PIJAC continues to be concerned about United’s current policy and is eager to work with the responsible pet care community to encourage a revised policy that prioritizes science, animal well-being, and the welfare of handlers and passengers.


United Airlines has recently made substantial changes to its animal transportation policy to the severe detriment of the pet trade.  While their initial change banned the transport of virtually anything except a dog or a cat, they have now published an updated policy which allows for the transport of live fish (including tropical fish), mice and other rodents for laboratory purposes, amphibians, insects (including bees), day-old poultry and hatching eggs, and live animals shipped as food for consumption (including crustaceans and shellfish).

While this may appear to be a reprieve for some segments of the pet industry, others remain deeply affected.  United Cargo will not accept shipments of birds (except day-old poultry and hatching eggs), snakes and other reptiles, rabbits, sugar gliders, zoo animals, or other warm-blooded animals (except as listed under “will accept” above). 

We at the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) have expressed our deep concern over the recent changes that United Airlines has made concerning its animal transportation policy.  The lists of allowed and forbidden animals appear to lack any basis in science, animal welfare, cargo handler welfare, or even passenger welfare.  Instead, it appears to be based entirely on the perceived mainstream acceptance of the transported animal as a family pet.  As an organization with many members that handle, care for and work with these animals daily, we believe that United Airlines is grossly underestimating the popularity of many of these animals and we fail to understand the rationale for banning them.

It is critical that the entirety of the pet trade weigh in on this decision.  Even if your segment of the industry can continue to ship on United, such policies are often adopted by other airlines who make their own changes to them and you could very well be next.  We at PIJAC strongly urge all parties in the pet trade to contact United Airlines and inform them that you disagree with their new animal transportation policy.  Although our link to communicate with United Airlines does contain talking points that may be helpful in crafting your communication, we strongly recommend that you personalize this letter to describe your own situation.  If you or any of your suppliers transport products with United, please share that fact.  Please share this as widely as possible.

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New York, NY The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is proud to announce the recipients of the second set of 2018 AKC Paw of CourageSM awards to show appreciation for the working canines that put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. This award specifically recognizes those who are serving or have served their departments honorably and have demonstrated heroism in the line of duty.

“The impact that these two heroic dogs have made in their communities exhibits the highest level of loyalty and commitment,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “They have improved the lives of many and their heroism deserves to be recognized. The 2018 AKC Paw of Courage awards give us an opportunity to pay tribute to the sacrifices that these valiant canines have made in the line of duty.”

Any working dog is eligible to receive an AKC Paw of Courage; the award is not specific to purebred dogs. To nominate a dog for the next set of Paw of Courage awards, click here. Recipients of the award, or their human partner, will receive a 2018 AKC Paw of Courage medal along with a certificate. In addition, the recipients will receive a photo and profile on http://www.akc.org.

The second set of 2018 AKC Paw of Courage award recipients are:

K9 Dexter of San Diego Police Department, CA

K9 Dexter, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, has been with the San Diego Police Department for over a year. He is a multi-purpose police dog, serving the community with his handler, Officer Dave Winans. K9 Dexter and Winans are one of 36 K9 teams that the San Diego Police Department fields in order to help supply the city with 24/7 monitoring. Dexter is an invaluable resource to the department, successfully helping to deescalate volatile and dangerous incidents. Dexter and Winans have countless arrests under their belts and have contributed to a fair share of the 15,000 radio calls that the unit handled last year.

This past February, Dexter was viciously stabbed while responding to a 911 call. It was reported that a mother was struggling to control her son at home. The suspect came to the door of the home yielding a kitchen knife and refused to drop his weapon, leading to an hour-long standoff with police. The officers on scene fired beanbag rounds at the suspect, which failed to disarm him. Officer Winans made the difficult decision to release Dexter and during the apprehension, the suspect stabbed him several times. K9 Dexter suffered a broken rib and ruptured spleen and was rushed to the emergency veterinary facility for surgery. The suspect was successfully detained by the responding officers and arrested on multiple accounts, including felony assault of a police dog. K9 Dexter has since made a full recovery and returned to duty in San Diego. The sacrifice that K9 Dexter made to protect his fellow officers and his community is appreciated by the entire San Diego Police Department.

