The serious flooding in parts of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria has had a major impact on pet stores and companies in the pet supplies sector.

Fressnapf alone has reported that at least 18 stores have been affected by the high water levels and suffered serious water damage. The pet food manufacturer Pro Pet put on its website that the company site could only be reached with difficulty. In Geilenkirchen, the production plant and external warehouse at Hommersche Mühle for Wagner’s Papageienparadies, covering an area of roughly 2 000 m², were inundated.

Last Friday, 16 July, Fressnapf established a donation fund for pet shelters affected by the situation, putting in an initial 25 000 euros. With the aid of online fund-raising specialist Partner Betterplace.org, the donations are being collected and distributed to shelters once non-profit status and actual needs have been verified. A large number of manufacturers have begun deliveries of pet food to the regions affected by the disaster.

DIY store group Obi is supporting aid organisations and those impacted by the flooding with donations of materials. Hornbach Baumarkt AG is also giving victims a flood discount of 20 per cent on its entire product range in 16 of its DIY stores and garden centres until around 14 August.

Source: Petworldwide

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