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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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High-Protein Meat-Free Dog Food Debuts at SuperZoo

It incorporates yeast proteins.

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LAS VEGAS — Wild Earth Inc. has launched what it calls “the industry’s first line of high-protein, meat-free dog food” at the SuperZoo Conference in Las Vegas.

The food will be available in independent pet food retailers nationwide starting in September, with United Pacific Pet serving as the exclusive distributor in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. The product can also be purchased online at https://wildearth.com.

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“The effects of meat production on the environment are well-documented and utterly unsustainable, and pet food is a large part of the problem. The irony is that there is a better way, dogs can thrive on a clean, plant-based diet,” said Wild Earth CEO Ryan Bethencourt. “When we set out to make the healthiest food for our pets and the environment, we knew we had to look past meat. We’re of course also animal lovers, so kind, cruelty-free nutrition that avoids lab animal testing is of utmost importance to us.”

Wild Earth states that its pet food “replaces factory-farmed meat with yeast proteins that provide the 10 essential amino acids that dogs require without the harmful effects of meat production.”

According to a press release:

Wild Earth’s clean protein formula is the industry’s first dog food that uses yeast protein as the main ingredient, a unique, major source of dietary fiber that’s absent in animal meat and highly lacking in conventional dog foods. Thus, the formula provides a clean protein source with an added nutritional boost.

The veterinarian-developed food offers 31% complete proteins in every scoop and a natural umami (meaty) taste that dogs love. By utilizing 100% purposeful ingredients — oats, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, blueberries, pumpkin, spinach — dogs are treated to healthy fibers, vitamins, antioxidants, chloride and potassium. And these sources provide energy, heart health, immune system support, better digestion and nutrient absorption, among other key benefits. There are also no artificial preservatives or flavors and no corn, soy or rice in Wild Earth’s formula.

Wild Earth has secured more than $16 million in funding thus far, including a Series A round led by VegInvest announced earlier this year and $550,000 from Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and judge on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

“I invested in Wild Earth because they have the potential to transform the Pet Food industry just like Beyond Meat has transformed the meat industry,” said Cuban. “The release of their first flagship product, a clean, high protein dog food, is a huge milestone for the whole pet food industry.”

Yeast-based proteins are approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as safe for dogs.

“A common misconception is that dogs need animal meat in their diet, but what they truly need is protein. And protein is readily available to dogs from a variety of plant and fungi-based sources. In fact, many would be surprised to learn that the fungal proteins used by Wild Earth contain more protein per gram than beef,” said Wild Earth Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Ernie Ward.

Representatives from Wild Earth will be available at this year’s SuperZoo conference, booth #565.

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Bayer to Sell Animal Health Business in $7.6B Deal

The deal will double Elanco’s companion animal business.

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GREENFIELD, IN — Elanco Animal Health Inc. plans to acquire Bayer AG’s animal health business in a $7.6 billion deal.

The transaction “will create the second-largest animal health leader,” according to a press release from Elanco (NYSE:ELAN). It will double Elanco’s companion animal business.

“This combination will join two complementary animal health-focused entities previously under the human pharma umbrella into a dedicated company focused on delivering for farmers, veterinarians and pet owners,” said Jeffrey N. Simmons, president and CEO of Elanco. “It creates increased speed, attention and investment to bring customers greater access and options at a variety of price points to make a difference in the lives of animals.

“We look forward to adding Bayer Animal Health’s employees’ breadth of expertise. Ultimately, we believe these increased capabilities and knowledge will allow us to better support the veterinarian, creating a bridge between the pet owner and the veterinarian where relationships don’t exist today.”

Bayer AG’s CEO, Werner Baumann, said: “Our Animal Health business is among the pioneers of this sector, having built up an attractive portfolio and secured well-established market positions in the companion and farm animal segments. And now, the combination with Elanco will give rise to a leading competitor in the animal health industry, benefiting customers, employees and shareholders alike.”

Elanco will finance the transaction through both cash and equity. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions,

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78 Animals Rescued From Fire at Pet Resort

Some pets were treated for smoke inhalation.

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Firefighters rescued 78 animals from a fire at Pet Paradise, a pet resort in Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday.

Dogs and cats were taken to local veterinary clinics in the area to be treated for smoke inhalation, CBS 19 News reported. (Watch a CBS 19 News video about the fire below.)

The Daily Progress reported that about 10 animals were in critical condition. Some animals were being taken to the Greenbrier Emergency Animal Hospital, and some were going to shelters and foster homes.

In a message on its website Monday morning, Pet Paradise Charlottesville stated:

Our management team continues to be focused on ensuring the safety of all the pets at Pet Paradise Charlottesville after this emergency. As of this morning, we have contacted all the owners and notified them of their pets locations. The pets previously reported in critical condition are now in stable condition and being cared for by local veterinary hospitals. We currently have 2 cats and 1 dog that escaped during the emergency last night. Our team members spent the night searching for these pets and our number one priority is locating them and safely returning them to our owners. Our efforts today will be focused on locating these pets.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at about 6:25 p.m. and had extinguished it by 8 p.m. One firefighter was taken to the hospital after suffering heat-related injuries, according to CBS 19.

It’s still unknown what caused the fire.

Watch a news video about the fire:

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