Mars Petcare awards grants to cat-serving organizations and introduces the Cat Community Toolkit as part of its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program
Sterling “TrapKing” Davis partners with Williamson County Animal Center and New Leash on Life to raise awareness and support for community cats
FRANKLIN, Tenn., September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Mars Petcare surprised six organizations across the United States with grants to support their community cat programs, demonstrating its commitment to its goal: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. Funds will help support a variety of innovative programs that meet the unique needs of the estimated 41 million street and stray cats1. To further assist in the development of community cat programs across the country, the company also recently launched its first Community Toolkit for Cats through its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program to serve as a resource for cities on how to care for cats and become more pet-friendly.
“Providing care for cats without homes is an important part of a pet-friendly community, both increasing adoption and caring for cats whose best lives are lived in outdoor colonies,” said Jam Stewart, vice president of corporate affairs. at Mars Petcare. “From volunteering to educating the wider community, we can all play a vital role in making our cities more cat-friendly. We’re happy to help shine a light on how strategic community programs for cats can reduce overpopulation and improve the cats’ overall quality of life.”
The list of grant recipients includes:
To showcase best practices from these organizations, Mars Petcare worked with several grant recipients – Sterling “TrapKing” Davis, founder of TrapKing Humane, Williamson County Animal Center and New Leash on Life – this week at Franklin, Tennessee., to promote community programs for cats. The event included information sessions for the public on caring for and improving the lives of community cats and the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the welfare community. being animal from Middle Tennessee.
“I am passionate about serving communities and will continue to advocate for cats everywhere,” Davis said. “Through continued collaboration between shelters and organizations, we are able to implement programs in cities to support community cats and prevent overpopulation. Having the backing and support of a company like Mars Petcare tells me will help, along with many others who are focused on this issue, to expand our essential work. Even further.”
New Community Toolkit for Cats Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program was created to educate communities on how to provide community cat care. Although cats can be found in 45 million American homes, according to the American Pet Products Association,2 there are still millions of cats loose and homeless across the country. Many free-roaming cats are likely cared for regularly through a community cat program to help reduce overcrowding and harmful behaviors humanely. In these programs, shelters, volunteers, and cities work together to feed, neuter or neuter, vaccinate, and care for outdoor cats. The toolkit offers an overview of community care for cats, as well as model legislation supporting trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs.
To learn more about community chats, please visit the BEST CITIES FOR PETS™ Program website to see how you can help.
About the BEST CITIES FOR PETS™ Program
The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program was created by Mars Petcare US, the global leader in pet nutrition and healthcare, to help communities become more pet-friendly by raising the voice of pets pets and their owners in places of influence and advocating for fewer pets. in shelters, more pet-friendly places, and happier, healthier lives for people and pets. Mars Petcare works with key partners, businesses and local governments to better understand how to improve communities by: providing safe, welcoming shelters that lead to forever homes; encouraging pet-friendly and responsible homes for pets; welcome more pets to local businesses and give pets plenty of playpen space. In 2019, the company launched the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ certification which recognizes and celebrates cities that implement programs and policies to improve the lives of people and pets. For more information on the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program and the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ certification, visit BetterCitiesForPets.com.
About Mars Petcare
Part of Mars, Incorporated, a family business with more than a century of history, manufacturing a variety of products and providing services for the people and pets people love, the 85,000 associates in more than 50 countries Mars Petcare are dedicated to one goal: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. With 85 years of experience, our portfolio of nearly 50 brands meets the health and nutrition needs of pets around the world – including brands PEDIGREE®, WHIPS®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO™, GREENS™, Saba®, CAESAR®, IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™ as well as the Waltham Petcare Institute of Science which has been advancing research in the field of companion animal nutrition and health for more than 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider with an international network of more than 2,000 pet hospitals and diagnostic services, including BANFIELD™, PEARL BLUE™, VCA™, Linnaeus, Ani Cura and Antech. We are also active in pet innovation and technology, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. We are also committed to providing a safe and fun place for dogs to stay and socialize in over 200 Camp Bow-Wow® nurseries and boarding houses for dogs. Like a family affair and guided by our principles, we are privileged to fight for what we believe in – and we choose to fight for: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.