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P.L.A.Y. Names Winner of Scholarship Competition

Claire Binfield from Las Vegas, NV, won this year’s competition.

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(PRESS RELEASE) P.L.A.Y., Pet Lifestyle and You, has announced the winner of its sixth annual scholarship competition, Scholars Helping Collars. Each year, P.L.A.Y. awards one $1,000 scholarship to the student who best exemplifies the company’s core animal rights beliefs and who best describes, through an essay entry, the impact he or she has made on animal welfare in his or her community. Claire Binfield from Las Vegas, NV, won this year’s competition for her work with researchers on marine life preservation along with her role as a volunteer puppy raiser with Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Binfield has always been passionate about marine life, so in 2014 she self-funded a two-week Girl Scout Destination trip to Costa Rica and Panama to work with researchers on sea turtle preservation. During the trip, she participated in nightly beach patrols to protect sea turtles while they laid eggs, cataloged nests, evaluated unhatched eggs, and even helped release 100 hatchling sea turtles to the ocean. While in Panama, she also completed her open-water scuba certification, which will allow her to continue her work in marine life preservation.

In 2015, Binfield embarked on another Girl Scout Destination trip to Texas, this time for a 10-day marine science camp where she helped build and install monofilament fishing line recycle containers at a local pier. Through this volunteer work, Binfield also learned how providing the recycle containers allows fishermen to responsibly dispose of used lines and hooks that could otherwise harm the aquatic wildlife. Through both of these trips, Binfield solidified her desire to pursue a career in marine animal rescue and ocean preservation.

Binfield’s passion for animals has also extended into her role as a volunteer puppy raiser for GBD, a nonprofit providing free guide dogs to the visually impaired. Raising guide dogs opened her eyes to how service dogs can impact people’s lives through providing increased mobility and independence. This inspired her to create a social media awareness campaign, “Octaves Journey,” in order to provide schools and businesses with information about properly training service dogs and ADA accessibility rights.

“Claire’s passion for preserving and advocating for animals in her local community and around the globe is bound to impact the world in her future career as a Marine Biologist,” said Deborah Feng co-founder of P.L.A.Y. “Her drive inspired us to award her this scholarship and we are excited to watch her succeed as she begins her studies at Mitchell College.”

In addition to Binfield’s first place $1,000 prize, P.L.A.Y. also selected second and third place winners. Camille Hoffman from Carlsbad, CA, was awarded second place and will be receiving a set of 10 Warm Bellies Special Edition Chill Pads from P.L.A.Y. to be donated to the animal shelter of her choice — the NoWorriesMovement. Yasmin Ballew from Manteca, CA received third place — Ballew will receive a five-piece Garden Fresh plush toy set from P.L.A.Y. to be donated to the shelter of her choosing, Animal Rescue Tracy.

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Winners were chosen from a pool of more than 370 applicants from across the country. Each essay was judged by P.L.A.Y. representatives using the following criteria:

• Compelling and engaging description of volunteer efforts and their impact on the personal life of the student

• Thematic consistency throughout the submission around the central thesis

• Proper spelling and grammar usage throughout the submission

To read Binfield’s winning essay, as well as the second and third place entries, visit petplay.com/scholarship/winners.

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PETS+ Wellness Summit Adjusts Dates, Location

Attendees requested a two-day conference, plus a more pet-friendly venue.

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The upcoming PETS+ Wellness Summit has adjusted its dates and location after considering feedback from registrants and exhibitors.

The Summit will now take place Oct. 1-2 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL, less than five minutes away from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The original schedule had the event starting one day earlier at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, IL.

The streamlined schedule better allows attendees to mix education with wholesale shopping for products, while reducing the amount of time they need to spend away from their businesses.

Meanwhile, the new venue allows easier access for visitors flying in for the Summit (including free shuttle buses from the airport), and is noted to be friendlier to those traveling with pets.

In a message explaining the changes, PETS+ Editor-in-Chief Ralf Kircher wrote, “We’re thrilled that [PETS+ readers] are as excited about the Summit as we are, and we’re glad that, among other constructive comments, it was suggested our original schedule might be too long to be away from your business. As a result of the feedback, we have tweaked the event in ways we believe will make it even more useful to you.”

