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K9 Fit Club® Wins Finalist Spot in the Purina’s Pet Care Innovation Prize!

Pet Care Innovation

K9 Fit Club®, the nation’s pioneer and leader in human/canine fitness, has won Purina’s Pet Care Innovation Prize and is now officially a finalist for the grand prize. Purina® announced the finalists at the highly anticipated #BetterWithPets 2016 Summit event held on Tuesday, October 18th at the Brooklyn Expo Center in New York. 

The Pet Care Innovation Prize brings together resources to accelerate exciting and innovative pet care entrepreneurs so that dog and cat owners can benefit from meaningful innovations. The competition was strong, and Purina® looked for companies with qualities such as; innovative potential, traction and scalability, the degree with which working with the Pet Care Innovation Prize and Nestle Purina Petcare could have a positive impact, and strength of the team.

“We are honored and thrilled to accept this award and move forward in The Pet Care Innovation Prize competition,” Founder of K9 Fit Club®, Tricia Montgomery expresses, “Our motto at K9 Fit Club® is: Better You. Better Dog. Better Life.™ As a national organization dedicated to health, fitness and wellness of dogs and their people, we take great pride in our company’s mission because we are benefiting society in a fun and healthy way!”

K9 Fit Club® is one of five finalist who received The Pet Care Innovation Prize. In addition to the $10,000 cash award and support for continuing to grow business; finalists get an all-expenses-paid three day intensive Boot Camp on growing innovative pet care companies. This will be held the week of November 14 in St. Louis, MO, including mentoring by successful pet care entrepreneurs and valuable educational content.

At the end of the Boot Camp, the Finalists will pitch to high level executives to determine the uniqueness and potential of their product, their business plan and their team. While all will receive valuable publicity, one Grand Prize winner will be decided by these industry leaders to get cash and business support to exhibit at Global Pet Expo in 2017.

“We are beyond grateful and ecstatic to have made it as a finalist, but now the K9 Fit Club® team has our game face on and we’re ready to bring our passion and innovation to St. Louis in hopes to become the grand prize recipient!” says Tricia Montgomery.


About K9 Fit Club®: K9 Fit Club is the nation’s pioneer and leader in human/canine fitness, dedicated to the health, fitness, and wellness of dogs and their people. K9 Fit Club has created classroom exercise instruction that people do with their dogs. Both the human and the dog benefit physically from the structured physical activities. The proprietary fitness programs are taught in a controlled small group environment by K9 Fit Club Master Trainers in licensed K9 Fit Club locations. As we develop and grow clubs around the country, our efforts also include working with humane associations and animal rescue groups throughout the communities in which we serve. Learn more about K9 Fit Club® here:

BarkvilleTV on YouTube

BarkvilleTV YouTube Channel Entertains While Helping Save Dogs in Danger

BarkvilleTV on YouTube

Los Angeles, CA – October 24, 2016 – There’s no better way to bring awareness to rescue pets and promote adoption than to create unique and entertaining videos for the world to see. BarkVilleTV officially launched its YouTube channel worldwide on October 19th and pet lovers everywhere are tuning in and subscribing to this fun and inspirational web series. Subscribe to BarkVilleTV.

BarkvilleTV’s YouTube channel stars everyone’s best friend. With a mission to inspire adoptions and animal rescues, BarkvilleTV produces zany and original canine programming. In short, will be the #1 place on the web for canine-centric content!

BarkvilleTV Web Series:

PUP CULTURE – Starring The Barkville Players (rescue doggies, of course), in hilarious parodies from iconic movies, TV shows and music videos.

DOGUMENTARY – Heartwarming short documentary films about rescue dogs and everything else pooch-related.

DOGGIE TREATS ­ Delightfully quirky, doggie animated shorts. Founded by director/actress Olivia Barash, BarkvilleTV is the only channel created not just to entertain, but to help save dogs in danger.

Founded by director and actress Olivia Barash, BarkvilleTV is the only channel created not just to entertain, but to help save dogs in danger. BarkvilleTV gives a portion of all proceeds to animal rescue organizations to support dog adoptions.

