“Meet the Animal Artist” Experience Added to Oakland Zoo’s Animals Saving Animals Annual Art Auction
Oakland, Calif. -- September 15, 2016 -- Oakland Zoo has added a new twist to the third year of their annual “Animals Saving Animals Art Show” to raise money for animal conservation. Bidding winners get to come to the Zoo to be part of the painting experience with the animal artist.
Zoos across the country now sell animal paintings as a way to fundraise, but Oakland Zoo wanted to enhance the concept by personalizing the experience. “We saw that people bought these artworks to connect with the animals, so we decided to offer an experience where people could meet an animal artist up-close and behind-the-scenes, for the ‘creative’ painting process.’ It’s an amazing way to connect with animals at the Zoo, support animal conservation in the wild – and, of course, acquire unique artwork,” said Erin Harrison, Sr. Manager of Marketing & PR at Oakland Zoo.
Artwork created by zoo animals is up for auction on eBay now through Thursday, September 22 at 11am. Artists featured in the Animal Art Show Experience include an elephant, lemur, goat, sun bear, giraffe, parrot, and green monkey. For a complete list of artist names, biographies and bidding link, and additional information on Oakland Zoo’s Animal Art Show Experience, go to: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/Animal_Art_Show_2016.php
“The Animal Art Show Experience is a triple win; it provides fun enrichment activity for our animals, helps support the conservation of wildlife, and draws public attention to the various conservation challenges that animals face,” said Amy Gotliffe, Conservation Director at Oakland Zoo. “The Animal Art Show is also a perfect example of how the entire Oakland Zoo staff embraces our conservation efforts, from our Marketing Department to our Animal Care team. We hope the lucky winners of this unique art know that they took action for wildlife every time they look at it.”
None of the animals are forced or coerced into participating in the Art Show. The painting sessions are conducted with zookeepers, using only positive-reinforcement methods to encourage voluntary participation. The paint used is non-toxic and water based. All funds raised from the auction will benefit Oakland Zoo’s conservation partners, who are working in the field to save wild animals.
ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:
The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Oakland Zoo is dedicated to the humane treatment of animals and wildlife conservation onsite and worldwide; with 25¢ from each ticket donated to support conservation partners and programs around the world. The California Trail, a transformational project that more than doubles our size, opens in 2018,
and will further our commitment to animal care, education, and conservation with a focus on this state’s remarkable native wildlife. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks. For more information, go to: www.oaklandzoo.org
Pets in the Classroom invites teachers to submit pictures of the habitats of their classroom pets.
The Pets in the Classroom grant program invites pre-kindergarten through 8th grade teachers with classroom pets to enter the Pets in the Classroom Habitat Contest. September 19th through December 10th, teachers can submit pictures of their classroom pet’s habitat. All entries are being featured on the Pets in the Classroom website, and people are invited to vote for their favorite habitat. The teacher whose entry receives the most votes when the contest ends will be selected as one of the contest winners and one additional teacher will also be selected as a winner based on random selection. Each winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
“We encourage all teachers with a classroom pet to enter the habitat contest,” commented Steven T. King, Pet Care Trust Executive Director. “Your students will enjoy seeing their ‘classmate’ featured on the Pets in the Classroom website, and you will help other classes improve their pets' habitats with your ideas. Encourage parents, students and fellow teachers to vote for your habitat and you might win a $100 gift card!”
The Pets in the Classroom grant program provides grants to Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers in both private and public schools for the purpose of purchasing and maintaining classroom pets. Classroom animals are wonderful resources for teachers that, when incorporated into lesson plans, can have a profound impact. Classroom pets not only provide excitement in the classroom, but they also benefit students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond. Studies have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self-esteem.
For more information on the Pets in the Classroom grant program or the Habitat Contest, visit www.PetsintheClassroom.org.
