FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Winter Haven,Fl ) – Alt-Vet: The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution by Dr. Vargas, offers a new way to look at alternative pet care and is available for sale at and book stores everywhere.

Alt-Vet: The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution shares with readers Alt-Vet- The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution. explores the alternative therapies that are available to your pet through a network of alternative veterinary medicine practitioners throughout the country, but offers some simple and safe therapies you can do at home with your pet that will them maintain a high level of health and happiness. TCVM is not some new concept- it has been practiced for thousands of years, yet surprisingly, many Americans have not heard of it or tried it with their pet.

Alt-Vet contains real life stories of animals that have been brought to my clinic by pet owners that were looking for some hope of saving their animal, reducing their pain, and increasing their quality of life. Many of those pet owners come in skeptics and leave believers. Alt-Vet offers chapters on pet massage, healing diets and emergency response care. The techniques offered are low cost and simple to implement.


Dr. Vargas is excited to share with readers:

  • Alternative treatment options for your pet's care
  • Massage techniques for pet owners
  • Discussion on herbal remedies that can be used as home therapies
  • Simple recipes and advice about food therapy for ailing pets
  • Exposing the facts about risks and benefit of vaccinating your pet

About The Author:

Dr Vargas received her DVM from Tuskegee University in 1994. In 1996 she established her AAHA accredited Orchid Springs Animal Hospital in Winter Haven, FL. In 2009 she started her studies at Chi Institute, eventually garnering certifications in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal medicine, Food therapy and Tui Na. She is an assistant teacher at both Chi Institute campuses in Florida and Latin America. Dr Vargas is currently completing a Master's Degree in TCVM. In addition she has worked as a TCVM consultant for Disney Animal Kingdom.

Dr. Vargas is also a sought out speaker and has presented at the Ferret International Congress in 2008, AVMA convention in 2011 and the World TCVM Congress in 2015,2016,2017, AAVA conference 2017 & 2018 and Veterinary Partners Conference in 2018. She is a certified veterinary journalist and has published hundreds of articles including her bi-weekly Lakeland Ledger newspaper pet care column. Dr Vargas is a prolific author of both scientific and motivational articles. She is a guest blogger for and a writer for Woman to Woman Magazine. She also wrote a chapter on Jack Canfield’s Amazon Best seller book “The Soul of Success”. She served as an AVMA Spokesperson for Hispanic market and has recorded many PSA’s and radio interviews promoting responsible pet ownership.

Her passion for helping animals and her voluntarism has awarded her state and national recognition. Among her awards are the Purina National Pet Care Award, Bay News 9 Medical Hero Award, Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Business Award, Brighthouse Regional Business Finalist, Girls Inc “She knows where she is going award” and the FVMA Gold award. She was honored by the American Veterinary Foundation as "America's Favorite Veterinarian" in 2015 and by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2018.

She lives in sunny Winter Haven, Fl with her husband, her two daughters and a menagerie of pets.

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Motivational Press is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Motivational Press is a broad-based publisher with strengths in business books, self-help books, health, wellness, sports, narrative nonfiction, reference, pop culture, design, and religious and spiritual books. Motivational Press is consistently at the forefront of innovation, using digital technology to create unique reading experiences and expand the reach of its authors. Its divisions include Motivational Press Adult Publishing, Motivational Press Children’s Publishing, Motivational Press Audio, Motivational Press Digital and international companies in Australia, Canada, Germany, Brazil and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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Best And Worst States For Animal Protection Laws, 2017 Report Released

Posted on January 18, 2018

Illinois holds on to first place, Kentucky bottoms out for eleventh year in a row 

SAN FRANCISCO—The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, released the 12th annual year-end report (2017) ranking the animal protection laws of all 50 states. For the 10th year in a row, Illinois is in first place—followed by Oregon (2), California (3), Maine (4), and Rhode Island (5). Kentucky holds firmly to last place for the 11th consecutive year. It trails Iowa (49), Wyoming (48), Utah (47), and North Dakota (46) as the state with the weakest animal protection laws.

The patchwork of state and local laws is animals’ primary protection. The strength of these laws varies widely, making the Rankings Report a vital resource for anyone interested in helping animals. The Rankings are based on a comprehensive review of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws including over 4,000 pages of statutes. This is the longest-running and most authoritative report of its kind, and tracks which states are taking animal protection seriously.

