Mark Pieloch is a noted entrepreneur who has created several specialty pharmaceutical firms dedicated to improving the health of cats, dogs and horses. The charitable contributions Pieloch makes to animal-welfare organizations, however, constitute some of his most important investments. Groups like the Capital Humane Society, the Beach Park Animal Hospital, the Central Florida Animal Reserve and other nonprofits offer hope and shelter to homeless animals and practice responsible rehoming to provide brighter futures for pet owners and their cherished four-legged companions. By supporting the work of these organizations, Mark Pieloch hopes to create a better world for both people and pets.
Mark Pieloch is integrally involved in supporting the work of animal-care organizations in the neighborhoods, communities and cities in which he lives and works. As the owner and founder of several pharmaceutical firms specializing in creating nutrition supplements and other health products for companion animals, Pieloch is committed to improving the lives of homeless pets. He has demonstrated this commitment with large donations to the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska, to the Central Florida Animal Reserve and to the Waukegan Park District K9 Trace and Pace fundraiser.
As a sponsor of the Western and Hunt Seat Horsemanship Equitation Team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Mark Pieloch has provided Phycox products and financial support for the team’s activities and competitions. Prospective members are required to try out to earn their place on the team and must comply with IHSA rules throughout their participation. Team members must attend weekly practices, pay dues and participate in fundraisers. These fundraisers help pay for ongoing expenses that include buses to and from competitions, team jerseys and entry fees. Exhibitions and performances can also provide added funds to support team activities.
At UNL, riders can compete in six divisions that correspond to their level of achievement in the equestrian arts. Beginners can compete against others at their own level, and advanced riders can take on more difficult challenges as their skill improves. Hunt Seat competitors are classified into eight divisions; they also compete against others with similar skill levels and abilities.
Members of the UNL Western and Hunt Seat Horsemanship teams ride university-owned horses during all practices and competitions. Riders are ranked and earn points according to their performance at shows and competitive events throughout the year. Team members who obtain 36 points during the course of competitions move up to the next division and are qualified to compete in Regionals. The top two performers in the Regionals compete in Zones. Finally, the top two riders in the Zones move up to compete at the Nationals. The UNL team depends on the help of sponsors like Mark Pieloch to support their activities throughout the year.
Mark Pieloch’s $12,000 donation to the Central Florida Animal Reserve allowed much-needed repairs after high winds damaged the refrigeration system and dismantled part of the shelters for big cats living in the reserve.
Pieloch is the owner of PSPC Inc., a firm that manufactures and distributes medications and nutritional supplements for companion animals, including dogs, cats and horses. When Pieloch heard about the plight of the big cats at the Central Florida Animal Reserve, he contacted Dr. Thomas Blue to find out how he could help. The $12,000 donation covered all necessary repairs to restore functionality after the storm.
More than 45 big cats have found a home at the Central Florida Animal Reserve. Many of these cats were rescued from unsuitable living conditions, were surrendered by unprepared owners or were born on the premises of the reserve to animals already there. Cougars, leopards, tigers and lions are among the residents of the reserve and enjoy the best possible care from Blue and his staff of volunteers. The Central Florida Animal Reserve and the big cats under its care will be moving in the next two years to a new facility better suited to the needs of these beautiful animals.
Mark Pieloch’s commitment to pets and animals of all types has motivated his generosity toward the Central Florida Animal Reserve and other animal-care organizations. His efforts have improved the lot of homeless cats, dogs and other companion animals in Florida, Nebraska and other areas around the United States.