And the Winner of the Pet Food Drive Challenge Is …

Nick and Sarah with delivery truck

Nick Anderson, hospital administrator at Animal Medical Center of Chicago, and Sarah Jackson, practice manager at Integrative Pet Care, shake hands at the completion of the 2015 Pet Food Drive Challenge.

[Update: Read coverage of the food drive in DNAInfo]

Animal Medical Center of Chicago and Integrative Pet Care competed in a two-week food drive, with the goal of seeing whose veterinary practice could collect the most food for Friendship Pet Food Pantry.

Here’s the final tally:

Integrative Pet Care: 2,593 pounds
Animal Medical Center of Chicago: 2,557 pounds
Total: 5,150 pounds

The winner is Integrative Pet Care — by a whisker! There was only a 36-pound difference between the two clinics, proving both were hugely successful in their efforts.

Here's what 5,150 pounds of donated food looks like!

Here’s what 5,150 pounds of donated food looks like!

On April 2, the clinics loaded up and delivered the donations to the Friendship Center. Thanks to the generosity of all involved, FP2 can provide food to more Chicago families who may be struggling to make ends meet — making it possible for them to keep their pets at home and out of shelters.

It’s a win for everyone!

FP2 food storage area

Here’s a look at the pet food storage area before the delivery … food supplies are pretty low!

Lori, FP2 volunteer, with donated food

The after shot — bags of cat and dog food are stacked higher than Lori, one of FP2’s volunteers!

A big thank you to clients of both clinics who dropped off bags and cans when bringing their own pets to the vet, and to the pet stores and businesses that supported the food drive by offering discounts, donating food, and setting up collection bins.

Team Animal Medical Center of Chicago was supported by:
Parker’s, A Natural Dog & Cat Market
Sam & Willy’s
Pet Supplies Plus
See Spot Run
Dog’s Deserve It
Ruff Haus

Team Integrative Pet Care was supported by:
Parker’s, A Natural Dog & Cat Market
Premier Veterinary Group of Chicago
Alive Rescue
6 Legs Foundation
Chicago School of Canine Massage
Doggy Style Pet Shop

Thanks again to everyone who got involved. We hope there’s another competition in 2016!

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