“Throughout my life I have adopted several rescue pups and I want to inspire others to do the same,” expresses Founder of BarkvilleTV, Olivia Barash, “I’m proud to say BarkvilleTV is not only humorous and amusing for viewers to watch, but we give back to a great cause and that makes this project truly magical!”

You don’t have to be a dog lover to love BarkvilleTV (but you may become one)!

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#TheDogWedding Photo Contest

#TheDogWedding Trend Goes Hollywood with New Photo Contest

Pet Parents Can Enter to See Their Dog in the New Movie “The Dog Wedding” and Win $10,000 in Prizes from Stella & Chewy’s, BarkBox, DogTV and More

 #TheDogWedding Photo Contest

New York, NY – June 22, 2015 – Have you had a dog wedding? Was your dog your best man, bridesmaid or ringbearer? If so, enter #TheDogWedding Photo Contest( the chance to see your dog in the adorable romantic comedy “The Dog Wedding”, coming to theaters this Fall! Fifty dog wedding photos will be chosen to appear in the film’s opening credits.

Entrants will also win 150 total prizes worth $10,000 from partners including Stella & Chewy’s (a leading brand of premium raw frozen and freeze-dried food for dogs and cats), BarkBox (a box of high quality dog products for your pup, delivered to your door each month), and DogTV (television’s first network for canines).

Fantastic doggie care, toy and vacation prizes will be awarded by Petcube, Sniffany & Co. by Dog Diggin Designs, The Saguaro Scottsdale, Dog Is Good, Muttropolis, Grounds & Hounds, The Loving Bowl, Hot Dogs All Dressed, Puppy Kisses online boutique, Bling Bone and The Pet Boutique.

Charitable donations will be made on behalf of each entry to Canine Companions for Independence (the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs) and Chicago English Bulldog Rescue Inc. (the most experienced and longest standing bulldog rescue in the Midwest).

The Contest’s partners total 2.1 million Facebook followers, signifying the popularity of dog weddings as a new global trend. From the USA to Japan, pet parents are fitting their pups for tuxes and gowns and throwing wedding celebrations. After all, dogs are family, so why not give them their special day?

Submit your dog wedding photos today and make your dog part of movie history!

About The Dog Wedding

Coming to theaters in Fall 2015! The Dog Wedding tells the story of a German businesswoman who falls for an American wrestler she meets at the dog park, testing her lifelong obedience to her CEO/father. Rosalie Thomass (One Hot Numberplays opposite Matthew Bloom (WWE Raw), Bernhard Schütz (A Most Wanted Man)Prince & Queenie (two lovable English Bulldogs), and a delightfully eccentric cast in this refreshing romantic comedy. Follow the improbable duo as they discover your best friend’s wedding can be a real wake-up call! Watch the

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About Canine Companions for Independence

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. Learn more at:

About Chicago English Bulldog Rescue Inc.

The most experienced and longest standing bulldog rescue in the Midwest, CEBR serves Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and offershelp in other surrounding states. Their 75 volunteers have re-homed almost 800 bullies and counseled hundreds of families to provide support, encouragement and training consults to help keep bullies in their homes. CEBR’s care includes a high quality diet, the best veterinary care from a bulldog specialist, and behavioral evaluations of the highest quality. Learn more



Don't Be Cruel: Year in Review 2014

Year in Review: 2014

We are so grateful to have had a wonderful year. Thanks to YOU, we were able to donation to rescue groups like the Puppy Rescue Mission, Col Potter Cairn Rescue Network and Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter. Thank you for your continued support and generosity. We hope that our Don’t Be Cruel community continues to grow in 2015.

Don't Be Cruel Year in Review: 2014 Saves The Day!
When I heard the name,, I was instantly curious about the website. Who wouldn’t be? After creating a free accoun
t, I quickly realized how awesome and beneficial this page is for me and my dog, Harley. 

