The Petbarn Foundation, Petbarn’s charitable arm, has announced the launch of its annual Tree of Hope Appeal to help save the lives of animals in need across Queensland. 

With the generosity of the Australian community, The Petbarn Foundation hopes to raise $1.2 million through the appeal. Customers can purchase a $3, $5 or $10 Christmas Tree decoration in-store or online, to help reach this year’s fundraising target. Every time a Christmas Tree decoration is purchased, the Petbarn Foundation will donate to Petbarn’s adoption partners and rescue organisations across the state.  All funds raised will help over 50 charities continue their important work caring for pets in need.

Petbarn Woolloongabba Store Manager, Carmila Filege, said: “At a time when community kindness is more important than ever, we are incredibly proud to be supporting this year’s Tree of Hope Appeal. We’re always amazed by the generosity of our customers and the support they show for our charity initiatives. This small act of kindness goes such a long way in giving animals the love and care they deserve.”

One of the charities that this year’s Tree of Hope Appeal will help is Empower Assistance Dogs in Queensland.  Tracey Murray said: “Thanks to the support of the Petbarn Foundation and Petbarn’s customers through initiatives like the Tree of Hope Appeal, Empower Assistance Dogs can continue training all three types of service dogs – guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs.

Our mission is to take a person with limited independence and open their world far more than they ever imagined by giving them a professionally trained, government certified, reliable working partner that just happens to have fur, floppy ears, dog breath and puppy eyes! With the help of the Appeal, during a time where donations have ceased, we can continue supporting those in need in our community such as Jordan and assistance dog Brax.

“Jordan is now 22 years old and leads a challenging life.  He is intellectually impaired, autistic, non-verbal and copes with fine and gross motor skill difficulties, as well as behavioural issues. Now that Brax is in his life, Jordan has become more cooperative and willing to venture outside for walks and to socialise with others.”

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