For Immediate Release
RALEIGH, NC (May 30, 2018) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization committed to better health for all dogs, is pleased to accept a $50,000 donation from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) in support of CHF’s Clinician Scientist Fellowship Program. With this donation, OFA surpasses $500,000 in cumulative contributions to CHF over a productive 20-year partnership.
The OFA has generously supported CHF research on numerous canine health topics including musculoskeletal disease, thyroid disease, genetics, oncology, and neurology. The foundations co-sponsored the creation of the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), which partners with American Kennel Club (AKC) parent breed clubs for research and to maintain information on health issues of dogs. OFA has also sponsored the Veterinary Student Scholarship program, hosting students from US schools of veterinary medicine to attend CHF’s biennial National Parent Club Canine Health Conference.
“Understanding the need to develop and support the next generation of researchers, the OFA is especially pleased to announce a $50,000 contribution to the AKC CHF’s Clinician Scientist Fellowship Program,” states OFA Chief Operating Officer, Eddie Dziuk.
CHF makes it a priority to encourage and support educational opportunities for trainees in canine health research. The Clinician Scientist Fellowship Program was established in 2012 to provide financial support to residents and graduate students demonstrating promise and enthusiasm for pursuing a career in canine health research. CHF collaborates with the AKC and the Theriogenology Foundation to provide educational grants for residency programs in theriogenology (animal reproductive health) and clinical genetics. CHF also provides support for veterinary students through educational grants for canine health research projects mentored by foundation staff or CHF-funded researchers. These examples of CHF’s funding for educational programs ensure that their mission to prevent, treat and cure canine disease will endure for years to come.
“Investing in the next generation of scientists is a vital part of our mission,” says Dr. Diane Brown, Chief Executive Officer of CHF. “We welcome the OFA’s shared commitment to encourage and support these young researchers. Together, we are making a positive impact on the future for canine health.”
Dziuk says the OFA “can think of no better collaborative partner than CHF in our joint efforts to advance the health of dogs.”
To learn more about CHF’s commitment to training grants for future scientists, please see CHF’s educational grants.
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Since 1995, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs. The Foundation works to prevent, treat and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.
Founded in 1966, the OFA mission is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease. This is accomplished through maintenance of an extensive database of canine genealogic and phenotypic information, a DNA repository for research and testing, and funding research on numerous canine health concerns.
Talkin' Pets News
May 26, 2018
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services
Producer - Daisy Charlotte
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guest - Vicki L. Thayer DVM, DABVP (feline) Winn Feline Foundation/Executive Director, will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 5/25/18 at 721pm ET to her organization and the 2018 Joint Scholarship Recipients
– The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is proud to announce the recipients of the second set of 2018 AKC Paw of CourageSM awards to show appreciation for the working canines that put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. This award specifically recognizes those who are serving or have served their departments honorably and have demonstrated heroism in the line of duty.
“The impact that these two heroic dogs have made in their communities exhibits the highest level of loyalty and commitment,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “They have improved the lives of many and their heroism deserves to be recognized. The 2018 AKC Paw of Courage awards give us an opportunity to pay tribute to the sacrifices that these valiant canines have made in the line of duty.”
Any working dog is eligible to receive an AKC Paw of Courage; the award is not specific to purebred dogs. To nominate a dog for the next set of Paw of Courage awards, click here. Recipients of the award, or their human partner, will receive a 2018 AKC Paw of Courage medal along with a certificate. In addition, the recipients will receive a photo and profile on http://www.akc.org.
The second set of 2018 AKC Paw of Courage award recipients are:
K9 Dexter of San Diego Police Department, CA
K9 Dexter, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been with the San Diego Police Department for over a year. He is a multi-purpose police dog, serving the community with his handler, Officer Dave Winans. K9 Dexter and Winans are one of 36 K9 teams that the San Diego Police Department fields in order to help supply the city with 24/7 monitoring. Dexter is an invaluable resource to the department, successfully helping to deescalate volatile and dangerous incidents. Dexter and Winans have countless arrests under their belts and have contributed to a fair share of the 15,000 radio calls that the unit handled last year.