PimpMyPooch is is similar to websites like; however this site is specifically geared toward pet products – How cool! I’m always on the look out for a good deal. Now, I can browse and find great deals on various high-quality and popular pet products in one convenient place!

When I discovered that with every purchase on, a donation is made to animal charities and rescues in need, I was thrilled! I’m all for saving the animals and to have the opportunity to give back while saving money on great products is a dream come true! is creative, unique and so much fun for pet owners. I find this website very beneficial, especially now during the holiday season! Harley has been getting spoiled with all the goodies I’ve been purchasing – It’s safe to say she gives this site four paws up too! will save you money while saving dogs at the same time…It’s truly a win-win!

Petco Foundation Halo Pets Holiday Wishes 2014

Shelters and Rescues! Apply for the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes

Petco Foundation Halo Pets Holiday Wishes 2014

The Petco Foundation in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, announced its second annual holiday grant campaign, Holiday Wishes, designed to help the most dedicated animal welfare organizations succeed in their mission to save pets’ lives – at the holidays, and year round.

Qualified organizations are invited to submit their most impactful success stories for a chance to receive the winning grant award of $100,000 or a series of finalist awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. All entries must be submitted by Oct. 30th.

The Holiday Wishes campaign is a way for us to make holiday wishes come true for some very deserving organizations. In addition, we hope to inspire entire communities to take action and save lives,” said Petco Foundation executive director Susanne Kogut. “Every animal should celebrate this holiday season with a family, and by sharing these stories, we hope to increase the number of animals spending this holiday season in new, loving homes.”

Read the full press release.

Ellen DeGeneres Halo Pet and Freekibble will donate 10,000 meals at Oscars

Losing at the Oscars will Help Shelter Pets

Ellen DeGeneres Halo Pet and Freekibble will donate 10,000 meals at Oscars

This Sunday, Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the Academy Awards for the second time. As part of Oscar tradition, nominees in the top categories receive elaborate gift bags filled with expensive items that companies hope celebrities might use and endorse. For the past 12 years, Distinctive Assets has been putting together the “Everyone Wins at the Oscars Nominee Gift Bag.” This year that gift bag is worth $85,000, doubling the price of last year’s bag with items ranging from less than $10 to $16,000. From designer lollipops to luxurious trips to Las Vegas and Hawaii, nominees will be coming home with some pretty cool stuff despite the fact they didn’t win a statue.

But the best item in the gift bag, in our eyes, is the 10,000 meal donation to homeless animals. Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets in partnership with, is giving each non-winning Oscar nominee in the Best Actor/Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress and Director categories 10,000 meals of natural pet food to donate to the animal shelter or rescue of the celebrity’s choice. 10,000 meals are roughly 2,000 pounds of Halo Spot’s Stew, which is approximately $6,100 in retail value.

Will your favorite shelter be nominated?

Tax Break for foster pet parents

Tax Breaks for Pet Foster Parents – Philadelphia Animal Welfare |

From The Philadelphia Animal Welfare, with Amy Rossi

In a landmark tax court case, Jan Van Dusen emerged victorious against the IRS. Van Dusen claimed many tax deductions on her 2004 tax return, for all the expenditures she’d put out for the 70 (yes, you read that correctly) stray and feral cats she had fostered, as part of her volunteer work with Fix Our Ferals, a non-profit California charity.

Van Dusen claimed over $12,000 related to cat food, vet bills, garbage bags, and other items for her care of the cats. In 2009, a judge finally ruled that because her expenses were used toward a charitable organization, she was legally allowed to claim them. In fact, 90 percent of her vet bills, cleaning supplies, and food was tax deductible.

What does this mean for you?

If you’ve ever fostered an animal or know anyone who has, you’re probably aware of the expenses associated with it. Beside just opening your heart and home to an unfamiliar animal, you also usually have to provide food, gas used to transport the animal to vet appointments or potential adopter meetings, and all the supplies that come with taking care of an animal.

