How You Can Give To Pets in Need on #GivingTuesday

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
It’s which means it’s the perfect day to give to those in need. Here’s how you can join Mars Petcare make our country safer for millions of pets.

Pets make our lives healthier, safer and happier, yet millions of pets end up homeless every year in the United States. That’s why this Mars Petcare and its brands and foundations are teaming up to donate nearly $785,000 in financial and in-kind donations to shelters and rescues that help homeless pets.

“Shelters and rescues work tirelessly to help homeless pets,” said Mark Johnson, regional president of Mars Petcare NA. “ is a special chance for pet owners and non-pet owners alike to support these organizations because we know how pets make us and our world better.”

Anyone looking to get involved can join Mars Petcare and its foundations in a number of ways to support pets in need this season. Here’s how:

  • To make sure homeless dogs are for every Whistle GPS Pet Tracker purchased Friday, November 25, through Tuesday, November 29, at, Whistle will donate a tracker and three months of free service to an adoptable shelter dog, up to 1,000 donations. Fifty of these donations will go to shelters in Mars Petcare’s hometown community of greater Nashville, helping care for the more than 10,000 homeless animals in middle Tennessee.

  • To encourage adoption and give adopting families insights about their new pet, Mars Veterinary’s Wisdom Panel brand will provide 10 doggie DNA kits to three animal shelters selected by winners of its “Guess the Breed” Facebook game, totaling 30 kits that will give families insight into their new pet’s history. To participate, play this week’s game on the Wisdom Panel Facebook page.

  • To assist organizations around the country that help dogs in need, today, PEDIGREE Foundation is announcing the recipients of its 2016 grants, awarding more than $600,000 to pets in need. Join by donating to the 2017 grant fund by visiting or texting “pedigreerescues” to 41444.

  • To help provide disaster relief for pets, veterinary assistance grants, pet advocacy and more, Banfield Pet Hospital is kicking off a donation matching campaign. Through the end of the year, Banfield will match all donations made to Banfield Foundation®, up to $50,000.
Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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