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Talkin' Pets News

September 23, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Karen Vance

Producer - Daisey Charlotte

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Pet Expert and Trainer Travis Brorsen will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/23/17 at 5pm EST to discuss his new series My Big Fat Pet Makeover on Animal Planet

Becky Robinson, President and Founder of Alley Cat Allies will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/23/17 at 630pm EST to discuss their organization and their efforts in hurricane relief

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today commends North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for vetoing HB 405, a dangerous ag-gag bill that would have prevented whistleblowers from exposing animal cruelty and food safety issues on factory farms. This bill was so far-reaching that it also threatened to prevent nurses from revealing elder abuse in hospitals or nursing homes, teachers from exposing child abuse at day cares, and workers from documenting workplace discrimination or mistreatment.

“HB 405 was an insidious attempt to silence whistleblowers and keep North Carolina residents in the dark about horrific animal abuse on industrial farms, but Governor McCrory sent a powerful message by vetoing this dangerous bill,” said Chloe Waterman, senior manager of state legislative strategy for the ASPCA. “Ag-gag has no place in North Carolina, and the ASPCA thanks Governor McCrory for standing up for the 74 percent of North Carolinians that support undercover investigations and the responsible farmers and businesses whose reputations would have been tarnished by this deplorable measure.”

Despite that strong public opposition and the release of an undercover video that showed shocking cruelty at a North Carolina chicken slaughterhouse, state lawmakers voted in favor of this bill. Recognizing the dangers of a food system without transparency, North Carolina residents quickly appealed to the Governor for a veto alongside a broad coalition of dozens of interest groups and farmers who voiced their opposition to the bill. In addition, newspapers from around the state editorialized against the bill and celebrities including Martha Stewart, Kesha, Nikki Reed, Eric McCormack, Amy Acker, Katherine Schwarzenegger and Andie MacDowell also called for the governor’s veto on social media.

“North Carolina is one of the leading producers of poultry and pork in the U.S. so their animal products could end up on anyone’s dinner plate,” said Daisy Freund, senior manager of Farm Animal Welfare for the ASPCA. “Ag-gag bills affect everyone, no matter where they live. Those concerned with animal abuse on factory farms and food safety issues need to remain vigilant in letting their state legislators know that they do not support the passage of dangerous ag-gag bills.”

For more information about the ASPCA and to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org.

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Bob Barker retired from CBS' THE PRICE IS RIGHT in June, 2007, after 35 years as the show’s host. The series has been one of the highest rated daytime shows during this entire period. It is also the longest running game show in television history, surpassing "What's My Line?" which ran for 18 seasons. In 2007, Time Magazine named Barker the greatest game show host of all time, claiming that he "never lost his utterly natural charm or self-effacing people skills". Separately, TV Guide named THE PRICE IS RIGHT the “greatest game show of all time.” Barker also served as the show's executive producer. His retirement from the game show marked his 52nd. anniversary of his debut on national television.

Since his retirement, Barker has been busy on a number of animal rights-related issues. He was instrumental in having a Spay-Neuter ordinance adopted by the City of Los Angeles and lobbied Chicago and the State of California to adopt similar laws, and is encouraging New York City to do likewise.  He also supported the adoption of such ordinances by the cities of Dallas and San Antonio. He has written an autobiographical book titled “Priceless Memories” that landed on the New York Times bestseller list within the first two weeks of its distribution.
He is involved in ongoing efforts to rescue elephants from zoos in Los Angeles and Canada. A two-year campaign to move three elephants from the Toronto Zoo resulted in having them transferred to the PAWS animal sanctuary in San Andreas, California, in October, 2013, when he agreed to underwrite the $1 million transportation costs..
He went to North Carolina to attempt the rescue of bears from local side shows. He has established endowments for the study of animal law at eight of the nation's top law schools, including Harvard. All of this with a view to making young lawyers and future politicians more knowledgeable in animal law.
He donated $5,000,000 the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to underwrite its cost of anti-whaling internationally. With Barker’s contribution, Sea Shepherd purchased a new ship which it named the Bob Barker that joins the society’s MV Steve Irwin in its direct actions campaigns to defend ocean wildlife worldwide. 
He has provided financial support for a number of other projects he’s undertaken since his retirement, including $3 million to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund towards construction of a $60 million treatment center for traumatic brain injuries suffered by military personnel. The center will be located in Bethesda, Maryland, adjacent to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. As a former Navy fighter pilot, he is especially concerned with the care of injured veterans; $1 million to his alma mater, Drury University, to establish the Dorothy Jo Barker Professorship on animal rights that will lead to a full undergraduate degree program. He gave the school another $1 million to establish the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights, which includes an undergraduate course on animal ethics. These are the first such programs at an undergraduate school and they are reverberating throughout the educational system.

