Cute creative from Colenso encourages pet adoption

Pedigree and Colenso BBDO have launched a new adoption campaign, calling on millennials to take a baby step into parenting with pet adoption.

After finding that 83 percent of millennials were delaying parenting, Pedigree has set out to create a life-stage between life-stages, to find loving homes for shelter dogs. 

The latest adoption campaign throws light-hearted support behind couples putting off their parenting plans, and suggests a dog could be a great way to start their families instead.

“Pedigree exists to make the world a better place for dogs. That’s why ending dog homelessness is a commitment that’s a big part of our DNA. If that means seeking out the tentative pre-parents of the world and offering them a baby-step into parenting, we’ll do it. After all, dogs are a great segue into family responsibilities,” says Fabio Alings, global brand director at Pedigree.

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OOH Creative for Pedigree Pet Adoption campaign.

Be it pressure from the in-laws, a love of freedom, or simply not being ready, Pedigree is hoping to turn millennials’ parenting hesitancy into a big thing for shelter dogs. 

The campaign launches with a film celebrating dog-parents, OOH that shows that puppy love is very real, nursery-rhyme radio that provides an interesting taste of parenthood, and even goes as far as to offer an online presentation to convince a reluctant partner to ‘fetch a few more years’. 

“It’s a wonderful moment in a young couple’s relationship when you both look deep into each other’s eyes and realise you want to start a family together… with a dog,” adds Dan Wright, group executive creative director at Colenso BBDO.


Client: MARS
Client: Fabio Alings, Global Brand Director Pedigree
Client: Cormac Van Den Hoofdakker, Segment marketing manager – PET
Agency: Colenso BBDO
Production Company: 3&7
Photographer: Steven Boniface
Media Agency: Wavemaker

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