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Holly Sizemore, Chief Mission Officer

Holly Sizemore entered the animal welfare world in 1991 when she discovered a colony of community cats eating near a restaurant dumpster. The experience inspired her to co-found the first trap-neuter-return (TNR) organization in Utah (Community Animal Welfare Society, located in Salt Lake City) and she co-led that organization as a volunteer for more than 10 years.

In 2000, Holly joined No More Homeless Pets in Utah and served the organization in a variety of roles, ending with Executive Director from 2007 to 2010. While at No More Homeless Pets in Utah, she created and implemented some of the first comprehensive, targeted community cat public-private partnerships with Utah shelters. During her tenure, more than 100,000 lives were saved across the state in Utah shelters, thanks to the efforts of No More Homeless Pets in Utah and its many partners.

In 2010, Holly took a national role at Best Friends and has provided leadership support and stewarded growth in these areas: animal care at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the Best Friends Network, community cat programs, and puppy mill, cat and pit bull initiatives. In her current role as Chief Mission Officer, Holly oversees the areas of national programs, national no-kill advancement, and legislative and advocacy efforts. A member of Best Friends’ senior leadership team, she feels very lucky to be able to work with the teams at Best Friends who are dedicated to scaling up and sustaining the programs that will help create a no-kill country by 2025.

Holly’s leadership has focused on growing and improving upon many of the early innovative no-kill programs and tactics implemented throughout Utah, including comprehensive shelter-focused community cat programs, large-scale adoption events, targeted spay/neuter, open adoption policies, community collaboration, data analysis efforts to steer lifesaving, legislative reform, widespread marketing and awareness efforts, effective change and conflict management strategies, and public-private partnerships that involve working side-by-side with shelter partners. The shelter-focused community cat programs have evolved into one of the most effective, efficient and transformational tools in a community’s journey toward no-kill, and Holly is most proud of seeing how use of this model is growing exponentially throughout the U.S.

Holly holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington. She and her husband share their home with a few former community cats and one adopted dog. Holly believes that we will achieve our common goal of achieving no-kill nationwide by 2025 through the right balance of warrior resolve, patient persistence and true collaboration.

Jon Patch - Host
Jarrod Lazarus DVM - Co Host
Georgia - Reporter
Zach Budin - Producer
Ben Boquist - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests - Caitlin O'Connell from Nat Geo Wild's "Mind of a Giant" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/11/16 at 5pm EST to discuss the premiere of her show on June 19 at 9/8 CST
Animal Planet debuts "The Vet Life" and Aubrey J. Ross II, DVM will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/11/16 at 530pm EST to discuss the new television show
Dave Merrick President of Neutricks will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 6/11/16 at 620pm EST to discuss and give away Neutricks for dogs and cats

PROVO, Utah (February 25, 2013) – Orabrush, Inc. today announced the launch of Orapup™ – the first tongue cleaner to help cure bad dog breath without a toothbrush. The company has presold more than 40,000 Orapups online, totaling more than $750,000. Preorders have begun to be shipped to customers, and the Orapup dog breath brush is available for purchase at www.orapup.com.

Long a source of frustration for pet owners, proper oral care is a treat with the Orapup because it entices dogs to clean their own tongues. Dogs take naturally to the tongue brush, which creates an enjoyable bonding experience between a dog and its owner.

To get dogs to lick away their bad breath, dog owners simply apply Orapup™ Lickies, a flavoring formula, to the surface of the Orapup. The formula is made with FDA-approved, gluten-free ingredients and contains all-natural enzymes and anti-plaque properties that fortify against gum disease and reduce tartar. The Orabrush team spent seven months researching and developing this healthy, edible product with a flavor and consistency that dogs enjoy.

Made in the USA and designed by 78-year-old Orabrush inventor Robert “Dr. Bob” Wagstaff, the Orapup combines ultra-soft, micro-pointed bristles with four in-line scrapers to collect and remove bad breath-causing bacteria from the tongue. Studies have shown that 90 percent of bad breath in humans comes from bacteria on the tongue. In light of National Pet Dental Health Month, Orabrush is raising awareness that dog bad breath is not just evidence of halitosis – it can also signify more serious health problems.

“As a veterinarian of 18 years, I would advise all pet owners to start an oral health program, and using the Orapup is one of the easiest ways they can introduce that to their pet,” said Dr. Carolyn S. McGuire, DVM, of Animal Medical Services in Utah. “The No. 1 cause of heart disease in dogs comes from a dirty mouth, and I see Orapup as an additional benefit to help keep bacteria down in the mouth, which can help reduce emergency vet visits and the time between professional cleanings.”

To bring the category-creating Orapup to market more quickly, Orabrush launched a crowdfunding campaign and has been accepting preorders for the dog breath brush since August 2012. The company reapplied its proven “reverse marketing model” on YouTube to successfully expand its oral care line to benefit pet owners everywhere. In just six months, the Orapup YouTube channel has amassed nearly four million views, which is on par with well-established pet brands such as IAMS, Pedigree and Purina. Following the Orabrush tongue cleaner and Orabrush tongue foam, Orapup continues Orabrush’s tradition as a new media e-commerce brand builder.

