Fitzgerald Rockville and Gaithersburg dealerships work to find “Forever Homes” for local homeless pets
Washington, DC (April 18, 2015)
—This Saturday morning, you could not only hear the jangling of new car keys at the Rockville Fitzgerald Subaru, but also the happy barks and meows from pets that found new “forever” homes! Fitzgerald Auto Malls hosted a pet adoption event and celebrated the second year of working with the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL).
Twenty homeless dogs and cats from WARL were available for adoption. But more exciting was the presentation of the $33,000 check to WARL. The two Maryland Fitzgerald Subaru dealerships in Rockville and Gaithersburg raised the funds last December in the “Subaru Share the Love” event. For every new Subaru purchased or leased during the “Share the Love” event, $250 was donated to the owner’s choice of participating charities.
“This is about making a difference for all our four-legged friends, and we appreciate the partnership with both WARL and with Subaru to make this possible,” said Dottie Fitzgerald, President of Fitzgerald Subaru.
“We are honored to be able to support both our owners’ philanthropic spirit and the work of these incredible organizations,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “Share the Love is a special event and Subaru is proud to have donated $50 million to a host of national and local charities since the inception of the program. Subaru owners and retailers are making a positive impact in their communities.”
Do you know that nearly seven out of ten Subaru owners count a pet as a member of their family? Because of that overwhelming commitment by Subaru owners to pets, Subaru partners with many animal welfare organizations nationwide, and Fitzgerald Subaru makes the local connection with their partnership with WARL.
“We gladly accept this generous donation, as Dottie Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald Subaru has been a true friend, not just to WARL, but to the countless dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, that are now a part of a loving family because of the pet adoption events at their many dealerships,” said Bob Ramin, CEO of WARL.
Fitzgerald continues to accept tangible items like pet food and supplies, and other support for WARL on a monthly basis as a part of their “Stuff A Subaru” campaign. The food bank helps families facing financial difficulty hold on to and care for their pets. Grant funding helps WARL make homeless animals ready for adoption by providing medical care, performing spay/neuter surgeries, administering vaccines, and microchipping animals.
To view the interview with Dottie Fitzgerald and WARL on News Channel 8, please visit https://youtu.be/NKB_bcyhLMg
For more information, including a wish list of donations needed, please visit www.warl.org
Jack Fitzgerald and Dottie Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Auto Malls with David Moore, WARL Chief Development Officer
A “forever” home is found for one local homeless dog at the Fitzgerald Pet Adoption event