Barker has won a total of 19 Emmy awards -- 14 as TV host, more than any other performer, four as Executive Producer of “The Price Is Right” and the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award for Daytime Television in 1999. He was installed into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame in 2004. He has also received the coveted Carbon Mike Award of the Pioneer Broadcasters and was named the most popular game show host of all time in a national poll. Although he has graced our television screens for over four decades, his career continues at full throttle. "But," he hastens to add, "I was very young when I started."

On April 26, 2002, Bob broke Johnny Carson’s record for continuous performances on the same network television show. Johnny retired from THE TONIGHT SHOW after 29 years, seven months and 21 days (10/1/62 – 5/22/92).

In September, 2007, he was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians. A bronze likeness of him was placed in the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City along side those of past honorees: Walt Disney, George Washington Carver, Harry Truman, Ginger Rodgers, Josephine Baker, former US Attorney General John Ashcroft and famed St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck.

He made his motion picture debut in Universal Pictures’ “Happy Gilmore” in which he appeared as himself with Adam Sandler. His real acting debut, however, came when he was asked to play Mel Harris’ father in NBC’s “Something So Right.” “It took 46 years from the time I first came to Hollywood for me to land a movie role,” he said. “I hope I won’t have to wait that long for the next offer.”

Another honor came when one of the most historic sites in the history of television, Stage 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, was re-dedicated as the Bob Barker Studio in ceremonies following the taping of the 5,000th episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT in March of 1998. Barker is the first performer to whom CBS has ever dedicated a stage.

Stage 33, opened in November 1952, has been the home of such legendary television series as "The Jack Benny Show" "The Red Skelton Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show," as well as some of the network's most memorable entertainment specials starring such performers as Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. "The Gary Moore Show," based in New York, used it during its annual trip to the West Coast, and "The Ed Sullivan Show," used it for all of its West Coast inserts. It was from Stage 33, in fact, that Elvis Presley made his historic first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Barker was born in Darrington, WA, and spent most of his youth on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where his mother was a schoolteacher.  His family eventually moved to Springfield, MO, where he attended high school and Drury College, now Drury University, on a basketball scholarship.  When World War II intervened, he became a Navy fighter pilot, but the war ended before he was assigned to a seagoing squadron.

Following his discharge, Barker returned to Drury and took a job at a local radio station to help finance his studies.  It was there that he discovered that what he did best was to host audience participation shows.  After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in economics, he went to work for a radio station in Palm Beach, FL.  A year later he moved to Los Angeles, and within a month, he was the host of his own radio program, "The Bob Barker Show."

Barker made his debut on national television as the host of the popular TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES.  Ralph Edwards, the show's originator, had sold the show to NBC as a daytime strip, but he had not chosen a host.  He auditioned emcees in Hollywood and New York for weeks, but when he heard "The Bob Barker Show" on his car radio he knew he had found the man for the job.

When asked what it was about Barker that had impressed him, Edwards replied, "Bob sounds like Jack Benny doing audience participation."  Proving that Edwards had chosen wisely, Barker hosted TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES for an unbelievable 18 years.

“The Price Is Right” was named The Greatest Game Show of All Time by TV Guide. Barker has been twice named in the Guinness Book of World Records as
television's "Most Durable Performer," 3,524 consecutive performances on TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, and "Most Generous Host in Television History" for awarding $55 million in prizes on his various shows.  During the ensuing years, the $55 million figure has increased to more than $200 million.

He narrated the CBS telecast of the Rose Parade for 21 years, a record for the network. In 1978, he developed "The Bob Barker Fun & Games Show," a series of personal appearances which immediately attracted record-breaking audiences throughout the United States and Canada.

Named one of America's "Ten Best Dressed Men" by the Custom Tailors' Guild of America, Barker is a man of many interests, including karate.  His first instructor was film star Chuck Norris, who says that Barker was one of his most dedicated students.  Barker has traveled the world over, enjoys reading and is a Civil War buff, but claims, "I excel at lying in the sun doing absolutely nothing."

Barker is one of the most visible figures in the animal rights movement and one of its most eloquent speakers beginning with the "Fur Flap" surrounding the 1987 Miss USA Pageant which attracted more media attention than any single event in animal rights history.  If the swimsuit contestants wore real furs, as planned by the pageant producers, Barker said that it would be impossible for him to participate in the telecast.  He prevailed, and synthetic furs were substituted for the real thing.