ADOPTABLE ANIMALS GET NEW DIGS IN ANIMAL PLANET’S TWO-PART SPECIAL PET NATION RENOVATION
- Two Non-Profit Animal Shelters Receive Much-Needed Head to Tail Makeovers -
(Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2016) – Every year, shelters and rescues across the country spend countless hours finding homes for millions of abandoned animals. In Animal Planet’s new two-part special, PET NATION RENOVATION, two deserving shelters receive much needed top-to-bottom makeovers providing animals with a more comfortable stay while awaiting their new family. After the renovations are complete, each shelter holds a local adoption event resulting in many happy “tails.” Part one of PET NATION RENOVATION premieres on Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet.
Hosted by animal expert and home renovation enthusiast Dave Salmoni, and featuring the animal shelter renovation experts from Project Pawsitive, the PET NATION RENOVATIONteam completely transforms two shelters - Bandit's Adoption and Rescue of K-9s (BARK) in Ashland, Virginia and Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL) in Pontiac, Michigan.
In the premiere episode, the all-volunteer staff at BARK learn they are the winners of a nationwide contest to find the most deserving shelter. As a result of rescuing more than 4,500 dogs in 10 years, the BARK shelter shows extreme wear and tear. These run-down conditions cause unnecessary stress to the dogs and scare off potential adopters forcing BARK to holds their adoption events offsite.
After four weeks of renovation by the PET NATION team, BARK is outfitted with state-of-the-art kennels, an agility dog park and cost-saving improvements which culminates in an on-site adoption event to find the dogs forever homes. Celebrity dog groomer Jorge Benderskyand animal adoption expert Jill Rappaport are on hand to make sure the dogs look their best and when matched with the perfect family.
The makeover was made possible by Ace Hardware and Delta Faucet, sponsors of the special who provided more than $100,000 for the renovation through fiscal, product and labor donations.
The second episode of PET NATION RENOVATION, which features a makeover the MARL shelter, will air Fall 2016.
PET NATION RENOVATION is produced by All3Media America for Animal Planet. Melinda Toporoff and Dawn Sinsel are executive producers for Animal Planet and Pat Dempsey is the Associate Producer. Gregory J. Lipstone, Leah Hariton and Liz Kerrigan are the executive producers for All3Media America.
About Animal Planet
Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the network of hit franchise series RIVER MONSTERS, PIT BULLS & PAROLEES and TREEHOUSE MASTERS and the home of provocative and award-winning specials and documentary films presented under the banner ANIMAL PLANET PRESENTS. Animal Planet's programming also includes quarterly tent pole TV events PUPPY BOWL, the largest non-sports TV on Super Bowl Sunday, and MONSTER WEEK. Animal Planet is the premiere TV, digital and social community for animal lovers and pet owners, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Animal Planet assets including: Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the US, that is complimented with a deep Video On Demand offering; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access to the animal kingdom; Animal Planet social including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
About All3Media America
All3Media America is the Los Angeles-based production studio for All3Media, a global production and distribution group of companies headquartered in the UK. Established in December 2012, All3Media America develops and produces a wide range of original scripted, non-scripted and digital content specifically for the US market as well as serving as the domestic production base for the group's international formats. All3Media America companies include Bentley, Bogner Content, Commonwealth Unscripted, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Maverick, MME, North One, Objective, Seven Stories, South Pacific Pictures and Studio Lambert Associates. The company currently has series in production or development with a large number of broadcast and cable networks as well as digital platforms, including the Emmy award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS. All3Media America's formats and finished programs are distributed internationally by All3Media International. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.
September 10, 2016
Clear Conscience Pet Founder Talkin’ SuperGravy on Talkin’ Pets Radio with Jon Patch Sat. Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm EDT Listen LIVE here: Talkin’ Pets Clear Conscience Pet Interview 9.10.16 at 6:30 pm
SuperGravy® is the 50 Cent Solution for Picky Eating Dogs and Daily Hydration: Pet Industry Icon Anthony Bennie to Reveal New Recipes
SuperGravy, the six-time award-winning pet food topper line, is launching its next generation of products with three new artisan-crafted recipes. The new offerings build on the success of the Clean Label “Au Jus” brown dry gravy mix line that Clear Conscience Pet invented in 2012.
