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Banfield Pet Hospital kicked off the “Pets Are Heroes Too” tour on September 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, embarking on a photographic journey to capture stories and ask pet parents, “Why is your pet your hero?” Animal photographer Seth Casteel, the author of national bestsellers  Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies, toured the country with Banfield Pet Hospital, visiting Minneapolis, Seattle, New York City, Miami and San Diego, to capture images of pets and inspire pet owners to celebrate the bond and companionship they share with them.

 Join Banfield and share your story about why your pet is the everyday hero in your life using #PetsAreHeroesToo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and view stories at Banfield.com/PetsAreHeroesToo.

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Did you know that your cat reduces your risk of heart disease? Or that by walking your dog, you’re making your neighborhood feel safer? Pets make our world a better place, read on to learn more about how Mars Petcare is making a BETTER WORLD FOR PETS®, including Pet Friendly Cities and an interview with Mark Johnson, Regional President, Mars Petcare North America. 

Nashville: Our Hometown Pet Friendly City

Pets change our lives for the better – so why not make sure they're taken good care of, too? On August 31, Mars Petcare US, the producer of some of the world's most beloved pet care brands, unveiled its "Pet-Friendly Communities Initiative" in its hometown in Nashville. 

The initiative is designed to foster greater adoption of pet-friendly community policies and promote the benefits of pet ownership and pet adoption in the U.S. Initial programming in Nashville included free adoption days with three area shelters, a $10,000 donation to the Nashville Parks Foundation and additional donations to 28 rescue shelters in Middle Tennessee.

"Mars Petcare is dedicated to making A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™," said Mark Johnson, Regional President, Mars Petcare North America. "There are countless studies documenting the physical and emotional benefits to pet ownership, particularly on promoting healthy, active lifestyles. We're excited to pilot this initiative in our hometown, and we know Nashville is a great role model for other communities looking to become more pet-friendly."

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What's Next for Pet Friendly Cities?

Pet ownership benefits both individuals, cities and communities. If you are interested in making your city, community or state more pet friendly please email newsletter@mars.com with your contact information and the city, community or state you represent.

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