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(Washington, D.C., March 25, 2015) With Spring now here, baby birds and other young wildlife will soon be arriving and later venturing from their nests in a generally defenseless state. American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is reminding cat owners that even the most well-fed domestic cats pose serious threats to vulnerable wildlife.

“Spring is an incredibly dangerous time for wildlife because newborn prey don’t have the same physical defenses as their parents and have not fully developed the danger awareness regarding predators that comes with time,” said ABC Invasive Species Program Director Grant Sizemore. “Spring is perhaps the single most important time of the year for cat owners to protect wildlife by keeping their cats indoors or under their direct control,” he said.

For example, Sizemore said a study on the effects of urbanization on wildlife that tracked the early lives of Gray Catbirds in three Washington, D.C. suburbs found that outdoor cats were the number-one source of known predation on young birds. The peer-reviewed study by Anne L. Balogh of Towson University and Drs. Peter Marra and Thomas Ryder of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute found that almost 80 percent of the catbird mortality in the study was from predation and that cats were the source of almost half of the known predation.

Even brief appearances of cats near avian nest sites lead to an increase in nest failure according to another peer-reviewed study. Those cat appearances can cause behavioral changes in parent birds which can cause an approximately 33 percent reduction in the amount of food brought to nestlings following a predation threat.

Birds whose natural movements include time on or near the ground are most susceptible, especially those that breed or nest on the ground. Typical prey for cats includes a wide variety of birds including songbirds, game birds, and waterbirds.

People often believe that cats won’t hunt if they’ve been well fed. Research shows that cats instinctively hunt, no matter how much they’ve been fed, because the hunting instinct is independent of the urge to eat.
“People can do something to help native wildlife in their backyard, and it will likely help their pets live longer,” concluded Sizemore. “We advise cat owners to spay and neuter their pets, and protect them by keeping them indoors, on leashes, or in outdoor enclosures.”

peer-reviewed study authored by scientists from two of the world’s leading science and wildlife organizations—the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—found that bird and mammal mortality caused year-round by outdoor cats is much higher than has been widely reported, with annual bird mortality now estimated to be 1.4 to 3.7 billion and mammal mortality likely 6.9 to 20.7 billion individuals.

For a list of the top ten things people can do to help birds out in the Spring, click here.

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American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere’s bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

Pet Tree Houses:  About Us 
From a custom home builder of million dollar homes and a wife with a passion for animals - to master crafters of feline habitats.   Joe and Shelley DelRocco designed their first Pet Tree House for their own cats in 2008.  The premise was twofold:  to create an aesthetically pleasing feline tree house and a tree that the cats would actually use  and would be a realistic outdoor experience for them making them feel more at home in their natural environment.  
Joe and Shelley have spent years perfecting the engineering of the tree house and continue to strive to exceed their customers’ expectations.  Each tree is hand crafted and takes up to 1,000 individual cuts to build it.  The real trees are hand selected as is the cedar to provide the highest quality indoor habitats available today.
Some of our top beneficiaries include 
Seminole County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals * Orange County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals * Candy’s Cats * Hollywood Houndz * Pet Rescue By Judy * 
Starting in their garage, Joe and Shelley’s business grew in popularity and demand.  Taking a leap of faith, Joe left his custom home business and he and Shelley opened a manufacturing plant and showroom in Sanford, Florida.   Pet Tree Houses quickly became a well-known brand throughout the cat industry across the United States and abroad.
Our Mission is Simple
To use our God-given gifts to help the animals and support our local SPCA’s and animal rescue groups building a business that distinguishes the Pet Tree Houses brand on customer appreciation, uncompromised quality, honesty and integrity.
We are committed to producing the highest level of quality indoor feline habitats to our customers, which distinguishes the Pet Tree Houses brand in the marketplace.  Equally important is our dedication to supporting our local community SPCA and animal rescue groups.  We recognize the value of contributing to the growth of our community in order for our business to prosper. To that end, Pet Tree Houses is proud to support organizations that are dedicated to saving and rescuing animals in our community while creating hope for a brighter future for our pets.
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Pet Tree Houses 1290 Tropic Park Drive, Sanford, FL 32773 877-971-8733 toll free www.PetTreeHouses.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The OurPet’s Company Launches New Pet Zone® Cat Toys

FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio – January 26, 2015 – The OurPet's Company (OPCO), a leading proprietary pet supply company, is launching several new products in its line of Pet Zone® cat toys. The new toys include the Pet Zone Pounce House Cat Tunnel, Pet Zone Romp-A-Round Floor Toy, Pet Zone KittyKicker, and Pet Zone Catnip Crinkle Disks.

The new Pet Zone Pounce House Cat Tunnel provides the perfect place for a feline’s favorite pastimes, whether they be snoozing, running, pouncing or chasing. Plus, the Pounce House is portable and collapsible for easy storage. With dimensions of 60” long and 10” wide, the cat tunnel provides ample space for hiding. It also features an adorable peep-hole for quick getaways. The vinyl tunnel has bright colors, is easy to clean, and is durable enough to withstand even the most energetic cats.

The Pet Zone Romp-A-Round Floor Toy provides a multi-sensory play experience with many stimulating options. Cats can chase the jingling balls around the track and swat the 360-degree spinning feather toy. Kitties will also love dining on treats or kibble from the special tray. Optionally, the jingling balls can be swapped out with standard toy balls.

Feline friends who need a little exercise will find it with the Pet Zone Kitty Kicker. This new toy keeps cats entertained and energized with soft fur, dangling “arms” to bat and swat, and a body filled with fragrant North-American-grown catnip. The Pet Zone Kitty Kicker also encourages wrestling and movement, inspiring the healthy exercise cats need.

“As the company designs new toys, our goal is to create something more than just a toy,” said Gabriella DeSantis, vice president of marketing. “It’s our goal to create a tool that enhances the health and well-being of pets.”

Pet Zone® Catnip Crinkle Disks were designed to indulge natural instincts and keep cats positively engaged with the world around them. With vibrant colors and irresistible textures, the Crinkle Disks stimulate the senses and encourage cats to jump, pounce, and chase. Cats love a toy they can bat and paw, and with soft texture and captivating sounds, Crinkle Disks engage purposeful and stimulating playtime.

About The OurPet's Company    
The OurPet’s Company designs, produces and markets a broad line of innovative, trend-setting pet products and accessories sold under the OurPets and Pet Zone brands in the United States and overseas. OurPets and Pet Zone products are sold through leading pet specialty retailers, food, drug and mass merchandisers, direct-mail catalog and internet retailers. The OurPet’s Company has an extensive intellectual property portfolio with more than 160 patents in either issued or pending status. The company was named a Weatherhead Top 100 Fastest Growing Company in Northeast Ohio in 2013 and has been a Lake-Geauga County Fast Track 50 Hall of Fame local business success winner for the last eight consecutive years. In addition, The OurPet’s Company was named 2015 Business of the Year by the Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Investors and customers may visit www.ourpets.com and www.petzonebrand.com for more information about the Company, its products and brands.

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by Martha

My husband died of Cancer recently. We were avid cat lovers and, over the years, have adopted many cats and provided loving homes. When he died, we had several cats and due to my changed circumstances, I need to find new homes for them, which I hope to do before I am forced to surrender them to a shelter. We reside in Broward County, Florida, but I may be able to personally deliver the cats to a new owner's location or arrange transport no matter the distance. If possible, I will also provide at least one kitty bed, scratcher, toys and other items with familiar scents to help make their transition to a new home easier.

