Pets Matter, and the Tennessee General Assembly Celebrates It!

Pets give us love and support, keep us active for good health, and help us make new friends. Yesterday, these and other benefits of pets were recognized in a powerful way when a resolution for “Pets Matter Month” was read before the entire Tennessee House of Representatives, on its way to being passed by the Tennessee General Assembly.   The joint House and Senate Resolution, passed on May 8, 2017, designates June 2017 as Pets Matter Month as part of Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ initiative.

The Resolution was authored by House Speaker Beth Harwell and co-sponsored by House members who represent the six Mars sites and 2,600 Associates who live in Tennessee and work at Mars Petcare, Mars Chocolate and Wrigley.  

After passing the House, Senator Jack Johnson, who represents the area where Mars Petcare has its headquarters and Innovation Center, introduced the measure on the Senate Floor.
What an honor to celebrate the power of pets here in our home state! We are grateful to all who made this happen, and look forward to recognizing pets throughout the month of June and beyond.

A RESOLUTION to celebrate June 2017 as “Pets Matter Month” in Tennessee
WHEREAS, pets give love, companionship, and support for people; and
WHEREAS, pets get people moving, encouraging activity that is good for health and wellness; and
WHEREAS, pets can lift spirits and help lower depression and loneliness; and
WHEREAS, pets can reduce illness risks, lower blood pressure, and improve heart attack survival rates; and
WHEREAS, pets can help children with cognitive, social, and educational development; and
WHEREAS, pets can motivate older adults to stay active and remain healthy longer; and
WHEREAS, pets in public places help people make new social connections; and
WHEREAS, pets in a neighborhood help people feel safer; and
WHEREAS, pets in the workplace reduce stress, increase morale, and give people better work-life balance; and
WHEREAS, all of these pet truths have been supported by scientific research, including from Mars Petcare’s Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition; and
WHEREAS, Mars Petcare and its businesses, such as the Pedigree® and Nutro® brands and Banfield® and Blue Pearl® veterinary practices, have committed to creating A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS®; and
WHEREAS, Mars Petcare has made the great State of Tennessee its United States home, with both its headquarters and an Innovation Center here; and
WHEREAS, Mars Petcare US has created the BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program that launches here first with initiatives in Davidson and Williamson counties and targets advances for shelters, homes, businesses, and parks; and
WHEREAS, in partnership with Mars Petcare US, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has convened a working group to develop a model for pet-friendly cities and has established the Mayor’s National Welfare Advisory Council on animal welfare issues for Nashville and Davidson County; now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that we hereby join with Mars Petcare US in celebrating June 2017 as “Pets Matter Month” in Tennessee. We applaud Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program and its efforts to make life better for pets and people here in its home State.

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