Whole Foods Market® Washington Park Store to Donate 5 Percent of Sales to American Humane Association's Animal-Assisted Therapy Program on Dec. 18

Dec 14, 2010, 13:08 ET from American Humane Association

Customers Can Meet Therapy Animals and Animal-Assisted Therapy Volunteers From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DENVER, Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, Dec. 18, American Humane Association's Animal-Assisted Therapy Program will be the recipient of "5% Day" at the Washington Park Whole Foods Market®, located at 1111 S. Washington St. in Denver. Shoppers can enjoy meeting some of the organization's friendly therapy animals and wonderful volunteers while supporting the great work of the animal-assisted therapy teams with their purchases.

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Five percent of net sales between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. will be donated to American Humane Association's Animal-Assisted Therapy Program as part of Whole Foods Market's community giving program that benefits local nonprofit and educational organizations.

"American Humane Association is grateful to Whole Foods Market for its generous support of our Animal-Assisted Therapy Program," said Amy McCullough, Acting Director of the program. "We look forward to providing shoppers with the chance to pet a therapy dog and enjoy a few moments of relaxation during the busy holiday season."

American Humane Association brings the healing, motivational and teaching power of animal-assisted therapy to adults and children in hospitals, schools, child welfare facilities, group homes, hospices, libraries, mental health centers and veterans facilities throughout metro Denver. In the past year alone, more than 200 highly trained volunteer handler-animal teams brought inspiration, encouragement and unconditional love to approximately 125,000 people at 50 facilities in the area, including Denver Health, Swedish Medical Center, and Denver Children's Home. Therapy animals in the program include dogs, cats, a miniature horse and a guinea pig.

For more information about American Humane Association's Animal-Assisted Therapy program, visit www.americanhumaneAAT.org.

About American Humane Association

Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of almost every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation's voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

About Whole Foods Market®

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (www.wholefoodsmarket.com), a leader in the natural and organic foods industry and America's first national certified organic grocer, was named "America's Healthiest Grocery Store" in 2008 by Health magazine. The Whole Foods Market motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"™ captures the company's mission to find success in customer satisfaction and wellness, employee excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to its 53,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine for 12 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2008, the company had sales of $8 billion and currently has more than 275 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Whole Foods Market, Fresh & Wild™, and Harry's Farmers Market® are trademarks owned by Whole Foods Market IP, LP. Wild Oats® and Capers Community Market™ are trademarks owned by Wild Marks, Inc.

SOURCE American Humane Association