PAW for ward It
Most things that pet product manufacturers—and al- most all companies—do is
in service of building their bottom
line. After all, expenses need to be
covered, payroll needs to be met
and profits need to be generated.
However, few industries seem to
demonstrate the level of sheer altruism seen in the pet industry. That’s
why every year, in our Paw It Forward
feature, we highlight the charitable efforts put forth by pet product
companies across the nation.
These companies are in it for much
more than profit. Where they see needs
to be met, they step in through donations of product or money, and where
they see the opportunity to help animals
and people who could use a helping
hand, they extend theirs. In fact, so
many companies are doing amazing
things for charity that we have made
Paw It Forward into a two-part series
this year. This is the second installment.
We invite you to peruse the following
pages to find out exactly what your pet
product vendors are doing to make the
world a better place for pets and people.
THE COMPANY OF ANIMALS
Larry Cobb, CEO of the U.S. division
The Company of Animals has always been concerned about raising the status of dogs in rescues or
in need of a new stable and loving home. Nowhere
is this more apparent than in Asia, specifically in
those countries where dogs are routinely stolen or
“farmed” to be eaten.
In 2016, Dr. Roger Mugford, CEO of The Company
of Animals, visited South Korea to examine the dire
situation of dogs on meat farms. The dog-meat trade
in this affluent country is completely unregulated by
animal welfare or food hygiene laws, and the dogs do
suffer most grievously.
In early 2017, in conjunction with the American
Charity Humane Society International, nine dogs
from a Korean dog meat farm were flown to the United Kingdom, and three have been selected to train as
medical detection dogs.
Dr. Mugford was inspired by the prospect of bring-
ing these Korean dogs to the United Kingdom to then
be trained as medical detection dogs. This charitable
organization uses dogs to detect early forms of cancer
and other medical conditions in humans. These dogs
have life-saving potential, and the charity has ben-
efitted from substantial financial support from The
Company of Animals ($25,000). This money was to
fund an objective scientific review of the efficacy of
companion dogs as diabetic “alert” animals.
The intention in this global effort, spear-headed
by Dr. Mugford, is that dogs destined for an unkind
death and to be eaten can, in fact, save human lives
by virtue of their remarkable olfactory sense.
The Company of Animals depends on Asia for
the manufacture of its high-quality dog training
aids. Accordingly, it seems appropriate that raising
the standard of care and understanding of dogs in
Asia should be a high priority for both our Company of Animals, and, indeed, to others within the pet
Manufacturers explain, in their own words, the ways in which they aid pets and people in
need through various philanthropic efforts, in part two of our Paw It Forward feature.
Good Will Toward Pets and People