In 1988, Barker was again the subject of media attention coast to coast when, after hosting the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants for 21 years, he resigned because the producers refused to remove fur coats from the prize packages.  As an interesting
sidelight, the first telecast of the Miss USA Pageant without Barker as host resulted in a decline in rating of 29%, an incredible loss for a special that airs from one year to the next. Barker also resigned as host of "The Patsy Awards" when he learned that trainers frequently use cruel methods to force animals to perform in movies.

A man of conviction who fights animal exploitation in all of its grisly forms, he has refused offers to do commercials for sponsors because of the animal cruelty involved in the development and manufacture of their products.  He turned down a lucrative offer to use his name and likeness in print advertising by one of the nation's best known hospitals because the institution was conducting animal experiments. He also spearheaded the investigation of the movie PROJECT X that led to a request by the Los Angeles Department of Animal Regulation that criminal charges be filed for animal cruelty during the production of the picture. 

Barker established the DJ&T Foundation in 1995 to fund low cost spay/neuter clinics and organizations subsidizing spay/neuter voucher programs across the country in an effort to help control animal over population. According to Barker, over population is one of our most tragic animal problems. The foundation is named in memory of his wife Dorothy Jo and his mother Matilda (Tilly) Valandra, both of whom loved all animals.

In June of 2001, the Harvard Law School established the Bob Barker Endowment for the Study of Animal Rights Law to support teaching and research in this emerging field. He has since established similar endowments at Stanford, Columbia, UCLA, Georgetown, Duke, University of Virginia and Northwestern University law schools, as well as at Drury University, the first such course to be offered at the undergraduate level.

The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in Oxford, England, selected Bob as its sixth Honorary Fellow. “This award acknowledges Mr. Barker’s ground-breaking contribution to the establishment of animal studies within academia” said Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Centre. “His pioneering work in putting animals on the intellectual agenda will be of lasting historical importance to the cause.”

“We cannot change the world for animals without also changing people’s ideas about animals. Almost single-handedly Bob’s sagacity and generosity have - in little more than a decade - propelled animals from being a marginal issue into the academic mainstream. This is a colossal achievement”, said Professor Linzey.

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"Best in Show, for Actors and Others for Animals (A&O), was a big winner for the people attending," remarks A&O President, JoAnne Worley. "The talented celebrities sharing clips of their pets, to the many animals that our charity help every day. And a good time was had by all." Actors & Others For Animals, one of Los Angeles longest-standing animal welfare organizations, "Best Of Show Pet Competition" Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept 28th may have focused its program around celebrity pets, but America's four legged friends everywhere were the beneficiaries, raising an estimated $75,000. "I'm overwhelmed by the love and support gathered together today for our four legged souls," said Charlotte Rae. Setting the programs tone were the perfectly pitched performances by "THE PLAIDS." The roster of personalities, both attending and participating, included: Michael Burger (Emcee), JoAnne Worley (President), Loretta Swit (Board Member), Leonard Maltin, Susan Sullivan, Ed Begley, Jr., Allie Mac Kay, Jay Johnson, Bernie Shine, Tippi Hedren, Chuck McCann, Charlotte Rae, Fred Stoller, Marcia Ross, Heather Ott, Carolyn Hennessy, Kelly Lange, Millicent Martin, Rhett Turner, Mary Jo Catlett, Barbara Sharma, Todd Sherry, Earl Holliman, the “Best In Show” event hosts Fred Willard and Jim Piddock, as well as a last minute cast change that replaced the "Hawaiian Eye" Cricket, Connie Stevens, with a self proclaimed barracuda, Ruta Lee, who commented, "It is so much fun to spend the afternoon with two legged friends who are almost as nice as our four legged ones." “The exotic felines that take up residence at the Shambala Preserve are NOT pets,” clarified Tippi Hedren. “So, I'm actually here on behalf of the felines who share my home with me.” Adding the names of her feline clowder,” That would be Marlon Brando, Rod Taylor, John Saxon, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith and the most recent addition to the family, Johnny Depp.” The Search Dog Foundation was presented with the Betty White Inspirational Award. “I have always been proud to be associated with Actors and Others for Animals and flattered that they named their annual award after me, honoring those who have inspired public awareness and appreciation of animals,” noted Ms. White. “This year's recipient, the Search Dog Foundation, shows all of us just how wonderful, talented and adept rescue dogs can be. I hope it encourages more people to rescue a dog of their own.” "It satisfies the soul to see people with such large voices speaking out for those without," remarked Carolyn Hennessy. Among the evening's highlights, were the uploaded images from animals advocates across the country, who wanted to share their love for their own pets during the event. Link: http://actorsandothers.com/pet_parade_gallery.html . In addition, the 2013 Award of Caring will be awarded to two individuals - Kathleen Riordan and Bonnie Garner for their work in protecting and caring for companion animals. Milt Larsen, co-founder of the world famous magic castle, expressed "The way Actors & Others brings both members of the human and furry family together is a truly magical experience." Actors and Others for Animals Actors and Others for Animals is a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to eliminating pet overpopulation, ensuring the care and protection of pet companions and improving the quality of life economically challenged, disadvantaged and undeserved pet guardians by providing referral and financial assistance for spay/neuter and veterinary medical procedures together with other animal/human bond enriching programs. For more information visit www.actorsandothers.com

