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Talkin' Pets News
February 29, 2020
Host - Jon Patch
Co-host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer, Tampa, Florida
Producer - Lexi Lapp Adams
Reporter - Dan Adams
Network Producer - Darian Sims
Social Media - Bob Page
Special Guest - Lea Price, Director of Communications for the Doris Day Animal Foundation will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/29/20 at 630pm ET to discuss Doris, her love of animals, the foundation and the property from the estate of Doris Day Auction
RALEIGH, NC (February 27, 2020) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs and their owners, has recently awarded over $2.1 million in 36 new canine health research grants.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2020, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) awards grants for research projects that meet the highest scientific standards and have the greatest potential to advance the health of all dogs. In this latest round of grants, promising studies in many areas of canine health research, including canine oncology and neurology, are now possible. These new grants address important cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, including for canine lymphoma, osteosarcoma, bladder cancer, soft tissue sarcoma, and hemangiosarcoma. CHF is responsive to donors, dog owners, breeders, and the veterinary community in focusing on areas of greatest need for canine health, including studies with One Health implications to benefit both dogs and humans.
Highlights from the new canine health research grants include:
Grant 02772: Identifying Early Stage Ultra-rare Mutations as Predictive Biomarkers of Lymphoma in High-risk versus Low-risk Breeds Within the Dog Aging Project
Principal Investigator: Daniel Promislow, PhD; University of Washington
Canine lymphoma risk associated with variation in the frequency and type of rare precancerous mutations will be evaluated in this large cohort study. This work is part of the Dog Aging Project, a groundbreaking study seeking to understand how genes, lifestyle, and environment influence aging.
Grant 02773: Histotripsy for Treatment of Canine Appendicular Osteosarcoma
Principal Investigator: Joanne Tuohy, DVM; Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
A precision non-thermal focused ultrasound method that mechanically breaks down tissues and can potentially activate the immune system against osteosarcoma will be studied as an alternative treatment for primary and metastatic osteosarcoma in dogs.
Grant 02732-A: Tumor-educated Platelets: A Minimally Invasive Liquid Biopsy for Early Cancer Diagnosis
Principal Investigator: Unity Jeffery, VetMB, PhD; Texas A&M AgriLife Research
A study of platelet RNA profiles as a first step in developing a blood-based screening test or liquid biopsy for canine cancer.
Grant 02802: Clinical Trial of Prevotella histicola Supplementation to Ameliorate Meningoencephalomyelitis of Unknown Origin (MUO)
Principal Investigator: Nick Jeffery, BVSc, PhD; Texas A&M University
A study of the important relationship between the canine gut, its microbiome, and the brain to test a new treatment for this devastating immune-mediated disease of the central nervous system of dogs which resembles multiple sclerosis in humans.
02800: Defining the Effect of Genotype, Breed and Age on the Risk of Developing Canine Degenerative Myelopathy and Investigating the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying That Risk
Principal Investigators: Gary Johnson, DVM, PhD and Joan Coates, DVM, MS; University of Missouri
Defining the risk of developing degenerative myelopathy in genetically at-risk dogs will inform breeding decisions while exploring the molecular mechanisms responsible for disease onset will aid in disease management.
“These recent cancer and neurological disease grants for research demonstrate innovative approaches to understanding the genetic, environmental, and hormonal factors that influence disease,” states CHF Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Diane Brown. “Along with our recently awarded grants to study gastrointestinal disease, toxicology, immunology, and more, CHF leads the way to new and compelling canine health research that will make possible diagnostic and treatment breakthroughs benefitting all dogs and their owners.”
With these research grants, CHF has now surpassed a milestone of 1,000 research and educational grants awarded since they were founded by the American Kennel Club in 1995. CHF independently manages $11.1 million in 153 active canine health research grants, available to view in their Research Grants Portfolio at akcchf.org/researchportfolio. Requests for proposals on reproductive conditions, dental disease, tick-borne disease, and more are scheduled throughout 2020. View CHF’s latest canine health research grants awarded in 2020 at www.akcchf.org/research/research-portfolio/program-area/2020_Awarded_Grants.html.
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Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science to address the health needs of all dogs. With more than $56 million in funding to date, the Foundation provides grants for the highest quality canine health research and shares information on the discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases. The Foundation meets and exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, as demonstrated by their highest four-star Charity Navigator rating and GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.