“We are honored to be invited as guests on the popular Talkin’ Pets radio program with Jon Patch,” said CCP Founder and Chief Nutrition Officer Anthony Bennie. “We have spent over a year developing the next generation of SuperGravy and the creative effort shows in the exciting ingredient profiles, new nutrient sources, and sheer deliciousness of our new recipes. Our original Au Jus is now PAW Jus, ARFredo White features Greek yogurt and three Italian cheeses, and BARKinara Red is a marinara for dogs made with tomato, liver, and porcini mushrooms.”
Clear Conscience Pet believes that a great product must offer not only impeccable quality but also good value in these times when natural pet food and treats have become so expensive. “If it’s not affordable for daily use by the average dog-loving family, what’s the point? We are proud to offer the best value in this category with a 50 cents per meal average cost; that is less than 1/3 the price of using canned foods, freeze dried, or premade liquid toppers. After all, Consumers are already paying very high prices for top-end natural dry pet foods, so toppers need to be cost-sensitive,” said Bennie.
The concept of SuperGravy is based on the use of whole superfoods with no synthetic vitamins and 100% Clean Label ingredients. All recipes use chia seed, Atlantic sea kelp, air dried veggies, and sunflower lecithin. All three SuperGravy formulas have been enhanced with digestive enzymes, and probiotics to bring better digestibility and improved gut health.
SuperGravy is a Six-time Award-Winner for nutritional excellence and innovation, and is unique in the growing Pet Food Toppers category as the only dry instant holistic gravy mix for dogs. “SuperGravy transforms dry food into a moist delicious meal, and teaches pet parents to hydrate every dry meal,” said CCP Co-Founder Amanda Malone Bennie. “Digestive issues are rare in dogs eating hydrated diets and all too common in dogs eating dry food only, added Amanda.
SuperGravy has been a hit with pet guardians former canned food users as well who typically switch from using canned pet foods or other toppers for hydration and as taste enhancers for picky eating dogs.
There is also a growing trend of “dry-only” feeders realizing the digestive benefits and major improvement in palatability that comes from feeding a hydrated diet. SuperGravy provides a safe, convenient, low calorie, and cost effective method for daily hydration using the gravy mixes with ordinary tap water to create a moist meal for hungry dogs. For picky eaters experiencing “taste fatigue,” SuperGravy has a virtually 100% dog-approved track record as shown by countless testimonials, reviews, and awards.
The product has also gained many loyal followers whose dogs have experienced decreased appetites for any reason including aging, medications, and illnesses including dogs with cancer on chemotherapy. SuperGravy also facilitates food changes such as lifestage transitions and veterinarian prescribed diets. Rescue groups use the product to keep dogs eating while going through sometimes stressful relocations. Pet sitters, boarding kennels, and the growing Pet Resort and Doggy Day Care business find SuperGravy to be a “must-have” once they try it.
Even freeze dried and dehydrated food users have discovered the benefits of using the product. Instead of just adding water, SuperGravy energizes and re-hydrates these ultra-dry foods with exciting taste and contributes superfood nutrients with every meal.
To make SuperGravy the state-of-the-art in food toppers, the new line also contains added digestive enzymes and probiotics as daily aids to better digestion.
“We wouldn’t settle for anything less than making the very best dog food toppers ever seen,” said Co-Founder Amanda Bennie. “We are proud to say that the reinvented SuperGravy family of pet food toppers sets a new bar of quality, value, and sheer dog enjoyment. Our focus groups prove that these recipes intrigue dog loving consumers, and test feeding leaves dogs with big smiles, wagging tails, and begging for more.”
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*Clear Conscience Pet has been honored with 14 Awards for excellence and innovation in animal nutrition, and Founder Anthony Bennie was one of the inaugural winners of the Pet Age Pet Industry Icon Awards in 2015.
Clear Conscience Pet: Who We Are, What We Make, and What We Stand For:
WHO WE ARE: Clear Conscience is an independent pet nutrition company, founded in 2010 by Anthony and Amanda Bennie, twenty-year veterans of the natural pet care industry .