K9 Rony of Houston Police Department, TX

K9 Rony, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, served with the Houston Police Department for seven years at the time of his injury. He was certified in patrol work as well as explosive detection. K9 Rony was credited with 250 apprehensions and eleven gun or evidence finds throughout his career. He also served at several public events including the NBA Allstar Game, The Final Four, Superbowl, and recently the World Series.

In February, K9 Rony suffered a serious injury following a pursuit of a suspect who had been driving a stolen vehicle. The driver led officers on a vehicle chase before exiting the car and fleeing on foot. K9 Rony and his human partner, Officer Dennis Shadden, pursued the suspect on foot and Rony was released for an apprehension in a heavily wooded area. One of Rony's legs became entwined in an object and he suffered a serious injury. The subject was taken into custody by other officers and Rony was rushed to an emergency veterinary hospital for treatment. The injury had caused Rony a shattered elbow and multiple breaks in different places of his leg. Because of prior injuries and bad arthritis in his other legs, the veterinarian and the officers agreed that amputating the leg would be too traumatic for the K9 officer, and euthanasia was the most humane treatment. K9 Rony touched the hearts of many in his seven years with the department and will not be forgotten. 

LEGENDARY DOG HANDLER TO DETERMINE BEST IN SHOW

AT 143RD WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW

Peter J. Green Headlines Judging Panel

for Westminster Week 2019

New York, NY - Mr. Peter J. Green of Bowmansville, Pennsylvania has been selected for the ultimate judging assignment in the sport of dogs, Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Held on Feb. 11 and 12, 2019, "America's Dog Show" will attract up to 2800 dogs all vying for the Best in Show win. Mr. Green, an owner, breeder and professional handler with 60 years of experience in the sport, will make that final decision on the floor of Madison

Square Garden.

 

A native of Neath, Wales, Mr. Green started showing dogs as a boy in 1946. He was introduced to the sport by his uncle who owned Felstead kennels and was a renowned Welsh terrier breeder. Mr. Green emigrated to the U.S. permanently in 1963 andwas a private handler for Pool

Forgekennels in Churchtown, Pennsylvania.

 

After years of honing his craft of maintaining a proper terrier coat and handling dogs to top wins, he launched a long and storied career as a professional handler in 1966. Mr. Green is recognized by many as the most accomplished dog handler in the sport today. During his career as a professional handler he tied the record for a handler achieving four Best in Show victories at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (1968, 1977, 1994, and 1998). He also won Best in Show at Crufts in Birmingham (2005), England, the largest dog show in the world, making him one of only two handlers to steer a dog to Best in Show at both Westminster and Crufts. Additionally, he piloted dogs to Best in Show wins nine times at the highly-competitive, Montgomery County Kennel Club Terrier Show in Pennsylvania.

 

In addition to setting records, Mr. Green has impacted the sport by mentoring many of the top winning handlers dominating the dog show rings today. Achievements of several of these handlers include going Best in Show and winning groups at Westminster.

 

Although known as a tough competitor in the ring, Mr. Green is highly recognized in the sport and by the fancy as always lending a helping hand to support the dog show community and its events. The sport has in turn honored him with numerous top handler awards throughout his career and presented him the AKC Lifetime Achievement Award and Dogs in Review Lifetime Achievement Award.Known not only as an expert in the world of terriers but also in canine conformation, Mr. Green retired from professional handling in 2006 to begin his judging career which has taken him around the world. In 2019 his Westminster judging assignment will produce another record, as he will become the only person to have handled a dog to Best in Show and judged Best in Show at both Westminster and Crufts. Next February will be his seventh judging assignment at Westminster including judging the Terrier group in 2009.

 

Mr. Green will be awarding the Best in Show ribbon to one of the seven group-winning dogs sent to him by a star-studded line up of group judges. The group judging held at Madison Square Garden the evening of Monday, Feb. 11th will be officiated by Ms. Patricia Craige Trotter of Carmel, California for the Hound group; Ms. Sharon Newcomb of Sante Fe, New Mexico for the Toy group; Mr. Mark R. Kennedy of Murrysville, Pennsylvania for the Non-Sporting group; and Ms. Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the Herding group.

