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March 16, 2019

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer - Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Social Media / Production - Bob Page

Special Guest - Kitty Block President and CEO of the HSUS will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/16/19 at 5pm ET to discuss Humane Society of the United States undercover investigation shows plight of dogs in a laboratory being dosed with pesticides and drugs

 

-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.

 

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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.

 

Calling all creative kids! Bob Vetere, APPA President & CEO, is excited to announce that the association’s non-profit campaign, Pets Add Life (PAL), is kicking off the 8th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest beginning September 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Students in 3rd-8th grade are encouraged to write original poems about the joys of owning pets of all types for a chance at top prizes for both themselves and their classroom.

Participants can submit poems via PAL’s Facebook page at facebook.com/petsaddlife, online at www.PetsAddLife.org or mail final poems and submission forms to:

Pets Add Life
50 Washington St. Suite 100
Reno, NV 89503

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

Additionally, teachers within these grade levels are welcome to incorporate this national contest into their lesson plans and submit poems in one entry on behalf of their classroom.

One student from each grade nationwide (6 total) will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a potential “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication or online outlet. Additionally, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1,000 grant to spend on pet-related education or to support a classroom pet.

To learn more about the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, read previous winning poems, upload submissions, or download submission forms, please visit http://petsaddlife.org/childrens-poetry-contest or contact Ashlee Verba at 775.322.4022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,000 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. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

-Global Pet Expo, held February 20 –22, 2013, in Orlando, FL, a huge success –

(Greenwich, CT - 2013) —The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) are pleased to announce Global Pet Expo 2013 was a big success, reporting record-breaking numbers in exhibitors, buyer and media attendance and total booths sold. Experiencing an increase in growth on all fronts, the 2013 Show featured 5,327 buyers in attendance, a 5 percent increase over last year, more than 3,000 new pet product launches, 964 exhibitors and 2,686 booths sold – the highest post-show numbers reported in Global Pet Expo’s nine-year history. Total show attendance came to just over 13,000 people.

Also released at the Show were record-breaking industry figures, as well as results from APPA’s latest Survey showing pet ownership at an all time high; both releases can be found in the Association’s press room at www.americanpetproducts.org.

“There’s no arguing that this industry continues to grow and there’s certainly no better place than at Global Pet Expo for exhibitors to showcase their products and give thousands of buyers from around the world a first look,” said Andrew Darmohraj, APPA senior vice president and trade show director. “We’d truly like to thank all the buyers, exhibitors, and media who participated in this year’s show making this our largest event to date.”

The 2013 Show yielded more new product launches than any other show in the industry, and had more than 900 entries into the New Products Showcase alone.

Ranked one of the top 100 trade shows in the nation by Trade Show Executive Magazine, the 2013 Show grew its international presence by 19 percent with 172 international exhibitors, up from 145 in 2012. Likewise, 27 percent of the attendees were international buyers that represented 71 countries, solidifying Global Pet Expo as a key trading opportunity for companies from around the world.

The 2013 Show also saw record-setting media attendance ranging from pet industry specific magazines and bloggers to major national media outlets like Good Morning America, TODAY, Hallmark and USA Today, further demonstrating the widespread interest in pets.

Social Media played a key role in the 2013 Show as well. During the week of the Show, there were 4,300 tweets about Global Pet Expo from buyers, exhibitors and media alike, generating over 13.5 million impressions. The Global Pet Expo Twitter page has grown 38 percent over the past year and the Facebook page has grown 36 percent. Global Pet Expo’s YouTube channel has shown the greatest increase at over 29,000 views, up 58 percent from the 2012 Show.

This year, award-winning pet lifestyle journalist, author and spokesperson, Sandy Robins was honored with Global Pet Expo’s annual “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award” for her commitment to the industry. Robins accepted the award February 21st at the media-exclusive Purina® Media Reception at Global Pet Expo.

Now in its third year, the New Products Showcase Awards Presentation also proved successful. The ‘Best in Show’ red carpet ceremony took place on the show floor and was hosted by veterinarian and media personality, Dr. Marty Becker. With more entrants in the showcase than ever before, buyers narrowed down top picks out of more than 900 products across nine categories to determine the “Best in Show” winners. Becker also gave a nod to his favorites with his annual “Becker’s Best” awards.

“The 3,000 new product launches at this year’s show included advances in technology, like self-cleaning fish tanks and pet doors you can control from your smart phone, as well as advances in enrichment products from tennis ball cannons to ice cube vitamin supplement kits,” said Darmohraj. “Whether you’ve been in this industry for years and have dozens of products or you are just starting out with a single product launch, Global Pet Expo is a must attend event.”

