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Catsbury Park Cat Convention Announces Musical Purrr-Formances

Featuring all-star tribute band, The Love Cats with members of Gaslight Anthem, loved ones, The Explosion celebrating the music of The Cure.

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(PRESS RELEASE) They move like cagey tigers. Oh, they couldn’t get closer than this. But indie rock supergroup The Love Cats have been tapped to headline the kickoff party on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Asbury Park’s historic The Wonder Bar for Catsbury Park Cat Convention (CPCC). This unconventional cat convention which takes place the weekend of April 13 and 14, 2019 in New Jersey’s iconic seaside town Asbury Park. The first of two music events for CPCC, The Love Cats will be joined by Lil Bub: The Band which consists of Matt Tobey and Lil Bub owner Mike Bridavsky, who channels the finicky musical whims of his magical celebrity cat Lil Bub.

The following evening boasts a fur-midable night featuring Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond with support from elder minx Cougrr for a raucous night of hard rock, big hairballs, and other musical hijinx.

Comprised of members from The Gaslight Anthem / Dead Swords (Alex Levine, guitar/keys), The Loved Ones/The Explosion (Chris Gonzalez, bass), and founder of Catsbury Park DJ Bornschein on guitar and vocals, The Love Cats will be purr-forming a special tribute to legendary post-punk band The Cure at at the special opening night of music.

The Love Cats will be supported by chart-topping Lil BUB: The Band. Inspired by the magical celebrity cat of its namesake, Lil BUB: The Band is led by prolific composer Matt Tobey who telepathically channels Lil Bub’s music. Together, with the help of BUB’s owner Mike Bridavsky, they produced Lil BUB’s 2015 debut LP Science & Magic: A Soundtrack to the Universe (Joyful Noise Recordings), and debuted at the top of several Billboard Charts. Now featuring members of Good Luck, Memory Map, High Spirits, Zuul, and Busman’s Holiday, Lil BUB: The Band is reuniting for a rare performance in Asbury Park to kick-off the Catsbury Park Cat Convention. Due to safety reasons, BUB is unable to join the band on stage, but she conducts the performance telepathically from the comfort of a soft blanket, and their stage performance is accompanied by projected video footage of BUB behind them.

Just one of two nights of music, on Saturday, April 13th, The Wonder Bar will host Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond with special guest NYC’s COUGRR. Self-described as “an over-the-top bombast of Disco, Metal, Glitter and Magic – the #1 Party Band, Tragedy has been surprising audiences who come for the novelty, but leave quite shocked and tickled. Described by Metal Rules as “the greatest heavy-metal-meets-disco party you could possibly wish for,” Tragedy will undoubtedly be scooping up tracks like “Cat Scratch Fever” and other feline-inspired songs for their set.

Originally hailing from Detroit but moving to NYC to get into the music biz,Cougrr a.k.a. “Korby” played the corporate and relationship game for years until cancer struck at 40. Now, she’s taken back control of her life by captivating young men with her scorching rock and her new single “Year of the Cock.” https://iamcougrr.com/home

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Just a short stroll from the Convention Center and the historic Asbury Park Boardwalk, The Asbury Hotel has partnered with CPCC, offering discounted rates for the weekend of the convention for registered attendees. Information on promotional codes for discounted booking will be available on the Catsbury Park website: www.catsburyconvention.com.

April 2018’s two-day event drew over 5,000 attendees from all over the country and raised over $40,000 that was donated to Catsbury Park, The Brodie Fund, Humane Society Tinton Falls, Jersey Shore Animal Foundation, Camden County Shelter, Paul the Cat Guy, North Shore Animal League and Asbury Park Boardwalk Cats. “We were completely overwhelmed by last year’s success,” says DJ Bornschein, founder of Catsbury Park. “It was always our goal to bring a fun, entertaining and educational event to the community of cat lovers that have always supported Catsbury Park, but last year exceeded our expectations.”

The Catsbury Park Cat Convention is proudly hosted and organized by Catsbury Park, a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue based in Asbury Park and is honored to be partnered with The Brodie Fund, Milo’s Sanctuary, Jersey Shore Animal Foundation, and the Associated Humane Society of Tinton Falls as our chosen beneficiaries in 2019. As with the 2018 event, 100% of the profits will be donated to Catsbury Park and our partner charities.

General Admission Tickets – On sale now
General Admission ticket prices: www.catsburyconvention.com

Adult
One Day $25
Weekend $45

Kids
One Day $15
Weekend $25

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GA tickets include access to Convention Hall (home of the vendor village, cat lounge & bars), and all presentations, seminars, activities and performances in Paramount Theatre & The Wonder Bar during convention hours (Saturday 10am – 7pm & Sunday 11am – 5pm).

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Pet Partners Launches New Chapter in Southern California

To manage the Southern California Chapter, it has added two new members to its staff.

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Tedd Rosenfeld and Kevin Lian

(PRESS RELEASE) BELLEVUE, WA – Pet Partners, the nation’s leading organization in registering therapy animals for animal-assisted interventions, announced the launch of its new chapter, Pet Partners of Southern California, designed to meet the growing demand for therapy animal teams throughout the area. Southern California will be home to the first of four newly established Pet Partners chapters and will combine the opportunities available in the local community with the best practices put in place by Pet Partners International Headquarters, while also serving as an extension of existing Pet Partners community-based groups.

