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Oxbow Animal Health Announces 2019 Rescue Grant Winners

Recipient organizations will receive funding and donations totalling nearly $25,000.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Oxbow Animal Health has announced the recipients of its 2019 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grants. The 10 recipient organizations will receive funding and donations totalling nearly $25,000 for a variety of projects and programs that benefit the welfare of small animals throughout the United States and Canada. Grant winners are chosen for excellence in the areas of educational outreach, public awareness, and project impact.

The 2019 Oxbow Rescue Grant Recipients are:

  • Toronto Humane Society – Toronto, Ontario
  • The Rabbit Haven – Scotts Valley, CA
  • The Raptor Trust – Millington, NJ
  • Minnesota Pocket Pet Rescue – St. Paul, MN
  • Bunnies and Beyond – New York, NY
  • Arizona Animal Welfare League – Phoenix, AZ
  • Second Chance Wildlife Center – Mount Washington, KY
  • Hops-A-Lot Rabbit Rescue – Haines City, FL
  • Central Missouri Humane Society – Columbia, MO
  • The Bunny Bunch – Montclair, CA

“On behalf of the entire Oxbow family, it is my honor to congratulate the 2019 Oxbow Rescue Grant recipients,” said John Miller, president and founder of Oxbow Animal Health. “Small animal rescue organizations and wildlife rehabilitators are the guardian angels of animals in need and Oxbow is humbled to support the work of these amazing organizations,”

“We are thrilled beyond belief at being chosen as recipients of a 2019 Oxbow Rescue Grant,” said Ronald Haley, president of Hops-A-Lot Rabbit Rescue in Haines City, FL. “This grant will allow us to purchase and provide a shed/barn for the rabbits to be housed in while waiting for forever homes (we currently rely on foster homes only). We were afraid this would be an impossible goal for a small rescue such as ours. Now, we will be able to help the community with greater rescue efforts. Thank you for such incredible generosity!”

“The Toronto Humane Society is thrilled to have won a $1,500 grant from Oxbow Animal Health,” said Stephanie Ratcliff, development manager for corporate partnerships. “We care for a variety of small animals every year, such as rabbits, mice, gerbils, Guinea pigs, and many more. This product donation will go a long way in helping us make sure they are all comfortable, well fed, happy, and enriched while they wait to find their forever homes.”

“At 6,002 bird admits, 2018 was a record-breaker for The Raptor Trust,” said Ashlee Adams, director of development. “Food costs for so many injured and orphaned wild birds comprised 69 percent of our total bird rehabilitation budget. Quality food is important, not only because it provides high-protein nourishment, but it also helps teach the young how to survive on their own in the wild. It is critical to our mission. On behalf of all of us at The Raptor Trust, we are very grateful to Oxbow Animal Health for their help in our wildlife conservation efforts.”

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“Bunny Bunch Rabbit Rescue is ecstatic about receiving the 2019 Oxbow grant,” said Caroline Charland, president and founder. We are currently seeking donations for a building to open our third location “Bunny Bunch Los Angeles” so we will have a place in Los Angeles County for rescue, adoption and education. Many more lives will be saved. Thank you, Oxbow!

“The Rabbit Haven is thrilled to receive a $1,000 grant award from Oxbow’s Rescue Grant Program,” said Heather Bechtel, founder and director. “We plan to put the $1,000.00 in products to use by stocking our 70-plus foster sites with Critical care and other products needed to care for our rabbits. We are 100 percent foster based. Thank you to Oxbow Animal Health.”

Applications for the 2020 Oxbow Rescue Grants will be accepted from June 1 through Aug. 31, 2020, for small animal rescue and rehabilitation projects throughout the United States and Canada.

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Cat Writers Conference Looking for Speakers

It’s set for July 16-18 in Woodbridge, NJ.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Cat Writers’ Association announced its call for speakers for its 26th annual conference and awards banquet at the APA Hotel in Woodbridge, NJ, July 16-18, 2020.

The association is looking for industry leaders, motivators and creative talents to present dynamic and educational sessions. CWA is seeking proposals for sessions, workshops and panels that will inspire, motivate and empower attendees. Proposals are accepted for various forms of written, visual and audio media platforms to further all stages of their careers and business development. Emphasis will be put on speakers who may have not spoken at a CWA conference before, or those with new content.

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Examples of topics, include but are not limited to: how to pitch agents and editors, making career moves that lead to increased income, publishing in all its aspects (print and e-books, magazines, online, etc.), grammar tips, editing skills, social media growth and development, tips on column, anthology, or fiction writing and back-to-basics skill workshops.