Doris Day Tribute and Estate Auction
Doris Day Animal Foundation Announces a Week-Long Tribute to the Life and Career of Doris Day
in Conjunction with Julien’s Auctions “Property from the Estate of Doris Day” Two-Day Auction Event
April 4 and 5 in Beverly Hills
Los Angeles, California (February 25, 2020) – Doris Day Animal Foundation, the charity founded by legendary performer and animal welfare advocate, Doris Day, has announced a week-long tribute to the world-renowned icon and quintessential “girl-next-door,” whose films, music and pioneering animal welfare efforts continue to inspire generations of fans all over the world. The celebrations of Day’s life and career will take place in Beverly Hills and Hollywood the week of March 30, culminating in the auction of “Property from the Estate of Doris Day” by Julien’s Auctions on April 4 and April 5, live at their Beverly Hills gallery and online at juliensauctions.com. The public is invited to preview the auction items, which will be on exhibit at Julien’s Auction gallery at 257 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday, March 30 through Sunday, April 5. “Doris was not only a legendary singer and actress, but a pioneering animal welfare advocate whose efforts helped improve the lives of animals and the people who love them all over the world,” said Bob Bashara, executor of Day’s estate, her business manager and CEO of the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). “It was her wish that all proceeds from her estate benefit DDAF, so her legacy would continue.”
Since Doris Day’s death on May 13, 2019, devoted fans across the globe have been asking for an official tribute to the beloved star. “Doris didn’t attend funerals and did not wish to have a memorial service,” said long-time friend and DDAF’s Director of Communications, Lea Price. “We knew that she wouldn’t want us to grieve, so the week leading up to the auction of property from Doris Day’s estate will be an uplifting celebration of her extraordinary life and career, while helping the cause closest to her heart—the ‘precious animals’.”
The fete kicks off at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, March 31 at the TCL Chinese Theatres with a screening of one of Doris Day’s most popular romantic comedies, “The Thrill of it All,” co-starring James Garner and directed by Academy Award winner Norman Jewison. *Jewison, Kym Karath (“Sound of Music”), and Brian Nash (who both played Day’s kids in the film) will participate in a Q&A, along with film critic Leonard Maltin. The panel will be moderated by singer/actor Scott Dreier, who will be performing his award-winning musical tribute show, “Doris and Me” later in the week. Also featured will be behind-the-scenes clips of Day in Hollywood and a display of select items from Julien’s Auctions “Property from the Estate of “Doris Day” in the multiplex lobby. Tickets are available at TCLChineseTheatres.com.
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Friday, April 3—what would have been Doris Day’s 98th birthday—will open with a proclamation ceremony of “Doris Day” Day, by Beverly Hills Mayor, John Mirisch, and the city council on the Crescent Drive steps and
Municipal Gallery of Beverly Hills City Hall at 11:00 am. Local animal rescue organization, the Amanda Foundation, will be on hand with dog adoptions and a doggie fashion show. *Celebrities expected to participate include Jamie Farr (“M*A*S*H,” “With Six You Get Eggroll”) and Jackie Joseph (“The Doris Day Show”). Other friends and co-stars of Day expected to attend include Leslie Farrell (“Move Over Darling”), Kym Karath (“The Thrill of it All,” “The Sound of Music”), Brian Nash (“The Thrill of it All”), Christopher Olsen (Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much”) and Les Brown, Jr. (“Music of Your Life”). “I’ve been a great fan of Doris Day’s since I saw her in ‘Romance on the High Seas’ and she sang ‘It’s Magic’…and it was—both on and off screen,” said co-star Jamie Farr. “I consider her the modern-day St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. I’m proud to be a part of this very fitting honor.” Added Day’s pal and co-star Jackie Joseph, “How appropriate to be in Beverly Hills… celebrating, not only the shining star but the bright spirit of Doris Day who careened from her home on her bike to partake of her neighborhood… and also began her lifelong advocation to save animals. It’s such an honor to participate in this ongoing appreciation of “The Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills.” The event is open to the public—no RSVP necessary.