This past February, Dexter was viciously stabbed while responding to a 911 call. It was reported that a mother was struggling to control her son at home. The suspect came to the door of the home yielding a kitchen knife and refused to drop his weapon, leading to an hour-long standoff with police. The officers on scene fired beanbag rounds at the suspect, which failed to disarm him. Officer Winans made the difficult decision to release Dexter and during the apprehension, the suspect stabbed him several times. K9 Dexter suffered a broken rib and ruptured spleen and was rushed to the emergency veterinary facility for surgery. The suspect was successfully detained by the responding officers and arrested on multiple accounts, including felony assault of a police dog. K9 Dexter has since made a full recovery and returned to duty in San Diego. The sacrifice that K9 Dexter made to protect his fellow officers and his community is appreciated by the entire San Diego Police Department.
K9 Rony of Houston Police Department, TX
K9 Rony, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, served with the Houston Police Department for seven years at the time of his injury. He was certified in patrol work as well as explosive detection. K9 Rony was credited with 250 apprehensions and eleven gun or evidence finds throughout his career. He also served at several public events including the NBA Allstar Game, The Final Four, Superbowl, and recently the World Series.
In February, K9 Rony suffered a serious injury following a pursuit of a suspect who had been driving a stolen vehicle. The driver led officers on a vehicle chase before exiting the car and fleeing on foot. K9 Rony and his human partner, Officer Dennis Shadden, pursued the suspect on foot and Rony was released for an apprehension in a heavily wooded area. One of Rony's legs became entwined in an object and he suffered a serious injury. The subject was taken into custody by other officers and Rony was rushed to an emergency veterinary hospital for treatment. The injury had caused Rony a shattered elbow and multiple breaks in different places of his leg. Because of prior injuries and bad arthritis in his other legs, the veterinarian and the officers agreed that amputating the leg would be too traumatic for the K9 officer, and euthanasia was the most humane treatment. K9 Rony touched the hearts of many in his seven years with the department and will not be forgotten.
RED CROSS RESPONSE TO KILAUEA LAVA UPDATE #2
HONOLULU, HI- May 4, 2018: Two Red Cross shelters remain open for residents evacuated from their homes due to the Kilauea lava threat at the following locations:
Pahoa Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778)
Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749)
As of noon on Friday, there were approximately 200 residents at the Pahoa Community Center and 2 residents at the Keaau Community Center.
The Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for 14 days and bring their emergency supplies with them to shelters. Full details about what the kit should contain are available at www.redcross.org/hawaii (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).
Water - 1 gallon per person per day
Food - non-perishable
Radio -NOAA Weather Radio
First aid kit
Medications & Medical items
Manual Can opener
Personal hygiene items
Copies of Documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies and proof of identity
Cell phone with chargers
Family Contact Information
Change of clothes
You may also need:
Baby supplies - bottles, baby food & diapers
Games and activities
Pet supplies - collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications
The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world. To send a contribution, mail your check to American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 or make a secure online donation at redcross.org/hawaii or call (808) 739-8109.
For more updates, follow the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @HawaiiRedCross. You can also contact the Hawaii Chapter at 808-734-2101 or visit redcross.org/hawaii.
AKC® HUMANE FUND CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY
New York, NY – The AKC® Humane Fund, a non-profit organization committed to supporting responsible pet ownership, is proud to announce that 2018 marks its ten-year anniversary.
The idea to create the AKC Humane Fund was presented to the Board of Directors by Dennis B. Sprung and it achieved 501c3 status in 2008. It was created with the mission to unite animal lovers in promoting responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. The Fund set out to provide financial support to organizations that educate adults and children about responsible pet ownership, provide for the health and wellbeing of all dogs, and preserve and celebrate the human-animal bond. Charitable and educational activities include: Breed Rescue Grants, Grants to Domestic Violence Shelters that accept pets, Scholarships, Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE Awards) and funding the AKC Library.
