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PEDIGREE Foundation Awards $1 Million in Grants to Support Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations Across the U.S. and Canada

PEDIGREE Foundation Surpasses $11.7 Million in Donations Since its Inception to Help Dogs Find Their Forever Homes

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Nov. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, PEDIGREE Foundation announced it has awarded more than $1 million in grants across shelter and rescue programs in the U.S. and Canada in 2022, which will help more than 66,000 dogs find their forever homes. As shelters have faced especially critical challenges this year ? and are currently on pace for their worst rates of overpopulation and resource constraints in three years1 ? PEDIGREE Foundation continues to demonstrate its commitment to supporting the animal welfare community through its annual grant programs.

The 2022 PEDIGREE Foundation and its new Canadian Grant Program grants, awarded to 81 shelter and rescue organizations across the U.S. and Canada, focused primarily on supporting fostering, matching and transport programs, as well as disaster relief and safety net grants. With this year's grant announcement, PEDIGREE Foundation has provided more than 6,100 grants totaling $11.7 million since its inception in 2008. In 2022, PEDIGREE Foundation also announced its expansion of programs to Canada with the launch of the PEDIGREE Foundation Canadian Grant Program, providing $100k CAD to Canadian shelters and rescue organizations in need. The Foundation anticipates additional grants may be awarded before year's end.

"A recent survey from our partners at Adopt-a-Pet revealed that 9 in 10 animal shelters and rescue organizations across the U.S. reported that resource constraints and overpopulation have remained consistent or worsened since earlier in 2022," said Kimberly Wise, President of the Board of Directors for PEDIGREE Foundation. "Now more than ever, PEDIGREE Foundation support of our animal welfare partners is critical in helping provide and care for deserving dogs in our communities and helping them find loving homes."

The 2022 PEDIGREE Foundation grants focused on sustainable long-term solutions for its animal welfare partners. The complete list of this year's recipients is available on the website. Grants include:

"The Pennsylvania SPCA is so grateful to receive this lifesaving DOGS RULE grant from PEDIGREE Foundation," said Julie Klim, Chief Executive Officer at PSPCA. "This partnership will amplify the scope and reach of our Adopting Great Behaviors program, enabling us to rehabilitate and rehome dogs presenting a range of challenging behaviors. We are thrilled to support more community members and their dogs with specialized care, and we look forward to sharing our learnings, strategy, and behavior program resources with fellow animal welfare organizations."

Show Your Support

PEDIGREE Foundation is encouraging dog lovers to check out the DOGS RULE.tm online store or its Amazon store throughout the holiday season for gifts that support dogs in need. Proceeds from the store help dogs find loving homes through shelter and rescue grants.

PEDIGREE Foundation has also launched its end-of-year campaign, SEASON OF GOOD DOGtm, which runs until December 31. It's through the generosity of dog lovers that the Foundation is able to support so many dogs during the holiday season and EVERY DOG DESERVES A LOVING HOMEtm. $5,000 in donations will be matched by a generous donor, so the impact is even greater! To learn more about the campaign or make your donation, visit this link.

To read more about the 2022 grant recipients and their impact, and for information about how you can make a difference with PEDIGREE Foundation, please visit PedigreeFoundation.org.

About PEDIGREE Foundation
We believe every dog deserves a loving, forever home. PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help end pet homelessness. Nearly 3.1 million dogs end up in shelters and rescues every year, and nearly half never find a home. The foundation was established in 2008 by Mars Petcare, maker of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, to help increase dog adoption rates. We've awarded more than 6,100 grants and $11.6 million to U.S. shelters and rescues that help dogs in need. In 2022, we introduced our first program expansion outside the U.S. with the launch of our Canadian grant program, providing $100k CAD to local shelters and rescues in need across Canada. At PEDIGREE Foundation, we're working toward a day when all dogs are safe, secure, cared for, fed well and loved. See how you can help at PedigreeFoundation.org.

About Mars Petcare
Part of Mars, Incorporated, a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love, the 85,000 Associates across 50+ countries in Mars Petcare are dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. With 85 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world's pets ? including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®ROYAL CANIN®, NUTROtm, GREENIEStm,
 SHEBA®, CESAR®, IAMStm and EUKANUBAtm as well as the Waltham Petcare Science Institute which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through an international network of over 2,000 pet hospitals and diagnostic services including BANFIELDtm, BLUEPEARLtm, VCAtm, Linnaeus, AniCura and Antech. We're also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANELtm genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs and cats, the WHISTLEtm GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. As a family business and guided by our principles, we are privileged with the flexibility to fight for what we believe in ? and we choose to fight for: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

1  Shelter Animals Count Report, January - June, 2022



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