Pet Valu, a retailer of pet food, treats, toys and accessories, collected $427,095 in its Patriotic Pets fundraiser to support U.S. War Dogs Association.

Since the inception of this fundraiser in 2010, Pet Valu has raised more than $2 million for the organization.

Pet Valu has stores in Hockessin, Greenville, Newark, Smyrna, Dover, Camden, Georgetown and Delmar.

Customers purchased an American flag bandana for five dollars or a Paper Paw to hang in the store window for any amount of their choosing. The proceeds will help U.S. War Dogs cover the costs of transporting veteran war dogs back to the U.S. after service and provide free medications and state-of-the-art equipment needed by the dogs overseas and home.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Pet Valu and the U.S. War Dogs Association decided to turn the focus of the Patriotic Pets campaign toward raising money for the people and pets affected in the Houston area. Pet Valu stores will accept donations for the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other local shelters through the end of September. Pet Valu and its sister brand, Pet Supermarket, donated $100,000 in pet food and products to launch the effort.

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