[HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – November 5, 2019] To mark 20 years of publishing the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) presented a special anniversary award to Sally Lester, DVM, MVS, DACVP, for her exceptional contributions to the Journal in advancement of veterinary healthcare for cats around the world during the last two decades. The award was presented to Dr. Lester on November 1, 2019 during the AAFP 5th World Feline Veterinary Conference in San Francisco, CA.
The JFMS 20thAnniversary Award commemorates Dr. Lester’s many years of service as an editorial board member for the JFMS.Since the early years of the JFMS, Dr. Lester has been a prodigious reviewer andhas reviewed more articles than any other reviewer since the AAFP began tracking the articles in 2012 (the year JFMS moved to its current publisher, SAGE).Between August 2006 and December of 2012, when this category was discontinued, she was distinguished as one of five Associate Editors. Since the end of 2011, she has reviewed 63 originally submitted articlesin addition to all of their numerous subsequent revisions.
“Dr. Lester’s generosity with her time and expertise has made a tremendous difference to the practice of feline medicine, and we could not be more thrilled to recognize her contribution during the special AAFP conference,” said Heather O’Steen, CEO of the AAFP. “We extend our gratitude for all she has done to improve the lives of cats and the people who love and care for them.”
Dr. Lester has always been a trail blazer with a passion for cats, particularly Abyssinians. She graduated from Washington State University in 1967 and went back to school to obtain her Masters in Veterinary Science from the University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. She opened Central Laboratory for Veterinarians in Langley, BC, Canada in 1982, which under her guidance, grew into an extremely successful, veterinarian owned lab providing services to all of British Columbia and Alberta. While in her care, the lab was ISO 17025 certified, the first full-service veterinary diagnostic facility to achieve the highest level of laboratory accreditation in North America. She was certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) as a clinical pathologist in 1980 and as an anatomic pathologist in 1988, one of the few dual certified veterinary pathologists in the world (fewer than 30 in 1988 and currently 53 worldwide).
In addition to her extensive reviewing contributions, Dr. Lester educates practitioners on the pitfalls of sample collection and handling and laboratory equipment, and what should be taken into consideration when interpreting laboratory results that may impact management and outcome for patients. She has developed diagnostic tests to help veterinarians care for their patients. Dr. Lester has contributed as a consultant on Veterinary Information Network (VIN) for many years and reviews for several journals.
“As an analytical thinker who is extremely well read, her reviews are very helpful as they offer insight into basic science. Additionally, as a pathologist who interacts directly with practitioners, she has an extraordinary grasp of practical, clinically relevant needs. She represents everything the AAFP stands for by improving the health and welfare of cats through high standards of practice, continuing education, and evidence-based medicine and, because she has served the JFMS consistently since its inception, we are honored to present her with the 20thAnniversary JFMS award,” said Margie Scherk, DMV, DABVP (feline practice), co-editor of the JFMS for the AAFP.
Dr. Lester also cares about the health and welfare of all animals and creatures in need. She volunteers at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary every year and is involved in the TNR program on Kauaii.
The 2019 AAFP Conference and 5thWorld Feline Veterinary Conference took place October 31 to November 3, 2019, in San Francisco, CA where over 1,700 attendees were expected. The special conference was a first-of-its-kind conference on Complex Disease Management, which concentrated on exploring feline comorbidities. The interaction and processes between two or more distinct diseases can be challenging and yet, practices experience this occurrence almost daily. Veterinary professionals acquired knowledge about complex disease management and what to do if treatments appear to conflict.
Crazy for kitties? Or do dogs make your tail wag? Are you ready for a best canine friend forever, or a meow-ing, purring friend? Thanks to veterinarian, Dr. Gary Weitzman, President and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and National Geographic Kids books, there are (2) incredible guides; Cat Breed Guide and Dog Breed Guide to help you decide. Each book provides a complete reference to your purrrrrr-fect feline companion or canine fur-ever friend and are perfect for cat and dog-loving kids, as well as excellent resources for families who are bringing home their first four-legged family member.