I have created a Facebook page dedicated my cause:

https://www.facebook.com/MarthasCats

 FRAK is my little princess. She is a beautiful grey tuxedo with the slightest hint of stripes in the right light. She suckled my ear lobes when she was a baby and still occasionally grabs a sniff and a lick when she is really comfortable. As I am laying down to go to sleep some nights, she comes to sit on my chest and paw my face and if she is really comfortable, she will stretch out and roll over onto her back for a belly rub and settle in to fall asleep on me. She enjoys being held, rocked and carried around. She loves to drink directly from the faucet and when done (and if I am around), she finds me so I can wipe her wet face because she loves vigorous full face rubs. When she is very relaxed, she slobbers all over me in ecstasy. Her purr is so soft and breathy, it is difficult to hear unless her nose is nuzzled close to my ear. She is a spayed female just under 6 years old.

CYLON is our big, beautiful, prissy girl. We adopted her from a pretty gross situation. She is large, silky gray, and long haired. Although she is not papered, we believe she is a Nebelung, a very rare crossbreed of Russian Blue and a long hair. She loves a strong petting very much, but only on her timeline. She goes nuts when she is combed, but she prefers to walk around while being combed so you have to either follow her around or hold her down firmly. She proudly struts around with her poofy tail on full display. She also loves to drink from the faucet and frequently she and Frak take up positions on opposite sides of the sink while lapping it up. She can pinpoint and catch any toy with amazing accuracy but slips and falls comically when running around due to the long fur between her toes and footpads. Sometimes she cries when she doesn't know where we are until she finds us. She loves to drag toys and things around the house mewling, but her favorite toy is a very old, ratty stick of dynamite catnip toy she walks around mournfully mewling until we sooth her. She is a spayed female just under 6 years old.

KAOS adopted us while on a trip to the pet store for kitty food and litter. We always looked at the kitties and this little guy reached through the cage and gently patted me on the cheek and kept his paw there until my husband asked the volunteer to open the cage so we can meet him. He settled right into my arms like it was meant to be. He is a grey tuxedo with a beard and crooked mustache around his mouth. He is the most loving cat we have. He is the quintessential lap cat slightly modified, as he prefers to be a little higher up on my chest and shoulders. He nuzzles my neck until I vigorously pet his face. If I stop rubbing his face, he uses his paws to move my hand around. Sometimes he slobbers a little. If possible, he would probably lay or lean on me all the time. Kaos and Poke have bonded and would like to stay together if possible, although not required. He is a neutered male and is 3 years old.

POKE was discovered in our apartment community's landscaped entrance area at risk of being hit by a car. My husband immediately ran to rescue her as she was hiding in the grass and poking her head up her head up several times - hence, her name. She is a tabby tuxedo with beautiful markings and her tuxedo color is a warm slightly creme color instead the typical white. She was a feisty little 4-week old but quickly bonded with us and Kaos. Although she is still a kitten, she has calmed down significantly into a very sweet little girl. She has the loudest purr of all the cats. She loves to be gently petted around her head and neck but really loves being scratched under her chin. She frequently sits or lays across my lap for a good rub. Poke and Kaos have bonded and would like to stay together if possible, although not required. She is a spayed female and is 1.5 years old.

CARBON is a tiny little black kitty with a few white hairs on her neck and in her ears. She is the sweetest, gentlest cat I have ever had. She loves to roll around in my hair on the pillow at night. She head-butts anything nearby, especially us and the other cats. She comes to stretch out across my lap several times a day. She really enjoys curling up on a heating pad to sleep. She has kidney disease and I assume it will be difficult to find her a new forever home, so if no one adopts her, I will try my best to find a way to keep her for the time she has left on this earth. She is on a restricted diet for the kidney issues. Although she is not expected to live a full life, our vet has been able to help her reach a certain level of comfort for now. Although she loves other cats, I think she will be most comfortable in a home with no other pets and access to her human or humans as much as possible. She is a spayed female just under 5 years old.

    

Please contact Martha at 949-433-9606. You are welcome to text or call her.