“Over the past decade, the AKC Humane Fund has been making great strides to unite animal lovers in promoting responsible ownership,” said AKC Humane Fund President Doug Ljungren. “Countless contributions have been made through the Fund to establish educational programs, provide grants to organizations and assist breed rescue, and we see no signs of stopping. We are excited to see what’s in store for the future of this charitable organization that has made such a difference in the animal-loving community.”
Each year, through its John D. Spurling Scholarship, the AKC Humane Fund awards five scholarships totaling $10,000 to full-time students enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the wellbeing of dogs and responsible pet ownership. The Fund gives back to the sport of dogs through its George Ward Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to apprentice handlers pursuing academic and professional enrichment. In 2017, two grants of $5,000 each were awarded through this program.
The AKC Humane Fund is proud to be the leading organization that provides financial assistance to domestic abuse shelters that accept pets. These grants make it possible for women’s shelters to welcome pets and help break the cycle of domestic abuse. The Fund has contributed to more than 120 Domestic Violence Shelters since its inception in 2008.
Additionally, The AKC Humane Fund is dedicated to assisting groups that protect pets, including those involved in pet welfare, rescue and health. Its rescue grant program provides financial assistance to not-for-profit canine clubs and rescue groups that take on significant, rescue-related expenses. Through its Sandy Fund Grant, which was founded after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, The AKC Humane Fund supports organizations that are performing disaster relief services in their communities. The Fund has donated $40,000 to hurricane relief efforts through this program in 2017.
To learn more about the AKC Humane Fund and its other programs and awards, visit http://www.akchumanefund.org/.
Support the AKC Humane Fund by taking surveys: sign up for the Survey Monkey Contributes survey panel, choose AKC Humane Fund as your charity, and for every survey you complete, the AKC Humane Fund will receive $0.50. Get started here: https://contribute.surveymonkey.com/sign-in.
Talkin' Pets News
April 21, 2018
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guests - Natalia Morris, oldest sister and main songwriter for SOUTHERN HALO as well as a big pet lover, will join host Jon Patch 4/21/18, live on Talkin’ Pets at 630pm ET to discuss & give away their upcoming album, Just Like in the Movies
~ ISLE OF DOGS and Wes Anderson Launch CrowdRise Campaign to Benefit Best Friends Animal Society ~
Click the image above for a special video message from Wes Anderson about the contest
Every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters, simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing. They believe that by working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All by 2025.
- 6 people will win the full set of 6 figures
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- These figures were designed and hand finished in London by the same puppet makers who created the puppets for the film
- Each set comes with 5 dogs and Atari
- This is your chance to own a piece of Wes Anderson and "Isle of Dogs" history
Every $10 is a chance to win, so $50 = 5 entries
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-Pet Industry’s Premier Event, held March 21-23, in Orlando, FL, celebrated major milestones
at high-energy, record-breaking Show-
(Stamford, CT) —Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and COO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) is proud to announce Global Pet Expo 2018 successfully wrapped its 14th Show with record-setting size during the three-day Premier Industry Event. Global Pet Expo, presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), boasted a Show Floor spanning 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space to accommodate the growing number of attendees and booths.
Global Pet Expo, where the pet industry met All Under One Roof, experienced impressive growth in the number of exhibiting companies with 1,164, up three percent from 2017, with 272 first-time exhibitors making their debut at the Show. The Show Floor also expanded with 3,523 booths, a 2.5 percent increase over last year’s Show. Total buyer attendance was 6,508, representing 77 countries from around the world. More than 2,100 buyers attended Global Pet Expo for the first time, which is a 26 percent increase from 2017.
“As the premier industry trade show, it is of the utmost importance to Global Pet Expo officials that we continue to expand the offerings and enhance the trade show experience for attendees each and every year,” said Darmohraj. “And, we’re excited to announce the Show Floor will be even bigger and better than ever at the 2019 Show.”
