The Washington Spirit and Mars Pet Nutrition’s PEDIGREE® Brand are Teaming Up for Pitchside Pups on May 24

Washington Spirit  |   May 8, 2024
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Furry friends are welcome as the Spirit partners with the PEDIGREE® Brand and PEDIGREE Foundation to find furever homes for homeless and shelter dogs


Washington, D.C. (05/08/2024) – The Washington Spirit and the PEDIGREE® brand, proudly part of the Mars Incorporated family of brands, are teaming up for Pitchside Pups Presented by PEDIGREE® on Friday, May 24, at Audi Field when the Spirit takes on Seattle Reign at 7:30 p.m. ET. Humans and pups alike can enjoy dog-related experiences and activities around the stadium, including a pre-match pet-friendly Yappy Hour at Spirit Bar Network partner Dacha Beer Garden, a dog march to Audi Field, an adoption event, product sampling, mobile grooming, a pet portrait artist, dog merchandise and more. In 2024, the Washington Spirit welcomed the iconic SNICKERS® brand, proudly part of Mars, as an official partner through the 2024 NWSL season which includes the SNICKERS® logo on game jersey sleeves.


“Theme nights are a great opportunity to give our partners a platform for the important work they do,” said Spirit Chief Operating Officer Theresa McDonnell. We are glad to support the PEDIGREE Foundation’s mission and highlight their impact. Pitchside Pups will also entertain our fans with fun and engaging activities. Thanks to Mars, we can’t wait to welcome dogs and their humans to Audi Field!”


Committed to finding homes for homeless and shelter dogs, the PEDIGREE Foundation supports shelters and rescue organizations and encourages people to adopt, foster, volunteer, and donate. An adoption event in partnership with Wolf Trap Rescue will be held at Pitchside Pups Presented by PEDIGREE®. Mars 100,000 Petcare Associates are devoted to the 400 million pets of the world and how to improve their lives. This involves everything from their nutrition — through foods like PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, and ROYAL CANIN® — to high-quality medical care provided by BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, VCA® and AniCura. Our Associates also think big picture, working to end pet homelessness and alleviate student debt for veterinarians. Our Waltham Petcare Science Center is also driving the innovations we need to improve pet health through nutrition, data, and veterinary care.


“Mars is the world’s leading pet company and we know that more dogs are entering shelters and rescues than leaving and many animal welfare organizations are at capacity,” said Deb Fair, Executive Director, PEDIGREE Foundation. “We are proud to support the work of Wolf Trap Rescue as they continue to help more dogs find homes through adoption events like Pitchside Pups, building on our partnership between Mars Wrigley and SNICKERS supporting women’s professional sports.”


Fans can purchase tickets and register their pups for the match HERE. Dogs do not need their own ticket, but their owners must purchase a ticket in the designated pet section and register their dogs by Tuesday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET. No walk-up pets will be allowed to enter the match. Fans who have registered their dogs should enter through Gate B for check-in prior to getting to dog-friendly seats in sections 102-110. Dogs will not be permitted outside of these sections. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found HERE.



About The Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team based in Washington, D.C. and plays at Audi Field in Buzzard Point. The Spirit was founded on November 21, 2012, and are an inaugural member of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the premier women’s soccer league in North America. For more information about the Spirit, visit and follow the club on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.


About the PEDIGREE® Brand

The PEDIGREE Brand, proudly part of Mars, Incorporated, is the number one brand of dog food and treats in the world, feeding more dogs than any other brand. The PEDIGREE Brand offers a wide variety of products and formats for dogs at every life stage. The PEDIGREE Brand is built on an unwavering love for all dogs and a commitment to dog adoption. For more information, please visit


About PEDIGREE Foundation

We believe every dog deserves a loving, forever home. PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help end pet homelessness. Nearly 3.1 million dogs end up in shelters and rescues every year, and nearly half never find a home. The foundation was established in 2008 by Mars Petcare, maker of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, to help increase dog adoption rates. We’ve awarded more than 6,200 grants and more than $12 million to U.S. shelters and rescues that help dogs in need. Since launching our Canadian grant program in 2022, we have provided $200k CAD to local shelters and rescues in need across Canada, as well as $20k CAD in Disaster Relief. At PEDIGREE Foundation, we’re working toward a day when all dogs are safe, secure, cared for, fed well, and loved. See how you can help at


About Mars, Incorporated

Mars, Incorporated is driven by the belief that the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. As a global, family-owned business, Mars is transforming, innovating, and evolving to make a positive impact on the world. Across our diverse and expanding portfolio of quality snacking, food, and pet care products and services, we employ 140,000+ dedicated Associates. With more than $47 billion in annual sales, we produce some of the world’s best-loved brands including Ben’s Original™, CESAR®, Cocoavia®, DOVE®, EXTRA®, KIND®, M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, and WHISKAS®. We are creating A Better World for Pets through our global network of pet hospitals and diagnostic services – including AniCura, BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, Linnaeus and VCA™ – using cutting edge technology to develop breakthrough programs in genetic health screening and DNA testing.


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