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Nearly 400 Pets Found Homes through "Better Cities for Pets" Initiative

09/07/2016

When we think about what makes up our communities, we think about friends, family and co-workers. At Mars, we believe pets are integral community members as well. We bring them to work and share fun memories together. It’s also our responsibility to make sure they stay happy and healthy — thus our vision of A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS®. That’s why Mars Petcare U.S. made a commitment to help communities become more pet-friendly — to make sure pets have comfortable shelters, loving homes, responsible owners, welcoming places and pet-friendly policies.

We kicked off a new five-year campaign, “Better Cities for Pets,” with our first initiative: helping nearly 400 homeless pets find loving homes in our hometown community of Middle Tennessee. On August 26 and 27, this two-day adoption event was a huge success for our three largest shelters located in our backyard. Not only did almost 400 pets find new homes, but more than 90 Mars Petcare U.S. Associates also joined together by dedicating more than 230 hours of service to renovate and refurbish the shelters and help at the adoption event. Mars covered all pet-adoption fees during the event, and adopting families took home Mars Petcare “Wag Bags” to make sure their new pets were well-fed during their first few days at home.

“Helping pets find loving homes is at the heart of who we are at Mars and a big part of the Better Cities for Pets program,” said Jam Stewart, Director, Corporate Communications, Mars Petcare U.S. “Our goal is to create a model that we can roll out across the country. We’re starting right here in our hometown of Nashville, where we’re working with local leaders, like the mayor and this team here to create it.”

Next up, work is underway to help our community take more leadership steps as the first participant in the Better Cities For Pets™ program in the U.S. We’re investing $150,000 into the Nashville area to help support more spay-neuter programs, continue to refresh and refurbish local shelters, educate others about responsible pet ownership, and enhance outdoor play places.

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