Capping off “Doris Day” Day on Friday, April 3 will be a special performance of singer Scott Dreier’s award-winning “Doris and Me,” presented at The Montalban theatre in Hollywood at 7:30 pm, followed by a *celebrity Q&A with more of Day’s friends and co-stars, including Loni Anderson (“Doris Day’s Best Friends”), Philip Brown and Jackie Joseph (“The Doris Day Show”), Les Brown, Jr. (“Music of Your Life”), Billy Gray (“On Moonlight Bay,” “Father Knows Best”), Christopher Olsen (Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much”) and Marion Ross (“Teacher’s Pet,” “Happy Days”). “Doris and Me” is a critically-acclaimed musical tribute and celebration of the music, life and career of Doris Day, which Dreier has performed around the country, including New York’s 54 Below and at multiple Doris Day birthday celebrations in Carmel, California, helping to raise funds for DDAF. “I am so thrilled and grateful to be a part of this celebration of our exquisite Doris Day that not only celebrates the extraordinary human, artist, and friend that she was—but also benefits the animal foundation that she created and was so passionate about,” said Dreier. Tickets are available at themontalban.com. Enter code DORIS for $10 off.
Luxury tour provider, Tour du Jour, will be offering three-hour Doris Day-themed tours throughout the week, Sunday, March 29 through Thursday, April 2, for those who want to see where Day lived, worked and played. The personal tours are limited to twelve guests per vehicle and may be booked at dorisdaytour.eventstmart.com.
The celebrations culminate in an exclusive two-day auction event on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 when Julien’s Auctions present “Property from the Estate of Doris Day” live at their Beverly Hills gallery at 257 North Canon Drive and online at juliensauctions.com. The world-record breaking auction house will offer over 1,000 lots of Day’s costumes, furnishings, art, and memorabilia from her personal collection and iconic films, television shows and specials. Estate items include the formal white ensemble Day wore when she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Golden Globes in 1989, a brass embossed elephant jardinière gifted by Rock Hudson, a painting by artist and singer Tony Bennett, a red lacquer Young Chang upright piano gifted by her son, Terry Melcher, a classic 1930 Ford convertible used on “Doris Day’s Best Friends” TV show, and numerous awards, including Golden Globes and Gold Records. “Doris Day was a Hollywood giant as one of the screen’s legendary leading actresses, top box office stars and one of the greatest singers of the 20th century with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “On this special occasion of what would be Doris Day’s 98th birthday celebration, we are honored to announce that 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale will benefit her charity the Doris Day Animal Foundation, to which she devoted her life’s work as an animal rights activist.” For more information and to register, visit juliensauctions.com.
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About Doris Day
Born Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 3, 1922, Doris Day—the quintessential all-American girl—could do it all with an ease that belied the depth of her talent. When a car accident in her teen years shattered her leg and put an end to a promising dancing career, she turned to singing while recuperating. The result was several big band stints, most notably with Les Brown and his Band of Renown, and her first big hit in 1945, “Sentimental Journey”—an anthem for service men and women all over the world that still resonates today. More Top 10 hits followed, such as “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time,” “Again,” and “Everybody Loves a Lover.”
Hollywood soon came calling, and Day’s first audition won her the lead in 1948’s “Romance on the High Seas” opposite Jack Carson, which featured her Academy Award-nominated hit, “It’s Magic.” Thirty-eight more films followed and included everything from family musicals, such as “On Moonlight Bay” opposite Gordon MacRae and “Calamity Jane” with Howard Keel (featuring her Academy Award-winning song, “Secret Love”); dramas, such as “Love Me or Leave Me” opposite James Cagney; suspense thrillers, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” co-starring James Stewart (and featuring the Oscar®-winning “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”—the song most associated with Day and the philosophy she adopted in life); and romantic comedies, such as “Teacher’s Pet” with Clark Gable and “The Thrill of it All” opposite James Garner. Day’s perhaps most iconic film was “Pillow Talk,” which garnered her an Academy Award nomination and famously paired her with Rock Hudson, with whom she would make two more films, “Lover Come Back” and “Send Me No Flowers”—all three co-starring Tony Randall.
In just over 20 years, Day made over 600 song recordings, 30 albums and 39 films, while also starring in her own radio show and accompanying Bob hope on numerous trips to entertain the troops during the 40’s and 50’s. Among her numerous honors and awards are the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement, along with several Golden Globes and Laurel Awards from the Theatre Owners of America. She remains the top-ranked female box office star of all time.
