Banfield Foundation Drives Community Involvement – Mars, Incorporated

Banfield and its Employees Go into Communities to Put Principles in Action

Banfield joined the Mars family of businesses in 2007. Today, it has more than 975 hospitals and 3,500 Banfield veterinarians providing high-quality care to millions of pets each year. As each new Banfield opens, it brings premier preventive care to communities and serves its patients by exemplifying the the Five Principles: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom.

There are several ways Banfield reaches out to its communities to care for people and their four-legged family members.

Banfield Foundation Impact

Mars celebrated the first anniversary of the Banfield Foundation in 2016. In that first year, Banfield associates contributed in a big way by providing support to communities in Louisiana, South Carolina and West Virginia in the wake of devastating disasters. And we impacted more than 90,000 pets and people through our participation in the Mars Volunteer Program.

Enhanced Disaster Response Efforts by the Banfield Foundation

Over the last few years, Banfield has stepped in to provide care for pets in the aftermath of natural disasters. The Banfield Foundation has given a total of $33,580 in grants to help fund response efforts during disasters.

Those grants have funded American Humane’s emergency rescue vehicle in the Northeast, as well as three NEW medical units to continue enabling disaster response.

  • A new response vehicle in Los Angeles that will help care for the pets of LA’s extensive homeless population
  • A fully equipped truck-based veterinary medical unit at Texas A&M University’s Vet Emergency Team
  • A new mobile pet shelter to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, with 60 kennels – the unit will park near human shelters during disasters so people and pets can stay together

Corporate Social Responsibility Shelter Service Program

The shelter service program provides resources and services to a shelters and rescue organizations. In 2016, an incredible $375,000 in services were donated to nonprofit partners, completely free, as part of new hospitals opening. Tapping into our most valuable resource, our associates, more than 2,400 hours were given to help more than 80 shelters across the country.

Amy Walker is the program manager for new hospital openings. She said, “Shelter and Rescue Services is always the highlight of the new hospital opening program. Associates are so excited to give back to the shelters and rescues they have worked with over the years. Providing free services to these shelters and rescues means that more homeless pets are more likely to become adopted since they have had all of their basic (and sometimes not-so-basic) needs met prior to their adoption. This also allows the team to work together prior to their opening day, which allows them to get to know each other better as colleagues prior to opening their new hospital.”

Banfield Foundation Celebrates Its 1-Year Anniversary

In its first year alone, the Banfield Foundation impacted more than 50,000 pets by granting more than $1.5 million to more than 150 nonprofit organizations in 40 states across the country