“People have claimed these types of expenses before, thinking it makes sense because they’re doing this service for a charitable organization, they should be able to recoup some of their out-of-pocket costs,” said Rachel Hirschfeld, estate planner since 1999 and pet trust lawyer who created the Pet Protection Agreement found on Hirschfeld was one of the first in the country to focus on pet trust laws for the security of pets’ futures in cases where their owners might no longer be able to care for them.

Hirschfeld is thrilled with Van Dusen’s victory. “There are so many people who want to foster and help animals, and this ruling will make it easier for everyone. More people will foster knowing it’s a legal expense and this will help the whole community,” she said. She suggested that a great next step would be tax deductions for people even after they’ve adopted the animals. “If you’re adopting from a charitable organization or shelter, you’re really helping out the shelter. The whole world would be a better place if people adopted more animals.” (Side note: I adopted my foster dog, and would love to know I could claim her expenses! Wouldn’t many of you feel the same way? I know I’m not alone as a “foster failure”).

How to get the most money back

Hirschfeld has some tips for foster parents planning to claim deductions on their taxes.

  • Collect and retain all your receipts associated with foster pet purchases
  • Write a note on every receipt and be specific (ie if you go to a hardware store and buy cat litter or lights for the room the dogs are kept in, circle the items on the receipt and write a note about the purpose of the item)
  • Remember that as of right now, the only tax-deductible purchases are for foster pets, not resident pets

“This is huge what’s happened here!” said Hirschfeld, and encourages all pet foster parents to take advantage of this and share with all their animal networks to help raise the rate of fostering, and thus saving, animals in shelters across the country. “This shows that people are starting to really see animals as actual beings.”

Ironically, Hirschfeld used to be terrified of animals. Now she tells the story of adopting her foster dog. “When you adopt an animal, it actually changes your heart.”

NOTE: An approved charity is one that is recognized by the IRS with the 501(c)(3) designation as a Non-Profit organization.

Original Source: Tax breaks for pet foster parents…make sure you claim yours – Philadelphia Animal Welfare |

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Animal cruelty laws: Where does your state stand?

From The Justice Report with Joanne Eldridge

In mid-August 2012, the story of Missy, a German Shepherd-mix dog, captured the news and highlighted the issues of animal cruelty and the role of law enforcement in animal protection cases.

According to news reports, Missy was hiking with her owner in Clear Creek County, Colorado, when an approaching storm caused her owner to leave her on the mountain after she became unable to walk on her own. Missy was rescued several days later by other hikers and brought to safety.

Her owner was charged with animal cruelty for abandoning the dog. In Colorado, a charge of animal cruelty includes intentional abandonment of a dog or cat and is a Class 1 misdemeanor for a first offense.

Upon conviction, psychological evaluation and anger management counseling or other appropriate treatment at the offender’s expense are required.

Animal Cruelty as a Sign of Other Cruelty
Pets are more common than children in American households today.  According to a 2011-12 pet ownership survey, there are more than 78 million owned dogs and more than 86 million owned cats in the U.S.  Thirty-nine percent of households own at least one dog.

The benefits of pet ownership are many: companionship, reduced stress, improved mood, lowered blood pressure, increased exercise, and unconditional love. The human-animal bond can be incredibly strong.

Animal advocacy organizations work tirelessly on behalf of animals, including low-cost spay and neuter, disaster response, animal-assisted therapy, legislative and lobbying efforts, foster and shelter care, and more.

The first animal abuse laws in the United States were passed in New York with the establishment of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by Henry Bergh in 1866.

Although the initial focus was on protecting horses and livestock, over time the ASPCA began working more on behalf of cats and dogs to prevent dog fighting and animal cruelty.

Today all states have anti-cruelty laws, including felony-level penalties in nearly all states. Some states, like Colorado, have recognized pets as “protected animals” (since 2008) in civil and criminal protection orders, which authorizes judges to restrain parties from threatening, harming, or molesting them (see C.R.S. Sections 13-14-101, 102; 18-6-803.5).