 

On Tuesday, Feb. 12th the group judges will be Mr. Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, Indiana for the Sporting group; Mr. James Moses of Wentzville, Missouri for the Working group; and Ms. Christine Erickson of Mesa, Arizona for the Terrier group.

 

For the 86th year, a Best Junior Handler will be awarded at Westminster. On Tuesday, Feb. 12th Ms. Angela Lloyd of Amissville, Virginia will select the winner at Madison Square Garden. The eight junior showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by Ms. Victoria R. Seiler-Cushman of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Dr. Donald Sturz of Centerport, New York.

 

Presiding over the 6th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 9th will be Ms. Christine Bishop of Port Charlotte, Florida and Mr. Steve Croxford of Leicestershire, United Kingdom.

 

Ms. Diane Schultz of Ormond Beach, Florida will determine the winner of the 4th Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 11th.

 

All daytime preliminary breed and junior showmanship judging, agility and obedience competitions will be held at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.

 

Pending American Kennel Club approval, the judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competitions on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11 and 12, 2019 includes:

SPORTING BREEDS (33)

 

Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d of Watertown, NY: Brittanys, Pointers.


Mr. Michael Canalizo of Mill Neck, NY: English Setters, Golden Retrievers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters.

 

Mrs. Kendall Herr of Gainesville, TX: Labrador Retrievers.

 

Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen of Raleigh, NC: Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, German Shorthaired Pointers.

 

Ms. Victoria R. Seiler-Cushman of Beavercreek, OH: Weimaraners.

 

Ms. Debra Thornton of Scottsville, VA: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Flat-Coated Retrievers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Lagotti Romagnoli.

 

Mrs. Cindy Vogels of Greenwood Village, CO: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Nederlandse Kooikerhondjes, Spinoni Italiani, Sussex Spaniels, Vizslas, Welsh Springer Spaniels, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizslas.

 

HOUND BREEDS (34)

 

Mr. Michael Canalizo of Mill Neck, NY: Afghan Hounds, Basenjis, Basset Hounds, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéens.

 

Mr. Jamie Hubbard of Bloomington, IN: Borzois, Greyhounds, Otterhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds, Sloughis, Whippets.

 

Mr. William P. Shelton of Pomona, CA: Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

 

Dr. Donald Sturz, Jr. of Centerport, NY: Beagles (both Varieties), Dachshunds (all Varieties).

 

Ms. Debra Thornton of Scottsville, VA: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, Cirnechi dell'Enta, English Foxhounds, Harriers, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.

WORKING BREEDS (30)

 

Mr. Douglas R. Holloway, Jr. of Newark, DE: Alaskan Malamutes, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Boerboels, Cane Corsos, Chinooks, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Great Pyrenees, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Komondorok, Kuvaszok.

 

Dr. Niksa R. Lemo of Zagreb, Croatia: Black Russian Terriers, Bullmastiffs, Giant Schnauzers, Mastiffs, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Samoyeds, Standard Schnauzers, Tibetan Mastiffs.

 

Ms. Victoria R. Seiler-Cushman of Beavercreek, OH: Akitas, Boxers, Great Danes, Rottweilers, Siberian Huskies.

 

Mr. William P. Shelton of Pomona, CA: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Doberman Pinschers, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Portuguese Water Dogs, Saint Bernards.

 

TERRIER BREEDS (32)

 

Mr. Michael J. Dougherty of Hot Springs, NC: Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Scottish Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.

 

Mr. Alfred J. Ferruggiaro of Burtonsville, MD: Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.

 

Mrs. Knowlton A. Reynders of Newbury, NH: Airedale Terriers, American Hairless Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers.

 

Mr. James G. Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers.

 

TOY BREEDS (23)

 

Mr. Michael Canalizo of Mill Neck, NY: Toy Poodles.

 

Ms. Evalyn Gregory of Louisville, KY: Chihuahuas (both Varieties), Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Shih Tzu.

