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PetCare Pride Day

Nestlé Purina's commitment to pet welfare is about envisioning, as a team, what we can do to enrich the lives of pets and the people who love them. It's about partnering with local organizations that support pets AND people to accomplish something bigger. And it's about having unconditional support from the bottom up and from the top down to take initiative within our communities.

Each year, Nestlé Purina celebrates PetCare Pride Day – a day devoted to community service at our St. Louis Headquarters and also at many of our factory facilities across the country. This is an opportunity for associates to step away from their desks and off the production floor to divide into teams to perform a variety of service activities.

This Year's Highlights

3 Purina associates holding up hand-made quilts on Pet Care Pride Day

2021's Service Accomplishments

  • 1,350 Associates participated in service activities
  • Associates packed 2,000 care kits and snack packs for homeless individuals and youth in-need
  • Built 150 pet beds for shelter animals, 500 pet enrichment toys and 150 adoption packets for local shelter and Petfinder member CARE STL
  • Donated $1,650 toward personalized training of a service dog for a child with Autism in Hager City, WI
  • Volunteered to beautify community dog park in Crete, NE
  • Packed pet donation kits and led clean-up at Hart County Animal Shelter in Hartwell, GA
  • Sorted and bagged nonperishable foods for Second Harvest Food Bank in St. Joseph, MO
  • Donated more than $5,000 in addition to pet food and treats to Coco’s Cupboard In Fairburn, GA

Infographic of stats - 1,350 associates and 2,000 care kits & snack packs


A year of uncertainty due to COVID-19 didn’t slow us down when our communities needed us most. More than 600 associates at our headquarters in St. Louis and manufacturing facilities across the U.S. participated in a socially distanced PetCare Pride Day, the first ever of it’s kind.

2020's Service Accomplishments

Infographic of stats - 1,400 care kits for homeless. 13,000 pounds of pet food donated.

  • Packed nearly 1,400 care kits for the homeless
  • Created more than 1,500 thank-you kits for healthcare workers on the front lines
  • Created 400 pet blankets for local animal shelters in need
  • Provided 240,000 meals and 13,000 pounds of pet food to families in the St. Louis region through 10 food distribution events with the St. Louis Area Foodbank

3 Purina employees holding a check for a $60,000 donation to the St. Louis Area Foodbank


2018's Service Accomplishments

Infographic of stats - 1,500 employees participated helping 22 local charities.

  • 100 “Green Paw” associates worked to clean up the Riverfront Trail
  • Stuffed 750 backpacks with food and supplies for Peabody Elementary School and Lift for Life Academy
  • Assembled 1,000 Purina Pet Packs for the APA of Missouri, containing essential items new pet owners need to get them started
  • Built 43 dog houses, 72 cat bunk beds, 150 dog beds and 110 pet blankets to be donated to the Humane Society of Missouri, Gateway Pet Guardians and the Tenth Life cat shelter
  • Led a Mutt-I-Grees humane education project at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis
  • Assembled 7,500 ready-to-eat meals and 1,300 personal care kits, which will be distributed to the underserved by our community partners
  • Made more than 250 baby blankets, which will be distributed to children at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • 75 associates went to Lydia’s House Domestic Violence Shelter to help make the facility pet friendly
  • Assembled bicycles and led children’s activities at Guardian Angel Settlement Association
  • Donated $15,000 to area non-profits selected by associates
  • A group of volunteers helped ensure all waste from the celebration was separated appropriately to make this our second Zero Waste PetCare Pride Day

Purina employees participating at the 2018 Purina Petcare Pride Day


2017's Service Accomplishments

Employees working on project at PetCare Pride Day

  • A group of 100 associates transformed Frenchtown Dog Park, making approximately $30,000 worth of upgrades in partnership with Rescue Rebuild
  • Assembled pet education materials and read to children at Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House about shelter pets and responsible pet care
  • 40 bicycles built for children at Kingdom House
  • School supplies sorted at KidSmart
  • Landscaped several city parks throughout the St. Louis area
  • 500 items built for area pet shelters including dog houses, pet beds, and blankets
  • 1,000 new pet owner adoption kits assembled
  • 9,000 ready-to-eat meals and care kits prepared
  • We donated more than $20,000 to area non-profits

Infographic that says - 23 volunteer projects, 1400 volunteers, 20+ local charities

Purina associates holding a donation check for $3,000


2016's Service Accomplishments

inforgraphic that says - 1,300 associates, $40,000 donated

  • A group of 20 associates painted a mural on the wall at Animal House
  • Painted, cleaned, and weeded for the Laclede Landing Dog Park Makeover
  • Unloaded, sorted, and packed donated food items at the Ferguson Food Pantry
  • Fed the homeless and assisted with cleanup and food pantry organization at the Community Care Center
  • Made blankets, built houses and beds for cats and dogs
  • Assembled and painted toy boxes and hope chests for residents at Almost Home
  • Painted, mulched and gardened at Brightside St. Louis
  • We donated more than $40,000 to area non-profits 

Purina associates packing up donated food in boxes

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