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Animal Farm Foundation Announces New Mission, Focus for Grants

It is offering three major types of assistance.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Animal Farm Foundation announced an expanded mission statement and evolution of its grant-giving focus.

The organization’s new mission statement is: Bringing dogs and people together to end discrimination. Dogs do not know what discrimination is, but their owners do and bias against dogs is often a stand-in for racism, classism and ableism. While some in animal welfare label some dogs as “dogs nobody wants” and classify adopters with labels like “gold tier” and “lower level,” AFF understands that real solutions involve treating all dogs and people as individuals.

Those solutions include providing grants to programs that keep dogs out of shelters and move communities forward. The organization is offering three major types of assistance: the Pet Owner Accessible Housing Grant, the Community Impact Grant and the Dog Detection Grant. Additionally, AFF continues its support for dogs currently in shelters through its Playgroup Grant to Dogs Playing for Life.

“What makes us unique and effective is our willingness and ability to evolve as the needs in our dog loving society change. Our grants reflect not only how far we have come, but what it will take to finally put to rest discrimination based on a dog’s appearance,” said Stacey Coleman, Executive Director of Animal Farm Foundation. “All dogs are companion animals and now we are setting out to change the discrimination in housing and insurance that prevent the human half of the companion animal equation from keeping their beloved pet.”

AFF’s Pet Owner Accessible Housing Grant funds community programs designed to keep people and pets in their homes. The lack of pet owner accessible housing and insurance not only separates families, it also puts a burden on communities, especially in an age where there is so much income inequality. Barriers to housing, especially breed-specific bans are often cited by shelter workers as one of the top three reasons pets enter the system. Frequently, pet owner inaccessible housing is not about dogs at all—it’s about classism and/or racism. This grant will aid those who are fighting to end this discrimination.

The Community Impact Grant is available for innovators, community-changers, and those who stand up against discrimination locally or nationally. These initiatives can include, but are not limited to:

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• Advocating alongside people with disabilities who face discrimination due to prejudice against their service dog

• Ending breed-specific policies at pet-related facilities

• Pairing foster dogs with people recovering from addiction

• Creating pet owner accessible shelters for the houseless or people fleeing domestic abuse

• Programs offering low-cost or free veterinary services

Animal Farm Foundation’s Dog Detection Grant creates safer, more connected communities. The grant allows Sector K9 to provide police K9s to departments across the country at no cost. AFF and their grantee, Sector K9, select shelter dogs for the program from across the country. Sector K9 trains the dogs to detect guns and drugs. Some dogs work in their general communities, while others are placed in schools. All of the K9s and their human partners work to foster a better relationship between their departments and the people they serve.

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The Playgroup Grant helps Dogs Playing for Life bring their life-saving playgroups to shelters across the country. Playgroups increase the quality of life for shelter dogs and lead to more adoptions.

Stacey Coleman concludes, “As our new mission statement reflects, we have bold, far-reaching goals to eliminate discrimination. With these four grants, we look forward to supporting the many dedicated, courageous people and organizations who share this vision of equality.”

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Pet Sustainability Coalition Presents: Critical Sustainability Strategies for Retailers

This webinar, held on November 7, 2019, is the second in a series from PSC discussing how retailers can establish sustainable practices in their business. Moderated by PSC’s Andrea Czobor, the webinar unveils data behind the increasing consumer demand for sustainable products, what retailers have to gain from connecting with these purpose driven consumers, and a new PSC program that makes finding these products easier for retailers.

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Kittybelles “Pounce” Cat Toys from Huxley & Kent Launch at Global

It will feature 20 designs taking inspiration from the dog parody toys that Huxley & Kent sells under its Lulubelles brand.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Huxley & Kent, a wholesaler of fun and fashionable pet accessories for cats and dogs, announces the first toys to arrive in its new line of Kittybelles cat toys.. Kittybelles will feature 20 designs taking inspiration from the dog parody toys that Huxley & Kent sells under its Lulubelles brand.

Each plush Kittybelles toy will contain organic catnip, crinkle and is perfect for kitty pouncing and batting. All dyes pass the children’s safety standards. The initial launch will include four shapes of fish, six liquor bottles including tequila and whisky, sweets, hot sauce, birthday cake, a taco and more. Retail pricing will begin at $4.49.

“We have enjoyed the response that our retailers and consumers have had to our Lulubelles dog toys, so it was a natural extension of our brand to design Kittybelles cat toys. We are grateful to the many retailers that requested we branch out to cat and take our fun, whimsical ideas to this new segment” said Robin Kershner, founder of Huxley & Kent. “We look forward to launching these at Global Pet Expo.”

Huxley & Kent will be in booth 2454 at Global Pet Expo.

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry Debuts New Dog Breed Ring Collection

Includes 11 popular dog breed rings, all handcrafted in the USA from recycled sterling silver.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Dazzling Paws Jewelry is debuting a new dog breed ring collection, which includes 11 popular dog breed rings, all handcrafted in the USA from recycled sterling silver.

“I wanted to offer a new category of jewelry for dog breed lovers,” said Myra Westphal, Dazzling Paws president. “Taking our most popular selling dog breeds and designing them into everlasting ring creations is the next logical step for our breed line expansion.”

Uniquely handcrafted from the existing breed line. Dog lovers will discover: Australian Shepherd, Crouching Border Collie, Cavalier King Charles, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever with ducks, gaiting Papillon, Pembroke Corgi, and Siberian Husky. All of these new items may be purchased on their website just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Dazzling Paws Jewelry is dedicated to providing high-quality, designer, dog-themed jewelry for people who love dogs. Dazzling Paws Jewelry is handcrafted in the USA from recycled sterling silver. The Dazzling Paws Jewelry designer line includes: dog breeds with a unique flair, paw print and dog bone collections, personalized pet memorial jewelry, semi-precious and birthstone collection, dazzling canine design beads, as well as dog sports such as Agility, Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Lure Course Racing, Free Style and Flyball. Sterling silver jewelry includes: pendants, rings, toe rings, earrings, chains, beads, bracelets, pins, charm holders, and tie tacks.

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PAWS Act Coalition Hails Passage of Bill that Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence and their Pets

$2 million in USDA grants will be provided.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The PAWS Act Coalition, a group of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, lauded the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, which, for the first time, will provide $2 million in USDA grants to enable more domestic violence shelters to become pet-friendly so that victims of domestic violence and their pets may shelter and heal together. The grants come one year after the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act was authorized as part of the 2019 Farm Bill, which received bipartisan support in its passage.

“These new grants will help expand the network of domestic violence shelters which allow pets to accompany their families seeking safe shelter,” said Nina Leigh Krueger, president of Purina. “This is an important milestone in the coalition’s collective efforts to create safer communities for pets and pet owners, and Purina will remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting the bond between domestic abuse survivors and their pets by ensuring they can safely heal together.”

The PAWS Act Coalition would like to thank the original co-sponsors of the Pet and Women Safety Act for their leadership and commitment to its passage, especially the lead sponsors Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and former Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). The coalition is also particularly grateful for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) for spearheading the effort to pass the bill by including its language in the Farm Bill.

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