 

Mrs. Rita Holloway of Newark, DE: Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Havanese.

Ms. Elaine J. Lessig of Clinton, NJ: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chin, Maltese, Miniature Pinschers, Toy Manchester Terriers.

 

Mrs. Cindy Vogels of Greenwood Village, CO: Pugs, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers.

 

NON-SPORTING BREEDS (21)

 

Mr. Michael Canalizo of Mill Neck, NY: Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles.

 

Mr. Michael J. Dougherty of Hot Springs, NC: French Bulldogs, Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos, Tibetan Terriers.

Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen of Raleigh, NC: Dalmatians, Finnish Spitz.

 

Ms. Victoria R. Seiler-Cushman of Beavercreek, OH: Boston Terriers, Chinese Shar-Pei.

 

Ms. Sari Brewster Tietjen of Rhinebeck, NY: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Bulldogs, Chow Chows, Cotons de Tulear, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniels, Xoloitzcuintlis.

HERDING BREEDS (31)

 

Dr. Niksa R. Lemo of Zagreb, Croatia: Beaucerons, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamasco Sheepdogs, Berger Picards, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.

 

Ms. Sheree W. Moses of Wardensville, WV: Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, Bouvier des Flanders, Finnish Lapphunds, German Shepherd Dogs, Pulik, Pyrenean Shepherds.

 

Mr. William P. Shelton of Pomona, CA: Briards, Canaan Dogs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Miniature American Shepherds.

 

Mr. Robert H. Slay of Cary, NC: Bearded Collies, Border Collies, Collies (both Varieties), Norwegian Buhunds, Old English Sheepdogs, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Shetland Sheepdogs.

 

Ms. Debra Thornton of Scottsville, VA: Pumik.

 

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About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-Breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad make Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us: westminsterkennelclub.org or follow @WKCDOGS.

 

 

WESTMINSTER. There's Only One.

AKC® HUMANE FUND CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY

 

New York, NY – The AKC® Humane Fund, a non-profit organization committed to supporting responsible pet ownership, is proud to announce that 2018 marks its ten-year anniversary.

 

The idea to create the AKC Humane Fund was presented to the Board of Directors by Dennis B. Sprung and it achieved 501c3 status in 2008. It was created with the mission to unite animal lovers in promoting responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. The Fund set out to provide financial support to organizations that educate adults and children about responsible pet ownership, provide for the health and wellbeing of all dogs, and preserve and celebrate the human-animal bond. Charitable and educational activities include: Breed Rescue Grants, Grants to Domestic Violence Shelters that accept pets, Scholarships, Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE Awards) and funding the AKC Library.


“Over the past decade, the AKC Humane Fund has been making great strides to unite animal lovers in promoting responsible ownership,” said AKC Humane Fund President Doug Ljungren. “Countless contributions have been made through the Fund to establish educational programs, provide grants to organizations and assist breed rescue, and we see no signs of stopping. We are excited to see what’s in store for the future of this charitable organization that has made such a difference in the animal-loving community.”


Each year, through its John D. Spurling Scholarship, the AKC Humane Fund awards five scholarships totaling $10,000 to full-time students enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the wellbeing of dogs and responsible pet ownership. The Fund gives back to the sport of dogs through its George Ward Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to apprentice handlers pursuing academic and professional enrichment. In 2017, two grants of $5,000 each were awarded through this program.

 

The AKC Humane Fund is proud to be the leading organization that provides financial assistance to domestic abuse shelters that accept pets. These grants make it possible for women’s shelters to welcome pets and help break the cycle of domestic abuse. The Fund has contributed to more than 120 Domestic Violence Shelters since its inception in 2008.

 

Additionally, The AKC Humane Fund is dedicated to assisting groups that protect pets, including those involved in pet welfare, rescue and health. Its rescue grant program provides financial assistance to not-for-profit canine clubs and rescue groups that take on significant, rescue-related expenses. Through its Sandy Fund Grant, which was founded after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, The AKC Humane Fund supports organizations that are performing disaster relief services in their communities. The Fund has donated $40,000 to hurricane relief efforts through this program in 2017.