“Even our most optimistic forecast could not have predicted this overwhelming response to Orapup,” said Jeff Davis, CEO of Orabrush. “This tremendous success in a new category illustrates the incredible power of our ‘reverse marketing model,’ which we have harnessed yet again to deliver awareness and conversion of $750,000 in Orapup sales. As I’ve used the Orapup with my dog Lily, it has been a fun, easy and rewarding experience – not something normally associated with pet dental care. I can personally vouch that Orapup is the proven solution pet owners have been waiting for to beat bad dog breath without a toothbrush.”

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The Orapup starter kit, which includes one Orapup and a 30-use bottle of Orapup Lickies flavor, can be purchased at www.orapup.com.

About Orabrush

Orabrush, Inc. (www.orabrush.com) is a new media e-commerce brand builder that leverages expertise in YouTube content creation, optimization and advertising to commercialize innovative products. Using its "reverse marketing model" with YouTube, the company has delivered unprecedented results in awareness and conversion driving online to offline sales with its line of oral care products, including the Orabrush tongue cleaner; the enzyme-infused Orabrush tongue foam powered by Orazyme; and the Orapup dog breath brush. Founded in 2009, Orabrush is currently backed by True Ventures and 2x Consumer Product Growth Partners. With more than 50 million video views and more than 185,000 subscribers, Orabrush has one of the top subscribed sponsor channels on YouTube (just behind brands like Apple and Old Spice) and more than 340,000 Facebook fans. Orabrush products are sold in 15 countries, 75 retailers and more than 30,000 retail stores globally and its tongue cleaner has become the No. 1 tongue cleaner in the world.


Idaho and six other states targeted for much-needed reform

Washington, D.C., October 3, 2012 -- This week, Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, launched a new website at www.bornfreeusa.org/safetrails in order to educate and warn the public -- especially outdoor enthusiasts -- about the dangers of hidden wildlife traps and how to keep their pets and family members safe.

The new Safe Trails site contains information about the dangers of traps to companion animals and what people can do in emergencies, including how to release dogs from all types of traps.

The site also highlights regulatory safeguards that could go far in protecting the public, pets and wildlife from injury, and focuses on seven of the worst states when it comes to trapping regulations that have the greatest impact on animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and public safety: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming.

According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA, “Each year thousands of non-targeted animals, including domestic animals and protected wildlife species, are caught in traps throughout the U.S. We developed this site to help hikers, campers, and others enjoying the outdoors, learn about trapping and what can be done to keep everyone, including animals and children, safe from the dangers of these contraptions. The barbaric trapping industry has changed little since the 1600s. We do not want to see another person or pet become a victim.”

While many states allow the use of body crushing traps and snares on private and public land, Idaho continues to stand out among the worst states for failing to require that traps be checked at least once daily. In Idaho, traps need only be checked once every three days/72 hours. Trappers also catch non-target animals including endangered species, cats, and dogs. These animals have a better chance of survival if traps are checked at least once every 24 hours.

In addition, Idaho has no size restriction on Conibear kill traps. Like other body-gripping traps, Conibears are notoriously indiscriminate and pose a hazard to non-target species. Large-sized Conibears are particularly dangerous. Twenty states limit the size of Conibear trap on land to six inches or less or prohibit the use of Conibear traps on land all together.

Like the majority of states, Idaho trappers are not required to post any warning signage that would alert the public to stay away from set traps. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game encourages trappers to use a warning sign produced by the Idaho Trappers Association but does not require it.

Roberts says, “A majority of people surely visit Idaho public lands to observe wildlife, hike, walk their dogs, and enjoy nature. Most people would agree that Idaho public lands should protect wildlife and wildlife habitat and provide a safe opportunity to enjoy it. But many are unaware that traps might be present where they recreate. It is a recipe for disaster, and we hope that if this brutal industry continues to exist, that we can at least inform people, even if it means teaching them how to attempt to free their companion animal (or child) should they fall victim to a body-crushing trap. No one should ever have to face that horror.”

Wildlife traps are not only found in the deep wilderness, but also near hiking trails, in national wildlife refuges, on public and private lands where children play and dogs are walked, and even in urban areas. They are indiscriminate and can inflict serious injury – or death -- to any animal or person who is caught.

Born Free USA works to expose and address the dangers and cruelty of trapping by educating the public; encouraging legislators and policymakers to enact stronger laws; ensuring state agencies are enforcing existing protections; and championing humane alternatives of mitigating conflicts with wildlife. Born Free USA maintains an online database of reported incidents of non-targeted animals by state.

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized 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 the United States the message of “compassionate conservation” — the vision of the United Kingdom-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, now chief executive officer of both organizations. 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; on Twitter at http://twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BornFreeUSA.