Grants Across the Country Aim to Keep People and Pets Together

PRN | 10 days ago

FRANKLIN, Tenn: More than 20 animal welfare organizations across the United States received extra support this summer thanks to a partnership between Mars Petcare and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

In total, $200,000 in grants was awarded to municipal and public shelters, rescues and animal welfare organizations. Funding for the grants was generated by the HSUS's highly successful Rock the House for Animals! livestream, which featured a $100,000 match from Mars Petcare.

Throughout the pandemic, many people have turned to pets as a source of comfort and companionship, said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. With our BETTER CITIES FOR PETS grants, we hope to provide much-needed support to the animal welfare community who work tirelessly to help pets in need, and keep people and their pets together during these tough times.

About the Grants

Since 2018, Mars Petcare has offered grants through the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program to help cities create or expand programs that provide more welcoming places for people and pets. This year, the focus was on keeping pets in homes, knowing the unprecedented challenges facing families during the pandemic.

With financial and health stressors affecting many people, some pet owners may be required to surrender their pets - something Mars Petcare hopes to help avoid.

With the grants, the company is helping the animal welfare community in cities across the United States in their tireless work to help pets in need and keep people and pets together.

Answering a Critical Need

With this generous donation, Mars Petcare's BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program brings great relief to some of the most vulnerable animals on the planet - the dogs and cats who depend on caring people to give them the love, protection and sustenance they need to survive, said Humane Society of the United States president and CEO, Kitty Block.

Pets provide comfort, loyalty and affection, qualities that are especially important during these difficult times, she added. As the world grapples with the tragic effects of the pandemic, Mars Petcare funds answer a critical need to help dogs and cats, whether they have been displaced because their human family can no longer afford to care for them or they have lost their caretaker to this deadly virus. We cannot thank Mars Petcare enough for being heroes for these animals who have no other hope.

Recipients of the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS Grants

The recipients of grants through the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program include

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria | Alexandria, Va.
City of Southport Animal Protective Services | Southport, N.C.
Dallas Animal Services | Dallas, Texas
Humane Rescue Alliance | District of Columbia
Humane Society of Manatee County Inc. | Bradenton, Fla.
Independence Animal Services #1 | Independence, Mo.
Memphis Animal Services | Memphis, Tenn.
Miami Veterinary Foundation | Miami, Fla.
Monroe County Humane Association | Bloomington, Ind.
Pet Pal Rescue, Inc. | St. Petersburg, Fla.
Pima Animal Care Center | Tucson, Ariz.
The Arizona Pet Project/Friends of Animal Care and Control | Phoenix, Ariz.
The Pet Project for Pets, Inc. | Wilton Manors, Fla.
Recipients of the Match Grants

These additional recipients were awarded grants from donations raised in response to Mars Petcare's match.

Animal Protective Association of Missouri | St. Louis, Mo.
Association of Humane Societies | Newark, N.J.
Charm City Companions | Baltimore, Md.
Companion Animal Alliance | Baton Rouge, La.
Gabriel Foundation | Elizabeth, Colo.
Hearts Alive Village | Las Vegas, Nev.
Lifeline Animal Project | Atlanta, Ga.
Louisiana SPCA | New Orleans, La.
Second Chance Animal Services | East Brookfield, Mass.

Grants Across the Country Aim to Keep People and Pets Together

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