Pennsylvania is the most-improved state this year, jumping 20 places up to number 24. This achievement is thanks to major improvements like a new felony provision for first-time offenders of aggravated animal cruelty (including torture), and granting civil immunity to veterinarians who report suspected animal abuse.

The 2017 Rankings Report also highlights a trend in laws aiming to end the tragedy of animals dying in hot cars. Public awareness campaigns have helped improve the situation, but legislation is also a key component. This year’s Rankings Report is promising, showing more states granting civil immunity for removing animals from hot vehicles. Immunity laws ensure that people who rescue animals from vehicles in emergency situations are not then faced with lawsuits from owners. Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Oregon all enacted these “reckless endangerment” provisions this year. In all, more than 25 states now have some type of “hot cars” law on the books.

More than half of all states significantly improved their animal protection laws in the last five years. Improvements come in many forms including stiffer penalties for offenders, stronger standards of care for animals, animal cruelty reporting by veterinarians, mental health evaluations and counseling for offenders, banning animal ownership following cruelty convictions and including animals in domestic violence protective orders.

“Unfortunately, laws protecting animals can vary widely from state to state,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “Our annual U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings provides a tool for animal advocates, shelters and even legislators to gauge the relative effectiveness of their state’s animal protection laws and provides guidance for making positive changes.”

The full report, including details about each state, is available here for download (PDF).  The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s complete “Animal Protection Laws of the U.S.A. and Canada” compendium, on which the report is based, is available at

The concept of conservation through hunting big game animals has no merit, Prashant Khetan, Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel at Born Free USA, an animal advocacy organization, recently told CNN.

Born Free USA is leading the resistance against trophy hunting. From speaking out against the lifting of the federal ban on importing elephant trophies from two African nations to making the case on the CNN documentary “Trophy,” Born Free USA champions the humane treatment of animals and condemns barbaric practices.

Prashant is scheduled to participate in a debate on trophy hunting tonight at 9 p.m. on CNN. “Trophy” will air on the network at 9 p.m. this Sunday. On Thursday, posted an article on the issue in advance of the documentary.

With more attention being placed on trophy hunting, it is important that Born Free USA speak out with passion and reason.


Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

The Greatest Showman

Twentieth Century Fox, TSG Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment present a PG, Biography, Musical, Drama, directed by Michael Gracey, screenplay by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon with a theatre release date of December 20, 2017.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Columbia Pictures, Radar Pictures, Seven Bucks Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach Productions present a PG-13, 119 minute, Action, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Jake Kasdan, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers with a theatre release date of December 20, 2017.