WHAT WE MAKE: We create artisan quality, hand-crafted dog treats, dental chews, and SuperGravy® pet food gravy toppers. We are humbled to have been recognized by our industry with 14 Awards for Nutritional Excellence and Innovation. This achievement makes us The Most Awarded Brand in Pet Nutrition History.
WHAT WE STAND FOR: Our motto is Purity, Clarity, and JOY: Those aren’t just “marketing buzzwords.” Here’s what they mean to you and your animal companions:
PURITY: All products are made with short lists of pure ingredients, crafted with traditional artisan methods and minimal processing.
CLARITY: Our transparency RESPECTS consumers. Clear information and simple products build TRUST. This means that animal guardians can have a Clear Conscience when feeding our treats, chews, or SuperGravy®.
JOY: We let dogs BE dogs with nutrition that supports their bodies while “speaking” to their true animal spirit. Our products are based on this simple concept: we feed dogs as carnivores. To really LOVE dogs we must understand that their biological needs are different from ours instead of pandering to the notion that they are “little people.”
The CleanLabel™ Pledge: Instead of talking about change, we ARE the change.
CleanLabel™ defines a new and far higher standard of formulation and communication in natural pet nutrition
It elevates and reinvents the “natural pet” category to a whole new level of quality and DEFINED accountability.
In a sea of confusing claims, CleanLabel™ gives consumers a safe harbor of old-fashioned common sense.
LEARN MORE: visit clearconsciencepet.com
Testimonials and Reviews show that Clear Conscience Pet® delivers on our promises!
CleanLabel™ by Clear Conscience Pet
14 Reasons Why SuperGravy® is the
Best Pet Food Topper EVER
1. THE HEALTHIEST PET FOOD TOPPERS: Limited, simple, pronounceable, ingredients; CleanLabel™ formulated
2. DOGS LOVE SuperGravy®: Brings total JOY to the Bowl! Watch your dogs DANCE around their bowls with
excitement at every meal when you add SuperGravy®
3. ALSO MAKES BROTH! Recipes developed to make great gravy and yummy BROTH
4. THE BEST VALUE IN PET FOOD TOPPERS AND HYDRATION: Only 50 cents per meal for great Gravy and $3 a
quart for broth! This SAVES dog guardians 50% or more vs. adding canned food, using freeze dried toppers,
or buying premade liquid gravies or broths
5. THE BEST VARIETY OF RECIPES & SINGLE SOURCE PROTEINS: PAW Jus Brown with Beef, BARKinara Red with
Pork, and ARFredo White with Yogurt and Cheese give pet parents with picky dogs and allergies options
6. GUARANTEED TO WORK: Supergravy® will improve appetite and food enjoyment for even the pickiest-eating
pets or we’ll refund your money
7. MORE CONVENIENT THAN CANS or other toppers: SuperGravy® is the first and ONLY instant dry pet gravy mix,
which means a small pouch lasts 30 meals or more. Eliminates the smelly waste, and sharp edges of canned pet
foods and the huge hassle of lugging, storing, and disposing of all of those cans
8. BLENDS COMPLETELY– YOUR DOG CAN’T PICK AROUND IT: Dogs are clever about “cherry-picking” canned pet
food and freeze dried toppers out of their kibble; SuperGravy® is designed to totally integrate with kibble.
9. PREVENTS OBESITY: Only 20 calories and 1 gram of fat vs. high calorie add-ons such as cans and people food
10. HELPS SENIOR PETS who may suffer loss of appetite as they age
11. HELPS PETS FACING ILLNESS: Pets facing health challenges often have depressed appetites. SuperGravy®
helps keep pets eating, including those battling cancer with chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments
12. NOT JUST FOR “PICKY” DOGS! Just because your dog eats dry food well doesn't mean that they are getting the
most from their food. Hydrating food with SuperGravy® makes it far more enjoyable AND more digestible.
13. BETTER DIGESTION and FEWER STOMACH PROBLEMS: Unhydrated food is more likely to cause tummy troubles.
SuperGravy® makes dry food more digestible PLUS adds digestive enzymes and probiotics with every meal
14. EARTH-FRIENDLY: Much better for the planet than cans, or other water-added toppers! One pouch of
SuperGravy® can replace 30 cans. SuperGravy could singlehandedly eliminate millions of tons of waste.