“As Pet Partners, and the demand for therapy animal visits, continues to grow, we are committed to dedicating more localized resources across the country to organize and guide our volunteers,” said Annie Peters, president and CEO of Pet Partners. “With the formation of the Southern California Chapter, our dedicated volunteers will be empowered to more directly focus their efforts on sharing the love of their pets with those in need.”

To manage the Southern California Chapter, Pet Partners has added two new members to its staff.

Kevin Lian will hold the title of executive director of Pet Partners of Southern California. He comes to Pet Partners with extensive knowledge in staff leadership and development, finance management, and donor relations, having most recently worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley. Lian is a graduate of UC Irvine, where he received his BA in sociology. If you are part of a business or organization in the Southern California area and would like more information about the healing power of therapy animals, Lian can be reached at kevinl@petpartners.org.

Tedd Rosenfeld will serve as the Pet Partners program manager for Pet Partners of Southern California. He brings more than 35 years of experience in the broadcast television industry. For the past 18 years, Rosenfeld has volunteered with Pet Partners as an evaluator and handler. He played a major role in establishing therapy animal programs in several Los Angeles hospitals. If you live in the Southern California area and are interested in the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program, you can reach Rosenfeld at teddr@petpartners.org.

“With their previous experience and passion for animal-assisted therapy, Kevin and Tedd are the ideal candidates to kick off our chapter program,” said Peters. “We are thrilled to have them on our team and look forward to everything they will accomplish in their new roles.”

Therapy animals, such as those who participate in the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program, provide affection and comfort to members of the public, typically in facility settings such as hospitals, assisted living, and schools. These pets have a special aptitude for interacting with members of the public and enjoy doing so. Therapy animal handlers volunteer their time to visit with their animals in the community.

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Portland Pet Food Company to Distribute in East Through Generation Pet

Generation Pet will immediately begin rolling out Portland Pet Food Company products.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Portland Pet Food Company, manufacturer of all-natural, human-grade food and treats for dogs announced it has begun distribution with Generation Pet in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

“From coast to coast, Generation Pet strives to bring the best for your pet. That’s why we chose the Portland Pet Food Company,” said Doug John, owner of Generation Pet.

Generation Pet will immediately begin rolling out Portland Pet Food Company products to the over 700 stores it services throughout its territories, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New York.

“Speaking for all of us at Portland Pet Food Company, we are thrilled to expand distribution to meet the growing demand for our products,” said Kathleen McCarron, Portland Pet Food Company founder and Top Dog. “We are pleased to have partnered with the Generation Pet team and know their management team is committed to our brand’s success.”

Portland Pet Food Company creates “Human Food for Dogs.” Founded in 2014 by Portlander McCarron and son Matt, the business has grown into a family affair with husband David and daughter Mairead lending their expertise as the company and staff have grown. Portland Pet Food Company currently cooks its own dog food, meal toppers and treats with future plans to expand its offerings. Five percent of sales are donated to local animal-related nonprofits. Portland Pet Food Company is a licensed pet food manufacturer that follows the recommendations of the American Association of Feed Control Officials. Company products are certified for export to Canada and other countries. Portland Pet Food Company is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise and Small Emerging Business. For more information, visit portlandpetfoodcompany.com.

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BAYDOG Expands Team with 2 New Members

The company has hired a new chief marketing officer and a social media & brand manager.

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Mikey Centrella and Morgan Foery

(PRESS RELEASE) The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company, BAYDOG brand of performance-oriented dog products, has welcomed two new employees to its team.

Mikey Centrella has joined The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company as the chief marketing officer. Centrella is digital marketing and communications expert who has helped global brands, nonprofits, universities, and arts institutions achieve success with digital branding, marketing and advertising. Over the past 18 plus years he has held VP roles with PR and advertising agencies such as Ogilvy, Publicis and AKQA, and has run digital campaigns for P&G, Citibank, General Mills and Discovery Channel. With his knowledge in social media marketing and branding, Centrella will be responsible for maximizing growth and establishing a strong digital presence for BAYDOG.

The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company has also hired Morgan Foery as its social media & brand manager. Foery is a social media strategist and designer with success in developing and building brand identity. Over the past five years, she has worked with startups such as Amy Believes in Pink Boutique, Kaeli Smith, Sea Dipped, and several independent influencers. Her work has been featured in J.Crew and Coastal Living, and on TLC. With her background in design and social media, Foery will be guiding BAYDOG’s content creation and brand identity.

“We are very excited to add Mikey and Morgan to our team,” said Barton O’Brien, founder of The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company. “They both bring a wealth of branding and social media knowledge to BAYDOG as we continue support our brick and mortar retail partners by building our overall brand awareness.”

Centrella concurred: “I’m thrilled to join the team and improve upon BAYDOG’s online experience to date. This brand, at its core, has a story that resonates with customers both online and in retail stores. Having been a Beagle owner for years, and recently getting a new Labrador retriever puppy, I know that when dogs are a central part of your family, you want the best for them. Everything in the BAYDOG line is designed to last and is reasonably priced, which is a refreshing change from what I’ve encountered in a lot of big-box pet stores.”

Foery mentioned: “I’m so excited to be joining BAYDOG and sharing stories of people adventuring with dogs. And I’m looking forward to working with the BAYDOG team and their customers — people who love their dogs as much as I do! It’s a great brand and I can’t wait to expand our social media presence.”

The Chesapeake Bay Dog Company launched in 2018 and is headquartered in Annapolis, MD. It is 100 percent veteran-owned and offers a full line of performance-oriented dog accessories. All products are 100 percent guaranteed and can be found in over 500 stores nationally and in Canada.

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