PETSMART CHARITIES GRANT EXPANDS PET THERAPY
PROGRAM AT CHILDREN’S NATIONAL
PetSmart Charities has committed more than $270,000 to expand a popular pet
therapy program with the Children’s National Health System.
The grant will enable Children’s National to add the program’s first-ever
full-time coordinator to facilitate more visits to patients throughout the hospital and outpatient clinics. With this funding, the program hopes to expand
from three dog and handler volunteer teams to up to 30 by 2019, serving more
than 9,000 patients per year, compared with 480 in 2017.
The Animal Visitation and Pet Therapy Program promotes healing in
children undergoing medical treatment. The program’s animals provide a
healthful diversion—easing anxieties, increasing confidence and encouraging cooperation.
The Animal Visitation and Pet Therapy Program began in 2003. Since then,
Children’s National has partnered with Greenbelt Dog Training to bring dogs
in at least twice a month. In addition, several physicians have incorporated
pets into treatment in areas including psychotherapy for eating disorders and
treatment for speech delays.
PURINA PARTNERSHIP AIMS TO
PROTECT AND IMPROVE WETLANDS
AND GRASSLANDS IN IOWA
Ducks Unlimited and Nestlé Purina
PetCare Co. have partnered to protect
and improve 1,600 acres of wetland
and grasslands across Iowa over the
next three years through Ducks Unlimited’s Living Lakes Initiative, promoting healthy soil, healthy crops and
healthy wildlife habitat.
St. Louis-based Purina, which
operates three pet food manufacturing facilities in Iowa in Clinton, Fort
Dodge and Davenport, and sources
high-quality ingredients for its dog
and cat food products from farms
across the state, has committed $1
million to help promote sustainability of the supply chain and improve recreational use of
wetlands and lakes across the state’s Prairie Pothole Region.
The partnership will advance three conservation strategies in collaboration with the
Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and farmers, including shallow lake enhancement, prairie pothole complex restoration and protection, and the Iowa Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).
Andis Foundation, the charitable giving arm of
Sturtevant, Wis.-based Andis Co.,
has given grants
to eight recipients
this year. Grants
are prioritized to
locally based programs that operate within the foundation’s mission to help
build strong families, develop thriving kids and foster a vibrant community
in which to live.
This year’s Andis Foundation recipients include: EPEC—The Grooming
Project in Kansas City, Mo., John XXIII Educational Center in Racine, Wis.,
The Racine Art Museum’s RAM on the Road Program in Racine, Wis., The
George Bray Neighborhood YMCA in Racine, Wis., the Racine Zoo Conservation Nation Program, the Wisconsin FFA Foundation, the Hospitality Center
of Racine and WI Humane Society of Racine County.
INVISIBLE FENCE GIVES PET OXYGEN MASKS
IN HONOR OF 45TH ANNIVERSARY
To commemorate its 45th anniversary, Invisible
Fence, a brand of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Radio
Systems Corp., will equip 45 fire departments
across the U.S. and Canada with pet oxygen masks
through its Project Breathe Program, the company’s pet oxygen mask donation effort. Since Project
Breathe’s inception in 2006, 23,500 masks have been
donated to first responders.
In addition to the Project Breathe donations, Invisible Fence employees across the U.S. and Canada
combined efforts for 45 Days of Service in celebration of the 45th anniversary. Team members volunteered at animal-related charity events, nonprofits,
rescue and shelter operations, and more. In total,
the team pledged to put in 315 volunteer hours
in 45 days from Aug. 21 to Oct. 5, which included
supporting groups such as Blount County Animal
Shelter and Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue, and hosting pet adoption events across the country.
Each year, it’s estimated that more than 40,000
pets die in fires, most succumbing to smoke in-
halation. The reality, in most cases, is that first
responders lack the equipment to resuscitate and
save these animals. These donations will give more
pets a fighting chance and reduce the number of pet
fatalities, said company officials.
“For 45 years, we’ve been protecting family pets,
including what takes place inside homes,” said Ed
Hoyt, director of Invisible Fence Brand. “We’ve
seen how these masks save lives. Our ultimate goal
is to equip every fire department across America
with these life-saving devices. We are excited to
give communities the chance to be a part of these
donations for our 45th anniversary and proud of
all of our team members who are giving personal
time to help various animal organizations and causes across the country.”
CARDINAL PET CARE CONTEST ALLOWS
PRESCHOOLERS TO SHOW OFF THEIR PETS
Students at the Kidzone Preschool in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., recently had the opportunity to win prizes for showing off their pets.
The children were participants in a pet photo contest sponsored by
Cardinal Pet Care, maker of the Crazy Dog line of pet grooming
products and treats.
To enter the contest, the preschoolers submitted a photo of their
pet. If they didn’t have a pet, they could substitute a drawing instead. The photos/drawings were judged by the “pet parents” at
Cardinal’s headquarters in Azusa, Calif. Three winning entries were
selected on the basis of cuteness and originality and how well they
reflected Crazy Dog’s Backbones of Character initiative, a program
that teaches kids core values through the responsibility of caring
The three winners each received a Crazy Dog gift basket filled
with goodies for themselves and their pet, including Crazy Dog
treats, dog shampoo, heart-shaped pet bowls, a stuffed dog, a dog
toy and more. All kids who entered the contest received a stuffed
animal cat, courtesy of Crazy Dog. The three winning photos were
also posted on Crazy Dog’s social media pages.
Based on the positive response to the contest, Cardinal and Kidzone are drawing up plans for future child/pet initiatives, including
bringing pets into the classroom and taking older students on field
trips to local animal shelters.