PETSMART CHARITIES GRANT SUPPORTS
FACILITY DOG AT NEW YORK HOSPITAL
Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai in New York
has received its first facility dog through the launch of
Paws and Play, a facility dog program. The program,
made possible by a grant from PetSmart Charities,
brings Professor Bunsen Honeydew to the Hospital. The
$350,000 grant, which will be distributed over the next
three years, is designed to help launch the first program
of its kind at the hospital.
A facility dog is an animal specially trained to work
in the health care environment. Professor is a golden
doodle who recently completed a high-level therapy
dog training program, where he was exposed to a variety of environments and experiences to prepare him to
work with the children and families.
His presence will allow the Child Life and Creative
Arts Therapy Department to integrate Animal Assisted
Therapy (AAT) into its pediatric programming. AAT is
a goal-directed intervention in which the animal is an
integral part of the treatment plan, addressing a variety
of clinical goals including pain management, procedural
support, socialization, motivation and the improvement
of patient temperament. Paws and Play is the first program of its kind in New York state to pair a Certified
Child Life Specialist with a trained facility dog to provide AAT.
Certified Child Life Specialists Ali Spike and Toshiko
Nonaka will work with Professor Honeydew across a
variety of settings, assisting patients experiencing painful or anxiety-inducing procedures, long hospitalizations and lengthy treatments, including chemotherapy.
He will work primarily in the Blau Center for Children’s
Cancer and Blood Disease and the Alice Gottesman Bayer Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
PetSmart Charities recently expanded its mission to
include finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by
supporting programs and thought leadership that bring
people and pets together. This mission allows the organization to support animal welfare organizations in more
ways than ever before, and even reach other nonprofits,
like Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, that help
connect people and pets. The new Enhancing the Quality of Life Through Pets grant category, open year-round
for applications, supports programs that train pets to
become service animals for military veterans or people
with disabilities and for pet therapy programs at places
such as hospitals, schools and senior homes.
“The healing power of pets is evident in times of
need when four-legged friends provide great joy, emotional support, and even therapy to young patients, their
families and hospital staff,” said David Haworth, DVM,
Ph.D., and president of PetSmart Charities. “Through
our partnership with Mount Sinai’s Paws and Play program, we look forward to seeing the impact that pets
will have in reducing the stress and easing the anxieties
often associated with receiving hospital treatment at a
young age. We are thrilled to help them launch the first
facility dog program of its kind in New York.”
BARKWORTHIES CAMPAIGN HELPS SHELTER
DOGS FINDS FOREVER HOMES
More than 100 shelter dogs found their forever homes as
part of the Barkworthies Chews Rescue shelter campaign.
The month-long campaign, which took place throughout
April, was launched as a way to raise awareness for rescues and help further promote Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
As part of the program, Richmond, Va.-based Barkworthies partnered with Chicago Canine Rescue, One
Tail at a Time and Austin Pets Alive!, and donated more
than $22,000 in total to cover the adoption costs for eligible dogs at these shelters over the last weekend of April.
As a result of the campaign, eight dogs were adopted from Chicago Canine Rescue, 11 dogs were adopted
from One Tail at a Time and 59 dogs were adopted from
Austin Pets Alive!.
“Fifty-nine dogs in one weekend is fantastic,” said
Maggie Lynch, development director at Austin Pets
Alive!. “We normally adopt out about 7 to 12 in a single
weekend in April. We really want to thank Barkworthies
for making this event happen. We’re especially happy because some of our long-stay dogs got to go home at last.”
In addition to covering the adoption fees for eligible dogs, Barkworthies sent cases of its chews to the
shelters so that each dog adopted was sent home with
a special treat.
Last year, the brand launched its first Chews Rescue
program, where it donated more than $13,000 to the
Richmond Animal League. And in 2015, Barkworthies
showed its support for animal rescues when the company developed new advertising designs, from branding
materials to packaging, that feature exclusively rescue
dogs as models.
PETLAND REACHES MILESTONE IN SUPPORT
OF OHIO SHELTER ADOPTIONS
Petland in Chillicothe, Ohio, is helping support families who find the right pet at the Ross County Humane
Since March 2016, any individual or family who has
adopted a dog from the local humane society has re-
ceived a $50 Petland gift card. As of Aug. 1, Petland has
redeemed more than $20,000 in those cards at the local
stores on Bridge Street and Western Avenue.
In honor of this milestone, Petland Charities presented
the Ross County Humane Society with a $2,000 check, $5
for every gift card redeemed.
“We want families to find the right pet … period,” said
Petland vice president Steve Huggins. “Sometimes it’s at
Petland and sometimes it’s at a local humane society or
shelter. If they adopt at the Ross County Humane Society,
we can help make sure that their new best friend gets off
to a good start with some necessary food or supplies.”
Huggins also serves on the Ross County Humane So-
Customers receive their $50 gift card upon completion
of their adoption paperwork at the humane society.
The gift card program has been incorporated into Petland Charities, a 501c3 whose mission is to help support
shelters and service animals.
DONATES TO THE
Ruffwear has donated $50,000 to The
Conservation Alliance’s Public Lands
“We believe in serving our community and protecting
wild places,” said Will Blount, president of the Bend,
Ore.-based company. “Many of the moments we cher-
ish most with our dogs take place on our public lands.
The Conservation Alliance is doing critical work to
safeguard public lands and waterways, and this do-
nation is our contribution to that effort to ensure that
future generations of pups and people will be able to
experience America’s natural treasures.”
The Conservation Alliance is an organization of
businesses whose collective contributions support
grassroots environmental organizations and their ef-
forts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts
recreate. Since its inception in 1989, The Conservation
Alliance has contributed more than $18 million to help
protect more than 50 million acres of wildlands, 2,991
miles of rivers, stop or remove 29 dams, designate five
marine reserves and purchase 12 climbing areas.
The Public Lands Defense Fund launched in January 2017. To date, $150,000 from this fund has been
distributed to grassroots organizations working to
oppose giving public lands to the states or to private
interests, defend America’s bedrock conservation laws
and defend previous presidents’ National Monument
Since 2007, Ruffwear has been an active member
of The Conservation Alliance, paying annual dues
based on revenue. Beyond its dues, the brand and its
employees have supported The Conservation Alliance
by performing land restoration work in local Backyard
Collectives, raising funds through product sales at the
Outdoor Retailer Show, sending staff to Washington,
D.C., to voice the brands’ commitment to protecting
wild places and, most recently, marching in the March
for Public Lands in both Salt Lake City and Bend.
BENTLEY’S PET STUFF REACHES MILESTONE DONATION
Bentley’s Pet Stuff has reached a milestone, having donated more than 200,000 pounds of pet food this year
throughout 10 states to more than 150 different shelters,
pet rescue agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Founder and president Lisa Senafe, along with her
husband, Giovanni, the company’s vice president,
are grateful for the company’s conscientious staff and
customers,as well as partnering local and national dis-
tributors and pet industry manufacturers, for helping
demonstrate its commitment to its communities to im-
prove the well-being of animals in need, the company
Bentley’s Pet Stuff, which has 82 locations, has provided support to community organizations such as
Meals on Wheels, Guide Dogs of America, local area
humane societies and pet rescue groups, libraries, and
elementary, middle and high schools. As the company
continues to expand, it’s building additional resources
to help more communities.
Bentley’s Pet Stuff has donated more than 400,000
pounds of pet food since first opening its doors in 2008.