KATHY IRELAND DEVELOPS COLLECTION OF SOLUTION

BASED PET PRODUCTS INSPIRED BY HOME DÉCOR

SAN RAFAEL, CA (Dec. 20, 2014) -- The new kathy ireland Loved Ones™ pet product collection, inspired by home décor trends, is both functional and stylish. The collection will be launching at Global Pet Expo in Orlando, FL and shown at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, IL in March 2014.

Kathy Ireland, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®), leads one of the country’s most successful design and marketing firms with revenues topping $2 billion in licensed products annually, according to Forbes Magazine. Kathy Ireland and the kiWW team has partnered with pet industry leader, Worldwise®, to create the kathy ireland Loved Ones™ collection which offers gorgeous fabrics, unique features and clear points of difference in the marketplace.

Kevin Fick, Worldwise CEO commented; “As a company Worldwise is excited to partner with Kathy Ireland and her team at kiWW to develop a line of pet products unique to the market. Kathy makes a great partner, she brings both her design savvy as well as her knowledge of what it means to be a busy parent to both the two footed and four footed child. Kathy’s design sense mixed with Worldwise’s ability to create innovative and solution based products is a winning combination.”

The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection is solution based and designed to support the needs of pets and their guardians. Each product is designed to fit within a system that addresses your Loved Ones needs; Play, Relax, Nourish, Explore, Restore, Indulge with a diverse range of product for both cats and dogs.

The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection of pet bedding, tailored from beautiful and durable materials are designed to meet your Loved Ones needs and sleeping styles. These beds are made to last through many naps! The collection features the patented Cuddle Cube Pet Bed© which enables the pet to sink into the bed, without the bed losing its structure. The Quilted Pet Bed with Lounge Mat, features a quilted bed base with a reversible mat inside. It can be used “as is,” or upgraded using the Mix & Match feature, enabling the pet guardian to match the bed style with the sleeping style of the pet. The Tailor Made Gusseted Pet Bed, is beautifully appointed with upholstery like details. This bed is designed to keep its shape, and continue looking great even when in use. The Pillow Hideout Bed offers a unique hood that allows the pet to snuggle in, or stash a favorite toy. The Constant Comfort Bolstered Pet Bed, gives comfort and support for both the body and the head, it will be a favorite place to rest for your dog. The attention to detail is evident, quality fill materials are used for the comfort of the pet, and for the pet guardians there are handles for easy portability, and removable covers for easy cleaning just throw them in the wash! Retails range from $40.00 $180.00

The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection of leashes, collars and accessories, provides stylish solutions for the pet and pet guardian on the go. The leash and collar collection offers patented features like the Tag Silencer© to quiet the jangling of i.d. tags as well as our easy attach leash ring which makes it super simple to put a leash on an excited pet. Our stylish leashes feature a shock absorber to help eliminate strain from a dog that pulls. Walking your pet will never be easier or more stylish. Retails range from $8.00 $30.00

Every pet needs activity and exercise for a healthy and happy life. The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection, offers innovative and solution based toys that will meet a variety of pet needs. For cats, the collection features organic catnip infused toys and refillable catnip toys for your cat’s excitement and enjoyment. Our patented Stretch and Chase© Mouse or Fish launchers will help get those cats up and moving. For dogs, the collection offers our range of durable toys which will hold up against even the strongest of chewers. Our Hide and Seek© balls are patented, waterproof, durable, with light and sound features that will make sure you never lose a ball again. Retails range from $5.00 $20.00

The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection offers scratch pieces and related furniture that include solutions for scratch, grooming and play, that will beautifully integrate into the home. Three of the modular scratch solutions from the collection are the Scratch and Climb Tower, Covered Groom and Hide Scratch Perch and the Scratch and Seek Tower with Ramp, Hammock, and Tunnel. Each works perfectly on its own, but also works together to create a completely stylish activity center for your cat. Retails range $20.00 $250.00

