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The pet industry has been generous this year.

2017 may have brought some of the worst weather we’ve seen, and it may have seen a continued need to support shelters and other animal welfare organizations, but the pet industry rose to the occasion. Manufacturers and retailers alike jumped into action after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. And they continued their support of helping local and regional organizations.

We list below all the contributions we could find in our archives in 2017. If we’ve left you out, let us know and we’ll add you to the honor roll: Email editor@petsplusmag.com a one- or two-sentence explanation of your charitable efforts or acts of kindness that includes the amount donated — whether that be in pounds, dollars or man hours — as well as the name and location of your pet business.

Now, on with the honor roll:

  • American Humane Association’s animal first responders deployed in Texas to provide rescue rigs, rescue staff, and trained first responder volunteers.
  • American Pet Products Association coordinated more than 1,200 manufacturers to solicit donations and supplies, and to assist in hurricane relief.
  • American Veterinary Medical Association contributed $100,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
  • Barkworthies helped place more than 100 shelter dogs in their forever homes in Chicago, IL, and Austin, TX, as part of the brand’s Chews Rescue shelter campaign, covering over $22,000 in adoption costs over the last weekend of April.
  • Canidae Pet Food partnered with SaveARescue, delivering 25,000 units of dog and cat food to Texas shelters.
  • Caru Pet Food donated 348 cases of food to shelters in need, providing more than 4,000 meals for needy dogs in Texas and Florida.
  • Champion Petfoods, with distributor Bark To Basics, donated thousands of pounds of Orijen and Acana pet food to Harvey-impacted animals.
  • Chicken Soup For The Soul Pet Food and American Humane delivered 100,000 pounds of dog and cat food to Texas and Louisiana. Additionally, as part of its Fill A Bowl … Feed a Soul initiative, the company donated 40,000 pounds to Florida shelters.
  • Dog Daycares Supporting Houston’s Pets Youcaring campaign had raised $21,000 as of press time for Lone Star Animal Welfare League.
  • Ethical Products earmarked truckloads of dog and cat beds to help animal welfare agencies that rescued and cared for pets that were left homeless due to Harvey.
  • Fluff & Tuff held a monthlong social media campaign to raised 745 toy donations.
  • Katie’s Pet Products gave 10 percent of all sales from Sept. 10-17 to Best Friends Animal Society efforts in Florida.
  • Kaytee donated pet and wild bird food to shelters in impacted areas.
  • Lucy Pet Foundation provided veterinary care and flew 70 adoptable cats and dogs from Texas animal shelters to California, with none other than Katy-born Renee Zellweger helping with the efforts.
  • Manna Pro sent $150,000 in pet products to animal-welfare organizations in Houston; matched employee donations to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Red Cross and Houston SPCA; and donated more than 20,000 Nutri-Vet items.
  • Mars Petcare sponsored National Disaster Search Dog Foundation teams and coordinated with GreaterGood.org Rescue Bank.
  • Mars Petcare deployed sponsored canine search and rescue teams from National Disaster Search Dog Foundation to Texas. The company coordinated with GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program to send more than 40,000 pounds of food.
  • One Fur All donated 20 percent of online sales Sept. 20-30 to Best Friends Animal Society and SPCA of Texas.
  • Oxbow Animal Health, through its Sharing Our Garden Animal Rescue Giveback, donated $6,000 to six shelters across the U.S.
  • Pawluxury, a manufacturer of wholesome chews and treats, donated 20 pallets of rawhide, equaling a retail value of $59,000, to rescue dogs affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
  • Pawtree donated two weeks’ worth of pet food to feed the estimated 5,000 pets displaced due to Hurricane Harvey.
  • Pet Food Experts partnered with Bentley’s Pet Stuff, Bad Dog Frida and other stores to ship pet food to Texas shelters. Additionally, the company sent more than 40,000 pounds of cat and dog food to Puerto Rico.
  • Pet Industry Wholesalers — including Auburn Leathercrafters, Cat Dancer, A Tail We Could Wag, Luxe Pets, Scout & Zoe’s, Earth Heart, The Good Dog Company, Aroma Paws, Olly Dog, Animal Rescue Fund Muncie and Paws Stop Indianapolis — donated products to Hurricane Irma Shelters for Pets via Patrick Caprez, owner of Natural Cravings Pet Treats, and Cindy Dunston Quirk, owner of Scout and Zoe’s.
