Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS Announces Fifth Year of Grants to Help Cities Be Pet Friendly

Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ grants help cities create or expand pet-friendly initiatives that help pets and pet parents. Image credit: DRAKULA IMAGES via Getty Images.

Mars Petcare will award $100,000 in grants to city initiatives that help pets and pet parents be together

FRANKLIN, TN, US, July 26, 2022 / – For the fifth year in a row, Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS program is providing grants to cities working to become pet-friendly and keep people and pets together. The annual grant program advances Mars Petcare’s goal: a better world for pets. Applications are open and will be accepted until August 26, 2022.The company plans to award five grants worth $20,000 in 2022, totaling $100,000. Grants are available to cities or a designated NGO/nonprofit partner and can focus on any of the four areas of the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS Pet Friendly Cities model: shelters, homes, parks, and businesses.

“62 percent of pet parents say having pets with them is important to their mental health in a post-pandemic world,” said Lisa Campbell, director of external affairs at Mars Petcare. “Whether it is to help people keep their pets during difficult times or make it easier to take pets with them throughout the day, cities play an important role in enabling the bond between pet parents and their pets. We are happy to support their efforts.”

Since 2018, BETTER CITIES FOR PETS has awarded $1,000,000 in food donations and more than $350,000 in grants that have helped cities across the country such as Key West, Florida, Dallas, Texas, and Sheboygan in Wisconsin create or Expand pet-friendly initiatives. New recipients include programs to reduce behavior-related surrender, to help parents experiencing homelessness, and to make public spaces more pet-friendly by adding pet-related amenities and signage.

Cities that receive grants in 2022 will also receive up to $2,000 in advisory services from the Center for Urban Design to help implement their program. In order to be eligible for a grant, cities must be Top PETS approved cities or have completed a city assessment that is part of the city’s accreditation program. The Cities Best Pet Certification Program provides a national recognition platform for pet-friendly cities’ efforts, along with research best practice, policy advocacy, and resources for programs that help pets and pet parents.

Learn more about grants and find the link to apply at BetterCitiesFor

1 KRC Research online survey of 1,003 US pet parents from July 28 to August 8, 2021.

Lisa Campbell
March Pitcare
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