Pet Safety Crusader™ Relocates to Villa Rica
15,000 Students, 10 Books and More to Accomplish!
DENISE FLECK, Founder of Sunny-dog Ink, the company she started in 1999 To
Help People Help Their Pets™, recently relocated to Villa Rica, Georgia from Los
Angeles and is pleased to continue teaching, writing and speaking on behalf of the
animals in the Peach State. "It is so rewarding to help pet lovers rescue Rover or
help Fluffy feel better BEFORE they can get to veterinary care, and I have been
blessed to have so many students jump to the task bandaging a wound, alleviating
choking, heatstroke or performing CPR,” she explains.
Dog mom Shirley DeFazio says, “I just can’t believe I saved my pet’s life thanks to
Denise’s class!” DeFazio performed life-saving measures when her beloved Doberman suffered
cardiac arrest.
Fleck is an award-winning author & radio show host and animal care instructor who developed the curriculum for her Pet
First-Aid & CPCR (Cardio Pulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation) Classes after training, practicing, attending seminars and
practicing some more. She has taught more than 15,000 animal lovers life-saving skills and has appeared on Animal
Planet’s “Groomer Has It” and “Pit Boss,” A&E’s “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” CBS-TV’s “The Doctors,” CNN Headline
News, PBS-TV’s “Lassie’s Pet Vet,” “K9Corner” and KTLA Los Angeles, on radio and in magazines. She is honored and
delighted to be on the Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization as her soft spot lies with caring for senior pets, as well as
the Board of the Emma Zen Foundation which provides pet oxygen masks to First Responders.
Fleck’s 10th book, “The Pet Safety Bible” will be available in early 2018 but her most recent release, “The Pet Safety
Crusader’s My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness,” discusses an important topic in light of Mother Nature’s
recent rampages. Fleck has assisted Homeland Security with their K9 Border Patrol First-Aid Program and received
kudos from the Burbank (California) Police Department & Animal Shelter for drafting their Animal Emergency Plan. She
has been twice-named a finalist as Pet Industry’s Woman of the Year and has won 2 Muse Awards from the Cat Writers
and 3 Maxwell Medallions from the Dog Writers Associations including Best Children’s Book for “Don’t Judge a Book
by its Cover,” which according to Fleck, “Teaches kids from 0-99 to not judge animals, people, anything on the surface
but to look for the treasures that lie underneath.”
“I was born in Florida and after years on the West Coast, I am delighted to call
Georgia home amongst all the beautiful greenery, rainfall and friendly people –
I’m really anxious to see the first colors of Fall!”
Fleck just returned from a road-trip to New Orleans where she once again had the
honor of speaking at the Pet Sitter World Educational Conference which was
attended by hundreds of professional pet sitters and industry experts from the
U.S. and Canada. Said Beth Stultz, PSI's Vice-President, Marketing &
Operations, “Because professional pet sitters spend more time with clients' pets
than most other pet professionals, it is particularly important that they stay current
on the latest in pet health and care. The Sunny-dog Ink pet first aid training
provides pet sitters with the skills they need to administer aid and respond to
emergency situations before a veterinarian is available.”
Fleck is available to come to your location for children’s book readings, Pet
First-Aid & CPCR Classes, Pet Disaster Preparedness & Senior Pet Care talks as
well as other animal-related topics. Learn more at

Emergency Donations Needed
 To My Amazing Animal Loving Friends,
 The Southern California fires are out of control! We are in need of Emergency Donations to help rescue and save precious lives. The shelters are overfilled and need room to make space for the strays and victims of the high winds and fires. We have already pulled 11 shelter dogs so far and need your help! To make a much needed donation, please click the Donate button below. Nothing is too small or too large. Please help!
This year has gone by so quickly. There was so much hope and promise and then suddenly so many shocking events happened that changed thousands of people's lives without warning. We all stand together as loving people that want the world to be a better, kinder place and yet it has been a rocky road and challenged all of us in so many different ways. 
 The one thing we all hold in common is love for animals and trying to make a difference. The challenge becomes more difficult every year. I haven't given up faith. I can't. I need your support to help me to help the animals through these troubled times. 
 Our financial situation has been challenging all year long no matter how hard I work and reach out. I do this job 24/7. I take nothing for myself but I shepherd the animals every step of the way from morning till night. 
 In lieu of holiday cards this year we are doing emails and using electronic media to reach out to those we love and set a path for the future. 
 We all know spay and neuter is a necessity, due to the crisis of pet overpopulation in our country. Maybe now with all the storms that have changed the course of these animals' and humans' lives, the government will start to understand and we can make headway in 2018. 
 My heart has not stopped thinking about Houston. We have actually saved several animals through friends of ours that live down in Houston. These were pets that once had a home and found themselves as strays out on the street, lost and asking for compassion, food and would love a new home. 
 The environmental impact the storm had caused many skin conditions down there and we've tried to reach out and help those to help the animals that are fighting new issues due to toxins in their bodies from the storms. Florida, Puerto Rico, I don't even know how they could've been left in such a tragic way when they are our brothers and sisters.  I think of them every day. 
 Being in the middle of the fires and California burning is both devastating and shocking, and knowing the thousands of humans and animals that are now homeless is heartbreaking. Caring, loving, compassionate people are losing everything they've ever known in their lives. The animals depend on humans to find them safety and that is our job to help the homeless pets that have lost their families and need rescues to help them find a new loving, forever, home.
 We rescue from shelters every week. We are not sure people realize the hard work we do. We give veterinarian care, training and mend they're broken hearts. We put them back together and find loving people to adopt them and give them everything they deserve! 
 We currently have 11 already rescued and at the veterinarian for spay, neuter and medical care! We are working with the shelters during these tragedies to figure out how to relieve their stress so they can help the strays coming in from the fires. Then the rescuers must step in again. It's time consuming, expensive and exhausting!
Please help me to help them! That's all I can ask from the bottom of my heart! The tragedies are all over the news and for those that don't look at the pets in the shelters it is simply heartbreaking every single day. Their lives are on the line for no reason other than bad humans and the loss of their homes. 
  We've uncovered a lot truths with the backyard breeders being allowed to take their pets back from shelters, to continue to breed them again, without even being slapped on the wrist. We have confirmation of breeders abandoning their dogs to the streets, to fend for themselves, after they've bred them over and over. All of this will be brought to light in 2018. 
 Please, please, please donate today and help me to help them. I must ask for financial aid during this crisis in California. I'm asking from the bottom my heart! Also, don't forget all the hard work we do for cancer prevention - it is working!  Help support me in this hard and expensive work that is proving to give people more time when their pets may be diagnosed with this tragic life-threatening illness. 
 Many thanks!
 With Love and Prayers of safety for your family and your pets!
 Linda Blair 

