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Chicken Soup for the Soul Donates 40,000 Pounds to FL Shelters

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It was part of the Fill A Bowl … Feed A Soul program.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food donated nearly 40,000 pounds of its pet food in two Florida cities this week. The donations are part of the pet food company’s Fill A Bowl … Feed A Soul program, a national campaign aiming to provide 1 million meals for shelter pets annually.

Bark Avenue Healthy Pets in Vero Beach, FL, received 29,989 pounds, where owner Kelly Wood oversaw distribution to local shelters desperate for nutritious food to feed their pets.

Sarah Harrison, owner of the Hound’s Meow in Lutz, FL, helped to organize a 9,495-pound donation to help feed animals in the Tampa area.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul’s FABFAS program was created to help feed pets in need nationwide,” said CEO Chris Mitchell. “We work closely with our independent pet specialty retailers to identify rescue organizations in their area where our food can have a real impact. We believe that every pet should enjoy the benefits of premium nutrition. Healthy pets are happy pets and more readily adoptable.”

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“We are so grateful to Chicken Soup For The Soul Pet Food for letting Bark Avenue Healthy Pets help many of the small forgotten local rescues,” Wood said. “These rescues rely entirely on donations for food, medical and foster parents. Because of their generous donation of nearly 30,000 pounds of pet food, we were able to help distribute food and lighten the load to the following rescues: Doberman Rescue of Lake Placid, The Cat Coalition of WPB, For The Love of Paws in Fellsmere, S.P.A.Y.L.E.E. in Fort Meyers, Noah’s Ark in Fort Myers, Sebring Angles in Sebring, C.A.R.E.S Rescue in Brooksville and Venice Doberman Rescue. These groups are volunteer run and do it for the love of pets. We love Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food and their commitment to the independents!”

“We are so happy to be part of this effort to bring healthy food to pets in need in Tampa Bay,” Harrison said. “We feel it is so important to support organizations that help pets find loving and responsible pet parents. We are also so proud to be partners with great companies like Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food that make nutritious pet food and give back to pets in need.”

Hope Helps All and Lost Angels both small, independent rescue organizations located in Tampa will be receiving some of the donation as well as the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

“The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is very grateful for the generosity of Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food! The food will help fill the tummies of many unwanted dogs and cats that we accept at our shelter. Caring sponsors like them help us care for even more animals!” said Pam Backer, director of Shelter Operations.

“We are so pleased to be able to help Tampa with this donation. We know the food will be put to good use within a community that has received a rise in animal intake since Hurricane Irma hit,” Mitchell said.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food recently distributed more than 110,000 pounds to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and has donated approximately 1.5 million nutritious meals to pets in need nationwide since beginning this initiative in June 2016.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul understands the unique relationship between people and pets. Health conscious consumers have been feeding their cats and dogs Chicken Soup for the Soul wholesome and balanced, super premium pet food for over 15 years. Holistic in nature, the entire line of products is made from only the finest ingredients: real meats (chicken, turkey, duck and salmon), fruits, vegetables and herbs. With no added corn, wheat, soy, artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives, Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food is

inspired by your love for pets, and promotes overall health and well-being for dogs and cats. The products are proudly made in the USA, and feature rescued shelter pets on every bag. Core and grain-free formulas and a line of treats are available in independent pet specialty stores nationwide and online.

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food goes to help shelters and pets in need through Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Fill-a-Bowl … Feed-a-SoulTM program. The program which was launched in association with the American Humane aims to provide a million meals to shelter pets annually.

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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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