The Oglesby-based cannabis consumer packaged goods company Green Thumb Industries Inc. recently donated more than $34,000 to five animal rescue organizations.
Among the beneficiaries was the Tazewell Animal Protection Society (TAPS). The Pekin-based not-for-profit, no-kill animal shelter received $10,000. TAPS Executive Director Holly Crotty said that the donation is especially welcome in light of the challenges that the shelter faced last year.
“A lot of our revenue comes from off-site events, and this year we have had to cancel all of those events due to COVID,” she explained. “Without dogwalkers we couldn’t create these kinds of miracles for the dogs that we take in. We are very, very grateful that (Green Thumb) has chosen to partner with TAPS and entrust us with this donation that will help us care for the dogs in our shelter.”
Crotty added that the funds will be used for direct care such as spaying or neutering operations and veterinary bills. The donations were made as part of the “Bailey Legacy Fund,” named in honor of Green Thumb founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler’s dog, Bailey Buffett Kovler.
Bailey, who served as the inspiration for and face of the Green Thumb Dogwalkers brand, passed away last October, but lives on through the brand she inspired and the joy she brought during her lifetime to her pet humans.
“Dogwalkers is proud to provide annual financial support to five incredible animal shelter partners,” said Green Thumb Brand Manager David Bleicher. “For Dogwalkers, a brand that was inspired by the companionship of Ben’s own special pup Bailey, it is only fitting that we created the ‘Bailey Legacy Fund’ to support nonprofits dedicated to bettering the lives of animals. We are grateful for the opportunity to support organizations that rescue, care for and connect deserving dogs with their forever