Full schedule of events includes ASPCA Adoption Day, appearances by ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors, celebrities & top riders

NEW YORK—For the seventh consecutive year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is partnering with the Hampton Classic Horse Show, held in Bridgehampton, N.Y., from Sunday, August 25 to Sunday, September 1, 2013.

On Monday, August 26, the ASPCA will host the Fourth Annual ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day at the Classic, focusing on helping rescued, horses, dogs, cats, and pigs find permanent homes. Seven local animal shelters and rescue groups will have animals on site throughout the day, including two former wild mustangs who serve as ambassadors for wild horses. Celebrity hosts include NBC’s Award Winning Animal Advocate and Bestselling Author, Jill Rappaport, as well as ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors and top international riders Georgina Bloomberg and Brianne Goutal.

“We are excited to showcase the ASPCA’s history of horse protection and spread the word about how to help at-risk animals at the Hampton Classic,” said Valerie Angeli, senior director of equine and special projects for the ASPCA. “Our ASPCA Maclay Medal celebrates the tradition of excellence in humane and responsible horsemanship and our work at the Hampton Classic provides a wonderful opportunity to educate the community as well as find permanent homes for animals in need."

Other highlights during the week-long event include the ASPCA “Voices for Horses” Equine Welfare Reception and expert panel discussion, which takes place on Thursday, August 29. ASPCA supporters and Equine Welfare Ambassadors, Georgina Bloomberg and Jill Rappaport, actress Aida Turturro, and Prince Lorenzo Borghese will join ASPCA experts and others to discuss many critical issues impacting horses today, including horse slaughter, homelessness and neglect, and inspire attendees to help make a difference.

Visiting celebrities and top riders, including ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors Georgina Bloomberg and Brianne Goutal will join us throughout the week at the “ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station” located near the VIP parking and across from the public grandstand of the Grand Prix Ring (please see schedule below).

“I am proud to serve as an ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador, and I am thrilled to take part in the ASPCA’s activities at the Hampton Classic again this year,” said Ms. Bloomberg. “The ASPCA was the first humane organization in the country to promote equine welfare and protection, a mission it continues to this day through advocacy, grant funding to horse rescue groups, and field investigations. This world-class horse show provides a great opportunity for the equine community and spectators of the show to join the ASPCA and serve as a voice for these noble animals.”

The presentation of the ASPCA Maclay Award at the Classic will take place on Friday, August 30. The ASPCA Maclay Championship was established in 1933 by former ASPCA board member Alfred B. Maclay to encourage junior riders to excel in the art of responsible and humane horsemanship. It is a highly coveted award in the U.S. for junior riders under 18 years of age.

From August 1 through September 30th the ASPCA, the Hampton Classic Horse Show and Neptune Feed will also be collecting donations for the ASPCA “Hay It Forward” Project, which is designed to raise awareness of equine welfare issues while providing much needed feed and supplies to local equine rescue organizations. This is a supplemental program to the ASPCA’s existing Hay Bale Out grants program, which helps feed hungry horses across the United States. To make a donation to the ASPCA “Hay It Forward” Project, please visit the ASPCA Patio or Hampton Classic Feed Store office during the show, or contact Neptune Feed at (631) 369-0965.

For more information on the Hampton Classic, please visit http://www.aspca.org/horse or www.hamptonclassic.com.

Schedule of ASPCA Events/Expert Appearances at the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show

Sunday, August 25: Book Signing – at the ASPCA Patio

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Book signing with Jayne M. Silberman, author of In the Herd: A Photographic Journey with the Chincoteague Ponies and Assateague Horses, with proceeds from the sale of the book benefiting the ASPCA Equine Fund.

