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Pet Product Maker to Triple Space With New HQ

The expansion will create about 60 new full-time jobs.

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Cosmos Corp., a pet product manufacturer located in Wentzville, MO, has broken ground on its new headquarters in O’Fallon, MO.

The 190,000-square-foot facility will house office space, production and distribution and triple the company’s current space, according to a press release.

“It is always an honor when companies choose to stay and grow in Missouri,” said Luke Holtschneider, deputy director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “Cosmos is a great company that cares deeply about our global community, and we appreciate their continued investment in our state.”

Cosmos provides pet grooming, dental and natural flea and tick products under its TropiClean and Naturel Promise brand lines. The brands are now available at major retailers, reaching a global audience in 65 countries and including over 150 products.

Cosmos currently employs more than 120 employees. The expansion will create about 60 new full-time jobs in the St. Louis area. Future job openings at the new headquarters primarily include positions in manufacturing and administration.

The expansion will also house the company’s faith-based nonprofit organization Gifts of Love International. A portion of its revenue helps Gifts of Love support the poor, widowed, orphaned and needy around the world. Through this organization, Cosmos has built a children’s home in Guatemala and helps feed over 800 children a day in Haiti. The organization also helps provide service dogs for autistic children in the U.S and supports a horse ranch in Missouri for children in need.

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“Our company started with the desire to help others all around the world, and the expansion allows us to maintain this culture that we’ve established within our company,” said Cosmos Corporation CEO Landon Hobson. “We’re excited to continue our growth here in Missouri at our new O’Fallon headquarters. We appreciate the excellent business climate and workforce that the state of Missouri and St. Louis area has to offer and look forward to bringing even more jobs to the region.”

Since launching in 2017, PETS+ has won 16 major international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact PETS+'s editors at editor@petsplusmag.com.

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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