The 2014 Global Pet Expo will take place Wednesday – Friday, March 12 – 14, 2014 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center. For details, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

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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 2013 Show featured 964 exhibitors, 2,686 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 5,324 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 2014 Show will take place March 12-14, 2014 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 not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,000 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. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

 

- American Pet Products Association (APPA) releases the 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey, the most comprehensive consumer research providing insight on demographics, buying habits, and other traits of U.S. owners of dogs, cats, fish, birds, equine, reptiles, and small animals.-

(GREENWICH, Conn.) – Bob Vetere, president & CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) is pleased to announce the release of the 2013-2014 National Pet Owners Survey. Pet ownership in the United States is at a record high thanks in part to pet owners’ willingness to promote owning a pet to others. Nearly one-half of pet owners report they heard of their pet’s availability by word-of-mouth. The Survey indicates that pet ownership among all U.S. households is 68 percent. This equates to an increase to 82.5 million pet owning households in 2012.

“As an industry, we have been working very hard to promote the joys and benefits of responsible pet ownership and we are thrilled to see that more people are opening their homes and sharing their families with pets than ever before,” said APPA President and CEO Bob Vetere. “We believe that key initiatives have contributed to the growth and increasing word-of-mouth including the formation of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative two years ago, a large national social media campaign called Pets Add Life, school program, Pets in the Classroom and public service ad campaign, The Shelter Pet Project.”

Coincident with the increase in overall pet ownership is a comparable gain in the total number of households owning a dog or cat. Dog ownership swelled to 56.7 million households, while cat ownership grew to 45.3 million. These gains in dog and cat owning households mean that the total number of these pets has also increased. The current Survey reports a total of 83.3 million dogs and 95.6 million cats in the U.S.

Ownership Level by Species

While the number of households owning a pet has increased in all categories from the last survey, the proportion of ownership by species has remained fairly stable. Dogs and cats are still the most popular species, owned by 46.7 percent and 37.3 percent of U.S. households, respectively. After a decline in 2010, freshwater fish returned to ownership levels previously reported from 2000 to 2008 (12 percent). The same can be said for bird ownership, which dipped in 2008 and 2010 to five percent, but is now back up to 5.7 percent. Horse ownership rebounded in 2012, returning to 2.3 percent after a slight drop in 2010. Small animal and reptile ownership levels have increased to 5.7 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively. Saltwater fish ownership saw an increase as well, at 1.5 percent of the total (online) U.S. population. More households than ever before own small animals, reptiles or saltwater fish.

Multiple Pet Ownership

An increase in multiple pet owning households also contributed to the overall growth in pet ownership. The Survey reveals that multiple pet ownership is at an all-time high, of 53.4 million in 2012. Similar to years past, the most popular combination of pets owned is a dog and cat, as noted by 29 percent of pet owners in 2012. Approximately 40 percent of pet owning households own multiple types of pets. Industry initiatives such as Pets Add Life and Maddie’s Fund have specifically targeted multiple pet owning households based on the idea that people with an affinity to pets already are more likely to add another to their household.

How Owners Learn of Pet’s Availability

A new question in the Survey asked owners to indicate how they learned of the availability of their pet. Between 40 and 50 percent of pet owners learned their pet was available through word of mouth, making it the most popular method. Signs and billboards are the least popular, with between two and 15 percent of respondents citing them as an awareness source.

Amount Spent on Pets in the Past 12 Months

As might be expected, food is one of the highest annual expenses for owners of all species, except freshwater fish, with $239 spent on food for dogs, and $203 spent on food for cats. Veterinarian visits, whether emergency, sick, surgical or routine, are also named as top expenses, particularly among dog, cat, and bird owners. Boarding is another item of significant expense for owners, with an average of $327 spent on dog boarding, $337 on cat boarding and $3,584 spent on boarding horses. It is also worth noting that for many common expenses, dog owners spend more, on average, than cat owners. For example, amounts spent on beds, treats, grooming, heartworm medication, leashes, surgical vet visits and toys for dogs are close to double amounts spent on those same items for cats.

Caring for a Pet’s Health

Increases in both dollar amount spent and services provided indicate pet owners’ priority in caring for their pets’ health. With pet insurance expected to increase in 2013, it is another sign of pet owners treating their pets like a true member of the family. The use of pet meds and supplements to ensure longer, healthier lives for pets is increasing as well.

The complete 2013-2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey includes more than 500 pages of detailed information on pets. The Survey will be available for purchase online at www.americanpetproducts.org.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,000 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. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

 

-Third through eighth grade students and teachers nationwide have until Friday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m. EST to submit poem entries-

Greenwich, CT – American Pet Products Association (APPA) President and CEO, Bob Vetere announced today that the organization’s 5th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, February 22, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Third through eighth grade students are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them, the joys they bring, and enter online at www.petsaddlife.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/petsaddlife or mail poem entries and submission forms to:

Pets Add Life

661 Sierra Rose Dr.

Reno, NV 89511

One student from each grade level (6 total) nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, the six winning students’ classrooms will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education.