A Few Of Our Newest Rescues
New Rescues
Ways To Help LBWF
Odie _ Board Ornament
Order an Ornament from Odie & Board

Get a unique, personalized ornament gift for the dog/cat/bunny lover in your life while giving back at the same time! Through this Saturday, December 9th, Odie and Board will be donating $6.00 for every ornament sold. Make sure to select CA-Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation-Toluca Lake at checkout!
Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile

Choose The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, when doing your holiday shopping (or routine shopping),as your charity of choice through Amazon Smile! 
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Use GoodShop and GoodSearch for all your holiday and daily searching and shopping needs! Each search generates proceeds for LBWF!
Use to shop at over 1700 retailers. Choose LBWF as your cause and hit the iGive button at participating retailers - up to 3% of your purchase is donated to us! 
Need A Gift For Your Furry Friend?
These companies offer great products & give back to LBWF!

Nzymes isstaple company in our cancer prevention work and highly recommended pet care for you and all your companion animals. I use it on all our rescue dogs and have seen the most miraculous results. As a Holiday gift,
Nzymes will be donating $3.00 to the LBWF rescued dogs for every Christmas Kit and Peanuts-Pak sold.

If you are looking for a perfect Holiday gift for your furry loved one, check out! They have a great assortment of toys, treats, collars, beds, and much more! Place your first order today and Chewy will donate $20 to the LBWF rescued dogs. Click the picture to get started!
Sally Snacks
Sally Snacks

Sally Snacks is a great healthy treat for your dog. Sally Snacks are available for purchase through Amazon. Don't forget to use Amazon Smile and choose Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation as your charity of choice!
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-Funds donated to help animal organizations with disaster relief efforts-

New York, NYIn support of the people and pets affected by the recent natural disasters around the country, the AKC Humane Fund has donated $40,000, through its “Sandy Fund,” to four separate animal organizations.  The donations of $10,000 each were made to The Sato Project, The Houston SPCA, Napa Humane, Sonoma Humane Society.

The AKC Humane Fund’s “Sandy Fund” allows AKC clubs and affiliated organizations to provide assistance for pets and their owners in their own communities during a time of disaster and in the aftermath.

“The recent natural disasters have left several animal organizations with significant needs to keep pets housed and safe,” said Doug Ljungren, President of the AKC Humane Fund.  “These four organizations have been working diligently to protect the welfare of pets during these disasters. We at the AKC Humane Fund, will continue to do everything we can to support relief efforts in the aftermath of these events.”

The Sato Project

The Sato Project is dedicated to rescuing abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico. They have rescued over 1,600 dogs, rehabilitated them to the highest veterinary standard possible, and found them loving homes.  In 2016, they launched an ambitious Spay, Neuter, Vaccine, and Microchip program and are working to bring systemic change to Puerto Rico through education and partnerships on the Island. Following Hurricane Maria, the Sato Project is mobilizing to provide supplies and support to their team on the ground in Puerto Rico, and to transport as many dogs as they can to safety in the coming days and weeks.

