Sterling “TrapKing” Davis works with the Williamson County Animal Center and New Leash on Life to raise awareness and support cats in the community
FRANKLIN, Tennessee., September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Mars Petcare surprised six organizations across the United States with grants to support their community cat programs, demonstrating once again its commitment to its goal: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. The funds will help support a variety of innovative programs that address the unique needs of the estimated 41 million street and stray cats1. To further support the development of community cat programs across the country, the company recently launched its first Community Cat Toolkit through its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, designed to serve as a resource for cities on how to care for cats and become more animal friendly.
“Caring for homeless cats is an important part of a pet-friendly community – both through increasing adoption and caring for cats who live their best lives 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 excited to help raise awareness of how strategic community cat programs can reduce overpopulation and improve community cats’ overall quality of life.”
The list of scholarship recipients includes:
To showcase the best practices from these organizations, Mars Petcare this week partnered with several grantees – Sterling “TrapKing” Davis, founder of TrapKing Humane, Williamson County Animal Center and New Leash on Life Franklin, Tennessee.to promote community cat programs. The event included informational 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 Middle Tennessee animal welfare community.
“I’m passionate about serving communities and will continue to advocate for cats everywhere,” Davis said. “Through ongoing collaboration between shelters and organizations, we are able to implement programs in cities to support community cats and prevent overpopulation. Having the support and support of a company like Mars Petcare will help me and many others focused on this issue to expand our important work even further.”
Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program’s new Community Cat Toolkit is designed to educate communities on how to care for community cats. Although cats are found in 45 million American homes, according to the American Pet Products Association,2 There are still millions of free-ranging and homeless cats across the country. Many free-ranging cats are likely to be cared for regularly through a community cat program designed to humanely reduce overpopulation and disruptive behavior. In these programs, shelters, volunteers, and cities work together to feed, spay or neuter, vaccinate, and care for outdoor cats. The toolkit provides an overview of community cat care and model legislation to support TNR (trap-neuter-return, TNR) programs.
To learn more about community cats, please visit the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program website to see how you can help.
About the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program
The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program was created by Mars Petcare US, the world’s leading pet nutrition and healthcare company, to help communities become more pet-friendly by raising the voice of pets and their owners in influential places and for fewer pets advertised in animal shelters, more pet-friendly places, and happier, healthier lives for both people and pets. Mars Petcare is working with key partners, businesses and local governments to better understand how communities can be improved by: providing safe and welcoming shelters that lead to forever homes; promoting animal-friendly, responsible homes for pets; Welcoming more pets into local businesses and giving pets plenty of parking space to play. 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 about the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program and BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ certification, visit BetterCitiesForPets.com.
About Mars Petcare
With 85,000 employees in more than 50 countries, Mars, Incorporated is a family-owned company with more than a century of history manufacturing diverse products and services for people and pets Mars Petcare are committed to one goal: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS. With 85 years of experience, our portfolio of nearly 50 brands meets the health and nutritional needs of pets around the world – including the PEDIGREE brands®WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®CESAR®IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™ as well as the Waltham Petcare Science Institute which has been advancing research in pet nutrition and health for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading animal health provider through an international network of over 2,000 animal clinics and diagnostic services including BANFIELD™, BLUE PEARL™, VCA™, Linnaeus, AniCura and antech. We’re also active in pet innovation and technology, with WISDOM PANEL™ canine genetic health screening and DNA testing, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO Accelerator and COMPANION FUND programs that drive innovation and disruption in pet care Industry. We are also committed to providing dogs at 200+ Camp Bow Wow a safe and fun place to hang out and socialize® Dog daycare and boarding. As a family business and guided by our principles, we are privileged to fight flexibly for what we believe in – and we chose to fight for it: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.
SOURCE Mars Petcare