SuperGravy® Holistic Instant Gravy Mix:The Most Awarded Pet Food Toppers!
Winner of 6 Nutritional Excellence and Innovation Awards, more than ANY other pet food topper.
Turns dry kibble into a delicious, more digestible moist meal using only natural SuperFood ingredients
SUPER Convenient: Just Add Water to kibble or any pet food for a nutritiously delicious meal
The BEST VALUE IN PET FOOD TOPPERS: Only about 50 CENTS A MEAL (based on suggested retail price)
Lily is a 14 year old lab who lost interest in her food. Once
we tried the “SuperGravy" she ate with the lab hunger she
always had!!!! Thank you!!!! Also, our 5 yr. old Australian
Shepherd/Jack Russell mix is such a picky eater, but she
chows her kibble now with the "gravy" ! Wendy and Lily
Clear Conscience Pet® Award-Winning Treats and Rugged Dental Chews
Sliders® Stikz Tender Beef or Chicken & Cheddar Treats
CleanLabel™ Tender and moist meat treats with NO chemicals or fillers
Individually vacuum-packed:take them wherever you and your dog go!
Most tender treats use glycerine, propylene glycol, corn syrup, and
other chemicals and fillers that DOGS DON’T NEED and may be harmful
Sliders® brand treats are DELICIOUSLY NUTRITIOUS-made and sourced
in the USA with over 80% USDA inspected natural beef or chicken.
Holistically formulated with Omega 3s from organic flax, phytonutrients
from air-dried tri-color veggies, and enhanced with real cheddar cheese.
100% GUARANTEED to please your dog or we’ll refund your money!
Award-winning artisan quality!
Airy™ Treats and Trachey™ Chewz: ENHANCED with SuperFood Dry Rub
Lamb Trachey Chewz™ Ideal for Small and Big Dogs Alike!
These smaller trachea chews are breakable and easier to chew, so they are great
for smaller dogs. With pasture-raised lamb as the protein source, they provide an
excellent alternative for sensitive or allergic dogs. +SuperFood Dry Rub
Beef Trachey™ Chewz: Unique “open canoe cut” stimulates dogs to gnaw on
the edges of these American beef trachea; this “edge action” scrapes teeth and
stimulates gums far more than closed trachea “tubes.” +SuperFood Dry Rub
What makes them healthier than similar treats? You’ll see lots of “plain” lamb lung and
beef trachea treats on the market. They are are healthy alternatives to high carb treats like
biscuits and “cookies.” So we took a good idea and made it SUPER by inventing a process
that naturally infuses treats and chews with nutrient-rich “superfoods:”
Cold-milled flaxseed provides a natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids;
Air-dried spinach, tomato, and carrot provide concentrated sources of plant-based natural
compounds called phytonutrients;
Scientific studies say that Omega 3s and Phytonutrients may contribute to immune system health.
Lamb Airy™ Bites & Lamb Airy™ Bark: +SuperFood Dry Rub
Airy Bites™ are small crunchy morsels, ideal for training, treating, and snacking
Airy Bark™ consists of larger pieces of thin “bark” that give dog guardians a
flexible serving-size treat! Easy-to-break into any size for small to GIANT breeds!
Beef or Lamb Trachey Chewz: 100% Digestible Denta-Chews
Trachey Chewz™ are a natural source of joint-protective chondroitin, glucosamine, and collagen!
LEARN MORE: visit clearconsciencepet.com
Offers Cat Influenced Lessons on How to Live a Joyful and Inspired Life,
In Brand New Book
Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style
“Ingrid King brings us closer to understanding the everyday reality of cats and, finally, what we can learn about our own lives through better appreciating theirs.” – Jackson Galaxy, Host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell”
- The Benefits of Stretching;
- 7 Habits of Happy Cats and Humans;
- The Value of Doing Nothing;
- How to be Content;
- When Work Becomes Play;
- Take Time for Yourself;
- Random Acts of Kindness; and
- Accepting What Is.
