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Mars Petcare, Jacqueline Badger Mars Sponsor Smithsonian’s ‘Cats of Ancient Egypt’ Exhibition


September 29, 2017

As a family and company that celebrates the special relationship between cats and their owners, Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars Petcare are sponsoring the upcoming Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery exhibition, “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt.” Through world-famous Egyptian works of art, the exhibition, opening on October 14, 2017, explores the celebrated roles of cats in Ancient Egypt.

“People have been sharing their lives with domesticated pets for more than 10,000 years. The rich history shared in the ‘Divine Felines’ exhibition on view at the Sackler Gallery helps to demonstrate the relationship that people and cats have enjoyed,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. “At Mars Petcare, we believe that pets make life better. They are our best friends. They help keep us active, and they offer unconditional love. Being part of this fascinating exhibition brings to life our core belief that pets make the world a better place.”

Mars Petcare is encouraging cat lovers everywhere to join this celebration by submitting photos of their own divine felines for a chance to win a weekend trip for two to Washington, D.C., to see and experience the exhibition for themselves, as well as receive a Mars Petcare cat food and treats prize pack. Fans can enter now through October 15, 2017, by submitting photos of their feline friends here. Photo entries may be featured in a slideshow gallery on display at the Smithsonian. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on National Cat Day (October 29).

Mars Petcare says it is excited to support this special showcase of the love between cats and their owners knowing what we feed our pets is an essential way to express this devotion.

“Divine Felines” opens to the public on October 14, 2017, as part of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery reopening weekend celebration. Running through January 15, 2018, the exhibition showcases 80 objects from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned Egyptian collection, including statues, amulets, textiles, as well as other ancient Egyptian feline artifacts from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. For more information on the reopening weekend festivities and events, visit asia.si.edu/reopening.

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