Caring for People & Pets
During the pandemic, people realized they wanted pets in their lives more than ever. In many countries, more people became interested in pet adoption. But due to lockdown restrictions, potential pet adopters were unable to visit shelters.
The PEDIGREE® team, together with the PEDIGREE Foundation, quickly designed a way to match animal lovers with the perfect canine companion: Dogs on Zoom. In partnership with animal shelters in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil, the PEDIGREE brand hosted a series of Zoom® and Facebook®* video conferences, where participants could virtually meet adoptable dogs, ask questions and breeze through a virtual adoption process. The PEDIGREE brand covered Zoom membership fees for participating shelters, as well as adoption fees for those who adopted through the events.
At Mars, our veterinary Associates support 25 million pet visits each year through our network of over 2,500 clinics and hospitals in over 20 countries. We recognize that to support the wellbeing of pets, we must first create a better world for the people who care for them. Across our veterinary businesses, we are working to create more opportunities for people to enter and succeed in the profession and removing the barriers that prevent that from happening.
Mars Veterinary Health creates differentiated experiences for Associates through everything from best-in-class career and professional development to investing in increased pay and benefits. We also focus on ensuring diversity in recruitment, talent movement and development processes. By building educational pathways to create new talent pipelines, Mars Veterinary Health supports higher education institutions and enables talent mobility within the organization. Mars is committed to investing in the health and wellbeing of our Associates — particularly by emphasizing mental health as a critical issue impacting the veterinary profession today.
In July 2021, Mars Veterinary Health announced a $500 million multi-year investment in our U.S. Associates to offer differentiated pay and benefits, create career advancement opportunities and increase workforce diversity by 2025.
Mars Veterinary Health North America is focused on Total Rewards, including increased wages and benefits such as:
- Parental leave,
- Educational and career pathway solutions,
- Health and wellbeing,
- Equity, Inclusion & Diversity, and
- Student debt relief.
With more than 55,000 Associates and 2,500+ practices and diagnostic labs across the U.S., this investment marks the latest step in the journey to fulfill our purpose to create A Better World for Pets™.
*Zoom® and Facebook ® are registered trademarks of their respective owners.