Mars, Inc., has committed to an initial cash and in-kind donation of $20 million to support the people, pets and communities most affected by COVID-19, including a $1 million donation to Humane Society International to help cats and dogs that have been abandoned, left behind or surrendered to shelters due to their owners falling ill or no longer having the financial means to care for them.
The support package also includes $5 million to support CARE for critical supplies and expertise that will be deployed in the developing world, to women, children and refugee populations. Mars is also committing to a $2 million donation to the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) to aid in the transport and delivery of critical supplies for all United Nations agencies as they respond to the pandemic.
The balance of $12 million will come from a combination of cash and in-kind donations from across the markets where Mars operates as well as donations from its Foundations including: The Mars Wrigley Foundation, the Banfield Foundation, the Pedigree Foundation and the Tasty Bite Foundation.
Jeffrey Flocken, President Humane Society International, said, “We are incredibly grateful to Mars for this generous donation, which recognizes that dogs and cats are a vital part of our families – a source of comfort and unwavering affection, particularly in times of crisis. As the world struggles with this pandemic, these critically needed funds will directly help companion animals around the world impacted by the coronavirus crisis.”