New York, NY – The AKC® Humane Fund is pleased to announce the winners of the 17th annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). These awards celebrate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities.
One award is presented in each of the following five categories: Uniformed Service K-9, Service, Therapy, Search and Rescue and Exemplary Companion dog. This year’s winners include a Deputy K-9 Bloodhound who has worked with the FBI, a Labrador Retriever that helped a young girl gain her independence after suddenly becoming paralyzed, a retired show dog that helps comfort people in the airport, a search and rescue dog trained in three disciplines and a family pet who fought for his life protecting a seven-year-old.
“The heartwarming stories of the five ACE award winners exemplify the loyalty, commitment and companionship dogs give us,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Whether providing comfort or saving lives, each of these dogs has in some way improved the lives of others and the impact they have made on their community is truly inspiring.”
All of the ACE recipients will receive $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of their choice, a one-year pet insurance policy from Pet Partners, Inc., they will be honored at Regalia: A Royal Celebration for Those Who Champion Purebred Dogs on Friday, December 16th and an engraved sterling silver medallion will be presented to each at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida held on Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18, 2016.
This year’s ACE winners are:
Uniformed Service K-9: “Radar,” a Bloodhound handled by Frank Hurst of Kiowa, Colorado
“K-9 Deputy Radar” is a four-year-old AKC-registered Bloodhound serving in Elbert County, Colorado. His training for finding missing persons and tracking down criminals and evidence began at a mere ten weeks of age. Radar has worked cases with close to three dozen law-enforcement-agencies, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation as well as the FBI. He has also assisted with cases for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Additionally, Radar is among just a handful of Bloodhound K-9s assisting NecroSearch International, a national group that solves cold-case homicides. Radar’s file includes an extensive list of successfully concluded searches.
Service Dog: “Teddie,” a Labrador Retriever owned by Krystal Greco of North East, Maryland
“Teddie” is a five-year-old Labrador Retriever certified with Canine Partners for Life. She is the service dog for her owner, Krystal Greco. Krystal suddenly became paralyzed from the waist down at age 14. Unable to attend school regularly, the housebound teenager began feeling depressed, isolated and lonely. Krystal contacted Canine Partners for Life in mid-2012 and Teddie came into her life the following year.
Teddie does everything from opening and closing doors to alerting Krystal, who cannot feel anything below the waist, when she might need to use the bathroom. With Teddie’s help, Krystal has earned three college associates degrees, works a part time job, travels and volunteers as a spokesperson and demonstrator for Canine Partners for Life. This fall Teddie will be by Krystal’s side as she begins her baccalaureate degree at Maryland University College.
Therapy Dog: “Jackie,” a Sussex Spaniel owned by Jan Hepper of San Francisco, California
“Jackie,” officially known as GCH CH Riverotter's Little Jackie Paper RA THD CGC, is an eight-year-old Sussex Spaniel certified through San Francisco SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy program. A new concept in airline passenger comfort was created in December 2013 when San Francisco International Airport launched the Wag Brigade, a program that brings therapy dogs to airport terminals in an effort to make air travel more enjoyable for passengers. Thanks to her eye-catching beauty and her cheerful, friendly disposition so typical of her breed, Jackie quickly became a star of this program after retiring from her career as a top show dog.
Each dog in the program is carefully selected based on temperament and airport suitability. The dogs roam the terminals wearing vests that read “Pet Me”. In a time of heightened security that has made airports stressful places for many, the Wag Brigade has made a soothing difference for passengers and airport employees alike. When Jackie is not busy decreasing stress levels at the airport, she visits Stanford University and San Francisco State University to help students relax during exams.
Search and Rescue Dog: “Bodie,” a Belgian Malinois owned and handled by Amy Lavoie of Santee, California
“Bodie,” an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, is among the small circle of search-and-rescue dogs trained and certified in three distinct disciplines: article search, trailing and human-remains detection. Bodie and his handler, Amy, have assisted local and federal law-enforcement in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah for the past seven years. Whether they are working in the sweltering desert heat or in bustling cities, this duo keeps very busy, averaging 20 searches per year along with several hours of training. “He has quite the reputation for all the kisses he gives,” his nominator, Randy Thomsen, says, “and there have been many officers that have finished their shift with Bodie fur on their uniforms from the loving lean he does whenever he meets someone.”
