We hope that our friends in the USA are enjoying the Memorial Day weekend. We couldn’t let the day pass without sending our thanks to all those who paid the ultimate price in the name of freedom.
We are excited to congratulate the Purina Cat Chow “Shelter Volunteer of the Year”, Liz Taranda!
Purina Cat Chow ran a contest in 2015 to honor shelter volunteers as part of the “Building Better Lives” program. The contest recognizes and thanks the volunteers who take great care of cats while they wait for their forever homes. These volunteers are key in making the cat’s temporary shelter homes gentler, less stressful places.
The winning shelter receives a $25,000 shelter makeover to improve the cat adoption areas. Purina
Cat Chow donated nearly $100,000 among the 50 participating shelters in recognition of their
volunteers in cash donations, cat food and cat care supplies.
Each of Purina Cat Chow’s 50 shelter partners (one in every state) nominated a volunteer for the contest. Then, from Feb. 23 to March 15, Purina Cat Chow invited consumers nationwide to vote for their favorite volunteer story. Votes and a judging panel determined the winners. More than 272,000 votes were cast in support of the 50 shelter volunteers! A true testament to the wonderful work the volunteers do!
A team of Purina Cat Chow volunteers visited the the winning shelter, Friends of Clifton (N.J.) Animal Shelter on May 19 to help with the renovation.
Every participating shelter received a $1,000 donation, plus Purina Cat Chow Gentle Formula brand
food and cat care supplies. The four runners-up shelters each receive an additional $5,000 donation.
Are you owned by a small dog? If so, you are going to love Golly Gear! And we have a $25 gift card to give away to one lucky reader so you can shop for your small dog!
Golly Gear was started by a sister team several years ago to specialize in “fun, affordable, and practical products especially for small dogs.” As life-long small-dog people, they understand how difficult it can be to find appropriately-sized products for small dogs; from harnesses, to toys, to treats, to leashes and collars.
Golly Gear developed a particularly broad selection of harnesses for small dogs – each with a particular strength (no-choke, no-escape, easy-on, for hard-to-fit, non-chafing, etc.). To help people find the right harness for their dogs they even developed a “DIY Harness Selector“!
To enter the giveaway please use the form below! Good luck, and thanks to Golly Gear for providing the prize for the giveaway.
A first of its kind family comedy, RESCUE DOGS features real rescue animals in the starring roles of this kid-friendly narrative feature. A heartwarming story about how rescue animals can sometimes return the favor by saving their owners with their unconditional love and care, RESCUE DOGS is aimed to make audiences laugh and smile, but also make a difference to animal rescues nationwide. The production team has agreed to donate a significant portion of their proceeds from the film to select partner rescue organizations across the country. “From the time we joined this film, we knew it would not only be a great indie-kids film, but also a remarkable chance to raise awareness and money for animal rescues,” says Dan Cunningham, President of Busted Buggy Entertainment. “It’s a fun, simple film that can make a big difference.”
The film features dynamic comedy performances from its non-four-legged cast including up-and-comer Courtney Daniels, Paul Haapaniemi, and Jordan Rawlins. Rawlins is also the creator and writer of the screenplay. The project is helmed by co-directors Michael J. Anderson and Haik Katsikian.
Principle photography is complete and the edit for RESCUE DOGS is well underway. Currently the producers and co-directors are engaging talent to voice the furry rescue leads and anticipating those cast announcements over the next month. “So many great actors and celebrities have a passion for rescuing animals. By reserving a few of the voiceover roles from the beginning, we have the opportunity to offer those actors the chance to be a part of this film and make a difference,” says Cunningham.
In planning the release of the film, currently slated for October, Busted Buggy Entertainment is engaging rescue organizations nationwide, as well as pet brands that are focused on helping rescue animals. Announcements of these partnerships and benefiting charities are expected to begin early in the summer. For more information about the film find them on at http://Facebook.com/rescuedogsdmovie.
Get ready for more kitten cuteness than you can handle! Hallmark Channel’s newest show, Paw Star Game, will be airing July 12 at 6pm ET. You’ve seen the “Kitten Bowl” but now the most adorable and adoptable kittens are going up to bat!
TV personality, author and animal advocate BETH STERN will host baseball’s newest tradition along with play-by-play announcers JOHN STERLING (iconic radio voice of the New York Yankees) and MARY CARILLO (award-winning reporter, sports analyst and commentator).
As the kittens take the field to swat balls and catch line drives, they will be cheered on by celebrities including Ed Asner, Maria Menounos, Mario Lopez, Al Roker, Heather McDonald, Deidre Hall and more! Attached are the press release & trading cards of some of the PAW STARS including Derek Cheetah, Joe DiMeowgio, Mickey Meowntle, Siamese Sosa and Willie Strays.
This entertaining event that is part of Hallmark Channel’s initiative, “Pet Project,” bringing light to the plight of shelter pets and adoption. Learn more about Paw Star Game, including seeing all the adorable players, by visiting the Paw Star Game website. Don’t forget to tune in in July!
Photos Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Marc Lemoine