low quality, minus corporate agendas, minus filler, minus fluff,
minus keeping you longer, minus keeping pets waiting. We are minus the
hassle. With more than 350 corporate and franchise locations in 27
states, Pet Supplies Plus is America’s favorite neighborhood pet store.
Each location offers a wide array of pet food, pet products, grooming
services and animal expertise all at a great value, allowing customers
to give their pets the very best care. Friendly, knowledgeable staff get
to know each pet and their owner by name and provide playful store
experiences to remind them just how fun it is to own a pet. Pet Supplies
Plus stores are large enough to house an incredible variety of food and
equipment, yet small enough to still feel neighborly. As a growing
Livonia, Michigan-based franchisor we are ranked in Entrepreneur
magazine’s 2015 Annual Franchise 500® list as the Top Full-Service Pet
Supplies Franchise for exceptional performance in areas including
financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size. For more
information about franchise opportunities, please visit www.petsuppliesplus.com/franchise.

Contacts

Fishman Public Relations
Mike Garabedian, 847-945-1300 x234
MGarabedian@fishmanpr.com