Peace officers in some states may also take and impound animals that are victims of cruelty, aggravated cruelty, or animal fighting.

Sadly, reports of animal neglect and abuse are all too common. The implications of animal abuse are especially disturbing in light of the demonstrated link between animal abuse and family violence,including domestic violence.

One survey (DeViney, Dickert, & Lockwood, 1983) of pet-owning families who had cases of substantiated child abuse or neglect found that animals were abused in 88 percent of homes in which there was child physical abuse.

Domestic violence and child abusers may kill, harm or threaten animals to exert dominance and power over their victims and to show them what could happen to them. In this way, animal abuse silences domestic violence and sexual abuse victims, and prevents them from leaving violent relationships. Killing a family pet eliminates a source of comfort and support for the victim.

As the American Humane Association puts it, “Animal cruelty problems are people problems.  When animals are abused, people are at risk.”

What should peace officers do?

1.) Recognize Likely Offenders — One common theme is power and control of others, and law enforcement officers see it often and know what it is. Abusive partners will be more likely to abuse companion animals, and police officers are likely to be in a position to meet them in their homes and make observations.

Physically and psychologically abused children, particularly adolescent boys, may be at high risk to abuse animals after being victimized by a parent.

2.) Identify Animal Victims — They can’t speak and they may be confined to the house or yard. But they might have injuries that don’t fit the explanations given by their owners.

Their owners may show a disregard for their well-being. Abused animals may appear malnourished or they may be extremely timid or frightened in their owners’ presence. Be prepared to identify animals as protected parties if your state allows that.

3.) Make Appropriate Decisions — Be familiar with your state’s laws on animal cruelty. Charge those cases of animal neglect or abuse when the circumstances support it and work closely with your prosecutor to take such cases seriously.

Protecting Animals Elevates Us All
Albert Schweitzer once said, “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”

Local governments may have ordinances against barking dogs or animals at large that you or your animal control officers can enforce for the safety and good of all.

Laws against animal cruelty exist to protect animals, and protecting them elevates us all.

Original story at: Animal cruelty laws: Where does your state stand?

Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charge After Abandoning Dog on Colorado Mountain – ABC News

A 29-year-old man is expected to face a charge of animal cruelty after he abandoned his dog on Colorado mountain, the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office officials said Friday.

Anthony Joseph Ortolani told The Denver Channel earlier that he was forced to leave his German shepherd named Missy on the snow-capped peaks of Mount Bierstadt Aug. 5, when a storm moved in and he became worried for the safety of a younger hiker who was with him.

He said his dog’s feet were cut up from walking on sharp rocks and it could no longer walk.

ABC News’ previous efforts to reach Ortolani were unsuccessful.

Scott Washburn and his wife, Amanda, found Missy Aug. 11, while they were on a leisurely hike up Mount Bierstadt.

“We were hiking to this ridge and we got off course and I was a little ahead of my wife,” he said. “She called out to me and said, ‘Hey I found a dog,’ and figured I misheard her ’cause there was no way a dog was where we were.”

Washburn and his wife were incredulous at how this dog, tucked into a tiny nook between rocks, could have ended up where it was. The whimpering dog was, as Washburn said, “in awful shape.” He was convinced it would have died if left without food or water for much longer. The couple tried to coax the dog up out of the rocks and down the mountain but it was clear the dog was too injured and weak to move.

“We knew we weren’t going to be able to get her out by herself,” said Washburn. “Her paws were completely raw and her elbows were torn up.”

Washburn got together a group of eight volunteers and the group headed back up the mountain that Monday morning. The group found the dog with all of its wounds Washburn had tried to bandage reopened. The rocks around the dog were covered in blood, and the dog was back cowering beneath the surrounding rocks.

The group of eight hikers traveled through a full-blown snowstorm that broke out during their hike. Eventually, after a nine-hour rescue mission, the group successfully managed to bring back the broken and bruised dog in a hiker’s oversized backpack.

Read more at Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charge After Abandoning Dog on Colorado Mountain – ABC News.