Exemplary Companion Dog: “Haus,” a German Shepherd Dog owned by Tonya DeLuca of Tampa, Florida
“Haus,” a two-year-old German Shepherd Dog, owned by the DeLuca family of Tampa, Florida, fought for his life after stepping between seven-year-old Molly DeLuca and a rattlesnake. Haus was in the backyard with Molly and her grandmother when Mrs. DeLuca saw the dog jump several times but still stand his ground. She saw blood coming from Haus and he began limping and crying and she quickly realized it was a rattlesnake that he was facing. Veterinarians identified three snake bites on Haus, who was injected with substantial amounts of venom; so much that he needed a steady drip of antivenin, instead of the more common one to two doses. Haus was in intensive care, his life on the line, after faithfully protecting the little girl. He was able to recover from his injuries and returned home to the DeLuca family. Mrs. DeLuca is extremely grateful that Haus was there to protect her daughter from what could have been a deadly incident.
The More Pet Owners Learn about Scientific Research on the Benefits of the Human-Animal Bond, the Better They’ll Care for their Companion Animals
(Washington, D.C.) September 7, 2016 – The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation today announced the findings of a new survey on the impact of knowledge of the scientific benefits of the human-animal bond on how pet owners care for their companion animals. The survey asked pet owners about their awareness of research that shows pets improve human health and found that this knowledge has the power to motivate them to take better care of their pets in important ways.
“Scientific research shows that pets are good for our health, improving heart health, relieving stress and positively impacting conditions from autism to PTSD,” said HABRI Executive Director, Steven Feldman. “Now, for the first time, we have data to show that it’s a two-way street – when we know how good pets are for us, we are more likely to take better care of them!”
According to the survey, seventy-one percent of pet owners were aware of scientifically-documented health benefits from pets. Most importantly, when asked how knowledge of the scientific research on the human-animal bond would affect their actions:
- 89% of pet owners said they were more likely to take better care of their pets
- 75% of pet owners said they were more likely to microchip a pet to ensure it can be found if lost or stolen
- 51% of pet owners said they were more likely to purchase pet health insurance
- 62% of pet owners said they were less likely to skip visits to the veterinarian
- 74% of pet owners said they were less likely to give up a pet for any reason
- 88% of pet owners said they were more likely to provide their pets with high-quality nutrition
- 92% of pet owners said they were more likely to maintain their pet’s health, including keeping up with vaccines and preventative medicine
The survey also examined how different generations of pet owners viewed and reacted to the human-animal bond. For millennials, in particular, learning about the scientific research on the health benefits of pets had a large impact:
- 80% of millennials said this information makes them more likely to bring their pet along when they go out
- 75% of millennials said this information makes them more likely to travel with their pets
- 74% of millennials said this information makes them more likely to get an additional pet
- 74% of millennials think employers should consider allowing employees to bring pets to work
“When pet owners are educated about the scientific research on the human-animal bond, the response is tremendously positive for the welfare of the pet population,” said researcher Michael Cohen, Ph.D. “This research tells me that veterinarians and animal shelters should be talking about the benefits of pets to human health.”
The survey also asked pet owners about increased support for pet ownership in society:
- 84% agree health and life insurance companies should give discounts for owing a pet
- 87% would be more likely to buy products from pet-friendly businesses
- 69% agree the government should help make it more affordable to own a pet
- 88% agree doctors and specialists should recommend pets to patients for healthier living
“As HABRI continues to fund human-animal bond research, it will work hard to educate pet owners and the general public about the positive impacts of pet ownership on human health,” Feldman added. “As more people experience the healing power of the human-animal bond, more and more pets can get the highest level of care and welfare.”
The online survey, conducted by the Cohen Research Group, included 2,000 interviews and had a margin of error of +2.2%.