Founded by APPA, the non-profit PAL campaign is designed to demonstrate the joys and benefits of responsible pet ownership and encourage increased animal adoption.

To learn more about this exciting contest opportunity for kids, visit www.petsaddlife.org or contact Brooke Gersich at 775.322.4022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes more than 1,000 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. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

- Jill Rappaport named the 2012 recipient of the prestigious annual “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award.”-

(Greenwich, CT— January 17, 2012)— The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) are pleased to announce that TODAY show correspondent and Animal Advocate, Jill Rappaport is the 2012 recipient of Global Pet Expo’s annual “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award”.

Rappaport will personally accept the award Thursday, March 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida at The Purina® Media Reception at Global Pet Expo. This media-exclusive event is held in conjunction with Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual tradeshow, taking place February 29 – March 2, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center. Global Pet Expo attendees include independent pet product retailers, distributors and mass market buyers, media and other qualified individuals from the pet industry.

Rappaport has been on TODAY for 20 years. She served as the entertainment correspondent for the first 17 years, but when her beloved dog Jack got bone cancer, her life and career changed forever. While chronicling Jack's illness on the show, she realized that animal welfare issues were her calling and so her path changed. In her popular, award-winning "Bow To Wow" series, shelter dogs get a makeover and a second chance at life, and through her work she has helped to save hundreds of horses that were severely abused. Since its inception, “Bow to Wow” has had a 100% success record, and even Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps has adopted one of the dogs from Jill’s segment. She also keeps TODAY viewers informed about the latest health trends for pets. She developed a clothing line for Pendleton for women and pets, which benefited the Jack and Jill Fund for animal cancer.

Rappaport and TODAY have received the coveted Genesis Award, which is the Oscars of the animal world, for her reporting on animal issues. Rappaport is also the best-selling author of "People We Know, Horses they Love," and has written three other books, including "Jack & Jill: The Miracle Dog with a Happy Tail To Tell," about her beloved dog Jack, and "500 Cats." She was named the first recipient of the "Voice for the Animals Award" for her work on and off the screen from the Humane Society of the United States, presented by Matt Lauer, and has received the coveted MSPCA-Angell Animal Hall of Fame Award in Boston.

Rappaport also received the New York City Parks Citizen award from the Mounted Auxiliary unit. She was honored for Outstanding Community Service from the LI Veterinary Medical Association, was just named the ASPCA Good Will Equine Welfare Ambassador, and ended 2011 with the coveted honor of ringing the NYSE Opening Bell for animal adoption. Ms. Rappaport lives on a farm with her four rescue dogs and six horses, whom she refers to as her "fur angels."

“We truly believe that this award was crafted especially for someone just like Ms. Rappaport and that her promotion of responsible pet ownership is directly inline with APPA’s mission,” said Bob Vetere, president of APPA. “Her dedication to improving the lives of pets and helping resolve animal welfare issues is evident and we could not be more thrilled to honor her with this year’s award.” 

The annual “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award” recognizes individuals in the media who have the power to influence millions of people and use this to positively promote the joys and benefits of pet ownership. Whether via print, broadcast or internet mediums, these distinguished members of the press produce stories that highlight responsible pet ownership and all the exciting services, products and activities that make spending time with our pets even more enjoyable. Past recipients include Victoria Stilwell, Rachael Ray, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Marty Becker (Good Morning America/Vetstreet/Dr. Oz Show), Gina Spadafori (author/Pet Connection) and Janice Brown (The Tails Pet Media Group).

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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 2011 Show featured 835 exhibitors, 2,380 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 4,691 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

 The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes nearly1,000 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. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

American Pet Products Association Presents

 Holiday Pet Travel Tips

 

(GREENWICH, Conn.) – Nearly a quarter of dog owners bring pets on trips throughout the year according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) 2011 / 2012 National Pet Owners Survey, which includes holiday trips as well. While some owners (and pets) may find holiday traveling stressful, ensure easy, safe and comfortable traveling with furry family members with the following tips and products manufactured by APPA members. 

