Category Archives: cats

Take Your Dog to Work Day June 26

image004June 26th is Take Your Dog to Work Day! It’s a day when offices allow workers to bring their pets with them to work. Personally we wish everyday included that, and at Petplan, headquarters they do!

image003After sharing their office with pets for 10 years, they have learned a few things along the way – consider it an expert list of do’s and don’ts for successfully working alongside dogs (and cats and snakes and lizards!) Petplan’s Chief Veterinary Medical Officer, Dr. Jules Benson, shares his top three tips for a pet-safe office:

A Wheel Nightmare: “Rolling office chairs can be a real problem,” says Benson. “Tails and paws are often easily run over if people aren’t careful. If pets are in the office, get in the habit of looking around your chair before rolling away from your desk.”

image002Don’t Share Your Lunch: Benson also recommends keeping human food away from dogs to prevent accidental ingestion of onions, avocados, grapes and other foods that are poisonous to pets, adding, “If you have ‘human’ treats in the office like we do, be extra careful about pets getting access to chocolate, which can be very toxic.”

It’s also important to keep trash cans out of paw’s reach. Investing in ones with pet-proof lids is great or simply remove waste baskets from the floor for the day.

ID is Key: “Our office policy is that all pets must have a collar ID and be microchipped,” says Dr. Benson. “One of Petplan’s feline friends, Milo, actually escaped from the office during one of his visits and a police officer found him (at the grocery store down the street!) Thankfully he was wearing proper identification and was safely returned to us.”

image001Taking these few steps to create a pet-friendly space can help pet parents and dogs alike can enjoy a pleasant day at the office on June 26. Thank you Petplan for the great tips!

Posted in cats, cute animals, dogs, pet care | Leave a comment

The Hearing Ranges of Animals

Regardless of whether you’re hard of hearing or have perfect hearing (for a human), this infographic will show you that – whilst us humans are a talented bunch for the most part – our hearing doesn’t compare in the slightest to some creatures out there.

The pitch of a sound is measured in Hertz (Hz) frequency, with the smaller frequencies being lower notes and higher frequencies being the opposite; higher pitched notes.

Animal hearing ranges infographic

Thanks to IHP for the great graphic and info!

Posted in cats, dogs, dolphins, just for fun, wildlife | 1 Comment

Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year

This post is sponsored by Purina. As always, 4 the Love of Animals only shares information that we support. All opinions and statements are our own.

We are excited to congratulate the Purina Cat Chow “Shelter Volunteer of the Year”, Liz Taranda!

CC6102_Taranda_NJ_027_CK15

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.

Posted in cats, people helping animals | Leave a comment

Paw Star Game brings the cuteness!

Paw Star Game

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).

Paw Star Game Kitten

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!

Paw Star Game kitten dugout

Photos Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Marc Lemoine

Posted in cats, people helping animals, tv | Leave a comment

Happy National Shelter Pet Adoption Day!

We want to wish you a very HAPPY national shelter pet adoption day by introducing “Happy” the Cat and “Happy” the Dog!

Happy the Cat Happy the Dog

These beloved Pet Ambassadors of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries were adopted last year by Crown Media Family Networks’ President and CEO, Bill Abbott, as part of the company’s evergreen PET PROJECT initiative, which seeks to show through entertainment the joys that animals bring to our lives every day.

In the past 5 years, Hallmark Channel has become known for programming that is entertaining and that serves as a catalyst for shelter pet adoption. Some of the network’s marquee franchises include “Hero Dog Awards Show,” “Kitten Bowl,” “Paw Star Game,” and the upcoming 2016 program, “Ultimate Kitten Summer Games.” Additionally, pet adoption or shelter pets have been at the heart of some of the network’s highest-rated Original Movies, “Nine Lives of Christmas,” “My Boyfriends’ Dogs,” and “Puppy Love,” to name a few. As part of the “Tip to Tail” press tour, “Happy” the Cat and “Happy” the Dog will celebrate many pet-related holidays, including National Shelter Pet Adoption Day on April 30th and Be Kind To Animals Week beginning on May 7th, with the mission to galvanize culture around the belief that the most beautiful pets on the planet are those in shelters waiting on a forever home.

Happy the Dog

“Crown Media Family Networks is proud to support pet adoption and encourage viewers and fans to discover the unmatched love and profound joy a shelter pet can bring into their own families, especially on this day of national awareness and beyond,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. “With this promotional effort by our Pet Ambassadors, we hope to expand and further our mission of bringing incredible and lovable rescue animals into the spotlight, and through exceptional entertainment, show just how wonderful it can be to give an animal a home.”

“Happy” the Cat, a three-year-old tabby rescued from an Ohio animal shelter, was the first official rescue pet adopted by the network in 2014. “Happy” the Dog is the newest pet to join Crown Media Family Networks’ furry family, becoming the company’s first-ever canine goodwill ambassador. In addition, this adorable pup has just begun training toward certification to be a therapy dog for sick children and their families.

Posted in cats, dogs, people helping animals | 2 Comments