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NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo Wraps Up, Sets 2020 Date

It is scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) On Tuesday, April 30, the seventh annual NYC Re-tails & Sales Pet Expo took place and had the best event turnout to date. Hosted once again by Nancy Hassel of American Pet Professionals and Dana Humphrey of Whitegate PR, more than 200 attendees from the New York City and surrounding areas joined together at Home Studios Inc. near Union Square Park for this one-day boutique B2B tradeshow.

In previous years, the NYC Retails & Sales Pet Expo was exclusive to media, pet retailers, groomers, veterinarians, social media and pet influencers. However, this year for the first time, the event opened the doors to the public for special pet parent hours. During the last two hours of the show, pet parents were invited to attend the expo to shop for the latest pet products, as well partake in a very interesting panel discussion regarding one of the pet industry’s fastest-growing trends: CBD and holistic pet care.

“Every year has been a success with the NYC Re-tails and Sales Pet Expo. However, this year, there was an energy and excitement that felt much different than ever before,” said Dana Humphrey founder and president of Whitegate PR. “Our vendors and attendees had fantastic feedback about the day, and allowing pet parents to join us gave the expo an added layer of fun!”

CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, has had a surge in popularity over the past couple of years for people and pets which is why the CBD market is expected to hit $22 billion by 2022, according to the Brightfield Group, cannabis industry analysts.

“Pet retailers are jumping on board to this massive trend, which is why Dana and I decided to add a CBD panel at this year’s show,” said Nancy Hassel, founder and president of American Pet Professionals. “Valuable and crucial information was shared at the discussion for both pet industry professionals and pet owners. It was the perfect way to close out the day!”

Attendees gathered around to hear from industry experts, all of which were exhibitors at the show, during two panel sessions CBD 101 and the Business Side of CBD and Hemp. Panels included: Angela Ardolino from CBD Dog Health, Craig Henderson from Fetch/Extract Labs, Matt Terrill from Innovet Pet, Min An from Buzzin and Dee Rivera of LATINISTA Magazine (as moderator). Panel session two consisted of: Dr. Bob Goldstein of Earth Animal; Damian Dalla-Longo of Bona Vida, Steven Cron Benchmark Payment Networks, Rob Kovler of Animal Nutritional Products, and Glenn Polyn from PET AGE Magazine (as moderator). During each panel, attendees learned about hemp regulations and how to carry this exploding new category in their stores. Veterinarians and experts crafting CBD in the USA were available for cautious pet parents and professionals to get their questions answered about this natural product that helps calm pets from anxiety and other ailments, especially prone problems for urban pets!

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The vendor lineup included: Animal Nutritional Products, Benchmark Payment Networks, Bona Vida, Brutus Broth, Buzzn, CBD Dog Health, Don’t Forget Pocket Strap, Earth Animal, Emma Ko’s, Extract Labs/Fetch, Fairy Boss, Fluffygram, Green Coast Pet, Innovet Pet, NaturVet, NeVetica, Pet Smoochies, Pets Destiny, Ruffina, TwinCritters, Viachem, Wooftown’s brands: Baked Fresh and Home Cooked pet treats and food.

Mark your calendar for next year’s NYC Re-tails Sales Pet Expo, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

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Kittybelles “Pounce” Cat Toys from Huxley & Kent Launch at Global

It will feature 20 designs taking inspiration from the dog parody toys that Huxley & Kent sells under its Lulubelles brand.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Huxley & Kent, a wholesaler of fun and fashionable pet accessories for cats and dogs, announces the first toys to arrive in its new line of Kittybelles cat toys.. Kittybelles will feature 20 designs taking inspiration from the dog parody toys that Huxley & Kent sells under its Lulubelles brand.

Each plush Kittybelles toy will contain organic catnip, crinkle and is perfect for kitty pouncing and batting. All dyes pass the children’s safety standards. The initial launch will include four shapes of fish, six liquor bottles including tequila and whisky, sweets, hot sauce, birthday cake, a taco and more. Retail pricing will begin at $4.49.

“We have enjoyed the response that our retailers and consumers have had to our Lulubelles dog toys, so it was a natural extension of our brand to design Kittybelles cat toys. We are grateful to the many retailers that requested we branch out to cat and take our fun, whimsical ideas to this new segment” said Robin Kershner, founder of Huxley & Kent. “We look forward to launching these at Global Pet Expo.”

Huxley & Kent will be in booth 2454 at Global Pet Expo.

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry Debuts New Dog Breed Ring Collection

Includes 11 popular dog breed rings, all handcrafted in the USA from recycled sterling silver.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Dazzling Paws Jewelry is debuting a new dog breed ring collection, which includes 11 popular dog breed rings, all handcrafted in the USA from recycled sterling silver.

“I wanted to offer a new category of jewelry for dog breed lovers,” said Myra Westphal, Dazzling Paws president. “Taking our most popular selling dog breeds and designing them into everlasting ring creations is the next logical step for our breed line expansion.”

Uniquely handcrafted from the existing breed line. Dog lovers will discover: Australian Shepherd, Crouching Border Collie, Cavalier King Charles, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever with ducks, gaiting Papillon, Pembroke Corgi, and Siberian Husky. All of these new items may be purchased on their website just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Dazzling Paws Jewelry is dedicated to providing high-quality, designer, dog-themed jewelry for people who love dogs. Dazzling Paws Jewelry is handcrafted in the USA from recycled sterling silver. The Dazzling Paws Jewelry designer line includes: dog breeds with a unique flair, paw print and dog bone collections, personalized pet memorial jewelry, semi-precious and birthstone collection, dazzling canine design beads, as well as dog sports such as Agility, Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Lure Course Racing, Free Style and Flyball. Sterling silver jewelry includes: pendants, rings, toe rings, earrings, chains, beads, bracelets, pins, charm holders, and tie tacks.

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PAWS Act Coalition Hails Passage of Bill that Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence and their Pets

$2 million in USDA grants will be provided.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The PAWS Act Coalition, a group of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, lauded the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, which, for the first time, will provide $2 million in USDA grants to enable more domestic violence shelters to become pet-friendly so that victims of domestic violence and their pets may shelter and heal together. The grants come one year after the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act was authorized as part of the 2019 Farm Bill, which received bipartisan support in its passage.

“These new grants will help expand the network of domestic violence shelters which allow pets to accompany their families seeking safe shelter,” said Nina Leigh Krueger, president of Purina. “This is an important milestone in the coalition’s collective efforts to create safer communities for pets and pet owners, and Purina will remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting the bond between domestic abuse survivors and their pets by ensuring they can safely heal together.”

The PAWS Act Coalition would like to thank the original co-sponsors of the Pet and Women Safety Act for their leadership and commitment to its passage, especially the lead sponsors Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) and former Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). The coalition is also particularly grateful for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) for spearheading the effort to pass the bill by including its language in the Farm Bill.

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