 

Buckle Up

While road-tripping and traveling by car during the holidays, make sure pets are properly restrained to prevent driver distraction and to keep pets, passengers and other drivers on the road safe. With dogs taking approximately five car trips per year (according to APPA’s 2011 / 2012 National Pet Owners Survey), it is crucial to keep pooches properly secure and comfortable. Visit Kurgo for all your travel needs before hitting the road. www.Kurgo.com 

 

Safety in the Sky

Traveling by air? Make sure dogs and cats are safe, secure and comfortable at all times. Before heading to the airport, make sure pet carriers are airline approved and convenient to travel with. Sleepy Pod carriers are airline approved and great for keeping pets comfortable in the cabin or under a seat.   http://sleepypod.com/air

 

Bring Plenty of Food & Water

Whether traveling by air or car, bring along plenty of food and water for pets. Should travel plans unexpectedly get delayed, make sure extra food is packed for pets. Check out Planet Dog for convenient travel food and water bowls and storage bags, collapsible for traveling and storing as well. www.PlanetDog.com

 

Ensure Pets are Identifiable at all Times

It’s important to make sure pets are easily identifiable should they get lost while traveling. Between unfamiliar surroundings and crowds, ensuring pets have up-to-date emergency contact information on them at all times is key. Look into Dog IDs for an assortment of themed identification tags to personalize and engrave. www.DogIDs.com

 

Keep Pets Calm

Take the anxiety out of Fido’s traveling, and make sure he stays relaxed and calm. A healthy, natural solution for dogs, Vet’s Best Travel Calm supplements feature valerian root and ginger to help ease stress from tension, motion and loud noises. http://www.vetsbest.com/products/dog-supplements.php

 

Pack the Essentials

Remember to pack up Fido’s essential items including health records, medications, supplements, food, water and plenty of toys and treats. Keep items organized and within reach in case of an emergency, with multifunctional pet travel bags by Doggy Baggage. www.DoggyBaggage.com 

 The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes nearly 1,000 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. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

 

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American Pet Products Association (APPA) 2011/2012 National Pet Owners Survey cites pets help instill responsibilities among children  

(Greenwich, CT) – In addition to companionship, affection, love and company, a top benefit of owning pets includes teaching children responsibility. According to APPA’s 2011 / 2012 National Pet Owners Survey, 58 percent of small animal owners rank teaching children responsibilities as a key benefit in owning pets, followed by 44 percent of equine owners and 43 percent of reptile owners, reinforcing the idea that pet ownership is, in fact, a great teaching tool for children.

“It’s refreshing to see children not only helping to care for their pets, but learning valuable life lessons and responsibilities from them as well,” said Bob Vetere, president of APPA. “There are so many joys and benefits pets of all types bring to our lives, and they truly help instill responsibility among children from ensuring they have plenty of food and water to helping them receive daily exercise and play.”

Celebrating the joys and benefits pets bring to the lives of children specifically, APPA is currently accepting poems for its 4th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest.

“Every submission we receive for our Children’s Poetry Contest is the child’s expression of just how much their pet means to them and the happiness these companions bring to their lives,” said Vetere.

Students in grades 3rd-8th are invited to write a unique poem about a pet, what they love about them, the joys they bring, and then post it online at www.PetsAddLife.org or mail their final poem and submission form to: Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Dr., Reno, NV 89511. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012 at 5:00pm EST.

One student from each grade level (six total) nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet related education.

To learn more about the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, and see current submissions, visit www.petsaddlife.org or contact Kerry Sutherland at 775.322.4022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the American Pet Products Association or the National Pet Owners Survey, contact Jamie Brant at 775.322.4022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes nearly1,000 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. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information. 

 

- For the first year, APPA will accept poems from students in grades 3rd-8th, which will be considered to win scholarship dollars and other pet prizes -

 Greenwich, CT – Calling all creative kids! American Pet Products Association (APPA) President, Bob Vetere announced today that beginning Thursday, September 1, 2011 the organization will be accepting poems for its 4th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest.

“The last three years have not only been successful, but fun,” Vetere said. “We are overwhelmed, year after year, by the number and creativity of poems we receive from kids across the country. This is a great opportunity to get and keep kids excited about pets in a fun and educational way. It was only natural for us to expand the contest in its fourth year to allow for more students to have the opportunity to participate.” 

For the first year ever, students in grades 3rd-8th are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them, the joys they bring, and then post it online at www.PetsAddLife.org or mail their final poem and submission form to: Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Dr., Reno, NV 89511. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012 at 5:00pm EST. 

In addition, teachers within our contest grade levels are welcome to incorporate this national contest into their lesson plans, and submit poems in one entry, on behalf of his/her classroom. 

One student from each grade level (6 total) nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet related education.

 “In past years, winning poems have featured pets from hamsters and birds to dogs that are best friends, kittens and fish,” Vetere said. “And, it has been wonderful to receive updates from our winning teachers who have spent the scholarship dollars on classroom fieldtrips to the zoo, a classroom pet and supplies, and educational materials regarding pet and animal wellness.”

 To learn more about the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, read previous winning poems, upload your submission, or download a printed submission form, please visit www.petsaddlife.org or contact Kerry Sutherland at The Impetus Agency, 775.322.4022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes nearly1,000 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. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.