In 1968 Day set her sights on television and starred in her hit CBS series, “The Doris Day Show” for five years, as well as two variety specials, “The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special” in 1971 and “Doris Day Today” in 1975. After moving to Carmel, CA in 1981, Day followed up with a 1985 lifestyle celebrity talk show that was filmed in the area and focused on animal welfare. She continued to enjoy life in Carmel, partnering in the ownership of the pet-friendly Cypress Inn, and making Carmel-by-the-Sea the “dog-friendly capital of the world.” She loved her devoted fans and happily responded to the enormous volume of fan mail that continued to pour in until her death on May 13, 2019 at the age of 97.
Doris Day’s passion to be a voice for the helpless animals went back to her childhood, but became famously known in 1956 when she refused to continue filming “The Man Who Knew Too Much” on location in Morocco until all of the emaciated animals on and around the set were well-fed and cared for, supervising the effort herself. Back home, Day was rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming homeless pets (affectionately known as “The Dog Catcher of Beverly Hills”) at a time when organized animal welfare was virtually non-existent and euthanasia in animal shelters ran rampant. In 1971 she became a founding member of Actors and Others for Animals, along with Richard and Diana
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Basehart, Jackie Joseph and others who wanted to use their celebrity status to draw vital media attention to the plight of the animals and influence needed change. Wanting to contribute even more to saving lives, Day founded her own Doris Day Pet Foundation in 1978, followed by the Doris Day Animal League (a citizen’s lobbying organization based in Washington, DC) in 1987. The Pet Foundation—today known as the Doris Day Animal Foundation—has evolved into a national grant-giving charity supporting other 501(c)3 animal welfare organizations and programs across the United States and beyond. Both organizations proudly continue to carry on Doris Day’s legacy and vision to make this a better world for the animals.
About the Doris Day Animal Foundation
The Doris Day Animal Foundation, dorisdayanimalfoundation.org, is a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded by legendary performer Doris Day in 1978, with a straightforward mission to help animals and the people who love them. As a grant-giving organization, DDAF funds other non-profit causes across the country that directly rescue, care for and protect animals. DDAF's ongoing project funding includes World Spay Day (founded by Doris Day and the Doris Day Animal League in 1995), Duffy Day Life Saving Program, Doris Day Equine Center, the Doris Day/Terry Melcher Scholarship at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, "Seniors for Seniors" programs and many more.
*Celebrity guests subject to availability
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Mars Petcare Presenting New Technologies at VMX Driving Preventive Care in Veterinary Practice
Unfortunately, our pets can’t tell us what’s ailing them. But fortunately, today, we have new technologies and AI that are giving us insight into their health and behaviors that we’ve not been able to access until now.
For background, this year at VMX, Mars Petcare presented a session on Monday, Jan. 20, about these new technologies and how they are reshaping the world of veterinary care and the relationships between veterinarians and pet owners on proactive health and wellness. Some examples are:
- Pet Insight Project: Our pets’ behavior has hidden insights into their well-being. In the past two years, Mars Petcare quantified and analyzed over 10 million days of behavioral information from over 90,000 dogs using Whistle FIT monitors to help determine how they relate to our pets’ overall wellbeing. New discoveries from this round-the-clock monitoring project focus on the early identification of canine health issues including dermatologic (skin) disorders which can be identified by disruptive sleep patterns, scratching habits and barking.
- WISDOM PANEL: This canine DNA test is providing new insights for veterinarians into the specific health needs of dogs through extensive ancestry and genetic health screenings for more than 150 conditions. During the session, Mars will share findings from the large-scale integration of Wisdom Panel™ Health genetic testing into the Banfield® Pet Hospital Puppy Optimum Wellness Plans® which has tested 200,000 puppies in just over a year, including 5% who have actionable health insights identified in their DNA.
- RenalTech™: The first-ever predictive tool in veterinary medicine that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict whether a cat will develop chronic kidney disease – which affects 30-40 percent of cats over the age of 10 – two years before typical clinical diagnosis offering new avenues for monitoring and treatment to improve the health and well-being of feline patients.
Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.
Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.
Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.