  • Pet Leadership Council partnered with GreaterGood.org to manage distribution of items from PLC members to areas impacted by hurricanes.
  • Pet Sitters International raised $20,010 for SPCA of Texas/Hurricane Harvey relief.
  • Petco Foundation committed $2.3 million with product donations or grant support to nearly 20 organizations affected directly by Harvey.
  • Petland Inc. kicked off its new charitable giving organization, Petland Charities, at its flagship store in Chillicothe, OH, raising funds for the local Humane Society and the local K9 unit.
  • Petmate sent supplies to Dallas-Fort Worth shelters and rescues, as well as to the MuttNation and Jackson Galaxy foundations working in the Houston area. The company also sent boxes of dog and cat toys to me, which went to El Gato Coffeehouse Cat Cafe, Friends for Life and K-9 Angels Rescue in Houston.
  • Pets Best added a call to action on its website, sending visitors to Austin Pets Alive! to make donations.
  • PetSmart Charities allocated $1 million in emergency relief to help families and pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Phillips Pet Food & Supplies provided storage and delivery of donated items in and from its Arlington, TX, facility; it also donated crates for transport.
  • Posh Pet Hotel in West Palm Beach, FL, donated three truckloads of dog food, diapers, cages etc. to the people in Houston.
  • Puppy Parties NYC raised $2,000 for Austin Pets Alive!, with help from donated raffle items from Poochieboots and other brands.
  • Pura Naturals Pet partnered with Karma Rescue to fly 34 adoptable dogs from Texas shelters to California.
  • Purina donated 1,900 pounds of pet food and 6,000 pounds of cat litter to the Humane Society of Greater Miami; pet food, litter and probiotic supplements to Rescue Bank; and $50,000 to GreaterGood.org for Harvey and Irma relief.
  • Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique in New York, NY, donated proceeds from the 27th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for the maintenance and upkeep of the newly restored Tompkins Square Dog Run.
  • Simba’s Barkery in Dallas, TX, sent 50 percent of its profits Aug. 27-Sept. 10 to Houston rescues.
  • Sitstaygo in Montclair, NJ, is donating a portion of sales through the holidays to Houston SPCA.
    Solvit sent 1,500 pet bowls and 400 pet food storage bags to Houston SPCA.
  • Spectrum Brands donated flashlights, insect repellent, and pet grooming and care products to relief organizations.
  • Swanky Paws Pet Spa in Lawrenceville, GA, offered a Spa for a Cause Hurricane Package, with profits going to rescues in Texas and Florida.
  • Treatibles, an industry leader in PCR hemp wellness products for pets, donated nearly 300 pounds of chews to rescue organizations helping pets in Florida, Texas and California.
  • Tropiclean Pet Products sent products to the San Antonio Humane Society, National Disaster Dogs and the FEMA Task Force.
  • Tuffy’s Pet Foods raised more than $15,000 (as of press time) for Corridor Rescue’s relief efforts in Houston.
  • Van Ness Pet Products donated $1,000 worth of pet beds to the Montclair (NJ) Township Animal Shelter.
  • Vitakraft Sunseed donated 2,000 pounds of bird and small animal food and hay bedding.
  • Wag Central in Stratford, CT, raised $900 for U.S. Humane Society’s Harvey relief.
  • WellPet sent volunteers and 30 pallets of food and treats to the Houston area; donated $10,000 through its Foundation to American Red Cross and Austin Pets Alive!; matched $5,000 in employee donations; and reimbursed and donated food to employees who fostered or adopted a Harvey pet.
  • Your Hipster Pet in Houston washed nearly 100 Harvey-displaced dogs at George R. Brown Convention Center’s emergency shelter.
  • Worldwise made a monetary donation to Hurricane Harvey Humane Society relief, and employees donated $1,600. The company also sent Sherpa carriers and boxes of dog and cat toys that went to El Gato Coffeehouse Cat Cafe, Friends for Life and K-9 Angels Rescue in Houston.

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Dog Wanted: DOGTV Seeks Chief Puppy Officer

The winning candidate could become Instafamous.

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LOS ANGELES — DOGTV, a 24/7 digital TV channel for dogs, announced that it is looking for dog candidates to serve as the first-ever Chief Puppy Officer this year.