Proposals will also be welcomed on topics such as: smartphone photography and videography, workshops on how to use photo editing and digital design programs for social media platforms, effective podcast or public speaking, using humor to educate, communicating with cat-speak and casual language and more.

CWA is an organization devoted to sharing positive and relevant communications and information about anything cat-related to the general public; sessions do not have to specifically pertain to cats. CWA welcomes a variety of sessions, some of them cat-centric in nature, but for the most part, sessions should be able to stand on their own, educating and informing in a general sense.

The CWA is a nonprofit organization and is unable to offer monetary compensation for travel or presenting. Speakers receive a ticket to the full conference venue as well as one-night hotel room accommodations at the host hotel. The deadline is Jan. 31, 2020.

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NutriSource Pet Foods Funds Hospital’s First Ever Facility Dog

Rocket went through years of advanced, specialized training allowing him to be present during medical procedures.

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(PRESS RELEASE) At M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, young patients met the hospital’s newest staff member who will to help them take medicine, relax during anxious moments, encourage them to walk after surgery and offer support and affection during medical procedures.

Rocket, presented by NutriSource is a golden retriever and the first and only full-time facility dog to join the team at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

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Rocket will help support children and families during hospitalizations and clinic visits. Rocket was formally introduced to the hospital during a short program on Dec. 5. The staff position was made possible by community support and a generous gift of $250,000 from NutriSource Pet Foods.

Chase Rasmussen and Tina (Nelson) Rasmussen of Nutrisource Pet Foods, Chris Lemme and Anna Dressel of M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic — something other therapy dogs visiting the hospital are not able to do.

“There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our children. The bond between pets and kids is extra special,” said KLN Family Brands President Charlie Nelson. “In addition to our mission to provide nutritious and healthy food for our four-legged family members, we are proud to support the great work at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital by funding the Nutrisource Facility Dog Program.”

“We want to extend a huge thank you to KLN Family Brands for their generosity and support to help launch the Nutrisource Facility Dog Program at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital,” said Anna Dressel, Child Life Coordinator – Facility Dog Program at the hospital. “Rocket has only been at the hospital for a total of seven days yet he has already had a huge impact on patients, families and staff.”

Based in Perham, MN, NutriSource produces dry dog and cat food kibble along with semi-moist pet treats. The family owned and operated company was founded in 1964 by Darrell “Tuffy” Nelson and his son, current CEO Kenny Nelson. The company recently completed a $35 million grinding, mixing and storage bin expansion as well as an $18 million investment in a fourth extruder adding 50,000 additional annual tons of capacity. By the end of 2020, a new state-of-the-art $65 million dog and cat treat manufacturing facility will be up and running in Delano, MN as their manufacturing footprint continues to grow.”

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Pet Parade App Now Offers Coupons

It’s a mobile online solution to drive new in-store customer traffic.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Good Boy Studios, a global marketing technology company devoted to the pet space, recently announced the launch of the Pet Parade Mobile Plus Marketing Program, a mobile online solution to drive new in-store customer traffic. Through this service, Good Boy Studios adds to its suite of digital marketing tools for its social media app, Pet Parade. Catering to Pet Parade’s pet-owner-only audience, this unique sharing and shopping platform engages millions of pet parents as they celebrate the love of their pets.

With the Pet Parade Platform, brand partners can sponsor pet-focused lifestyle categories on Pet Parade and offer exclusive online discounts and savings to Pet Parade’s audience of millions of targeted pet owners. And now, with the introduction of the Pet Parade Mobile Plus features, pet marketers can offer mobile coupons and rebates that are instantly redeemable at local specialty pet stores, regional chains, or national retailers.

“We’re extremely excited to offer this new marketing program for our brand partners to drive traffic to their retail partners which remains their number one priority and biggest sales channel,” commented Viva Chu, CEO and co-founder of Good Boy Studios. “With the launch of our Mobile Plus Solution, we are solving the dreaded paper trail of traditional print out coupons for both our brand and retail partners. With these new features, Pet Paraders will save instantly at their favorite local pet store by unlocking coupons and scanning receipts with the Pet Parade mobile app.”

The Pet Parade Mobile Plus Platform takes care of all the details, including targeted mobile coupon distribution, tracking redemption rates, and reimbursements made directly to the consumer or participating retail partners. In addition to driving new customers to visit their local, regional or national retailer, the Pet Parade Mobile Plus Platform enables real-time mobile feedback on their purchase and retail store experience.

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