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Buffalo Technology Company ‘Holiday Pet Drive’ results in a $15,000 plus Donation to Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter

Press Release

BUFFALO, NY, December 21, 2020

The employees of Utilant, an InsurTech leader providing the industry’s best-in-class cloud-based Survey Management SaaS Product Suite for Loss Control and Premium Audit surveys, have helped to drive a large holiday donation to Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter in memory of their beloved office pet.

“Chase” Davis, the Pit Bull mix adopted 12 years ago from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter by Patrick and Jill Davis of Grand Island, NY, has been the catalyst for a GoFundMe effort set up in Chase's memory. Chase lost his battle with brain cancer during the week of Thanksgiving 2020.

“Losing Chase last month motivated my wife Jill and I to determine the best way to honor his memory," said Patrick Davis, CEO at Utilant.  "Chase came into the Utilant office with me almost every day for the past 11 years, contributing to our company culture with his welcoming personality and fun-loving spirit."

At a time when shelters, rescues, and breeders nationally have reported increased demands due to Americans seeking the comfort of a pet during the pandemic, the Davis’ have taken the opportunity to allow those impacted by the loss of Chase to remember him in a meaningful way.

Mayor Byron W. Brown stated, "The COVID-19 global health pandemic has touched everyone in some way, including our pets, who for many, are a constant source of comfort.  I thank Utilant CEO Patrick Davis and his wife, Jill, as well as Utilant employees, for honoring the memory of their beloved “Chase” by raising over $15,000 to date for the Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter.”

Raising support for the Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter will enable the financial support of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter and its services to the Buffalo community and neighboring areas.

To date, the GoFundMe effort honoring Chase has raised over $15,000 since it launched on December 9.  The Davis’ and Utilant’s employees have given over 75% of the money, with the remaining support coming from friends and family. The Davis' have matched all donations both internal and external to the company to date, and have committed to a continued 100% match until a sum of $20K in total donations is reached.  Donations will be accepted through December 25, 2020, however, donation matching will stop when $20K has been reached.

“The Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter is an all-volunteer organization whose primary mission is to raise funds and provide financial support for the Shelter through critical and preventative veterinary care, training for Shelter dogs in need, and management of the volunteer and foster care programs," said Jill Re, Board member.

To donate to this effort please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/chase-davis-fundraiser-for-the-city-animal-shelter

This fundraiser is intended to support any of the following programs run by Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter:

  • Medical Fund -This is the general medical fund that pays for all the needs of the animals above and beyond basic medical care. Sometimes there are several traumas coming through the door in just one day, and the shelter needs additional funding to pay for it. We're proud to say we've never had to say no to funding one of these emergencies.
  • Special Paws and Silver Whiskers - This program benefits animals that have lifelong medical needs or are seniors but still deserve to be adopted. Reduced or waived adoption fees are provided and often pay for a short period of the animal's needs after adoption to get their family started.
  • Train-A-Bull -Every animal deserves a chance to be adopted, and some pets need more work than others. If a dog needs additional work, they work with reputable local trainers to give that animal everything it needs to succeed, including a formed committee of dedicated volunteers. This ensures that these select volunteers train the same way and continue the work each day.
  • Adoption Vehicle Fund - This is a fund dedicated to purchasing a new adoption wagon for taking dogs and cats to adoption events all around WNY.

About Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter

Friends of the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter (Friends of CBAS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2010 and is comprised entirely of Shelter volunteers. The primary mission of Friends of CBAS is to raise funds and financially support the shelter, including critical and preventive veterinary care, subsidized adoption rates for senior and special needs animals, and training for shelter dogs in need.

Friends of CBAS also provides support directly to the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter in the areas of pet foster care, hospice and palliative care, management of the volunteer program, promotion of adoption of shelter dogs, and community outreach and education. For more information visit https://friendsofcbas.org/.

About Utilant and Loss Control 360

Utilant is an InsurTech leader providing the industry’s best-in-class Survey Management SaaS Product Suite for Loss Control and Premium Audit surveys. Utilant’s Loss Control 360 platform drives predictive risk insights with intelligent loss control solutions for Property & Casualty Insurance Carriers and Top Risk Engineering Companies.  The Loss Control 360 platform leverages the world’s largest repository of survey data, coupled with a suite of work-flow tools designed to inform smarter underwriting decisions. A typical implementation provides positive ROI within the first year. For more information visit www.losscontrol360.com.