2018 BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ grants and donations

Pets make our communities safer, our economies stronger and keep us connected. That’s why we’re so excited that cities across the U.S. are joining the movement to make life better for people and pets.

In June 2018, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Mars Petcare announced the recipients of the first BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ grants at the USCM annual meeting.

The grant program is a result of Mars Petcare and USCM’s ongoing partnership to raise awareness of the need for more pet-friendly places and policies. When surveyed, 82% of U.S. mayors agreed that pets make cities better.

applicant citiesThe grant recipients were chosen from a field of nearly 50 applications outlining many innovative proposals designed to make communities more pet-friendly. While there weren’t grants available for every applicant, the sheer volume of interest was incredibly inspiring.

As a result, we decided to further Mars Petcare’s support with a $1 donation of NUTRO™ pet food across the country.

Here’s a look at the grant recipients:

grant recipient badgeLarge City Winner: Ft. Worth, Texas, which will implement “Pets for Life,” a national program that provides pet wellness resources to residents in under-served communities. Funds will support free services such as vaccinations, spay/neuter, micro-chipping, and responsible pet ownership education.

grant recipient badgeMedium City Winner: Richmond, Virginia, which will work with Pet Partners to increase much-needed therapy animal teams in the area. These teams are critical for improving mental health and well-being through programs like hospital visits and support for children’s literacy.

grant recipient badgeSmall City Winner: Hallandale Beach, Florida, which will establish a Responsible Pet Ownership campaign. When people are prepared for pet ownership and understand how to integrate them into their homes, fewer pets are lost or surrendered, which alleviates stress on animal welfare organizations.

Here’s a list of the organizations that have received donated pet food so far:

Arizona:
One Love Bully Rescue, Mesa
Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary, Mesa
Valley of the Sun Dog Rescue, Mesa
Arizona Beagle Rescue, Tempe
One by One Animal Rescue, Tempe
Paw Kindness Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, Tempe

California
Lovejoy Foundation, Hermosa Beach

Connecticut
STARelief and Pet Assistance, Stamford

Florida
Florida Coastal Cocker Rescue, Cape Coral
Broward County Animal Control, Ft. Lauderdale
Humane Society of Marion County, Ocala
Voices of Change Animal League, Ocala
A New Beginning Pet Rescue, Orlando
Endless Pawsibilities Animal Rescue, Orlando
In Harmony With Nature Animal Haven, Orlando
Ruff Beginnings Inc, Pinellas Park

Illinois
CARF: The Critical Animal Relief Foundation, Chicago
Chicago Animal Care and Control, Chicago
Chicago Canine Rescue, Chicago
Chicago Pet Rescue, Chicago
Chicagoland Lab Rescue, Chicago
Cry for Help Rescue, Chicago
Famous Fido Rescue & Adoption Alliance, Chicago
Felines & Canines, Chicago
Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, Chicago
Live Again Animal Rescue, Chicago
Love Everything About Dogs Rescue, Chicago
Midwest K9 Connection, Chicago
Mission Compassion Paw Inc, Chicago
Precious Pets Almost Home, Chicago
Project Adoptable, Chicago
ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation, Chicago
The Darla Foundation/Cause 4 Paws Rescue, Chicago
The Friendship Center, Chicago

Indiana
Humane Society of Northwest Indiana Inc

Kansas
Humane Society of Greater Kansas City
Unleashed Pet Rescue, Mission

Kentucky
Woodstock Animal Foundation, Louisville
Basset Rescue of Kentuckiana, Louisville
Bluegrass Doberman Rescue, Louisville
Clay County Animal Rescue & Shelter, Louisville
Derby City Dog Rescue, Louisville

Louisiana
Animal Protection and Welfare Society, Baton Rouge
Bark and Roll Rescue Companies, Baton Rouge
Capital Area Animal Welfare Society, Baton Rouge
Friends of the Animals BR, Baton Rouge
Looking Fur Love Dog Rescue, Baton Rouge
Louisiana Pet Pantry, Baton Rouge
Precious Souls Canine Rescue and Sanctuary, Baton Rouge
SOS Rescue Inc, Baton Rouge

