We Pay It Forward
Giving to the Community
Nestlé Purina believes in helping the communities that have allowed us to flourish, grow, and prosper within their boundaries. As a company, we are constantly seeking new avenues to improve not only St. Louis, but every community in which we are located. Find out what we are doing to make a difference.
Nestlé Purina and its associates contribute more than $1.1 million to the United Way of Greater St. Louis each year. The funds are used by nearly 200 agencies in 16 counties in Missouri and Illinois to provide community services. Similar campaigns at Nestlé Purina's various manufacturing locations are also helping to improve their communities.
PetCare Pride Day
Each year, Nestlé Purina celebrates PetCare Pride Day, a day of community service and volunteering at our St. Louis headquarters and at factory cities across the country. In 2013, activities included:
- Building 30 dog houses, 203 dog and cat beds and 17 cat scratching posts for local animal shelters
- Preparing 6,000 ready-to-eat meals and 1,000 toiletry kits for the homeless
- Making 150 fleece blankets that were donated to area children's hospitals, and another 150 blankets that were made to keep dogs and cats warm at local animal shelters
- Assembling 1,000 new pet owner kits for area shelters
Nestlé Purina associates participated in "Extreme Makeovers" at an area animal shelter and neighboring social service agency by:
- Painting and decorating
- Installing new shelving, furniture, curtains, fixtures and appliances
- Cleaning and reorganizing space
In 2013, associates also volunteered at one other area animal shelter and a social service agency with a neighborhood garden.
For more than 30 years, Nestlé Purina has funded and facilitated the Pet Advocate Leadership (PAL) Program (formerly the Summer Youth Employment Program), designed to educate urban youth in St. Louis City about the workplace and to empower them to be more engaged within their communities. The 15-month program specifically focuses on community issues surrounding animal welfare and careers related to pets. The teens involved in the program develop leadership, career and life skills that will help them to be successful as future professionals, community leaders, and animal welfare advocates.
Nurturing a Better Environment
At Purina, we've been making high-quality and nutritious pet products for more than 80 years. We're passionate about pets and the people who love them. That’s why we’re continuously working to use the earth's resources more efficiently and to further improve our impact on the environment.