Houston SPCA

The Houston SPCA, founded in 1924, is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Their mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. They provide the most comprehensive array of animal adoption, shelter, rescue, rehabilitation and other programs and services in the Gulf Coast area. The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the region.

Napa Humane

Napa Humane, recognizing the need for a higher standard of animal care in Napa County, worked closely with municipal animal services agency to advocate for better treatment of homeless animals in their care. Napa Humane believes that the answer to the problem of homeless, abandoned, and neglected companion animals lies in changing attitudes and practices that lead to irresponsible pet ownership. Their programs and services are designed to address the needs of companion animals – but also to provide support, education, and assistance for the people who care for and about them.

Sonoma Humane Society

Serving the community since 1931, the Sonoma Humane Society is a donor supported safe haven for animals. They are dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love. The animals in their care receive medical treatment, training services, and adoption assistance. Most recently, they assisted during the devastating wildfires in California.

To donate to the AKC Humane Fund’s Sandy Fund or any other programs, visit

Founder's Story

chris derose

For over three decades, Chris DeRose has been a leader in the animal rights movement, and an inspiration and consultant to countless individuals and groups dedicated to the animal cause. In 1984, he founded Last Chance for Animals (LCA), an international, nonprofit animal advocacy organization focused on investigating, exposing, and ending animal exploitation.

Chris had a promising future as an actor, a profession he eventually turned his back on; instead he chose to devote 100% of his time to saving animals and educating people about animal abuse. For ten years, using the power of the media, he worked as a reporter and special correspondent for TV’s Hard Copy. By the time Hard Copy left the air in 1999, Chris had contributed to more than 150 animal stories on the show that reached millions of people.

Since his youth in New Jersey, Chris has committed his life to ending oppression – wherever he finds it. As a Big Brother to street kids, he supported and encouraged a number of young men who, as a result, have built better lives for themselves. Through his experience as a police officer, Chris gained the necessary skills to investigate criminal activity, pursue the perpetrators, and see them brought to justice. He organized the Los Angeles Sunset Green Party, aimed at combining environmental and animal issues, and founded a spay/neuter program called New Hope for Animals.

Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Chris has fought all of his battles non-violently and has spent time in jail, including solitary confinement, for his peaceful actions. One tactic that rocked the foundation of animal experimentation was a daring daytime break-in at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute, documented by a film crew that showed the shocking truth of animal “research.” This first ever live-action footage clearly demonstrated that animal rights activists do not fabricate laboratory horrors, as they had been accused of for years. The 1988 UCLA break-in footage aired around the world on CNN and on the national television show 48 Hours.

Chris was also the driving force behind the first animal rights television show designed for the mainstream public, Hollywood Animal Crusaders, which aired nine times in 1999 on the cable channel Animal Planet. This remarkable achievement opened the door for other shows that introduced animal rights into American homes.

Through his investigative work, Chris and LCA gathered evidence that resulted in the nation’s first state prison sentences for multiple-count animal cruelty cases. He spearheaded an undercover investigation and won a lawsuit against the Gettysburg National Park Service to halt the slaughter of deer in national parks. LCA’s frontline campaign to save the Coulston primates came to fruition in 2002, when the Coulston Foundation shut its doors for good after years of total disregard for the lives and welfare of the primates in its care.

In August 2003, LCA’s 15-year investigation of Class “B” animal dealers cumulated in the bust of C. C. Baird, America’s largest and most notorious Class “B” dealer. Baird’s license was permanently revoked and he received the largest fine ever imposed by the USDA. This was the largest multi-agency investigation (federal, state and local) on any animal issue in U.S. history. The 2006 HBO America Undercover’s documentary Dealing Dogs, profiles this groundbreaking undercover investigation into the world of pet theft.

In September 2006, Chris DeRose played Mob Boss Joey Gamarra in Desire, the premiere show of MyNetworkTv. This nightly primetime drama gave Chris the chance to reach a whole new audience and recruit a new generation of animal activists.

In 1997, Chris released his autobiography, In Your Face, reporting on his life and his values on compassion. The book was the final achievement that earned him the prestigious Courage of Conscience International Peace Award – an honor he shares with previous award winners Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

chris arrestChris DeRose - court surrender to 1987 UCLA take over of Head of Medical Researchers office.

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