“We are thrilled to offer pet parents this unique chance to make their dog a pet influencer on Instagram,” said Beke Lubeach, general manager at DOGTV. “We’ve partnered with several popular social media influencers to provide the CPO’s dog parent with insight, tips, and training to help grow their pet’s Instagram account. This is our first time selecting a CPO and we look forward to working with the winner to spread the word about bringing joy to pups through DOGTV.”

The full benefits awarded for the dog selected as CPO include:

To be considered for the role of CPO, applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a pup of any age.
  • Be a fan of DOGTV.
  • Have an Instagram account (or their person needs to be willing to create one).
  • Love their human unconditionally and live to make them happy.

This contest coincides with DOGTV’s first-ever puppy takeover, called Puppies Gone Wild. During the week leading up to the Big Game on Feb. 2, puppies are taking over the channel. DOGTV is accepting applications for the CPO from now through Saturday, Feb. 1, at DOGTV.com/puppies. Applicants are encouraged to have their family and friends vote to increase their chances of being selected as the CPO. The identity of the dog selected to serve in this role will be revealed on DOGTV’s Instagram on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

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Feds Consider Cracking Down on Emotional Support Animals on Flights

Under proposed rules, only dogs could be classified as service animals.

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation is considering a set of rules under which emotional support animals would no longer be classified as service animals.

The rules are intended to “ensure that individuals with disabilities can continue using their service animals while also reducing the likelihood that passengers wishing to travel with their pets on aircraft will be able to falsely claim their pets are service animals,” according to a press release from the department.

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The Washington Post notes that the proposed rules “narrow the definition of service animal to dogs that have received individualized training to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.” A psychiatric service animal would be classified as a service animal “and require the same training and treatment of psychiatric service animals as other service animals,” according to the department.

Department of Transportation officials “noted that the proposed rule doesn’t prohibit people from flying with emotional support animals but the decision will be left to the airlines,” according to the Post.

The agency is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to its Air Carrier Access Act regulation on the transportation of service animals by air.

The department proposes to:

  • Define a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability;
  • No longer consider an emotional support animal to be a service animal;
  • Consider a psychiatric service animal to be a service animal and require the same training and treatment of psychiatric service animals as other service animals;
  • Allow airlines to require forms developed by DOT attesting to a service animal’s good behavior, certifying the service animal’s good health, and if taking a long flight attesting that the service animal has the ability to either not relieve itself, or can relieve itself in a sanitary manner;
  • Allow airlines to require passengers with a disability who are traveling with a service animal to check-in at the airport one hour prior to the travel time required for the general public to ensure sufficient time to process the service animal documentation and observe the animal;
  • Require airlines to promptly check-in passengers with service animals who are subject to an advanced check-in process;
  • Allow airlines to limit the number of service animals traveling with a single passenger with a disability to two service animals;
  • Allow airlines to require a service animal to fit within its handler’s foot space on the aircraft;
  • Continue to allow airlines to require that service animals be harnessed, leashed, tethered, or otherwise under the control of its handler;
  • Continue to allow airlines to refuse transportation to service animals that exhibit aggressive behavior and that pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others; and
  • Continue to prohibit airlines from refusing to transport a service animal solely on the basis of breed.

The department’s notice can be found here. Comments must be received within 60 days of the notice, which was issued Jan. 22.

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US Pet Food Spending Falls to $28.9B

The segment accounts for 37% of total US pet spending.

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Pet food spending in the U.S. fell by 7.3 percent in 2018 to $28.85 billion, according to the Pet Business Professor blog.

The $2.27 billion decrease stood in contrast to 2017, when food spending grew by $4.6 billion “due to a deeper market penetration of super premium foods,” the blog’s John Gibbons writes.

A small increase in pet food spending had been anticipated in 2018. The unexpected decrease “was likely due to the reaction to the FDA warning on grain free dog food,” Gibbons explained, noting: “A pattern of over 20 years was broken by 1 statement.”

Pet food spending has been choppy since 1997, with the general pattern being “2 years up then spending goes flat or turns downward for a year,” according to the blog.

Total pet spending in the U.S. climbed by 1.9 percent in 2018 to reach $78.6 billion, according to the blog. The pet food segment accounts for 37 percent of total U.S. pet spending.

 

 

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