Merck Animal Health Partners with ByoPlanet to Donate up to $1 Million in Disinfection Chemicals and ByoPlanet Electrostatic Technology to Protect Sheltered Homeless Animals affected by Hurricane Idalia  

RAHWAY, N.J., Aug. 31, 2023 – Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside of the United States and Canada, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA (NYSE:MRK), today announced that it is partnering with ByoPlanet, an Athens, Ga. based manufacturer of disinfectant and electrostatic technology, to donate up to $1 million worth of disinfection and durable antimicrobial chemicals and ByoPlanet electrostatic technology to the areas affected by Hurricane Idalia to protect the newly sheltered homeless animals affected by this devastating event.

The donation showcases Merck Animal Health’s unconditional commitment to the health of animals and to making a positive impact in communities affected by natural disasters.

“Natural disasters like the one taking place in Florida cause immense destruction and displace numerous animals from their homes,” said Justin Welsh, D.V.M., executive director of livestock technical services, Merck Animal Health. “Recognizing the urgent need to protect these vulnerable animals, Merck Animal Health and ByoPlanet saw an opportunity to step in and provide cutting-edge technology and chemistry to ensure their safety and well-being.”

The donation includes state-of-the-art ByoPlanet electrostatic technology, which utilizes advanced electrostatic spraying to deliver an even and comprehensive coverage of disinfection and durable antimicrobial chemicals to surfaces and air. This technology will be instrumental in helping to prevent the spread of diseases and to ensure a clean and safe environment for the sheltered animals.

“We are just beginning to understand the impact of hurricane Idalia on the local animal population,” said Rick O’Shea, CEO of ByoPlanet. “We feel a responsibility to support these communities in times of crisis. Through our combined donation of disinfection chemicals and electrostatic technology, we hope to alleviate some of the challenges faced by these animals and help them recover.”

About Merck Animal Health

At Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, we are unified around our purpose: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. For more than a century, we’ve been at the forefront of research, bringing forward medicines, vaccines and innovative health solutions for the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA, is the global animal health business of Merck. Through its commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, producers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of connected technology that includes identification, traceability and monitoring products. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About ByoPlanet:

ByoPlanet, with a mission dedicated to enhancing indoor air quality, is a leader in disinfection solutions, providing innovative technologies and services that improve health outcomes in a variety of settings. ByoPlanet’s commitment extends to developing superior disinfection and infection control solutions with an aim to boost air quality within indoor environments. Working closely with its partners, ByoPlanet develops customized solutions to meet their unique needs. Trusted by businesses and organizations around the world, including those in the sectors of animal health, hospitals, education, and government agencies, ByoPlanet’s disinfection solutions are at the forefront of creating healthier indoor spaces For more information, visit and connect with us on LinkedInFacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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