 

To learn more about the AKC Humane Fund and its other programs and awards, visit http://www.akchumanefund.org/.

 

Support the AKC Humane Fund by taking surveys: sign up for the Survey Monkey Contributes survey panel, choose AKC Humane Fund as your charity, and for every survey you complete, the AKC Humane Fund will receive $0.50. Get started here: https://contribute.surveymonkey.com/sign-in.

 
 

 

-Pet Industry’s Premier Event, held March 21-23, in Orlando, FL, celebrated major milestones

at high-energy, record-breaking Show-

(Stamford, CT) —Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and COO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) is proud to announce Global Pet Expo 2018 successfully wrapped its 14th Show with record-setting size during the three-day Premier Industry Event. Global Pet Expo, presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), boasted a Show Floor spanning 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space to accommodate the growing number of attendees and booths.

 

Global Pet Expo, where the pet industry met All Under One Roof, experienced impressive growth in the number of exhibiting companies with 1,164, up three percent from 2017, with 272 first-time exhibitors making their debut at the Show. The Show Floor also expanded with 3,523 booths, a 2.5 percent increase over last year’s Show. Total buyer attendance was 6,508, representing 77 countries from around the world.  More than 2,100 buyers attended Global Pet Expo for the first time, which is a 26 percent increase from 2017. 

 

“As the premier industry trade show, it is of the utmost importance to Global Pet Expo officials that we continue to expand the offerings and enhance the trade show experience for attendees each and every year,” said Darmohraj.  “And, we’re excited to announce the Show Floor will be even bigger and better than ever at the 2019 Show.”

 

This year’s Global Pet Expo was marked with high energy and enthusiasm as attendees and exhibitors were more engaged than ever before. New educational and networking opportunities and increased social media engagement created a constant buzz on the Show Floor.  For the first time, mini educational sessions took place in the New Products Showcase that were so well attended there was standing room only. And the debut of aquatic seminars in the Aquatic Lounge on the Show Floor were a welcome addition for members of the aquarium industry.

 

Overall, the 2018 expanded Academy was a huge success attracting nearly 1,800 attendees, up 12.5 percent from last year. The Academy, managed by PIDA, featured 20 speakers offering 35 hours of retailer education on topics such as social media marketing, competing with online retailers, merchandising tips, customer service solutions and the hottest topics in employment law.

 

Social media engagement was also at an all-time high, as the Show employed the latest trends to reach thousands of users.  Compared to last year, 25 percent more people were retweeting, mentioning and hash-tagging about Global Pet Expo 2018 on Twitter, while on Instagram, the #GlobalPetExpo hashtag was used nearly 10,000 times. New for this year, Global Pet Expo took advantage of the growing popularity of Instagram stories by posting our own, while more than a hundred people mentioned the Show in their Instagram stories.  Global Pet Expo also received over 1,000 Facebook live views, and the Show’s Snapchat filter was seen by more than 5,000 people.

 

Global Pet Expo featured more than 1,000 entries in the impressive 30,000 square-foot New Products Showcase, as more buyers turned out than ever before, casting twice as many votes for their favorite products. Now in its eighth year, the New Products Showcase “Best in Show” awards ceremony took place on the Show Floor where awards were handed out to Best in Show, Second and Third place winners across nine categories. Petronics, Inc. took home the top prize in the Cat category with their new “Mousr” and Aquapaw, LLC took home top Dog category award with their new “Aquapaw Pet Bathing System.” With more entrants and more votes cast than ever, buyers narrowed down top picks to determine the winners. Visit the press center on GlobalPetExpo.org for a full list of the New Products Showcase winners.

 

Global Pet Expo also garnered national media attention from those within the industry and outside the industry as outlets were eager to share the latest trends and products with their pet-owning audience. From representatives covering for NBC, CBS, Fox, USA Today, industry trade publications and more, Global Pet Expo provided fun and exciting content on endless amounts of pet product and ownership information. 

 

2018 also marked a commemorative year for both associations as they celebrated milestone anniversaries, APPA’s 60th and PIDA’s 50th, at a special reception for their members held during Global Pet Expo.