What has not changed is the value of the education sessions, covering CBD, raw food, raw alternatives, supplements, healthy play, aging and partnering with local vets.

Learn more details about the PETS+ Wellness Summit and register at petsplusmag.com/summit.

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Oxyfresh Launching Pet Dental Kit

They will be at booth 3208.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Oxyfresh, a provider of safe, environmentally-friendly products for people and pets, is launching a Pet Dental Kit at SuperZoo. Stop by booth 3208 to learn how this kit will give pet parents all the tools they need to keep their pets’ mouths in tip-top shape; as well as check out their full line of premium pet dental health and grooming products created to help keep pets happy and healthy.

The Pet Dental Kit will include an: Unflavored Pet Toothpaste, Pet Fingerbrush, and Pet Dental Spray. Their fast-acting Pet Dental Spray and Pet Dental Gel Toothpaste is formulated to deliver cleaner teeth, remove plaque, condition and deodorize the gums, and provide the freshest pet breath possible.

“Supporting overall pet dental health can add years to a pet’s life. That’s why at Oxyfresh, we take dental care seriously,” expresses Tom Lunneborg, vice president of product development, “Our innovative Pet Dental Kit is an instant fresh breath, ultra-versatile, must-have dental health product for all pet parents. We are very excited to add this item to our product line and can’t wait to officially launch it at the highly anticipated SuperZoo tradeshow!”

Oxyfresh’s patented blend of Oxygene and aloe safely eliminates bacteria that cause bad pet breath while also removing plaque buildup and protecting sensitive pet gums. Unlike other brands, Oxyfresh’s Pet Dental Kit is completely tasteless and odorless so even the pickiest dogs and cats will love it. All of their innovative formulas are completely safe for both cats and dogs and are 100 percent non-toxic.

Oxyfresh’s mission is to create products that matter. They are passionate about ingredients and developing products that don’t need to cut corners. Products that help people and their pets live longer, happier lives with healthy smiles. Made in the USA, their broad portfolio of innovative products are alcohol-free, dye-free, gentle and effective and have been dentist and veterinarian recommended for 35 years and counting. oxyfresh.com

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Eddie Bauer PET – Adventure Returns at SuperZoo

Visit PetRageous Designs at booth 3859.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Eddie Bauer PET collection by PetRageous Designs is set and ready for adventures. The fall 2019 assortment will be available to ship in September and will be on display for Super Zoo attendees to explore. Visit PetRageous Designs at booth 3859 for a tour of this year’s new arrivals. This brand-new collection was developed off the success of the inaugural 2018 season.

Come experience the new styles of Eddie Bauer PET including innovative performance jackets, parkas and reversible vests. Discover an unmatched blend of function and fashion with new materials, novel designs and splashes of color. Explore our new sweater styles that offer a variety of knits across an array of color options. PetRageous Design’s eye for design and unmatched ability to combine function with the pet space has delivered another great collection of Eddie Bauer PET dog apparel.

This season, Eddie Bauer PET toys and travel accessories has been added to accompany dogs on their family journeys. The plush toy collection is a rustic assortment of squeak and crinkle toys for dogs to enjoy on the trail, at the campsite or when they arrive home from a day at play. Also new are versatile travel beds designed to quickly roll up for use in multiple locations. They are water resistant, machine washable and are affixed with a sturdy handle.

“Last year we had a marvelous launch of this collection that proved to satisfy the action-focused functional needs that healthy living and outdoor exploration demands of both pets and pet owners,” said Gretchen George, president of PetRageous Designs. “In collaboration with Eddie Bauer, we have further developed these offerings that will enhance experiences while pets and their owners are living their adventures.”

PetRageous Designs has enjoyed working with Eddie Bauer and their trusted, iconic brand. With nearly a century of outfitting people with outdoor apparel and gear, Eddie Bauer has brought to the pet clothing/accessory space an enormous following of outdoor enthusiasts who are also passionate pet owners.

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