Find Your New Best Friend: BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ 2021 Adoption Weekend

Mars Petcare’s 13th annual Adoption Weekend kicks off this Friday with five shelters participating across Middle Tennessee and Kansas City. Read on to see how you can find your best friend and help tackle pet homelessness through adoption.

About the Event

Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program and PEDIGREE Foundation are joining forces for the 2021 Adoption Weekend, which runs from Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24. Together, we’ll cover up to $100,000 in adoption fees to help pets get loving, forever homes.

Adopters will also receive a starter kit for their new furry family member that includes food from PEDIGREE®, CESAR® and IAMS™, TEMPTATIONS™ cat treats, and coupons and swag from BANFIELD™ Pet Hospital, Camp Bow Wow®, IAMS™ NOSEiD, VCA Animal Hospitals, WISDOM PANEL™, PEDIGREE Foundation and the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program.

Participating Shelters and Hours

This year’s Adoption Weekend includes five shelters across Middle Tennessee and Kansas City. Click on their names or logos below for location and shelter details.

Nashville Humane Association
Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm

Williamson County Animal Center
Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 11 am to 3 pm
Sunday: Closed

Metro Animal Care and Control
Friday: Noon to 4 pm
Saturday: Noon to 4 pm
Sunday: Noon to 4 pm

KC Pet Project
Friday: Noon to 6 pm
Saturday: Noon to 6 pm
Sunday: Noon to 5 pm

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City
Friday: 11 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 11 am to 4 pm
Sunday: Closed

Why Adopt?

Millions of dogs and cats end up homeless every year through no fault of their own. For example, their owner might have financial or health issues, or the pet might get lost and not find their way home.

When you adopt, you give a pet a needed second chance at a loving home. In return, you may find the best friend you’ve always wanted.

Surveys show that people report feeling more relaxed and happier when they’re with a pet, that pets help reduce loneliness, and that pet ownership helps promote strong communities.

Need more convincing? Check out this list of 8 great reasons to adopt a dog or cat.

Ending Pet Homelessness

Mars Petcare and PEDIGREE Foundation are working together to end pet homelessness and help keep people and pets together. You can learn more about the issues and how you help here.

Through its BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, Mars Petcare works with cities and governments to make communities more pet friendly so more people can enjoy the benefits of life with a pet. PEDIGREE Foundation helps dogs get adopted through a nationwide grant program for shelters and rescues.

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