The Take the Lead program pairs teen inmates with dogs in a unique training program designed to help canines — and humans.
"This generous donation will go a long way to help animals rescued by the SPCA," said Beth Brookhouser, SPCA director for community outreach, in a statement. "With Mazda Laguna Seca located just across the street from the SPCA shelter, Mazda Foundation's support has helped so many animals, from dogs and cats to horses and parrots, find new, loving homes."
Some of the shelter's animals have been named in honor of Mazda racers and technology.
A parrot called "Sky" takes his name from Mazda's Skyactiv technology. There's even a kitten named "Zoom Zoom" after a Mazda advertising tagline.
"Mazda and the Mazda Foundation have a long tradition of community involvement," said Robert Davis, president of the Mazda Foundation, in a statement. "Our dealers are active with the Mazda Drive for Good. Our racers have been strong supporters of the SPCA for Monterey County since 2007."
Edmunds says: Kudos to the Mazda Foundation for its generosity when it comes to helping our furry friends.