 

“It is remarkable to think that this organization, founded by a small group of distributors meeting in Chicago in 1968, continues to provide value to distributors, their suppliers and customers all these years later,” commented PIDA president Steve King. “We are very proud of our legacy of service to the pet industry and look forward to helping our members thrive as they face future challenges and opportunities.”

 

Similarly, APPA was founded by a group of 17 companies in 1958, and six decades later consists of over 1,200 domestic and international pet product manufacturers, importers and livestock suppliers, representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.

 

“As we’ve looked back at how The Association got its start with just a few key players in such a small industry at the time, it’s amazing to see the progress we’ve made that has led us to where we are today, part of a 69 billion dollar industry,” said Bob Vetere, president and CEO of APPA.

 

During Global Pet Expo, APPA released its annual pet industry spending figures- announcing a record-breaking $69.51 billion in pet spending for 2017, up from $66.75 billion in 2016.  Estimated spending for this year is $72.13 billion; another 3.7 percent growth.

Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. It is not open to the general public. The 2019 Global Pet Expo will take place Wednesday – Friday, March 20-22, 2019 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center. For details, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

 

“The level of attendee and exhibitor engagement was fantastic this year, creating such high energy and buzz throughout the Show, making it the most successful Global Pet Expo to date,” added Darmohraj.

 

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Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2018 Show featured 1,164 exhibitors, 3,523 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,508 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2019 Show will take place March 20-22, in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,200 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust.  Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bond. Visit www.pida.org for more information.

 

 

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world's largest dog registry and leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that 23 exceptional students from 16 states have been awarded the American Kennel Club (AKC®) Junior Scholarship for 2018. The scholarships are offered to high school, college and graduate school students, and range from $500 - $2,000.

“These young men and women are dedicated not only to the sport of purebred dogs, but to their academics as well,” said Mari-Beth O’Neill, VP Sport Services. “It gives us great pleasure to reward these students with our AKC Junior Scholarships. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors in their studies and involvement with dogs and The American Kennel Club.”

Applicants are evaluated based on academic performance and involvement in AKC events. They are required to submit documentation that they are members of a club and have volunteered to work, as well as an essay on how the applicant has been involved with providing education about purebred dogs within their school and/or community.

This years’ recipients are a diverse representation of the canine sport. They have accomplished a great deal in the dog world and participate in many sports, including conformation, agility, hunt tests, obedience, and more. These young men and women plan to continue in the sport, as well as judge and continue their families’ breeding programs.

2018 Junior Scholarship Recipients

First Name

Last Name

State

Alexandra

Backos

PA

Taylor

Del Duca

CO

Jennifer

Necker

NM

Justin

Schultz

IL

Amelia

Smith

NY

Diana

Chan

CT

Amy

Clark

IN

Matelyn

Cobban

MO

Mary

Ctibor

GA

Elizabeth

Ctibor

GA

Kaitlyn

Dreese

PA

Grace

Freeman

MO

Carroll

Giese

PA

Zachary

Gulaboff Davis

OR

Madison

LeRoy

WI

Claire

O'Neil

CA

Steven

Reiss

NY

Annika

Dechert

WY

Katharina

Grohowalski

KY

Taylor

Scott

OK

Amanda

Swanson

NY

Rebekah

Woodworth

CT

John

Woodworth

CT

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About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