Exploring the world with your pet, whether it be at the market, or on a weekend getaway, needn’t be a hassle. The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection offers a range of travel accessories that provide stylish solutions for the pet and pet guardian on the go. For the pet who travels, the Reversible Travel Mat unrolls to a double sided, durable mat, providing a comfortable place to rest with quilted padding, whether it be in the back of a car, or in a bed & breakfast. The kathy ireland Loved Ones Travel Tote offers a stylish way to carry your smaller pet with padded non-skid straps for comfort of the pet guardian, and internal padding along with a leash strap for comfort and security of your pet. Meal time is a breeze when using our waterproof Travel Bowls, they feature a waterproof inner liner with a protective flap at the top to protect the zipper from dirt and debris, functional and stylish, these handy bowls fold flat when not in use. Retails range $20.00 90.00

Designed to fit beautifully into the home, the kathy ireland Loved Ones collection of ceramic feeding solutions will elegantly accent your pet’s meal. With solutions for both dog and cat, the collection features low profile dishes for cats to prevent whisker stress, and stylish yet sturdy ceramic bowls for dogs. Ceramics have metallic gold detailing and are dishwasher safe. The kathy ireland Loved Ones collection offers furniture pieces like the Grow with Me Adjustable Feeder for dogs, that adjusts in height as your pet grows older and the Double Diner with Storage Drawer which has handy storage drawer for your dog’s toys. Both furniture feeding options feature removable stainless steel bowls with silicone gaskets (to prevent drips) for easy cleaning. Retails range $5.00 130.00

For the pet owner that wants to indulge their pet even further, kathy ireland Loved Ones offers the Gracie and Delilah® collection, featuring products for both dogs and cats with extra-indulgent details, touches of shine, sparkle and luxe fabrics to pamper their Loved One.

About Worldwise®

The SmartyKat®, TrustyPup®, PoochPlanet® and Petlinks® brands are manufactured by Worldwise®, a leading consumer pet products company. Worldwise develops unique, high-quality products made from natural, recycled, reclaimed and certified organic material, and distributes them through the nation’s largest retailers. Worldwise brands are changing consumer beliefs about the look, feel, price and performance of environmentally responsible products. www.worldwise.com

About kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®)

Founded in 1993, the kathy ireland Worldwide® brand, celebrates a lifestyle. The missions of “...finding solutions for families, especially busy moms™,” “...finding solutions for people in love™,” and“...finding solutions for people in business™,” translate to all kiWW® collections, including: fashion, fine jewelry, intimate apparel, skincare, accessories, weddings, home, office and more.

kiWW’s unique capability to design and translate fashion trends for all markets and price points allows it to develop product for a wide variety of customer tastes.

Listed as the 28th most powerful brand globally, by License Global Magazine, with annual merchandise sales of $2 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, the success of kathy ireland Worldwide® is the result of teamwork and dedication. According to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion.

Kathy and kiWW® support many non-profits including; YWCA, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEFK, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Additional information is available at kathyireland.com

'Catification': New book shows you how to make your feline feel at home without littering a room

In their new book, cat aficionados Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin explain how to please your pet with cat-tastic additions that match the rest of your house.

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Peek-a-mew! Enno Wolf and Aida Renout of The Netherlands build a kitty playground on their ceiling out of existing cat climbing furniture.Enno WolfPeek-a-mew! Enno Wolf and Aida Renout of The Netherlands build a kitty playground on their ceiling out of existing cat climbing furniture.

It’s time to give your house some cat-titude.

And feline superfans Jackson Galaxy, 48, and Kate Benjamin, 43, know just how to transform your pad into a kitty-friendly paradise without wrecking a room’s aesthetic.

‘Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)’ ($21.95) hits stores Oct. 14.Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin‘Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)’ ($21.95) hits stores Oct. 14.

“Litter”-ally.

Their new book is called “Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!).”

“We are going to ‘Catify’ the world,” Galaxy told the Daily News of the book, which will be released, claws out, in October. “That is our goal.”

The tattooed rock and roller, who lives in Los Angeles, is the host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” program, and he is all about the “cat mojo.”