Monday, August 26: Fourth Annual ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day

  • 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – The Fourth Annual ASPCA Adoption Day at the Hampton Classic will feature local dog, cat, pig, and horse rescue groups with animals available for adoption. The event will feature VIP hosts Jill Rappaport, NBC’s award-winning animal advocate and bestselling author, along with ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors Georgina Bloomberg and Brianne Goutal.
    • Participating dog and cat rescue groups include: The Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center; Southampton Animal Shelter; Gimme Shelter; ARF Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons; and Pigs4Me. Adoptable dogs, cats, and pigs will be available in the Kids/Exhibition area across from the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station.
    • Participating horse rescue groups include Kaeli Kramer Foundation and Project Sage Horse Rescue. There will be a live, interactive program with adoptable horses and horse rescue groups in the Aspinall Ring from 12 p.m.–2 p.m.; guests can meet Jill Rappaport, Georgina Bloomberg and international VIP rider Brianne Goutal and take a tour of the state of the art Heart Horse Ambulance – a modern day version of the ambulance invented for injured horses by the ASPCA in 1867.

Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August 28:

  • Please visit the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station for schedule information.

Thursday, August 29: ASPCA “Voices for Horses” Equine Welfare Reception and Expert Panel Discussion– “THE Event for Those Who Care”

  • 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (ASPCA Ringside Chalet, north of the Grand Prix Arena) Sponsored by Louis Roederer Champagne – The ASPCA will host the ‘Voices for Horses’ Equine Welfare Reception and expert  panel discussion, with celebrity attendees including actress Aida Turturro, Jill Rappaport, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, and ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors Georgina Bloomberg and Brianne Goutal. This event is by invitation only and space is limited. For information on how to obtain an invitation, please contact the ASPCA’s Valerie Angeli via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday, August 30: ASPCA Maclay Award Presentation

  • Late morning (Time/Ring TBD) – Local competition - ASPCA Maclay Award Presentation.

Saturday, August 31: Kid’s Day at the Hampton Classic

  • Please visit the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station for schedule information.

Sunday, September 1: Grand Prix Sunday

  • Please visit the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station for schedule information.

Throughout the Week:

  • ‘ASPCA VIP Rider’ lapel pins and ‘Horses on Sticks’ will be available at the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station for a donation, with proceeds benefitting the ASPCA’s horse protection efforts.
  • The ‘Jump for the ASPCA’ fundraiser, sponsored by FTI Consulting, will trigger a donation to the ASPCA each time a rider clears the ASPCA fence on the show grounds.
  • Help save animal’s lives and Sign up for the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade at the ASPCA Patio and follow us on Twitter @ASPCA to be entered in a drawing to win a prize.
  • The ASPCA, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, and Neptune Feed of Long Island, NY will collaborate to assist local equine rescue groups through the ASPCA Hay It Forward Project. To make a donation to the ASPCA Hay It Forward Project, please visit the Hampton Classic Feed Store office or the ASPCA Patio during the show, or contact Neptune Feed at (631) 369-0965.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK – (February 27, 2013) – A list of celebrities is teaming up with Guardians of Rescue in order to help raise funds to support that group's animal rescue work. The celebrities, including Russell Simmons, Lana Fuchs, Steve Lobel, Christian McBride, Victor Ortiz and Coldplay, have all donated prizes that will go to the highest bidder through eBay auctions. The funds raised will all go to support the work that the group does, all year long, to help animals.

“We are thrilled that these celebrities have been so generous in helping us with our cause,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “We love helping animals, but we couldn’t do it without support. We are very thankful that they are all helping to contribute to our fundraising auction.”

The eBay charity-fundraising auction will be held February 27, 2013 thru March 9, 2013. Guardians of Rescue will auction off a variety of prizes from a star-studded list, including:

  • Russell Simmons – The entertainment mogul who is a long-time vegan and yogi has generously donated a yoga session with him personally which will be held in a yoga studio class in NYC. The bid for this auction will start at $800, with the highest bidder donning yoga gear to meet up with Simmons.
  • Lana Fuchs – Her pet monkey will be giving away a “Spend the day with my mom” package that includes the winner flying out to Las Vegas and being “Lana-ized” with a complete makeover that includes a once in a lifetime shopping spree, styling session, and a private secrets to success lesson, and more.
  • Steve Lobel – The well-known celebrity music manager, who has worked with Run DMC, Eazy E, Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony, Common, and Outlawz, will be giving away a pair of drumsticks that are signed by the original drummer of Guns N’ Roses, Steven Adler.
  • Christian McBride – The three-time Grammy-award winning bassist will be giving away a prize that includes spending the day with him at the studio when he records his next album, which will be in September. The recording will take place at either the Manhattan Center Studios or the Jazz at Lincoln Center Studies (both in NYC). He will be recording a piece with his 17-piece big band gospel choir called “The Movement, Revisited,” which is a musical portrait of the civil rights movement.
  • Coldplay – The popular band, which has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, will be giving away an autographed photo of the band that has been signed by each member, as well as their new 2012 tour DVD.
  • Victor Ortiz – The professional boxer and former WBC Welterweight Champion will be donating an autographed poster, and an autographed full set of VO by FaceLube Classic Edition, from his skin care line, as well as an autographed full size bottle of his cologne, VO by Victor Ortiz.

