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CEO of Company of Animals Is Stepping Down

He founded the firm in 1979.

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Company of Animals founder and CEO Dr. Roger Mugford announced that he will step down as CEO of the organization in the spring to grow his new venture, Animal Insights Limited.

Paul Nolan, formerly operations director at Company of Animals, will move into the CEO role, the company stated in a press release.

Mugford, who is a pioneer in animal behavioral therapy and a prolific animal welfare advocate, will continue to work closely with Company of Animals, which he founded in 1979.

His new business venture “sets out to break new ground in the development of pet training products and will sit within his wider business portfolio,” according to the release.

Nolan, whose operations expertise led the business to improve its global supply chain, also held the role of CEO for the company’s U.S. division.

Commenting on his appointment, Nolan said: “Over the years, Roger has been instrumental in leading Company of Animals to international success, including creating the multi award-winning Halti Headcollar, while also achieving a great deal for animal welfare and other causes close to his heart.

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“Company of Animals is an incredibly exciting and dynamic organisation and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take on the role of CEO and build on the success of the business that Roger founded 40 years ago.”

Since launching in 2017, PETS+ has won 16 major international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact PETS+'s editors at editor@petsplusmag.com.

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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