December 9, 2022

Mars Petcare announced it is placing its energy and scale as the world’s most significant pet care enterprise driving the start of its major shelter volunteer program ever. Supporting Mars Petcare’s ambition to finish pet homelessness, the program—Service People Needed—enlists the help of extra than 60,000 Mars Associates and pet advocates throughout the U.S. and Canada to reciprocate the support our animals demonstrate us by volunteering acts of support to aid shelters and pets in will need.

Across North The united states, shelters are on tempo to have the worst prices of overpopulation and source constraints in at minimum three many years, with a lot more than 250,000 canine and cats in U.S. shelters and 80,000 across Canada who want our help. According to a new study from Adopt a Pet, nearly 9 in 10 animal shelters and rescue organizations in the U.S. reported that resource constraints and overpopulation have remained constant or worsened given that the to start with fifty percent of 2022.

“As the shelter disaster has developed in current months, we talked with many partners throughout the animal welfare group about how and where we could finest support,” said Silja Schiller-Moumtzidis, worldwide director of shelters and pet adoptions, Mars Petcare. “Shelter teams do the job tirelessly to enable pets in need. We are thrilled that by uniting associates across Mars in a timely volunteer program, we can supply relief when it is essential most.”

To aid ease some of the resource challenges going through shelters, pet advocates and pet mom and dad are staying encouraged to come to be a “Service Human” to assist animals in their communities in various methods, which includes:

  • Volunteering their time at local animal shelters 
  • Volunteering their residences by fostering and adopting 
  • Volunteering their social platforms by sharing adoptable shelter animals on social media 

“Our Petcare purpose—A Better World for Pets—connects and conjures up all Mars Associates providing us meaningful chances to make a difference in the lives of animals. With a increasing shelter disaster, that means uniting all our associates throughout our Mars businesses to phase in and assistance shelters and pets in will need,” said Jam Stewart, vice president of corporate affairs, Mars Petcare. “Without having hesitation, animals offer us aid, companionship, defense and so a great deal more. But appropriate now, they will need us and by tiny acts of company, we as a collective group can make a important influence in serving to cats and canines in shelters find their for good residences.”

Providing Again and Partaking Additional than 60,000 Mars Associates

During the year, Mars Petcare and its manufacturers assist shelters and animals in want via in-kind and financial donations. Just about every yr, Mars Pet Diet manufacturers, such as PEDIGREE®, and ROYAL CANIN®, donate tens of millions of meals to shelter animals in will need. PEDIGREE Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) non-earnings founded by Mars Petcare in 2008, has presented more than $10 million in grants to shelters and rescues across the nation considering that its inception. This year, PEDIGREE Basis expanded its application endeavours for the to start with time past the U.S. with the launch of PEDIGREE Foundation’s Canadian Grant Program distributing $100,000 in grants to shelters across Canada. PEDIGREE Foundation will also announce its annual spherical of U.S. grant recipients right before the conclusion of the yr.

In 2022 alone, the charitable arms of Mars Veterinary Health—Banfield Foundation and VCA Charities—have provided extra than $3.2 million in grants to animal welfare businesses to assist address the have to have for veterinary treatment, shelter transports and adoption readiness VCA Charities offered 650,000 foods to animals in need and collectively the two have supported veterinary care for additional than 2,000 pets transported out of at-capacity shelters and into loving residences. The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation is Camp Bow Wow’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that presents veterinary care grants to puppies. So much in 2022, the Bow Wow Buddies Basis has granted virtually $100,000 to 95 unwell and wounded dogs in want.

To create on the firm’s in-variety and economical help, by the Provider Human beings Required program, Mars has known as on the assist of Associates spanning its North America businesses, which include Mars Petcare, Mars Meals, Mars Wrigley, Mars Edge, Mars Veterinary Health and fitness and Camp Bow Wow, by:

  • Encouraging 500,000 hours of Associate volunteer support at local shelters by fostering, adopting or volunteering their time as a result of the close of the yr.
  • Lending some of the firm’s most significant pet brands’ social platforms, which includes PEDIGREE and Camp Bow Wow, to broaden awareness for pet and shelter wants.
  • Offering ongoing catastrophe aid guidance from Banfield Basis, PEDIGREE Basis and VCA Charities.

Internet hosting its Greatest Adoption Event Ever in 6 U.S. Cities

To additional motivate pet advocates to “volunteer their households,” Mars Petcare is increasing its 14th annual Far better Cities FOR PETS™ Adoption Weekend this year, generating it the company’s biggest adoption function however. Mars Petcare, PEDIGREE Foundation, VCA Charities and Camp Bow Wow will go over adoption charges for puppies and cats, up to $110,000, in six of Mars’ hometown metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. from Oct. 21-23:

  • Denver, CO (residence of Camp Bow Wow)
  • Los Angeles, CA (home of VCA Animal Hospitals)
  • Nashville, TN (property of Mars Pet Diet North The us)
  • Newark, NJ (dwelling of Mars Wrigley North The us)
  • Vancouver, WA (dwelling of Banfield Pet Healthcare facility)
  • Washington, D.C. (dwelling of Mars Inc. Worldwide Headquarters)