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Thursday Feb 6th, 2020 6-11 Hotel Pennsylvania NYC
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Kick off "Fashion Week" & "Westminster Weekend"
Must see top fashion designers from around the World
Welcome Back Harrison Forbes our MC & Celebrity Pet Expert
The iconic New York Pet Fashion Show (NYPFS) kicks off the Westminster Weekend and NY Fashion Week is the premier must see show of the year. The NYPFS is being held at the Hotel Pennsylvania which caters to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’s participants, attendees and media from all over the world. Join us in the beautiful Penn Top Ballroom overlooking the city and Madison Square Garden.
The NY Pet Fashion Show is an animal rescue benefit and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals ( 150 Alliance Partners) that is dedicated to providing a higher quality of life & "Forever Homes" for our companion animals.
1.~Opening Show Introduction, Gold Paw Awards Part 1
3.~Gold Paw Awards Part 2
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Ada Nieves is a renowned Certified Pet Fashion Designer,Animal Talent Manager and Pet Stylist that has worked at TV shows like Animal Planet's from Underdog to Wonderdog, NBC 30 Rock, E! Ice Loves Coco and recently featured at CBS The David Letterman Show. Also did the re-enactments of most memorable moments of the VMA's for MTV that includes a meat dog outfit replica of Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress.
Runs the largest Chihuahua group in the nation, Host her Pet Life Radio talk show:Vida Doggie, writes for the examiner and is a colaborator for The Chihuahua Connection Magazine and All About Chihuahua Magazine.
She created the first Dog Oscars Gowns that gave her international recognition; they are replicas of the dresses famous actresses like Penelope Cruz & Kate Winslet wore on the Red Carpet for the Oscars in 2005. One of her creations from the "Moulin Rouge" collection was featured at both NY and Brazil Pet Fashion Week gaining international recognition.
Since 2006 Ada has been the dog fashion designer for The Pre-Westminster Fashion show and Currently is the Creative Director of the show along Co-Chair. In additional her runway shows include ; NYC Major's Alliance The Adoptapalooza, Christmas Feet at Bryant Park, Fashion Show for the New England Grooming Expo, Sizoo Barcelona 2005, ABC's Canine Couture, NYC Canine Cruise
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U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist Introduces Petfax Act to Combat Puppy Mills Protect Consumers
Washington D.C. – Yesterday U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) introduced legislation in the U.S. House recognized as the “Petfax Act” to mandate honesty and transparency in the commercial sales of dogs and cats and crackdown on cruel “puppy mills”– large commercial dog breeding operations that breed high volumes of puppies to sell at pet stores and across the internet. It is the third anti-puppy mill bill introduced in this Congress – an indicator of the broad concern about the systematic mistreatment of dogs in large-scale commercial dog breeding operations.
Over 100,000 mother dogs are forced to suffer in puppy mills where they are forced to spend their entire lives in barren cages without ever touching a blade of grass. Horrific, painful injuries are commonplace and frequently go untreated. Puppies often become sick due to the unsanitary conditions of mills and long-distance transport to pet stores where they are sold to unsuspecting customers. It is not uncommon for pet stores to deny that the dogs come from puppy mills. Current laws barely meet survival standards, fail to adequately protect animals and consumers, and allow violators to continue renewing their license.
“Most dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, where the dogs are treated like a cash crop,” said Holly Gann, Director of Federal Affairs for the Animal Wellness Foundation and Animal Wellness Action, “If you buy a car, you can get a full history from Carfax; but when it comes to purchasing a puppy, sellers generally won’t provide information about where the dog came from or the dog’s medical history.”
“Welcoming a new pet into your home is a decision rooted in love. Pet owners deserve the peace of mind that their new family member wasn’t abused or mistreated by breeder or seller,” said Rep. Crist. “Requiring a Petfax increases transparency, decreasing the potential for animal abuse, a win-win for all parties involved.”
“Too many animals suffer from inhumane conditions in our nation,” said Reschenthaler. “The Petfax Act of 2020, bipartisan legislation I’m introducing with Rep. Crist, will better protect dogs and cats from neglect and abuse. By improving transparency and providing consumers with more information, including the source of their pet and its record on animal welfare inspections, we can hold irresponsible sellers of dogs and cats accountable. Given the proven ties between cruelty to animals and child and senior abuse, I will continue fighting to strengthen protections for our nation’s pets.”