Some questions to be asked to Dr. Gary Weitzman during interview on Talkin' Pets
Book #1: National Geographic Kids: Dog Breed Guide: A Complete Reference to Your Best Friend Fur-Ever
* Did you know that the Great Dane can weigh up to 190 pounds? It's one of the biggest dogs in the world. What's one of the smallest? The Alaskan klee kai. Growing up to only nine pounds, this is one petite pint-size pooch! Big or small, active or couch potato, fluffy or wirehaired, a designer breed or mixed breed -- there is pooch to fit every lifestyle.
* From dachshunds to Dalmatians and poodles to pugs, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of more than 400 different dog breeds.
* Which dogs make great family dogs, which are the most exotic and what breeds are the laziest? Each profile includes the breed's "dog stats": country of origin, size, coat color and pattern, grooming difficulty, exercise needs, and "K-9 qualities."
* From Wolf to Woof – how a breathtaking evolutionary leap resulted in the creation of the adorable, domesticated pups of today.
* Factors to consider to ensure sure you are choosing the right dog for your family
* You’ve picked the pooch! Now what? Tips for selecting a vet, puppy proofing and tips for the best gear to buy
* How to speak dog –understanding behavior by looking at the eyes, ears, mouth, tail and overall body posture of your favorite pup
* Plus - dogs in popular culture, dog ancestry, dogs with jobs, and so much more.
Book #2: National Geographic Kids: Cat Breed Guide: A Complete Reference to your Purr-Fect Best Friend
* Did you know that historians think American shorthairs are the descendants of cats that came to America on the Mayflower? Or that one of the newer cat breeds is called the toyger? It looks just like a toy-size--you guessed it--tiger!
* From Russian Blues and Munchkins to Maine Coons and Persians, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of 71 different cat breeds and Gary can talk about important "cat stats” like each breeds country of origin, size, coat color and pattern, grooming difficulty, and cat-titude.
* Love heroic tales? Not all cats wear capes fearless felines abound – including the cat who blasted off into space in 1963, the seeing-eye kitty and Monty the alarm cat.
* Preparing for a feline friend – breeder vs rescue, tips for making the first few days with your new friend a success, Including meeting the family, cat care and the low don on litter boxes and what should be on YOUR cat sitter’s checklist.
MORE ABOUT DR. GARY WEITZMAN:
Prior to joining San Diego Humane Society, Dr. Weitzman served as Medical Director, and then President of the Washington Animal Rescue League. He led that urban shelter through a period of growth and established its national reputation as a resource for disaster and puppy mill rescues.
Dr. Weitzman served in the U.S. Air Force and owned an animal hospital in Burlingame, California. He earned a double BA in Biology and English from Colby College, a master’s degree in international Public Health from Boston University and his DVM from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and is currently serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators. He also serves on the board of Mama’s Kitchen, a San Diego nonprofit committed to providing food for people with chronic illnesses. For more information about Dr. Weitzman and San Diego Humane Society, please visit sdhumane.org.
Talkin' Pets News
August 31, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Daisey Charlotte
Network Producer - Andrew Moersche
Social Media - Bob Page
Talkin' Pets News
August 10, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Dr Adriana O - Wellswood Animal Hospital - Tampa, FL
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Andrew D. Moerschel
Social Media/Production - Bob Page
Special Guests - Janet Vorwald Dohner author of "The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 8/10/19 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away her new book
Alice De Almeida, Executive Assistant Algonquin Hotel - 630pm ET - 10 minute discussion on Hamlet's recent fashion show and fundraiser in NYC
The “Cat”-Walk is Ready: The Algonquin Hotel’s Annual Cat Fashion Show and Fundraiser Benefiting the
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Cats will prance down the runway in this paws-itively fabulous fashion event celebrating Hamlet The Algonquin Cat, while raising money to help their furry friends.