“We have some amazing prizes that these celebrities have donated,” added Misseri. “We look forward to auctioning these items off so that we can use the funds to support all the work we do in the community to help animals.”

“I am happy to help with this charity auction,” says Russell Simmons. “I know the Guardians of Rescue will do a lot of good things to help the animals with the funds they raise.”

“We all need to help the animals but sometimes we don’t know what to do to make that happen,” added Lana Fuchs. “Taking part in this charity fundraiser is a good step in the right direction. It gives something to the fans, and it helps the animals. It’s a win-win situation.”

The charity auction can be found here:

http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/guardians-of-rescue/76791/

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. Many families are still struggling, such as from Hurricane Sandy, making it difficult for them to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide therapy dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org

 

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Colt Ford & Friends Celebrity Golf Classic
Announced for September 24, 2012

Proceeds to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®


Nashville, TN (August 20, 2012)—Country artist and former PGA golfer Colt Ford has announced his First Annual Colt Ford & Friends Celebrity Golf Classic to be held on September 24, 2012 at the beautiful Chateau Elan located just outside of Atlanta, GA. Proceeds will help St. Jude continue its mission of finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other deadly diseases.

“I could not think of a better way to raise money than playing golf with a group of my good buddies,” says Ford. “I really wanted to help contribute to the efforts of the amazing doctors, researches and staff at St. Jude. I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to such an outstanding organization. ”

Artists joining Ford in his effort to raise much needed funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital include Darius Rucker, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Jamey Johnson, John Anderson, John Michael Montgomery, Jason Michael Carol, Edwin McCain, Laura Bell Bundy, Wanya Morris and Nate Morris from Boyz II Men, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, plus professional golfers Tommy Gainy, Brian Gay, Heath Slocum, Harris English, Brendan Todd, Hudson Swofford, Brian Harmon, Kyle Thomson, William McGirt, Tommy Biershenk, Ken Duke, Scott Brown, Boo Weekley, Matt Bettincourt, Josh Broadaway, Kris Blanks, Sean Cain and celebrities Corey Miller and Jeff Foxworthy.

Colt Ford & Friends Celebrity Golf Classic is sponsored in part by Akins Ford, AO Smith, Roswell Food Group, Country Girl Cocktails, Foxworthy Outdoors, Adams Golf, Roswell Food Group, and Mr. Goodtime Moonshine.

About St. Jude:
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

About Colt Ford:
Known for his authentic brand of country, Colt Ford has been breaking down music barriers selling millions of albums and digital singles since his debut album, Ride Through the Country, was released in 2008. Since then the countrified lyric-master has gone on to release Chicken & Biscuits, debuting at #8 on the Top Country Albums chart in 2010 and his 2011 release Every Chance I Get debuted at #3. His fourth studio album, Declaration of Independence, was released August 7, 2012, and debuted at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart and took the #4 spot on Billboard 200 chart. Selling over 31k albums in one week made Declaration of Independence the highest debut for Colt Ford and for his indie record label, Average Joes Entertainment. With over 500k Facebook fans, 7 million views on YouTube, Colt Ford is a force to be reckoned with and his music undeniably hits home to fans of all ages. From headlining his own 2012 Declaration of Independence tour, to owning his own brand of Goodtime Vodka and Moonshine, to his a best-selling "Mr. Goodtime" burger for Santa Fe Cattle Co, Colt Ford is declaring much more than his independence, becoming a staple in the genre for country music fans. www.coltford.com