The Petfax Act would:
· Require that sellers of dogs and cats disclose certain information to a customer about the animals, including information identifying the dealer who bred the animals, the number of dogs bred and sold by that dealer over the past two years, a listing of any violations the dealer has had in the past two years, and health information about the animals, including whether a veterinarian was seen, vaccinations administered, and congenital disease. The Petfax Act would make it illegal for a seller, such as a pet store, to misrepresent the source of a dog or cat, including misrepresenting whether the animal came from a mill.
· Require that animal welfare inspection records are reinstated on the USDA website, so that the public can look up a breeder prior to purchasing a dog to see if the breeder has violations. These records were previously available until being taken down by the USDA in 2017, eliminating transparency and allowing mills with violations to have no accountability.
- Similar to another bill in Congress – the Welfare Of Our Friends (WOOF) Act – the bill closes a loophole that allows mills with violations to continue operating. The bill prohibits USDA from issuing or renewing a license to a dealer who has had a suspension within the past 10 years. It also prevents a license from being granted to the immediate family member of a dealer who has had their license suspended or revoked, to someone who resides at the same address, or to an entity where the dealer holds an ownership interest.
The Petfax Act for honesty in pet sales is the latest in local, state, and federal legislation to root out puppy mills. Two other bills have also been introduced in Congress: The WOOF Act would address loopholes to stop puppy mills with suspensions from continuing to operate, and the Puppy Protection Act would increase the standards of care for mother dogs kept in these mills. Over 300 localities across the nation have adopted legislation to prevent pet stores from selling puppies that come from puppy mills, and California and Maryland have adopted similar state legislation, with many more to follow.
The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.
Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 17, 2020) – Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Alyssa Trahan is making waves with her first release of the year, “Memories Not Dreams.” After signing a publishing deal in 2018 and releasing her brand of captivating music over the past year, Trahan is back with a single meant to inspire. Exclusively premiered by Medium, the song emphasizes making the most of our limited time on Earth. Written on a songwriters retreat with Kent Maxson and Adam James Deiboldt, she sings of aiming to accomplish all of her goals in order to turn them into fond memories. “Memories Not Dreams” can be streamed and downloaded here.
Trahan explains, “this song is so special to me because it has a message that every single person can relate to. I hope it will inspire people to go and live their dreams or even go and call someone they haven’t talked to in a while, because life is shorter than you think.”
"Everyone wants to live a life with no regrets, chasing after those dreams. Trahan perfectly captures this in her newest single... Her message, to live a life with no regrets, is one that everyone can relate to.” - Donna Black, Medium
While not recording or writing, Trahan spends her time producing demos and tracks for herself and other artists, opening for acclaimed musicians such as Charlie Daniels, Lee Ann Womack and Midland, as well as writing for and starring in commercials. Trahan is able to blur genre lines with her modern pop production mixed with traditional country instrumentation, winning over fans of all genres.
Stay up to date with Trahan at alyssatrahan.com.
2020 Tour Dates
Feb. 22 - Nichols, N.Y. - Tioga Downs Casino
Feb. 26 - Fairport, N.Y. - b-side
Feb. 27 - Brockport, N.Y. - The Red Jug Pub
Feb 28 - Rochester, N.Y. - Dinosaur Bar B Que
Feb. 29 - Farmington, N.Y. - Club Remedy
March 7 - Franklin, Tenn. - GRAYS on Main
April 10 - Rochester, N.Y. - Bar Louie - Greece Ridge Center
April 11 - Farmington, N.Y. - Club Remedy
April 15 - Fairport, N.Y. - b-side
April 16 - Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester Beer Park
April 18 - Vernon, N.Y. - Vernon Downs Casino
June 13 - Fairport, N.Y. - Iron Smoke Distillery
June 19 - Salamanca, N.Y. - Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino
Aug. 14 - Farmington, N.Y. - Club Remedy
Aug. 15 - Utica, N.Y. - Lukins Brick Oven Pizza
Aug. 19 - Fairport, N.Y. - b-side
Aug. 20 - Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester Beer Park
Aug. 22 - Nichols, N.Y. - Tioga Downs Casino
Sept. 25 - Salamanca, N.Y. - Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino
Nov. 20 - Vernon, N.Y. - Vernon Downs Casino
Nov. 28 - Farmington, N.Y. - Club Remedy
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