Pet Product News Staff


A partnership between Mars Petcare and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has helped more than 20 animal welfare organizations across the United States, according to officials from Better Cities for Pets, a Mars Petcare program.

In total, $200,000 in grants were awarded to municipal and public shelters, rescues and animal welfare organizations. Funding for the grants was generated by the HSUS’s “Rock the House for Animals!” livestream, which features 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 in Franklin, Tenn. “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.”

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, officials said in a statement.

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