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Purina Awards $20,000 grant to Animal House
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, December 15, 2015 - Nestlé Purina continues its track record of excellence in community support with a generous $20,000 grant to Animal House Cat Rescue and Adoption Center.

This grant will help Animal House make building improvements, increase adoption outreach and continue forward momentum. Animal House Co-Founder and Director, Brandyn Jones says "This grant will positively impact the lives of hundreds of cats and kittens in need in our community. It will save lives."

Animal House has continued to grow throughout its five years of operation. Recently, the organization purchased their building (located at 2151 59th St), further cementing a safe refuge for disadvantaged cats in the St. Louis area to the Metro-East. Animal House's adoption center holds up to 300 cats at any given time, cats who would otherwise have nowhere else to reside.

Nestlé Purina Director of Community Affairs, Kasey Bergh, said "We know how much work goes into operating a rescue organization, which is why we're happy to provide this donation to help Animal House build capacity and incorporate resources that will ultimately lead to more cats finding their forever homes."

Charlie Brown Stamps
The U.S. Postal Service dedicated the A Charlie Brown Christmas Forever stamps at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA: (L - R) Karen Johnson, Director, Charles M. Schulz Museum; James H. Bilbray, Acting Chairman BOG, USPS; Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO, USPS; Jean Schulz, Charles Schulz's wife; Lee Mendelson, Executive Producer, A Charlie Brown Christmas; Snoopy; and, Craig Schulz, Charles Schulz's son. Image courtesy USPS
USPS Celebrates Christmas with Charlie Brown Stamps
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, December 13, 2015 - The Postal Service expects to deliver more than 15.5 billion cards, letters, flats, and packages during the 2015 holiday season. The busiest day of the year is expected to be Monday, December 14.

In addition, USPS is projecting that approximately 600 million packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve - an increase of 10.5 percent over last year's volume.

To celebrate the holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service recently dedicated the A Charlie Brown Christmas Forever stamps at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA.

In a release, Postmaster General Megan Brennan, said "We will visit millions of addresses to connect Americans to one another this holiday season, and to enable the sharing that reinforces family and friendship throughout the country. In so many ways, 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,' especially on its 50th anniversary, delivers the spirit of the holidays, by bringing people and generations together to share in a beautiful and simple story."

"'A Charlie Brown Christmas' continues to resonate with fans because everyone can relate to Charlie Brown and his quest to find the true meaning of Christmas," said Jean Schulz. "It will be a great joy to see these iconic images when I open my mailbox this holiday season."

"No fictional character has so captured the interest of the American public like Charlie Brown," said Lee Mendelson, Executive Producer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and a multi-Peabody and eleven-time Emmy award recipient who collected stamps as a child. "Everybody identifies with him, as we all have our ups and downs. What we like about Charlie Brown is that he keeps coming back and keeps trying no matter what. The 'wah wah' of Charlie Brown's school teacher has become part of our daily speech. I am truly honored that the Postal Service is honoring this timeless Christmas classic."

In time for the holidays, the Postal Service is offering real-time delivery notifications. Customers who sign up for alerts at My USPS will receive an email or text notification for select packages within a few minutes of the delivery scan.

Petco Helps Pet Adopters Grant Holiday Wishes
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, December 13, 2015 - The Petco Foundation, in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, has announced the winners of its third annual "Holiday Wishes" campaign which helps dedicated animal welfare organizations succeed in their mission to save pets' lives.

This year marked the first time the campaign was open to the public and pet adopters were invited to nominate the animal welfare organization where they adopted their pet by submitting their personal adoption story online at

Gateway Pet Guardians, based in St. Louis, received $50,000 and Pound Pets Inc. in Granite City, IL received $25,000.

More than 3,000 stories were submitted and the Petco Foundation increased this year's total grant amount to $750,000 to award 53 winning stories, up from $500,000 in 2014. The animal welfare organizations referenced in the stories as the adopting organizations will receive grants ranging from $5,000 - $100,000 to celebrate their lifesaving work.

Halo, Purely for Pets and partner will also provide each of the top five winning shelters with 10,000 bowls of Halo natural pet food, and $500 worth of food for the adopters who nominated the organization. In addition, adopters whose stories were awarded the $25,000 grants will receive $250 worth of Halo food.

"This year's Holiday Wishes campaign celebrates the love between pets and their adopters. The stories perfectly illustrate how love can truly make a difference, not only in the life of a pet, but in the lives of their adopters as well," said Susanne Kogut, Executive Director of the Petco Foundation. "We're thrilled to celebrate those individuals and families who open their homes and hearts to shelter pets as well as the animal welfare organizations who work tirelessly to help them find each other."

While the stories submitted range from humorous, to poetic prose and even a few lifesaving narratives, all of them celebrated how these adopted pets have changed and enriched the nominators' lives.

"Halo is proud to partner with the Petco Foundation and support the incredible work they do helping shelters and rescues make a difference in their communities and facilitating lifelong relationships between people and pets," said Halo CEO Steve Marton.

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