NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- While many of the runners and walkers in today's Nashville Half Marathon, Marathon & 5K are participating for reasons like improving health, accomplishing a personal goal or just being more active, nearly 100 Mars Petcare Associates will create a sea of yellow on the course, running to help pets in need find loving homes.
In Middle Tennessee alone, more than 10,000 pets are homeless each year, and today, the Run for Rescue team from Mars Petcare, one of the Nashville-area's largest employers, is running with the goal of raising awareness and $50,000 to support the PEDIGREE® Foundation grant program - of which all proceeds go to help shelters and rescues. The PEDIGREE® Foundation and Mars Petcare have a shared vision for creating a world where all pets are safe, secure, fed well, loved and accepted. Mars Petcare is helping to make Nashville a great city for people and pets, starting with local partnerships and adoption events to bring awareness to the many ways pets can improve communities - and lives. "At Mars Petcare, helping pets find loving homes is in our DNA," said Lisa Campbell, ¿director of PR & Marketing Communications at Mars Petcare US and a PEDIGREE® Foundation Board Member. "We know firsthand the many benefits pets bring to our lives, and we're thrilled to help raise awareness for the most vulnerable pets in shelters, especially in our hometown of Middle Tennessee." In 2008, Mars Petcare established the PEDIGREE® Foundation, its own private 501(c)3 to support shelter and rescue organizations across the country. Since its inception, the foundation's grant program has donated more than $5.5 million to more than 4,400 organizations through operation and innovation grants. This weekend's fundraising and race activities build on a long-standing commitment to helping put as many pets as possible in loving homes, including Mars Petcare's annual Adoption Weekend event - during which this year, the company covered adoption fees for all pets adopted at Nashville Humane Association, Williamson County Animal Center, and Metro Animal Care and Control. Nearly 400 pets were adopted into loving homes during the weekend - an important step toward addressing/fulfilling Mars Petcare's vision statement of A Better World for Pets®.