Shelter Bowl 2021: YOU are the Champion for Pets in Need!


For our 6th annual Shelter Bowl, shelter pets are the true winners because of supporters like YOU.

We’re thrilled to announce that the final score came at $186,000 in cash donations from pet lovers across the U.S. This will help deliver much needed food to America’s shelter pets. Solid teamwork made this all pawssible. As part of its ongoing support of shelter pets, Purina generously matched donations to provide an additional $50,000 donation of its nutritious, science-backed pet food, bringing the total Shelter Bowl impact to more than 3.7 million meals for shelter pets across the U.S. most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Pet food is typically the largest expense of any animal shelter, and the coronavirus pandemic has only created more economic hardships,” said Liz Baker, CEO for Greater Good Charities. “This year’s Shelter Bowl donation will go to those shelters hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic to help free up cash resources that in return can be used for services like veterinary care.”

Teamwork makes the dream work!

This donation of 3.7 million pet meals is distributed through Greater Good Charities’ Rescue Bank,  the world’s largest charitable pet food distribution program. Each year, during the Shelter Bowl, Purina matches cash donations in support of the program from the public by donating an equal value of up to $50,000 worth of its healthy, nutritious, science-backed pet food. Food is key to the well-being of pets who come into shelters like Laia and Lexa.

Left on their own, starving and cold by a river, Laia and Lexa had a long journey ahead to get adopted. The shelter that took them in quickly learned they both need urgent and costly medical care. Because of donated pet food, Laia and Lexa not only received the nutrient-rich diet they needed to heal, the shelter was also able to afford the medical treatments. Even the kind foster who took in these sweet pups was provided with everything they needed to give them the best care. This was all made possible because donors like you helped take the cash burden of pet food off of their shelter.

“Supporting shelter pets and the organizations who lovingly care for them while they await adoption is part of our DNA,” said Cat Small, Pet Welfare Program Lead at Purina. “We are humbled by the generosity of fellow pet lovers who joined us in supporting this amazing fundraising event and thankful to Greater Good Charities for their continued work to support the shelter community.”

For the past 6 years, Greater Good Charities has joined forces with Purina for the annual Shelter Bowl to raise donations that are distributed as food grants to animal shelters nationwide. To date, the Shelter Bowl has provided more than 13.7 million meals for shelter dogs and cats.

[ RELATED: Read About Shelter Bowl 2020’s Impact ]