NEW YORK (July 1, 2019) – Tickets are now available for The Algonquin Hotel’s annual Cat Fashion Show, which will take place on Thursday, Aug. 1 to raise money for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. The event will bring together the city’s most fashionable felines to strut their stuff in one-of-a-kind outfits that coincide with this year’s theme of “It’s a Small World.” It also celebrates Hamlet VIII, The Algonquin Cat, the hotel’s famous feline resident.
The spectacle will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts; a silent auction featuring a variety of kitty-centric items; an on-site mobile adoption unit in front of the hotel that day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and of course NYC cats hitting the catwalk in opulent threads designed by legendary pet fashion designer Ada Nieves. Human guests are encouraged to wear their most eccentric, feline-inspired outfit and share photos from the un-fur-gettable night on social media using the hashtag #AlgonquinCat.
Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a nonprofit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC's homeless animals. A raffle will raise additional funds throughout the evening, with prizes including a variety of pet products curated by the event’s co-chair, pet lifestyle expert and author Sandy Robins.
Additional information, including an online silent auction and tickets can be found by visiting hamlet.givesmart.com. Hi-res imagery of the fashionable felines from last year’s event can be downloadedhere.
ABOUT THE ALGONQUIN CAT
For many years the history of The Algonquin Cat was believed to have its origins in the 1930’s, when a stray cat came wandering into the hotel for food and water. After the hotel acquired an out-of-print book written by the hotel’s first general manager, Frank Case, a chapter was discovered about a cat named Billy. Based on the timeline of the book, the hotel is now proud to say the lineage of The Algonquin Cat dates back to the early 1920's. Two days after Billy passed, a stray cat wandered into the hotel and The Algonquin welcomed Rusty. The famous classical actor, John Barrymore, was a resident at the time in the early 1930's, and Rusty was renamed Hamlet in his honor. Hamlet is said to have been Barrymore's greatest stage role. The hotel has had a total of 12 cats, including Billy. The lineage includes eight Hamlets and three Matildas. Each cat that has reigned at The Algonquin has been a rescue. In 1980, author Hilary Knight immortalized The Algonquin Cat with his cartoons for a children’s book on which he collaborated with Val Schaffer. The current Hamlet began his residence in July 2017.
Today, Hamlet is looked after by the hotel’s chief cat officer, Alice De Almeida. The hotel’s executive chef cooks him special meals on holidays. Hamlet receives fan mail and gifts constantly from around the world, including Japan, Australia and Russia. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and can also be reached via e-mail.
The Algonquin Hotel is located at 59 W 44th Street, New York, New York 10036. www.algonquinhotel.com.
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Talkin' Pets News
July 13, 2019
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Social Media/Production - Bob Page
Special Guest - Anthony Ferraro - Sales Director Green Gobbler 20% Vinegar Weed Killer
Mystified by your moggies? Perplexed by your pedigrees?
The One Minute Cat Manager – Sixty Seconds to feline Shangri-La
by Kac Young explains how just one minute can transform your relationship with your cat.
This new book suggests 60-second techniques that anyone can practise with their cat. With expert insight into the inner workings of the feline mind, and analysis of cat behaviour, it will help to facilitate a deeper understanding, and stronger bond with your chosen feline friend.
Often, people pass up the opportunity to rescue a cat because they believe they don’t have the time to care for a pet. The One Minute Cat Manager shows how employing certain 60-second techniques can make cat care easy for all, and demonstrates the rewards that unconditional cat-love can bring, creating a bond that will last a lifetime. Specially commissioned illustrations enhance and inform the text.
Whether you are a new or experienced cat owner, Kac Young’s insights will help the reader develop quick and easy ways to become a confident cat parent who understands why cats behave as they do, and what you can do to make them happy.
About the author
Kac Young has been a producer, writer and director in the Hollywood television industry for over 25 years. Kac has also earned a PhD in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. She is the author of 12 books and is active on behalf of animal rights and fostering, and preserving women's rights.
The One Minute Cat Manager is published in May 2019 by Hubble & Hattie (July in the USA), an imprint of Veloce Publishing Ltd, RRP: £10.99 $13.99 USA, $18.99 Canada.
