Rent-A-Center Lends a Hand to Pooches That Lend a Paw

  Rent-A-Center Lends a Hand to Pooches That Lend a Paw

Local nonprofit organization receives surprise donation to aid in its support
                             of military veterans

Business Wire

RIO RANCHO, N.M. -- April 9, 2013

Paws and Stripes, a Rio Rancho based nonprofit organization, is the surprise
recipient of a random donation from Rent-A-Center. Rent-A-Center’s donation to
Paws and Stripes came in the form of fulfilling the organization’s entire wish
list on Amazon.com. This donation is in conjunction with the company’s
program, Random Acts of Caring. The program provides unexpected donations of
merchandise and funding to deserving nonprofit organizations across the
country.

Merchandise began to arrive at the Paws and Stripes office at the end of March
and includes a variety of necessities such as dog beds, dog food, halti
collars, iPads and general office supplies.

“It's like Christmas at the Paws and Stripes office,” said Lindsey Stanek,
executive director for the organization. “We are so excited to have so much
donated to help our program.”

Member of the Paws and Stripes team along with veterans and their service dogs
will welcome Rent-A-Center representatives to its office on Wednesday, April
10 at 10:00 a.m. for a small ribbon cutting ceremony. The Paws and Stripes
office is located at 4041 Barbara Loop SE, Suite D.

“This marks our 89^th Random Act of Caring, and we’re thrilled to make this
donation to Paws and Stripes,” said Valerie Stokes, public affairs specialist
for Rent-A-Center. “They’ve engineered a fantastic program that provides
support for veterans while also saving the lives of shelter dogs. They’re
doing good on multiple fronts, and that definitely deserves recognition.”

About Paws and Stripes

Paws and Stripes provides service dogs for wounded U.S. military veterans with
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The dogs come only
from shelters, and highly trained service dog trainers work with the
veteran/dog teams. The dogs and the training are provided to the veteran free
of charge. Learn more at www.pawsandstripes.org.

About Rent-A-Center

Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ: RCII), headquartered in Plano, Texas, operates more
than 3,000 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. The
Company employs over 20,000 coworkers. Learn more at www.rentacenter.com.

Contact:

Rent-A-Center
Xavier Dominicis, 800-275-2696 x 1025
VP of Public Affairs
media@rentacenter.com
 
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