Canine Court in Van Cortlandt Park is a living symbol of Fieldston Pets belief in giving back to the community. America's very first pet playground, Canine Court is a green oasis of pastoral pet pastimes that includes an agility course and a custom people/pet water fountain. Safely fenced in within Van Cortlandt Park's rolling fields and forests, Canine Court has been the go-to destination for recreation, socialization and pet-centric events and festivities since 1998.
Canine Court is the cornerstone of Fieldston Pets' mission to ensure that all pets have "forever homes". A safe and inviting sanctuary, Canine Court is a playground for pets, and a meeting place for "pet parents" to exchange ideas, build support systems, and create safety nets for lost, at-risk, or homeless pets. And because pets are our passion, and our mission is to ensure that pets who have homes remain in those homes, and that pets who are abandoned to shelters can be adopted into good homes, Fieldston Pets also offers educational classes, seminars and training sessions.
The Story of Canine Court and Fitness With Fido
Summer Begins with a scorch of the Early Dog days Of Summer...When you take your dog to Canine Court and enjoy the cool shade of the new willows
planted in the Park, and drink from the water fountain opposite Canine Court, made especially for both people and dogs...Remember its beginnings .....
Canine Court Dog Run in Van Cortlandt Park was created by Bash Dibra and opened on April 14, 1998 and celebrated it's 14th year this past April.
It was the first agility dog run in New York City..
We have created the story of Canine Court on YouTube that can be accessed on Bash Dibra's website at www.pawsacrossamerica.com
If you could pass along this address to your readers it would be greatly appreciated.
The story in brief
In the beginning Bash Dibra created Canine Court Dug Run on April 14, 1998. But last year torrential rain and winds came and Canine Court was
flooded. The dogs had
lost their playground. The floods went away but some of the trees were missing so Canine Court volunteers helped
plant trees, and they are flourishing. This year on May 6th
Bash Dibra created the
Fitness With Fido Dog Walk to raise needed funds to repair the fencing.
Canine Court needs your readers and dog lovers support.
Howl-O-Ween is the next big event that will take place on October 28, 2012.
Look for the Save The Date info in your email box in a few months.
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Full schedule of events includes ASPCA Adoption Day, appearances by ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors,
animal loving celebrities & top riders


NEW YORK—For the sixth consecutive year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) will sponsor the 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, held in Bridgehampton, N.Y., from Sunday, August 26 to Sunday, September 2, 2012.

On Monday, August 27, the ASPCA will host the Third Annual ASPCA Adoption Day at the Classic, focusing on helping rescued, at-risk horses, dogs and cats find permanent homes. Six local animal shelters and rescue groups, including Animal Care & Control of New York City, three local equine rescue groups, and one pig rescue group will have animals on site. Celebrity hosts for this event include Animal Welfare Advocate for NBC’s “Today” and ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador Jill Rappaport, as well as ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors and top international riders Georgina Bloomberg, Brianne Goutal, and Hayley Barnhill.

“Many people, including those in the equestrian community, are unaware of the serious threats facing horses today,” said Valerie Angeli, senior director of equine and special projects for the ASPCA. “The ASPCA has an impressive history of equine protection and continues to focus its efforts on improving the lives of horses across the country. The Hampton Classic celebrates the tradition of excellence in humane and responsible horsemanship and provides a wonderful opportunity to not only educate the community but also find permanent homes for at-risk animals."

Other highlights during the week-long event include the ASPCA “Champagne for Horses” Equine Welfare Celebration and expert panel discussion, both of which take place on Thursday, August 30. Sponsored by Louis Roederer Champagne and hosted by actress and ASPCA supporter Aida Turturro, the event will raise awareness about the many grave issues impacting horses today, including horse slaughter, homelessness and neglect.

Visiting animal-loving celebrities and top riders, including ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors Georgina Bloomberg, Brianne Goutal, and Hayley Barnhill will make appearances throughout the week at the “ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station” located near the VIP parking and across from the public grandstand of the Grand Prix Ring (please see schedule included below).

“It’s an honor to serve as an equine welfare ambassador for the ASPCA,” said Ms. Bloomberg. “The ASPCA has a deep-rooted commitment to promoting equine welfare around the country and works hard to protect at-risk horses through legislation, advocacy and grant funding. This world class horse show is a great opportunity to serve as the voice for these noble animals.”

The presentation of the ASPCA Maclay Award will take place on Friday, August 31. The prestigious ASPCA Maclay Championship was established in 1933 by former ASPCA board member and horseman Alfred B. Maclay to encourage junior riders to excel in the art of responsible and humane horsemanship. It is the most coveted award in the U.S. for junior riders under 18 years of age.

The Hampton Classic is one of the country’s largest and most prestigious horse shows and draws many of the world’s top horses and champion riders. For more information on the Hampton Classic, please visit http://www.aspca.org/About-Us/events/hampton-classic or www.hamptonclassic.com.

 

Schedule of ASPCA Events/Expert Appearances at the 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show

Sunday, August 26:

  • Please visit the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station for schedule information.