What makes cats tick, he writes in the book, “is confident ownership of territory and the instinctive feeling of having a job to do in that territory.”

Understanding how your cat sees the world is part one of the “Catification” process.

Avoid cat-tastrophes by giving your kitties plenty of places to perch. This cat tree, which was submitted by Rebecca and Richard Brittain of Clearwater, Fla., is deceivingly simple to build.Rebecca Brittain   Avoid cat-tastrophes by giving your kitties plenty of places to perch. This cat tree, which was submitted by Rebecca and Richard Brittain of Clearwater, Fla., is deceivingly simple to build.Cats like to climb, so it’s up to their guardians to ‘set them up for success.’Mike Wilson   Cats like to climb, so it’s up to their guardians to ‘set them up for success.’  
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Kate Benjamin has 11 house cats and takes care of a few more at her Phoenix design studio.Matty Steinkamp, Sundawg Media

Kate Benjamin has 11 house cats and takes care of a few more at her Phoenix design studio.

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Jackson Galaxy has five house cats and ‘four or five ferals that we consider our own.’

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Meanwhile, Benjamin, the Phoenix-based founder of feline-focused Hauspanther design site, specializes in the other aspect of Catifying your house — pleasing your pet without turning your home into an unsightly array of cat towers and litter boxes.

Erin Clanton Cupp’s cat staircase was a hit with her kitties.Erin Clanton CuppErin Clanton Cupp’s cat staircase was a hit with her kitties.

“The people have to like it. It has to function for the people as well as the cats,” she told The News. “It has to be easy to clean and something you aren't ashamed of.”

As such, the book is filled with do-it-yourself projects, including kitty hammocks, cat patios (“catios”) and catwalks, but each with its own aesthetic. And many of them were submitted by other cat lovers.

As for the felines, Galaxy said they need to “find their mojo based on vertical access.”

This requires you to “set them up for success,” which can be as simple as clearing off your mantle or book case.

You can also rearrange your furniture or think outside the litter box and repurpose something you already own.

The authors say that compromise is key if you don’t want a sour puss on your hands. They compare Catification to being an interior designer with a furry client.

“Anybody can do it, and you can do in a way that doesn't make you look like the crazy cat lady,” Benjamin said.

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From “Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Car (and You!)”

Nico and Katu of Bogotá, Colombia, submitted their design for ‘Catification.’Nico and Katu, Bogotá, ColombiaNico and Katu of Bogotá, Colombia, submitted their design for ‘Catification.’

Arana’s Inside Playground

Submitted by: Nico and Katu of Bogota, Colombia

Materials and Budget

“This was not an expensive project; overall we spent around a hundred dollars. We bought wood from a local store, and the accessories — like screws, wood sealant, shelf brackets, flat braces, rivets and a PVC tube — from a warehouse store.”

Nico’s tips

“The trick for successful construction is having a clear idea of the design before you start.”

The Result

“At first Arana didn’t pay much attention to the playground. It was a strange thing for her, and she wouldn’t go near it, but with a little bit of patience and some food to encourage her, Arana quickly figured out that it was her own special place. Now she uses her playground every single day.”

Galaxy and Benjamin are taking "Catification" on the road and will stop at the Union Square Barnes & Noble on Oct. 22.

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2014

BETHESDA, MD—The Cat Daddy himself, Jackson Galaxy, stars in Alley Cat Allies’ National Feral Cat Day®  (Oct. 16) Public Service Announcement (PSA) to help raise awareness of community cat care.

On his popular Animal Planet show “My Cat From Hell,” Galaxy works with cats of all kinds, and teaches cat owners how to provide an enriched environment for their furry family members. But Galaxy’s love for cats doesn’t stop there. 

The PSA shares the important message that outdoor cats deserve the same love and respect as the cats who share our homes.

“Whether you call them family cats, house cats, feral cats, community cats, alley cats…it doesn’t matter,” says Galaxy in the PSA. “They are our cats, our community cats, and they deserve our love and our protection.”

