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Mars Petcare Unveils ‘Pet Friendly Workplace of the Future’

The new office fosters a collaborative working environment for associates and their four-legged friends.

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Mars Petcare opened its new North American headquarters in Franklin, TN, created as the “Pet Friendly Workplace of the Future.”

The new office fosters a collaborative working environment for associates and their four-legged friends, including:

  • Wi-fi enabled dog park with seating areas and room to run so people and pets can work and play together.
  • Two indoor dog play areas, staffed by a “pack leader” and full-time “pet sitters” so associates who may have a busy day can still bring their pets.
  • Coffee bars on every floor that also have automated “slurp stations” for pets so that everyone can enjoy break time together.
  • Custom pet bed and toy storage space throughout the office.
  • Wider furniture with pet-friendly fabric, including sofas and ottomans, so associates can lounge with their furry friends.
  • More than 60 acres of outdoor green space and walking paths — all designed with pet-friendly landscaping.

The new corporate headquarters is designed to “serve as a beacon for other business leaders across the country to introduce pet-friendly polices at their own workplaces.”

“We’ve welcomed pets into our offices for years. We know that they reduce stress and increase our collaboration and productivity at work,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. “And, pets are great for talent recruitment. We know that a majority of candidates would always choose a pet-friendly employer over one who is not. The bottom line is that being a pet-friendly work place is great for our associates, it’s great for our pets, and it’s great for our business.”

Mars Petcare notes  that consumer surveys have shown that pets in the workplace boost morale by contributing to lower stress levels and increased collaboration among employees. They can even make a job more satisfying.

When Mars Petcare surveyed business leaders and their employees across the U.S. about pets at work, 87 percent said being dog-friendly helps them attract and retain more talent. In addition, nearly 60 percent of employees said they’d choose a dog-friendly employer over one who’s not.

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“When you welcome pets to the workplace, everyone wins — they make going to work more enjoyable, and it means our pets spend less time alone at home,” said Dave Bradey, vice president of people and organization at Mars Petcare. “Since pets naturally help us socialize, there is no better way to meet new colleagues, which in turn leads to improved communication. It’s no wonder pet-friendly workplaces are an important perk for job seekers”

The “Pet-Friendly Workplace of the Future” is the latest initiative from Mars Petcare to promote the benefits of pet companionship and encourage pet-friendly policies — whether in the workplace or the community. Mars Petcare created the Better Cities for Pets to inspire business leaders and municipalities to enact pet-friendly polices by providing easily accessible resources featuring best practices as well as industry research on the benefits pets have on humans. The Better Cities for Pets certification program honors municipalities already advocating for fewer pets in shelters, more pet-friendly places and increased housing options for people with pets.

In addition to the new headquarters, Mars Petcare’s hometown of Franklin is home to almost 100 pet-friendly shops and restaurants in the downtown area alone.

For more information about Better Cities for Pets and how to assess your city to be certified, visit bettercitiesforpets.com.

Photo Credit: Hall + Merrick Photographers

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Pizzeria Helps Reunite Missing Pets With Owners

The effort is a hit with patrons.

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Angelo’s Pizza in Matawan, NJ, has launched an effort to get missing pets back with their owners.

It’s putting missing-pets posters on its pizza boxes, the New York Post reports.

The restaurant recently posted on Facebook: “Anyone in the Matawan/Aberdeen area who has a missing pet can drop off flyers for us to place on all your pizza boxes. No charge.”

In a later post, the restaurant wrote: “Thank you for your support and responses from all of you! This initiative has been very very successful and has raised a lot of awareness for missing pets. Thank you everyone! Let’s all keep helping pets be reunited with their families!”

The initiative has been popular with customers. One commented on the restaurant’s Facebook page: “It’s wonderful when businesses care about animals and their patrons.”

Read more at the New York Post

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25 Cities Honored for Pet-Friendliness

The certification was created by Mars Petcare and experts from the Civic Design Center.

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FRANKLIN, TN — Twenty-five cities throughout North America have landed on the inaugural list of Better City for Pets certified cities.

The certification “honors the work that has been done to create a friendly environment for two- and four-legged citizens and the commitment from each of these cities to continue improving their pet-friendly programs and policies,” according to a press release from Mars Petcare.

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Mars Petcare and experts from the Civic Design Center created the certification as an extension of the Mars Petcare Better Cities for Pets program. The program works with local governments, businesses and non-profits to provide resources, tools and grants that help communities make pets more welcome.

“On behalf of Mars Petcare, I want to thank and congratulate the 25 cities that have prioritized people and pets in their communities,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. “From helping people live healthier lives to creating social connections, pets can truly transform our communities. These certified cities are helping to make a more pet-friendly world and we hope that many more cities will join us in this commitment.”

The following cities share the honor of being the first to achieve the Better City for Pets certification:

  • Bloomington, IN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Calumet City, IL
  • Oakland, CA
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Plano, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Port St. Lucie, FL
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Reno, NV
  • Franklin, TN
  • Rochester, MI
  • Hallandale Beach, FL
  • Royalton, MN
  • Henderson, NN
  • Santa Clarita, CA
  • Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Southport, NC
  • Meaford, Ontario
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Memphis, TN
  • Topeka, KS
  • Miami Lakes, FL
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Miami, FL

Through an online assessment at BetterCitiesForPets.com, participating cities were asked to share data on existing and future pet-friendly features within three sections: city profile, survey and priorities. Cities were then evaluated based on 12 traits of pet-friendly cities across the areas of businesses, parks, shelters and homes. Cities that met the certification criteria and committed to continuing their progress in creating a welcoming community for people and pets received the Better City for Pets certification. All cities that completed the assessment received a personalized report outlining their strengths and areas of opportunity, along with resources and tools from the Better Cities for Pets program to help them on their pet-friendly journey.

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Here Are the Most (and Least) Expensive Cities to Own a Pet

6 of the most expensive cities to own a pet are in California.

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GOBankingRates has released rankings of the “most and least expensive cities in the U.S. to own a cat or dog.”

The top-10 lists are based on the cost of pet day care, pet insurance and overall cost of living. (To compile its ranking, GOBankingRates evaluated the 50 largest cities in the U.S.)

The most expensive city to own a pet, according to GOBankingRates, is San Jose, CA. The city has an average cost of pet day care of $40 and average insurance cost per month of $42.

San Francisco is the second most expensive city, with an average cost of pet day care of $36 and average insurance cost per month of $42.

In fact, the study suggests that six of the most expensive cities to own a pet are in California.

Out of the 50 cities, the city named “least expensive” to own a pet is Indianapolis, where the average cost of pet day care is $19, the average insurance cost per month is $31.50 and the general cost of living is comparatively low, according to the ranking.

Wichita is second on the “least expensive list,” with an average cost of pet day care of $22.67, an average insurance cost per month of $29.50 and a low overall cost of living.

Read more at GOBanking Rates

 

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