PEDIGREE Foundation has opened its new office and retail merchandise store located in Franklin inside the new offices of Mars Petcare in the Ovation campus.
Grand opening festivities took place with a cocktail reception held on site (2013 Ovation Parkway in Franklin) on Thursday, July 11. The retail store is now open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Notable guests in attendance included local shelter executive directors, including Laura Chavarria of Nashville Humane Association, Lauren Bluestone of Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC) and Ondrea Johnson of Williamson County Animal Center, as well as PEDIGREE Foundation board members and Mars Petcare employees Jam Stewart, vice president of corporate affairs; Lisa Campbell, director of external affairs; and Tiffany Bierer, raw material development manager.
"We are so excited to have such a beautiful space that will help us highlight our mission of helping increase dog adoption and showcase our Dogs rule® merchandise in a retail location," said Debra Fair, executive director of PEDIGREE Foundation. "All of the proceeds support our grants programs, and we welcome the public to stop by, shop our merchandise and help support organizations that help dogs in need find their loving forever homes."
PEDIGREE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation, founded in 2008, that supports shelters and rescue organizations, as well as encouraging people to adopt, volunteer and donate.
At the close of 2018, the foundation contributed more than $7.3 million through 5,300 grants to shelters and rescues across the country. The PEDIGREE Foundation grants are funded by the PEDIGREE® Brand and contributions from partners and dog lovers. The funds raised by the foundation are used to support organizations that help dogs in need find their loving homes, helping to end pet homelessness.
For more information about the foundation and how to donate to the cause, visit the PEDIGREE Foundation at www.PEDIGREEfoundation.org.
The Ovation office building is part of a four- or five-building creative office campus that will have up to 500,000 square feet of space overall on 12.5 acres at what's being called the East End at Ovation, just east of Ovation Parkway in Franklin.