This year marks the 14th annual National Feral Cat Day®  and the theme—TNR: From the Alley…to Main Street—represents how far Trap-Neuter-Return has come. Starting in the alleyways with volunteers and rescue groups, TNR is now finding its way into shelters and animal control policies.

“Trap-Neuter-Return has become the mainstream way to care for community cats,” says Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “If your local shelter isn’t doing TNR they are behind the times, and you should ask them to adopt the program. It saves lives and tax dollars.”

There are over 450 cities and counties with official ordinances or policies endorsing TNR and there are more than 600 nonprofit groups across the country practicing TNR.

Determined to change the state of cat care provided in our country’s animal sheltering system, Alley Cat Allies was the first to advocate for TNR for community cats in 1990. Since then a groundswell of support has arisen for community cats and their care. Learn more at www.alleycat.org.

The video is available at www.alleycat.org/FeralCatDayPSA

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About Alley Cat Allies  Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has over half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide.

Company Overview

Incorporated in 2010, The Green Pet Shop™ is a manufacturer and online retailer of “green” pet care products. The privately-owned company, founded to market its patented, eco-friendly Cool Pet Pad for dogs, now offers a line of products that care for pets without compromising the environment.

Green Benefits

All products from The Green Pet Shop meet extremely high standards for environmental responsibility and sustainability. Wherever possible, products contain exclusively safe, organic/natural ingredients; have a lifecycle free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers and preservatives; are manufactured from recycled materials; and can be composted or otherwise recycled after use.

Product Offerings

While The Green Pet Shop’s Earth-friendly mission underscores everything it does, the health and therapeutic properties of some of the company’s products are so beneficial that it has decided to carry them even though they might not be as eco-friendly as others. Its most popular products include:

  • Cool Pet Pads—As The Cool Pet Shop’s invention and signature product, Cool Pet Pads are filled with a non-toxic, pressure-activated gel that cools dogs as they lie on the pad. Available in four sizes for dogs up to 150 pounds, the pads reactivate within 15-20 minutes at room temperature once removed from use. Cool Pet Pads require no refrigeration, electricity or water. Washable pad covers also available.

  • Shampoos and Soaps—From CAIN & ABLE, the line includes all-natural lavender & eucalyptus ear cleanser; all-natural lavender conditioning shampoo; and all-natural conditioner. Products are free of detergents, synthetic perfumes and artificial colors. Prevents allergic reactions, eye irritations, skin rashes and hair loss.

  • Flea Repellent/Anti-Itch/Sunscreen—3-in-1 product combines anti-itch aloe and skin softener with a sunscreen. Also takes the sting out of flea bites naturally and without chemicals. Contains Indian frankincense, plant extracts and PABA-free, all-natural sunscreen.

  • Biodegradable Pet Wipes—Durable wipes for eyes, ears, paws and coats as well as minor cuts.

  • Biodegradable Poop Bags—Made from corn starch, the bags degrade safely and efficiently in an aerobic environment. Sold in packages of 60.

Availability

Products from The Green Pet Shop are available at thousands of retail stores across the U.S. and in nearly a dozen foreign countries. In May 2014, The Green Pet Shop debuted product distribution at 1,400 PetSmart stores in the U.S. Products are also sold directly to the public at www.thegreenpetshop.com.

The Green Pet Shop’s sister company, Cool Care Technologies, sells versions of its patented cooling pad technology for human use. Cool Flash™ Pads for mattresses, pillows and other applications are available at www.coolcaretechnologies.com.

“Everyone knows that season four of Scandal is set to premiere tonight on ABC – and that everyone is desperate to know where Olivia Pope jetted off to. But there’s an even bigger scandal out there that the ASPCA wants to uncover: pet homelessness. In fact, the biggest scandal of all is that there are millions of pets in shelters across this country who just want a loving home. Well, the ASPCA wants to fix that.