42k+ Sign Care2 Petition Calling for PetSmart Grooming to Close
After Numerous Dogs Die in Its Care
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Four dogs have died in the company’s care in just five months
NEW JERSEY -- A corgi who died in a New Jersey PetSmart’s grooming care last week has become the
fourth pet to die in the company’s care nationwide this year. A Care2 petition demanding PetSmart shut
down its grooming care until an investigation into root causes is completed and changes have been made
has gathered over 42,000 signatures.
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An 8-year-old corgi named Abby became the latest PetSmart grooming casualty. Owner Chuck Crawford
said he dropped off his two dogs at a PetSmart grooming center in Tom’s River, New Jersey, only to
receive a 20-second “crude” phone call telling him to pick up Abby’s body.
In late December in Flemington, Danielle DiNapoli’s bulldog Scruffles died while in the company’s
grooming care, too. PetSmart said an internal investigation found the groomers involved followed "all
policies and procedures,” but the dog’s family was unable to speak to the groomer involved, and
PetSmart refused to write a written report summarizing the investigation.
A Care2 petition demanding PetSmart investigate and release a public report concerning the death
gathered over 91,000 signatures.
PetSmart told TODAY that the animal deaths were separate and unrelated, and it has formed a task force
to evaluate its grooming procedures.
“After Scruffles the bulldog died, the outrage caused PetSmart to launch a comprehensive review to
change the way they do grooming,” said Care2 petition author Kelsey Bourgeois. “But obviously pets are
still getting hurt and dying in the meantime. This is why we need to insist PetSmart halts it grooming
programs in all stores until root causes are identified and changes have been implemented.”
A third Care2 petition is calling for a national “Scruffles’ Law” to be implemented, which would allow pet
owners to due for damages. All together, the three Care2 petitions have gathered over 150,000
signatures.
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together, starting petitions and sharing stories that inspire action. People, nonprofits and mission-based
brands are making world-changing impact with Care2, helping individuals, animals and the environment.
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Join Fun-loving Pug Puppy Brothers Bingo and Rolly on Paw-some Adventures
Around Their Neighborhood and the World!

PUPPY DOG PALS

 

Bring Home Over 2 Hours of Adventure on Disney DVD April 10th!

 

Synopsis:                      They're cute, cuddly and all collared up for pup-tacular adventures!  While their owner Bob is away, adorable puppy brothers Bingo and Rolly embark on exciting missions stretching from their own backyard to amazing locations all around the world!  With support from their "big sister" Hissy, a neighborhood full of animal friends and Bob's high-tech inventions, these hilarious heroes are always ready to unleash totally paw-some fun!

Voice Cast:                         Issac Ryan Brown as Bingo; Sam Lavagnino as Rolly; Harland Williams as Bob; Jessica DiCicco as Hissy; and Tom Kenny as A.R.F.

Creator/

Consulting Producer:     Harland Williams

Executive Producer:       Sean Coyle

Release Date:                    April 10, 2018

Ratings:                                TV-Y (US); G (CE/CF)

Run Time:                           144 minutes

Aspect Ratio:                     1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)

Audio:                                  English, French & Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:                            English SDH, French & Spanish

Closed Captions:              English

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© 2018 Disney

On behalf of Fox Searchlight, we're excited to share the below details for the Daily Scraps online experience on behalf of Wes Anderson's ISLE OF DOGS

The Daily Scraps is an interactive mobile experience that allows Wes Anderson's fans the chance to win real props and promotional items from his latest film Isle of Dogs via a virtual treasure hunt, inspired by the richly detailed Trash Island depicted in the film. Each day, users will have a half-hour window during which they can "dig in" to various virtual trash bags looking for a prized Puppy Snap. There are only a limited number of Puppy Snaps each day, and if users find one, they will receive a prop from the film or a promotional item delivered to their door. The delivery takes place every week day at 3pm PST / 6pm EST @ dailyscraps.dog

Don't miss ISLE OF DOGS now playing in select theaters, expanding to more theaters weekly!

 

 

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ISLE OF DOGS is NOW PLAYING in limited theaters.

Expanding This Friday, April 6thand

In theaters nationwide Friday, April 13th.

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunicki Nomura, Akira Takayama, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Yoko Ono, Tilda Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Mari Katsuki, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, Liev Schreiber, Courtney B. Vance

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Screenplay by: Wes Anderson

Genre: Comedy

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

#IsleofDogs

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Delivery Scanning Technology Linked to Decrease from 2016

April 05, 2018 


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"Any dog can bite" poster

SAN DIEGO — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,244 in 2017 — more than 500 fewer than 2016. Today, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is showcasing technology that alerts mail carriers of potential attacks while releasing its annual list of cities where the most dog attacks were recorded. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners.

“We’re encouraged by the decrease in dog attacks,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo in San Diego, where postal employees suffered 46 attacks — the fifth ranked city in 2017. “The totals are still too high, but we’re confident that with continuing education and dog bite prevention training, along with advancing technology, we can keep more people safe and keep attacks trending downward.”