This year’s Global Pet Expo was marked with high energy and enthusiasm as attendees and exhibitors were more engaged than ever before. New educational and networking opportunities and increased social media engagement created a constant buzz on the Show Floor. For the first time, mini educational sessions took place in the New Products Showcase that were so well attended there was standing room only. And the debut of aquatic seminars in the Aquatic Lounge on the Show Floor were a welcome addition for members of the aquarium industry.
Overall, the 2018 expanded Academy was a huge success attracting nearly 1,800 attendees, up 12.5 percent from last year. The Academy, managed by PIDA, featured 20 speakers offering 35 hours of retailer education on topics such as social media marketing, competing with online retailers, merchandising tips, customer service solutions and the hottest topics in employment law.
Social media engagement was also at an all-time high, as the Show employed the latest trends to reach thousands of users. Compared to last year, 25 percent more people were retweeting, mentioning and hash-tagging about Global Pet Expo 2018 on Twitter, while on Instagram, the #GlobalPetExpo hashtag was used nearly 10,000 times. New for this year, Global Pet Expo took advantage of the growing popularity of Instagram stories by posting our own, while more than a hundred people mentioned the Show in their Instagram stories. Global Pet Expo also received over 1,000 Facebook live views, and the Show’s Snapchat filter was seen by more than 5,000 people.
Global Pet Expo featured more than 1,000 entries in the impressive 30,000 square-foot New Products Showcase, as more buyers turned out than ever before, casting twice as many votes for their favorite products. Now in its eighth year, the New Products Showcase “Best in Show” awards ceremony took place on the Show Floor where awards were handed out to Best in Show, Second and Third place winners across nine categories. Petronics, Inc. took home the top prize in the Cat category with their new “Mousr” and Aquapaw, LLC took home top Dog category award with their new “Aquapaw Pet Bathing System.” With more entrants and more votes cast than ever, buyers narrowed down top picks to determine the winners. Visit the press center on GlobalPetExpo.org for a full list of the New Products Showcase winners.
Global Pet Expo also garnered national media attention from those within the industry and outside the industry as outlets were eager to share the latest trends and products with their pet-owning audience. From representatives covering for NBC, CBS, Fox, USA Today, industry trade publications and more, Global Pet Expo provided fun and exciting content on endless amounts of pet product and ownership information.
2018 also marked a commemorative year for both associations as they celebrated milestone anniversaries, APPA’s 60th and PIDA’s 50th, at a special reception for their members held during Global Pet Expo.
“It is remarkable to think that this organization, founded by a small group of distributors meeting in Chicago in 1968, continues to provide value to distributors, their suppliers and customers all these years later,” commented PIDA president Steve King. “We are very proud of our legacy of service to the pet industry and look forward to helping our members thrive as they face future challenges and opportunities.”
Similarly, APPA was founded by a group of 17 companies in 1958, and six decades later consists of over 1,200 domestic and international pet product manufacturers, importers and livestock suppliers, representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.
“As we’ve looked back at how The Association got its start with just a few key players in such a small industry at the time, it’s amazing to see the progress we’ve made that has led us to where we are today, part of a 69 billion dollar industry,” said Bob Vetere, president and CEO of APPA.
During Global Pet Expo, APPA released its annual pet industry spending figures announcing a record-breaking $69.51 billion in pet spending for 2017, up from $66.75 billion in 2016. Estimated spending for this year is $72.13 billion; another 3.7 percent growth.
Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. It is not open to the general public. The 2019 Global Pet Expo will take place Wednesday – Friday, March 20-22, 2019 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center. For details, visit www.globalpetexpo.org
“The level of attendee and exhibitor engagement was fantastic this year, creating such high energy and buzz throughout the Show, making it the most successful Global Pet Expo to date,” added Darmohraj.
Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2018 Show featured 1,164 exhibitors, 3,523 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,508 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2019 Show will take place March 20-22, in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,200 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.
Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bond. Visit www.pida.org for more information.