Format Paperback • 22.5x15.2cm • 112 pages • 56 b&w pictures
Published DUE May 2018
Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, Dentsu, Fuji Television Network and Universal Animation Studios present a PG, 86 minute, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Chris Renaud and Jonathan del Val and characters by Brian Lynch with a theater release date of June 7, 2019.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2019 – The American Humane Rescue team, first to serve in saving and sheltering animals for more than 100 years, has deployed with a veterinarian, trained swift and floodwater responders, rescue boats, critical medical and sheltering supplies, and one of its giant 50-foot animal rescue vehicles to save animals caught in the deadly Oklahoma floods.
The American Humane Rescue team responded at the official request of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and is now engaged in search-and-rescue and flood/slack water operations, assisting both companion animals and farm animals in need. The team has been navigating the floodwaters in the Muskogee area, saving multiple cats and dogs alongside the fire department and Code 3 Associates, Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders, Muskogee Animal Control and Sheltering, and the Humane Emergency Animal Response Team.
American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, has a long history of helping animals in Oklahoma. The group deployed following devastating flooding in Tulsa in 1984, a tornado outbreak in 1999, and the devastating 2013 EF-5 tornado in Moore, after which the team spent more than a month rescuing, sheltering, and reuniting hundreds of animals. On the third anniversary of the Moore tornado, American Humane, with funding from the Kirkpatrick Foundation and the Donner Foundation, placed a giant, new 50-foot animal emergency vehicle in Oklahoma City. That vehicle, which carries a contingent of highly trained rescue experts, boats, and lifesaving medical supplies donated by Zoetis Petcare.
As emergency responders continue to help people and animals, pet owners need to know that even though the storm has passed, the dangers have not. Here, for all those affected by the flooding, are some important tips from the experts on the American Humane Rescue team:
After the storm
- Make sure the storm has fully passed before going outside and assess damage before allowing children or animals out.
- Keep dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier, and children close at hand. Displaced objects and fallen trees can disorient pets and sharp debris could harm them.
- Give pets time to become re-oriented. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and cause a pet to become confused or lost.
- Keep kids and animals away from hazards such as downed power lines and water that may be contaminated.
- Uncertainty and change in the environment affect animals, presenting new stresses and dangers. Your pet’s behavior may change after a crisis, becoming more aggressive or self-protective. Be sensitive to these changes and keep more room between them, other animals, children or strangers. Animals need comforting, too. Comfort your pet with kind words and lots of pats or hugs. If possible, provide a safe and quiet environment, even if it is not their own home.
“Storms like these can be deadly for pets who are separated from their families,” said Robin Ganzert, PhD, president and CEO of American Humane. “It is important that every person and pet parent heed these lifesaving tips in the aftermath of this destructive storm. We are working to help all of our friends in Oklahoma to stay safe in this disaster.”
To support the American Humane Rescue team’s lifesaving work, please visit: www.AmericanHumane.org/oklahoma-rescue.
PHOTO CAPTION FOR ATTACHED PICTURE: “The American Humane Rescue team, Code 3 Associates, and firefighters from Webber’s Falls saving animals caught in the deadly Oklahoma floods”
PHOTO CREDIT: Joshua Morton for American Humane
About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877, and the first to serve animals in disasters and cruelty cases. Visit American Humane at www.americanhumane.org today.
About the American Humane Rescue program
The American Humane Rescue program was created in 1916 at the request of the U.S. Secretary of War to save war horses wounded on the battlefields of World War I Europe. Since then, Red Star has been rescuing animals of every kind and have been involved in virtually every major disaster relief effort from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, the Joplin, Missouri and Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes, the Japanese and Haitian earthquakes, Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Maria and Michael, and the California wildfires. The American Humane Rescue team saved, sheltered and fed more than 600,000 animals in the past year alone.
On behalf of the Universal Pictures release of THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, we want you to share the secret life of your pet by uploading a photo and adding a funny message about your pet’s ‘secret life.’
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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 opens nationwide on Friday, June 7.