Enhancing Employee Safety
DeCarlo highlights USPS safety measures that alert mail carriers to dogs on their delivery routes. The Package Pickup application on usps.com asks customers to indicate if there are dogs at their addresses when they schedule package pickups. This information is provided to carriers on their delivery scanners which send alerts if an unleashed dog is reported in a delivery area.

“The scanners that our carriers use to confirm a customer’s delivery include a feature for them to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address,” said DeCarlo. “This information is particularly helpful for substitute carriers who fill in for regular carriers on their days off.”

 information provided to carriers on delivery scanner

DeCarlo is in San Diego Thursday, April 5, to kick off National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs Sunday, April 8, through Saturday, April 14. The Postal Service, joined by the American Humane, American Veterinary Medical Association, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance, is driving home the message that dog bites are a national issue and education can resolve the issue.

Half of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DeCarlo gave the following tips and encouraged sharing them using the hashtag #preventdogbites. A video on dog bite prevention tips is available on the Postal Service’s YouTube channel.

  • If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
  • Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the person handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If a dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office.

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, estimates that more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year with 800,000 seeking medical attention for these bites — more than half of them being children.

“Two-thirds of the injuries occurring in children four years or younger are to the head or neck region, and studies have also shown that the greatest percentage of dog-bite fatalities occurred among children and unsupervised newborns left with dogs — something that should never occur,” said Mark Stubis, chief communications officer, American Humane.  “To help, American Humane offers a free online booklet, ‘Pet Meets Baby,’ with valuable information on introducing a new child to a home with a pet — or a new pet into a home with a child available for families with children.”

Insurance company State Farm reports that in 2017, it paid more than $132 million as a result of 3,618 dog-related injury claims. The average cost paid per claim was $36,573. “State Farm is also one of the few insurance companies that does not exclude homeowner or renter insurance coverage because of the breed of dog owned,” said Heather Paul, State Farm public affairs specialist. “The company reinforces that responsible pet ownership and educating children about how to safely interact with dogs is key to reducing dog bites.”

“Veterinarians see firsthand the needless heartbreak a dog bite can cause,” said Dr. Mike Topper, AVMA President. “We know that dog bites are not a breed-specific issue and that any dog can bite. We also know that most bites can be prevented through education. Your veterinarian and the AVMA have extensive resources designed to keep your pup, no matter what their breed, a happy, healthy member of your family and community.

2017 Dog Attack Rankings by City
A total of 6,244 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2017. The top 30 city rankings are below. Some cities share the same rankings as they experienced the same number of attacks.

 

Office City

Office State

CY-17

CY-16

1  

HOUSTON

TX

71

62

2  

LOS ANGELES

CA

67

80

3  

ST LOUIS

MO

52

31

4  

CLEVELAND

OH

49

60

5  

SAN DIEGO

CA

46

57

6  

BALTIMORE

MD

44

36

6  

SAN ANTONIO

TX

44

42

7  

COLUMBUS

OH

43

39

8  

DALLAS

TX

40

41

9  

LOUISVILLE

KY

39

51

10 

CHICAGO

IL

38

46

11 

DENVER

CO

35

47

12 

LONG BEACH

CA

32

22

12 

DETROIT

MI

32

48

12 

KANSAS CITY

MO

32

30

13 

OAKLAND

CA

28

23

13 

SEATTLE

WA

28

31

14 

MINNEAPOLIS

MN

27

43

14 

CHARLOTTE

NC

27

33

14 

PHILADELPHIA

PA

27

40

15 

SAN JOSE

CA

26

21

15 

FORT WORTH

TX

26

33

16 

MIAMI

FL

25

15

16 

INDIANAPOLIS

IN

25

44

16 

ROCHESTER

NY

25

11

16 

CINCINNATI

OH

25

24

16 

TOLEDO

OH

25

18

17 

PHOENIX

AZ

24

35

17 

SACRAMENTO

CA

24

30

17 

PORTLAND

OR

24

41

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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