NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PEDIGREE Foundation announced today that it raised more than $112,000 to help dogs across the country find loving homes. More than 112 Mars Petcare US associates, friends and family joined together for this year's Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon presented by Nissan to help raise money and shine a spotlight on the plight of homeless dogs.
Through no fault of their own, more than four million dogs end up in shelters and rescues every year. Because of their love of dogs and commitment to finding dogs loving homes, the associates from Mars Petcare US committed to running or walking this year's race, which was the first marathon or 1/2 marathon for many. As the largest pet charity team on race day, many associates trained with the help of their own four-legged friends.
"We're so excited our team rallied together to help such an important cause," said Debra Fair, PEDIGREE Foundation president and vice president of corporate affairs, Mars Petcare US. "Everything we do here is for the love of dogs. With the money raised, we will be able to provide comfort and shelter to dogs as they patiently wait to find a forever home."
In addition to the 112 associates and friends running and walking the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, Mars Petcare US associates located in the Franklin, Tenn. headquarters pulled together to support the fundraising efforts. From hosting a silent auction, bake sales, and cook-offs, each associate did their part to support this cause close to their hearts.
History of PEDIGREE Foundation
Created in 2008 and headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., PEDIGREE Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes by supporting the good work of shelters and dog rescue organizations throughout the country. The foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) shelters and dog rescue organizations nationwide and encourages dog lovers to adopt, volunteer and donate to support the cause. Since 2008, close to $3 million has been granted to help more than 1,100 shelters and rescues. For more information about PEDIGREE Foundation, log on to http://www.pedigreefoundation.org/.
About Mars Petcare US
Mars Petcare US is the U.S. operations of the world's largest petcare company at the privately-held, family-owned Mars, Incorporated. Mars Petcare US produces some of the world's most beloved pet care brands, including PEDIGREE® Brand Food for Dogs, CESAR® Canine Cuisine, WHISKAS® Brand Food for Cats, and THE GOODLIFE RECIPE® Brand. Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., more than 2,700 Mars Petcare US associates make, sell and distribute its high-quality pet food from 16 manufacturing facilities located in communities across the U.S.
SOURCE The PEDIGREE Foundation