Launched in 1986 as a privately owned company with one animal hospital, VCA is now the largest family of animal care providers nationwide, operating over 800 hospitals in 43 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces and providing diagnostic services to more than 17,000 independent hospitals. The company and its main subsidiaries—VCA Animal Hospitals and VCA Canada—offer basic wellness checkups, dental care, neutering and spaying, vaccinations and specialty surgeries. And through its ANTECH Diagnostics subsidiary, it offers laboratory testing of blood, tissue and urine samples for thousands of other animal hospitals, clinics, universities and government agencies. In 2016, VCA posted sales of about $2.5 billion and employed roughly 14,700 workers.
VCA offers a mix of direct corporate contributions and grants made through VCA Charities, the company’s foundation. In both cases, VCA’s giving is almost exclusively focused on animal welfare groups and pet adoption programs.
The company’s corporate giving programs are largely focused on pet adoptions and include:
- Pet adoption support. The public can bring newly adopted pets to a VCA Animal Hospital and receive a free initial checkup right away. A VCA veterinarian will check the pet’s vital organs; look for fleas, ticks and external parasites; and provide the owners with guidance on raising the animal properly.
- VCA Shelter Partnerships. VCA Animal Hospitals helps community animal shelters adopt their pets into good homes. VCA partners with dozens of animal shelter and rescue organizations across the country, providing exclusive medical, marketing and hospital network support. VCA provides complimentary follow-up health care for pet adopters, helps shelter pets find forever homes and supports the shelters’ local community outreach. In addition, every pet adopted from a shelter partner and seen at a VCA hospital can be eligible for a free initial exam and qualifies for a health guarantee that covers many common conditions—which helps in securing their adoption.
In the United States, VCA Charities supports 501(c)(3) organizations that directly help pets in need, as well as educational programs promoting veterinary medicine for the treatment and prevention of cruelty to animals.
Some nonprofits supported by the organization in recent years include:
- The American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
- Tower of Hope, which provides service dogs for combat veterans.
- Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti.
- The American Red Cross’s pet disaster relief program.
Other programs supported by VCA Charities include:
- Pennies for Pets. Customers can round up their purchase at a participating VCA Animal Hospital to the nearest dollar to support VCA Charities and its programs and designated grant recipients.
- Pet Food Pantry. Launched in 2010 in Venice, Calif., VCA Charities’ Pet Food Pantry provides pet food to the clients of food pantries. The goal is to ensure pets get the necessary proper nutrition to stay healthy.
- ViDAS (International Veterinarians Dedicated to Animal Health). VCA Charities provides grants to send five veterinarians, residents or technicians to Playa del Carmen and Bacalar, Mexico, as part of a 30-member ViDAS delegation to provide primary care and control animal overpopulation through spaying and neutering.
And in Canada, VCA gives back to its communities through the Paw It Forward program. This initiative engages the entire community—VCA Canada and its clients, local supporting agencies and vendor partners—in helping people make pets’ lives better. Paw It Forward encompasses an extensive campaign of national, regional and local community endeavors, ranging from supporting local humane societies, rescue groups and SPCAs to enhancing awareness and learning of animal health and welfare issues to providing food for displaced pets across Canada to supporting and assisting local families and pets in need. All told, VCA Canada provides millions of dollars each year through Paw It Forward.
For more information, visit the company’s website.