The HABRI Foundation maintains the world’s largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; and informs the public about human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information about the HABRI Foundation, visit www.habri.org.
California becomes second state to outlaw cruel weapon used to control elephants
Washington, D.C., August 30, 2016 -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, commends California’s Governor Jerry Brown for signing S.B. 1062 yesterday to ban the use of bullhooks and other weapons designed to inflict pain for the purpose of training or controlling the behavior of an elephant. Introduced by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-33), the law will go into effect on January 1, 2018.
A bullhook is a long, thick pole with a sharp metal hook attached to the end, used to inflict pain as negative reinforcement. It is a common, yet highly notorious weapon in the elephant trainer’s arsenal. California is the second state in the nation to pass a prohibition on bullhooks, following Rhode Island’s precedent-setting law in July.
According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “We are seeing a groundswell of public support across the country for ending the use of cruel bullhooks as the public becomes increasingly concerned about the welfare of performing animals—and legislators from coast to coast are responding. Bullhooks and other weapons used by trainers produce unimaginable suffering in elephants who are forced to submit to unnatural acts before an audience day after day, year after year. There is no justification for causing this type of physical and mental anguish.”
In addition, numerous elephant experts claim that sharp implements can do severe damage to elephants’ thick but highly sensitive skin. Trainers often embed the bullhook into the soft tissue behind the ears, inside the ear or mouth, under the trunk and chin, in the armpit area, on the back of the legs, in and around the anus, and in tender spots around the feet. The fear that the bullhook instills in elephants means they will, under duress, do everything possible to escape further blows. Its cruel power to implement negative reinforcement techniques explains why the bullhook has historically been a ubiquitous weapon for circus trainers. After that type of abuse, simply holding the bullhook near the elephant when in front of an audience is threatening enough to compel obedience.
“We thank Senator Lara for sponsoring this crucial legislation and applaud Governor Brown for making the compassionate choice to sign it into law,” says Roberts. “This is a momentous step forward in the fight to end brutality against performing animals, and I hope other states will follow California’s example without delay.”
Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of "compassionate conservation": the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free's mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.
Wildlife experts reach out to future conservationists with engaging activities that will educate about decline of lions
Washington, D.C., August 26, 2016 -- Experts believe that fewer than 20,000 lions exist across Africa today and they only inhabit 8% of their historic wild range. The decline of the lion has been rapid and steep—and, without global action, the species could disappear from significant parts of Africa during our lifetime. Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has launched a critical educational program as part of its 2016 Year of the Lion campaign to teach children about the plight of lions, why they matter, and what needs to be done to make sure that they continue to survive. Born Free USA has created engaging, fun, age-appropriate lesson plans about the issue: one plan for first through third graders and one for fourth through sixth graders. These lesson plans are also available for families to download in order to open a conversation with their children about keeping wildlife in the wild.
According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, who is both an international wildlife conservation expert and the father of a 12-year-old: “When it comes to protecting wildlife, so much can change in a single generation. The actions of our children will determine whether that change is positive or negative: whether they will save species from suffering, or doom them to extinction. Kids have the power. We must protect imperiled species in the generations to come… before they vanish. Teachers and parents can encourage students to become future wildlife conservationists—or, at the very least, understand the issue and be informed about the impact for animals and for people. We believe these lesson plans can do just that.”
The Year of the Lion lesson plans use compelling facts, engaging talking points, and activities to get kids thinking about the king of the jungle, and how they can make a difference just by being aware of the importance of lions to our planet.
Roberts says, “More than a dozen African countries are already thought to have lost their lion populations, and the international demand for lion bones and body parts is further exacerbating this downward spiral. The public is more aware than ever about the need to save lions before it is too late. The slaying of Cecil the lion made headlines in 2015, and the 2015 documentary Blood Lions revealed the horrors of hunting to audiences worldwide. The time is right for us to let our kids know—without graphic language or horrific images—that there is a desperate need to save this beleaguered species, and that they can be part of the solution.”
Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of "compassionate conservation": the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic 1966 film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free's mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.