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Hero K9 Receives Donations for Life-Saving Surgery

Such great news to share today! Angels for Animals Foundation and Partners Reach Fundraising Goal for Hero K9’s Life-Saving Operation.

The Guardian Angels K9 Fund, a dedicated fund of the Angels for Animals Foundation specifically serving police and military K9s, successfully partnered with Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital and the Deptford Police Department in New Jersey to raise the substantial funds necessary to ensure retired K9 Aron received the essential surgery that would save his life.

K9 Aron, who was recently retired and adopted by his former handler, was diagnosed with several severe medical issues including two large tumors in his abdomen and spleen. The diagnosis came just two years after he played a major role in rescuing a nine-year-old autistic boy who had become stuck in mud up to his neck in a creek in East Greenwich, NJ. For his efforts, K9 Aron was presented with a Life Saving Award with Valor.

“K9 Aron served his community with distinction, and it is a testament to his service that these organizations, along with donors from around the world, came together to pay for his surgery,” said Mark F. Magazu, II, Founder and Chairman of the Angels for Animals Foundation. “It is Guardian Angels K9 Fund’s mission to ensure that all police and military dogs, whether retired or on active duty, receive the medical care they need and deserve. We are particularly grateful to the University of Pennsylvania for providing K9 Aron with state of the art medical care during his time of need.”

K9 Aron is the first police dog to receive medical care under the umbrella of the Guardian Angels K9 Fund since it was launched in March of 2015. The Guardian Angels K9 Fund is working to expand its operation across the nation in order to identify and assist other police and military K9s in need of assistance.

To learn more about the Guardian Angels K9 Fund or to find out how you can support the mission, please visit www.BeMyAngel.com/Guardian. Donations can also be made by texting the word “GuardianK9” to the number 41444, followed by a space and then the amount you would like to donate.

For additional information on the Angels for Animals Foundation, visit the Angels for www.BeMyAngel.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/angelsforanimalsfoundation.

About Guardian Angels K9 fund

The Guardian Angels K9 Fund is a dedicated fund of the Angels for Animals Foundation solely focused on raising money to provide life-saving medical care to police and military service dogs on active duty and in retirement. More information can be found at
www.BeMyAngel.com/Guardian.

About Angels for Animals Foundation

The Angels for Animals Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that raises money to help pet owners suffering from extreme financial hardship to provide veterinary care for animals facing serious medical challenges. Each year, thousands of family pets are euthanized because their owners simply cannot afford life-saving medical treatments and procedures. The Angels for Animals Foundation has facilitated nearly$500,000 in services of either cash raised or negotiated free or discounted services for all types of animals since it was founded in 2011. Donations to the Angels for Animals Foundation can be made online or via text message. More information can be found at www.BeMyAngel.com.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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

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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!

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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.

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“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.

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Alley Cat Allies Celebrates World Veterinary Day

This Saturday, April 25, Alley Cat Allies observes World Veterinary Day by recognizing veterinarians and their crucial role in protecting cats. Veterinarians not only serve their communities by providing care and treatment for cats, they are also vital sources of information about cats and cat health.

This year’s World Veterinary Day theme is “Vector-Borne Diseases with a Zoonotic Potential,” which is a subject veterinarians are often asked about regarding outdoor cats. As experts, veterinarians are uniquely positioned to answer questions from the public and dispel common myths about zoonoses—myths and undue fear that can cost cats their lives. Veterinarians can use their knowledge and experience to help people understand that outdoor cats are healthy members of the community.

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For example, the enormous success of rabies vaccination and prevention in the United States is illustrative of the impact of veterinarians and their support for effective, humane programs like Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for community cats, which are often the largest providers of rabies vaccinations in communities. The fact is there has not been a single cat to human rabies transmission in the United States in 40 years, and this impressive record is due in large part to veterinary practice and education, as well as the growth of TNR programs nationally.

In a Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program, community cats—also called feral cats—are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal sign of a neutered and vaccinated cat). Unsocialized cats are returned to their outdoor home, while socialized cats and kittens are adopted. Trap-Neuter-Return works—it is the mainstream approach to community cats and is supported by veterinarians across the country.

“The importance of cooperation between veterinarians and community cat groups cannot be understated,” says Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Together, they create a powerful coalition that saves cats’ lives and mobilizes the community with knowledge and resources.”

Alley Cat Allies supports veterinarians by providing them with the information they need to respond to and educate community members on cat health and dispelling common misconceptions and myths about community cats. Alley Cat Allies also sponsors trainings throughout the country to provide hands-on experience for veterinarians in high-volume spay and neuter procedures, as well as teaching veterinarians how to respond to the unique needs of community cats.

Resources for veterinarians can be found on Alley Cat Allies’ website at www.alleycat.org/veterinarian. In addition, veterinarians are encouraged to sign an online pledge to show their support for TNR.

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