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WHY WE’RE DOING IT

It’s simple. At Mars Petcare, we’re driven by our Purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

That’s why for years we have worked to address pet homelessness issues around the world, with a wide range of programs, including responsible pet owner and breeder education, expanded access to veterinary care, shelter support, branded partnerships and donations.

But there was no consistent way to measure the scale of pet homelessness and map the key issues that need to be solved, or to understand the wider impact of these initiatives, and the efforts of so many organizations with the same goal.

Now, Mars Petcare, in partnership with an Advisory Board of leading animal welfare experts, has released the State of Pet Homelessness Index, the first consistent, methodological measure of pet homelessness by country. Identifying local and contributing factors and building insight into the most impactful factors in each country is an important step on our journey to end pet homelessness.

Our hope is that together with our partners and pet lovers across the globe, we can End Pet Homelessness once and for all.

State of Pet Homelessness in numbers

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603

Days of research

The Index is based on data from over 200 global and local sources and is supplemented by new quantitative research on people’s attitudes, country by country

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200+

Data Sources

Global and local data sources relating to pet homelessness across the globe collected and analyzed

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224M

Shelter, street/stray dogs and cats

Estimated number of street/stray dogs and cats in the 9 countries measured so far

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20+

Organizations Involved

Mars Petcare teams, charities, non-government, and pet care organizations consulted to gather data on pet homelessness and advise on the Index approach

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THE APPROACH

The Index is based on data from over 200 global and local sources, and is supplemented by new quantitative research on people’s attitudes, country by country. This data can then be used by animal welfare organizations, policymakers, pet professionals, academics, researchers and other interested parties to better understand where to direct their action in order to drive change.

It is important to note that the Index is a view of the issue at a specific moment in time when the research was conducted.

Driven by our Purpose

Our Purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS means that all pets are Wanted, Cared For and Welcome. Here are some of our Associates who are passionate about pets and in helping to End Pet Homelessness.

Resources

Get a head start on making a difference with these ready-made materials.

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