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Born Free USA’s “Pets Go Wild for Wildlife” Photo Contest

Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced its “Pets Go Wild for Wildlife” photo contest, seeking photos of furry family members acting “wild”: running like a cheetah, swimming like an orca, leaping like a gazelle, pouncing like a fox… or just going “wild” in general.


According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “We work to keep wildlife in the wild – but all of us at Born Free also love our dogs and cats and know that our supporters and the public do too. We thought this would be a fun, creative way to celebrate all animals and share their antics with terrific photos.  Also, by noticing and capturing the moments your dog or cat acts ‘wild,’ we hope you will consider the connection between domestic animals and wild animals. Your cat and the big cats in the jungle. Your dog and the majestic wolf.  They are not all that different, and they all deserve our compassion.”

Entrants can submit as many photos as they would like. The contest is open to dogs and cats only. The three photos with the most votes receive prizes. First place prize is the winner’s choice between an iPad or an Apple Watch. Prizes will also be awarded for the top voted dog, top voted cat, most “promotes” through the contest site, and Born Free USA staff favorite. An entrant can only win for one category.  The fee to enter is $10 per photo entry and $1 per vote to participate in the contest.  Each contribution helps Born Free USA raise needed funds to continue life-saving work for wildlife around the globe.   Contest DEADLINE is September 25, 2015 at 12 Noon ET.

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of “compassionate conservation”—the vision of the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at;; and

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SMARTCOOKEE Company gives back

SMARTCOOKEE Company gives back with SMARTCOOKEE Treat with Love program

As part of its mission to provide nutritious and safe treats (surprisingly, many companies’treats are not!) to pets everywhere, SMARTCOOKEE Company, a natural, organic, premium treat maker based in Sarasota, FL, has launched their first-ever SMARTCOOKEE Treat with Love program.

With the purchase of a bag of SMARTCOOKEE Company Dog Treats,
SMARTCOOKEE will provide meaningful financial and product donations to rescues and shelters to help ensure that dogs are treated with love until they find their forever home. Additionally, throughout 2015, SMARTCOOKEE Treat with Love will directly aid two Florida rescue-based organizations –Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue and a rescue or warriors’ animal assistance organization to be announced in coming weeks. Donations will help rescues and shelters and aid these two organizations.


SMARTCOOKEE Treat with Love mission is to champion the love and bond between dogs and people by treating every dog with kindness while enabling them to live a safe, vibrant, happier, and healthier life. To make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs, supporters can participate in the program in the following ways:

•      With the purchase of SMARTCOOKEE Company Dog Treats, a donation will be made to animal rescues.

•      Through Dec. 31, 2015, for every new Like on the SMARTCOOKEE Company Facebook page, $1 will be donated to support veterans post-deployment. Follow the page to learn about other ways to help homeless animals.

There are close to 8 million homeless pets in the US, with nearly 2.7 million animals likely to be euthanized this year alone. Compelled by these staggering statistics, SMARTCOOKEE Company formalized SMARTCOOKEE Treat with Love to encourage Americans to help homeless pets and consider adoption.

“Dogs give us so much love and we want to return that love to those that need it most,”said Kelly Ison, founder and co-owner of SMARTCOOKEE Company. “From sponsoring Humane Society rescue events and wellness pet programs to donating treats to rescues, we are thrilled to provide a voice to homeless dogs through SMARTCOOKEE Treat with Love Program. It’s another way for us to be “Smart”—educating, empowering and inspiring people year after year to make a significant impact on the pet homelessness epidemic in our country.”

SMARTCOOKEE Treat with Love Partner Organizations

TBA: A nonprofit organization for veterans and animals to be named. Follow our FB page for updates in the coming weeks where we will announce our partner.

Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue (NHAR): A volunteer-based, nonprofit, no-kill sheltered environment dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats in Central Florida. NHAR’s mission is to save the lives of homeless pets by changing the way the community views animal sheltering and shelter pets, and to provide an educational and family friendly environment that will change the future one animal, one family, and one generation at a time. Through the Treat with Love program, SMARTCOOKEE will give SMARTCOOKEE treats to NHAR to support health and nutrition while their pets wait to be adopted into their very own forever homes.

#treatwithlove #sharethehappiness

About The SMARTCOOKEE Company: SMARTCOOKEE is a recognized leader in providing premium organic artisan dog treats infused with chia seed. Original recipes are created with the finest natural, organic, raw ingredients. All products are Corn, Wheat, and Soy-Free. SMARTCOOKEE aims to bring our dog treats to the general public through wholesale, pet retailers, and online sales while enhancing the lives of our four-legged family members through shelters by giving back, educating, empowering and inspiring people to make better choices for their pets’ nutrition and health. For more on The SMARTCOOKEE Company visit

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What is GISHWHES? And how are pets getting in on the fun?

Supernatural star, Misha Collins, started GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen), in 2011 to help people have a lot more fun. The hunt takes place all over the world with tens of thousands of participants in over 100 countries. Participants (gishers) complete inspiring and weird challenges (“items”) intended to break people outside of their comfort zone, spread kindness and create social good within their respective communities. You can even win amazing prizes!


This year man’s best friend even got involved. For 43 points, gishers were instructed to outfit their pet with armory, weaponry, cutting edge laser gear – whatever it takes to create a canine of mass destruction.


GISHWHES is all about helping participants break out of their shells, reconnect with their inner child, attack bucket lists and spread global kindness. According to the website:

gishwhes believes that “normalcy” is overrated and that true “living” can be found hidden under the rocks of community artistic creation, acts of artistic sublime public performances, and random acts of kindness. More importantly, we are all artists and have gifts for society no matter what our capabilities or talents.

We love that they decided to include dogs this year and can’t wait to see what everyone came up with. Hopefully they will include our furry friends next year too! Check out the GISHWHES website and be sure to put it on your calendar to participate next time.

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Happiness finds Grumpy Cat

This adorable Friskies and PetSmart, co-branded video follows a loveable dog named Happiness who recognizes Grumpy Cat in the aisles of a PetSmart. Happiness tries his best to meet Grumpy as she tries her best to avoid Happiness at all costs. Personally, we think the adorable Corgi steals the show!

Did you know, cats are welcomed inside PetSmart stores nationwide, just like dogs? They are! The pet specialty retailer offers a full array of cat products, including the limited edition Friskies Variety Pack with exclusive Grumpy Cat packaging, sold in all PetSmart stores.

What do you think, did Happiness steal your hearts too?

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