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Why Pet Owners are saying Thank You

                 "To every fluffy, furry, four-legged, long-eared, one of you.

                                                          Thank you.

That's what Mars PetCare's new #thankyoupets campaign is saying to all the pets that add so much happiness, health and joy to our lives.

Mars's WALTHAM centre has been advancing the understanding of animal nutrition and health for more than 50 years. Now their fantastic work has shown what many of us already knew – that our pets' companionship helps us feel content and less lonely. Caring for a pet gives us purpose and can help strengthen our familial bonds.

Mars’ new campaign extends a heartfelt 'thank you' to our pets, and encourages us all to do the same. You can get involved on social media today – use the hashtags #thankyoupets and #PetsTackleLoneliness, and show the world how grateful you are to the precious, loveable pets whose company makes homes and lives so much more special!

Mars PetCare have been very generous to Leicester Animal Aid over the years, helping us in funding a variety of very worthwhile projects. We're very thankful for the backing that Mars offer. Among the valuable projects supported by their friendship is our Community Pet Support Scheme (CPSS), which seeks to sustain and enhance the relationship of pets and their owners to boost the wellbeing of both.

From its humble beginnings in 2016, the CPSS programme has grown to provide practical support for the elderly, the physically disabled, and the housebound. The Scheme helps them to care for their companion animals at home, and runs a dedicated foster support network that can arrange temporary pet care elsewhere when it's needed.

We're very proud of the CPSS's achievements in the last few years. Guided by CPSS Co-ordinator Jane Sharp, the Scheme currently supports 32 clients, most of whom are evenly split between the Hinckley & Bosworth and Blaby districts. (We have a few clients in Oadby & Wigston too.) The pets cared for by our CPSS are mainly dogs, around 90%, with cats making up most of the remainder.

You can see our video about the Community Pet Support Scheme here.