Massachusetts
Last Hope K9 Rescue, Boston

Maryland
College Park Animal Control, College Park

Minnesota
Burnsville Animal Control, Burnsville

Missouri
Dogs by Debin, Kansas City
Lincoln’s Lodge Sanctuary Inc, Kansas City
Mid America Bully Breed Rescue, Kansas City
Missouri Pit Bull Rescue, Kansas City
Pampered Poms Rescue Inc, Kansas City
Protective Animal Welfare Society, Kansas City
Kansas City Pet Projects, Kansas City
Wayside Waifs, Kansas City
Autumn Acres Animal Rescue, Richmond

Nevada
Animal Adoptions Ltd, Henderson
A Home 4 Spot, Las Vegas
Connor and Millie’s Dog Rescue, Las Vegas
Doberman Rescue of Nevada, Las Vegas
Hearts Alive Village, Las Vegas
PAL Humane Society, Las Vegas
Vegas Shepherd Rescue, Las Vegas
The Churchill Foundation, Las Vegas

New York
Helping Hounds, Syracuse
No Cat Left Behind, Syracuse

Ohio
My Best Friend’s Bowl, Lakewood

Oregon
Oregon Greyhound Adoption, Gresham

Pennsylvania
Morris Animal Refuge, Philadelphia
Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia

South Carolina
Animal Rescue Carolina, Columbia
Patter Pets Inc, Columbia
Pawmetto Lifeline – Pet Soup Program, Columbia
S Q Rescue, Columiba

Texas
Bull luv able Paws and Chi Wawas Rescue, Dallas
Dallas Cat Rescue, Dallas
Dallas Pets Alive, Dallas
DFW Furgotten Friends, Dallas
DFW Rescue Me, Dallas
No Bully Left Behind, Dallas
North Texas Food Bank, Dallas
Paws in the City, Dallas
Samoyed Rescue of Texas Inc, Dallas
South Central Bloodhound Club Rescue, Dallas
Great Dane Rescue of North Texas Inc, Dallas
A Rottie Rescue Inc, Forth Worth
Almost Home Animal Rescue, Forth Worth
City of Ft Worth Animal Care and Control, Forth Worth
Don’t Forget To Feed Me Pet Food Pantry, Forth Worth
Humane Society of North Texas, Forth Worth
Kool Kats and Kanines Rescue, Forth Worth
Lucy’s Lost Loved Ones, Forth Worth
Meals On Wheels Inc of Tarrant County, Forth Worth
Recycled Love Animal Rescue, Forth Worth
West Side Animal League, Forth Worth
Adorable Mutts Rescue, Houston
ADORE Houston, Houston
Barrio Dogs Inc, Houston
Citizens for Animal Protection, Houston
Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas/Houston
Corridor Rescue Inc, Houston
Friends For Life Animal Shelter and Sanctuary, Houston
Friends of BARC, Houston
Friends of County Pets, Houston
Houston Area Doberman Rescue, Houston
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, Houston
Pet Rescue Team, Houston
Poodle Rescue Of Houston
Pup Squad Animal Rescue, Houston
South Side Street Dogs Inc, Houston
Special Pals Inc, Houston
Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue, Houston
Westbury Cares, Houston
Animal Guardians of America, Plano
City of Plano Animal Shelter, Plano
Second Chance SPCA, Plano

Virginia
Second Chance Animal Rescue of Mount Vernon VA, Alexandria
Vindicated Pit Bull Rescue, Alexandria
Peninsula SPCA, Newport News
AARF Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation, Richmond

Wisconsin
South Wood County Humane Society, Wisconsin Rapids

“We received nearly 50 applications from cities across the country that proposed impactful ways to make their communities more pet-friendly.”

– Mars Petcare