By creating these six e-cards featuring famous lines from the show with animals available for adoption right now at the ASPCA Adoption Center, the organization would like to remind everyone to make pet adoption their first option and help get a handle on the number of homeless animals waiting in shelters for loving homes.”

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Wicked Cool Toys' Cat Paws Are Fur Surely PAWESOME for Everyone at Every Age!

CAT PAWS (#CatPaw) from Wicked Cool Toys are wildly fun and purrrfect for everyone! Creep out co-workers, amuse cat lovers and STUPEFY cats themselves with the amazing, bizarre, wonderful and super fun CAT PAW

Cat Paw features four different cat styles to choose from which includes a Orange Shorthair Cat Paw, a White Persian Cat Paw, a Maine Coon Cat Paw and a Black Cat Paw. Each Cat Paw includes two realistic sounds (friendly and feisty) and an awesome clawing action! Simply pull on the trigger to activate sound and movement - a light pull for the friendly sound and a firm grip and hold for the feisty sound! Once you see one, you have to have them all!

Cat Paws are fur sure to be the life of any party, fill an ordinary with extraordinary moments, strike up conversations with just about anyone, and bring endless joy to everyone, even your beloved four-legged family members! Cat Paws are available at Kmart and Toys "R" Us NOW, and soon on Amazon.com. Ages 1-100, SRP: $9.99

Cat Paw Socials

Twitter - @mycatpaw - #CatPaw

LIKE us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mycatpaw

Pinterest - www.pinterest.com/thecatpaw

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXkenxHLjOWWa62nghfPivg

YouTube and Cat Paw Jingle

Watch Cat Paws in action and sing along to the fun and funky Cat Paw Jingle:

ThatCrazyFamily

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXjV0IMAfXQ

Create Your Own YouTube Video with Cat Paws and the Cat Paw Jingle:

Cat Paw Jingle

https://soundcloud.com/thatcrazyfamily/cat-paw-jingle-1-song

Cat Paw Jingle Lyrics

My Mama said I couldn’t have a kitty cat

I said, Hey Mama What’s wrong with that?

She said, Kitties are stinky and hairy too

And they don’t pay No attention to you

But Mama I have the perfect kitty in mind

This kitty is both mean and kind

No Litter, No Smell

No Turned Up Tail

No sneezing or wheezing

No itching or hives

The Cat Paw has more than just nine lives

Cat Paw, Cat Paw, My Jekyl and Hyde

From Friendly to Feisty – it’s the purrrrrrfect ride

Mama said yes, cuz it has no claw

Now I am the owner of a kitty Cat Paw!

And that’s my Tale as in T A I L ….Ha!

Music:  "Cat Paw Jingle Song"  by Julie & Madisson Lowe & JVT PAW, McFarland Beats, and ThatCrazyFamily

Download for free here: https://soundcloud.com/thatcrazyfamily/cat-paw-jingle-1-song

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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About Wicked Cool, LLC

Wicked Cool, LLC is a Pennsylvania-based toymaker with offices in Pennsylvania, California and Hong Kong. Founded in the Summer of 2012, Wicked Cool has a diverse portfolio of playthings for all ages. The Wicked Cool Toys management team is lead by co-Presidents in the US Michael Rinzler and Jeremy Padawer, and Hong Kong Thomas Poon. The Company develops and brings to market proprietary lines and licensed product, including Cabbage Patch Kids, Garfield, The Wiggles, Wild Kratts, Crashlings, My Girl’s Dollhouse, Vrüm, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, WWE®, Disney Princess®, Minnie Mouse®, Marvel®, Batman®, Superman®, Iron Man®, Sponge Bob®, Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer®, and Monster Jam®. Visit www.wickedcooltoys.com and follow the Company on both Facebook and Twitter.  www.facebook.com/wickedcooltoys    @wickedcooltoys

For More Information about Cat Paw, Please Contact:

Janis Van Tine

Vice President

GennComm, LLC for Wicked Cool Toys

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818-839-0117

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