Monday, August 27: Third Annual ASPCA Adoption Day

  • 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – The Third Annual ASPCA Adoption Day at the Hampton Classic will feature local dog, cat and horse rescue groups with animals available for adoption. The event will feature VIP hosts Jill Rappaport from “Today” and ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors Georgina Bloomberg, Brianne Goutal, and Hayley Barnhill.
    • Participating dog and cat rescue groups include: Animal Care & Control of New York City, The Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Southampton Animal Shelter, Almost Home Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc., ARF of Southampton, and Gimme Shelter. Adoptable dogs and cats will be available in the Kids/Exhibition area across from the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
    • Participating horse rescue groups include: Kaeli Kramer Foundation, Project Sage Horse Rescue, and Seraphim 12 Foundation. Rescued and rehabilitated horses also will be on hand for demonstrations. Adoptable horses will be available in the Aspinall Ring and VIP presentations will be from 12-2 p.m.
    • Book signing with Georgina Bloomberg, author of My Favorite Mistake, with proceeds from the sale of the book benefiting the ASPCA Equine Fund.
    • Jill Rappaport will be showcasing her newly designed equine halters and leads to benefit at-risk horses and promote equine adoption.

Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29:

  • Please visit the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station for schedule information.

Thursday, August 30: ASPCA “Champagne for Horses” Equine Welfare Celebration and Expert Panel Discussion

  • 1–3 p.m. (ASPCA Ringside Chalet, north of the Grand Prix Arena) – The ASPCA will host the ‘Champagne for Horses’ Equine Welfare Celebration and expert panel discussion brought to you by Louis Roederer Champagne, with celebrity host Aida Turturro and ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors Georgina Bloomberg, Brianne Goutal, and Hayley Barnhill. This event is by invitation only and space is limited. For information on how to obtain an invitation, please contact the ASPCA’s Valerie Angeli via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday, August 31:

  • Late morning (Ring TBD) – ASPCA Maclay Award Presentation.
  • Time TBD (After show jumping event in the Grand Prix Ring) – Olympic Equestrian Peter Leone will be signing copies of his book, Peter Leone’s Show Jumping Clinic, and DVD, Ride the Body, with proceeds benefiting the ASPCA’s horse protection efforts.

Saturday, September 1: Kid’s Day at the Hampton Classic

  • 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. (ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station) – Book signing and meet & greet with Anne Hambleton, author of RAJA – Story of a Racehorse. The award-winning children’s book tells the story of the struggles and triumphs of a rescued racehorse.

Sunday, September 2: Grand Prix Sunday

  • Please visit the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station for schedule information.

Throughout the week:

  • ‘ASPCA VIP Rider’ lapel pins and ‘Horses on Sticks’ will be available at the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station for a donation, with proceeds benefitting the ASPCA’s horse protection efforts.
  • The ‘Jump for the ASPCA’ fundraiser, sponsored by FTI Consulting, will trigger a donation to the ASPCA each time a rider clears the ASPCA fence on the show grounds.

 

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

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TV Stars, Athletes, VIP’s and One Cool Canine, Joined in the Festivities in Support of this Life-Saving Event
May 7, 2012, Port Washington, NY – Five hundred and seventy orphaned animals found homes this weekend, as North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, kicked off its 18th Annual, Pet Adoptathon. More than 2,500 animal shelters and rescue groups around the world joined the Animal League for this premiere global pet adoption event, sponsored by Purina ONE®, to help save the lives of homeless animals.
At Pet Adoptathon Headquarters in Port Washington, a 36-hour adoption event was held. Beginning Saturday, May 5th at 9:00 AM and ending Sunday, May 6th at 9:00 PM, Tri-state area animal lovers came to find their new family members. As wide-eyed adopters made their way through the adoption center, they were delighted to see the largest selection of puppies, dog, cats and kittens – purebreds and plenty of Mutt-i-grees®! By the end of the weekend, hundreds of families and individuals opened their hearts and homes to a loving pet.
To help kick- off the event on Saturday, NCIS: Los Angeles Actress Renée Felice Smith, Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Brad Smith and HGTV Personality Tanya Marchiol all shared their passion for the Animal League’s life-saving mission and were filled with emotion and joy as they watched animal after animal leave the Port Washington campus to go to a loving home. Scooby-Doo, the Animal League’s Pet Ambassador for Pet Adoptathon, made his way through the crowds and encouraged the anxious adoptees to find a new best friend to take home with them.
Pet Adoptathon activities will be extended throughout the entire month of May in an effort to save more animals’ lives. For more information on Pet Adoptathon activities throughout the month, call the Hotline at 800-214-4308 or visit www.AnimalLeague.org.
About Pet Adoptathon
The first Pet Adoptathon, in 1995, began as a local North Shore Animal League America adoption event, with the goal of finding homes for each pet in the shelter. Encouraged by its success, the Animal League invited shelters and rescue organizations worldwide to participate in Pet Adoptathon. Eighteen years since its inception, Pet Adoptathon has helped find loving homes for over 300,000 animals.
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