Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to sit down and create a partnership with a organization that was started right here in the valley – just like us. Founded by Johnjay and Blake Van Es, the LovePup Foundation’s primary mission is to provide rescue dogs the best possible home.
What started out as a simple gesture to rescue a pup in need quickly grew into an incredible undertaking. With thee boys and six dogs of their own, the Van Es family began taking rescue dogs into their home at quite the pace. At one point, they had more than 20 pups in the home; all treated equally with love and compassion. From walks with the boys to playtime in the yard, the dogs receive plenty of TLC – including napping with the Van Es boys, and hanging out on the sofa watching Netflix.
With so many dogs in need, Blake and Johnjay realized that they were definitely going to need some support to keep it growing. They created a foundation to help guide the growth and fill the need; The LovePup Foundation (a naming tribute to the LoveUp movement created by JohnJay and his on-air radio show partner, Rich Berra.)
As a home-grown business founded right here in Glendale, AZ, it is incredibly important to the AZPetVet partners that we find opportunities to give back in our local communities. With our shared core values and belief in the importance of the human-animal bond, the partnership is a wonderful alignment between AZPetVet and LovePup rooted in kindness and compassion. Our family of hospitals came together and created a significant medical grant for the LovePup Foundation. The grant provides the funding for veterinary services that the organization needs to help ensure all the rescued pups have what they need before being placed with their new family; a medical evaluation to ensure any health concerns are addressed, up-to-date vaccines, and spay/neuter to help control the pet population.
We are honored to be partnered with such a wonderful organization like LovePup, and the incredible team members and volunteers at the foundation that work tirelessly to help ensure every pup has a wonderful home.