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Fundraiser for cystic fibrosis April 6 at Greenfield VFW Ranch; Petland of Chillicothe thanked for support
By Jean Little, M.Ed.
Greenfield Elementary School
Over the weekend, we had an amazing experience at Petland in Chillicothe, and I truly believe that we should not only thank them in a big way, but also make sure that everyone knows how much they did for a little girl in our community.
Greenfield Elementary School pupil Ava Everhart has cystic fibrosis. Ava and her sister, Zoie, created a dream list that we wanted to try and fulfill while Ava is young and as healthy as possible. Ava’s first dream was to have a Pomeranian puppy.
After a little convincing, her mother said it was fine, and I went to work calling different pet stores. When I spoke with Petland in Chillicothe, they directed me to the corporate office, where I received a phone call after sending an email. They were “all in,” and when they found out it was Ava’s birthday March 30, they decided to do a surprise birthday party for her in the store. It was absolutely amazing.
They treated all of us like royalty with a full tour, petting and holding animals (teaching us about them as we went along), a full shopping spree (donated) for Ava’s new puppy (also donated), and they are also paying the vet bills for life (knowing how expensive it is for Ava’s parents to use gas to and from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and medical bills).
They are even coming to our April 6 event to share and teach about their animals.
Ava’s Magical Unicorns benefit for cystic fibrosis will be noon-11 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the VFW Ranch in Greenfield. There will be a huge silent auction, car show, band, outdoor games, a cornhole tournament, Kona ice, food trucks, face painting, a bouncy house, poker run and more.
Everyone is welcome. The VFW Ranch is located at 12868 Watt Road, Greenfield.
For additional information on Ava’s Magical Unicorns, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to:
Pawty at Petland Chillicothe! Ava is a special girl and we were lucky to celebrate her birthday with her. She named her Pomperanian puppy Willow! To learn more about how you can support Ava’s Magical Unicorns, visit them on Facebook.
Petland applauds the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) March 21, 2019 announcement seeking public comment on proposed updates to the Animal Welfare Act. The Animal Welfare Act is a federal law that establishes the regulations of commercial dog kennels, dealers, research facilities and exhibitors.
“Petland has a proud history of advocating for enhanced meaningful standards of care for America’s pets at both the state and federal levels,” stated Joe Watson, president and CEO of Petland, Inc. “We are pleased to have played an important part in encouraging the USDA to seek input from breeders, veterinarians and other stakeholders in order to make meaningful enhancements to the current standards of care.”
In October of 2018, Watson wrote to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting a meeting to discuss the need for improved compliance and meaningful updates to standards of care. This letter followed a 2016 letter from Watson to then-USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack where Watson stated, “the time has come for the USDA to begin the process to strengthen and modernize the current Animal Welfare Act standards.”
Petland invests heavily in supporting responsible, humane breeders who go above and beyond current standards of care because they love their pets.
“In our travels around the country, it is encouraging to see the dramatic improvements responsible USDA breeders have already made to their kennels and in the care provided for their pets,” states Watson.
Petland currently requires breeders to provide:
-Safe and comfortable housing with ample room
-Frequent socialization and exercise
-A state-issued health certification
-A consulting veterinarian
Passed by Congress in 1966 and amended eight times, the Animal Welfare Act establishes the federal standards of care for animals and the USDA is tasked to enforce the Act.
Yet, less than 20 percent of dog breeders in America are federally licensed and regulated (and inspected) by the USDA, leaving a vast segment of unregulated breeders selling online, at flea markets and, in some instances, to unregulated rescues. Interestingly, the responsible, regulated USDA breeders are villainized almost daily by activists and their pets are banned from sale in pet stores in over 200 communities in the United States while the other 80 percent fly under federal oversight.
“Licensees would have to demonstrate compliance with the AWA and show that the animals in their possession are adequately cared for in order to obtain a license…These steps allow the American public to confidently purchase pets and view animals on public display.”
-USDA statement, 3/21/2019
Wednesday, March 13th Petland Pembroke Pines donated a Mal-Shi puppy to a woman with sick cell anemia. The hypoallergenic puppy is a cross between a Maltese and Shih Tzu. The donation is a part of Petland franchisee Luis Marquez’s resolution to assist South Floridians fighting illnesses. Last year, Marquez gifted two puppies to Sebastian and Michael, two Floridian boys fighting Hunter Syndrome.
The Largest Single Donation in Petland History
The numbers are in! Petland stores nationwide raised more than $140,000 during the 2018 St. Jude Halloween Pin-Up Promotion benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Treatments invented at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago.
Petland first partnered with St. Jude in 2009. To date, Petland has raised more than $640,000 for St. Jude. The St. Jude Halloween Pin-Up Promotion, now in its 28th year, asks customers to donate $1 or more at the register during the month of October to support the hospital’s lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.® In exchange for the donation, customers sign a St. Jude Halloween-themed pin-up which is displayed in the store. Petland also initiated a corporate campaign for the home office, offering payroll deductions for donations.
Because of fundraisers like the St. Jude Halloween Promotion, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because St. Jude believes all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
To learn more about the St. Jude Halloween Promotion, visit stjude.org/halloween.
When it comes to choosing the right kind of dog best suited to your lifestyle it helps to gain as much information as possible. The goal is to provide a loving forever home for your new canine companion, so it will take more time than researching the best cell phone. No one has a 12-year-old cell phone.
You may decide a calm Jack Russel Terrier who likes to lie on the couch all day or a perky Basset Hound who loves to run would be the best match for you. With just a little bit of research you will quickly learn how that is probably not a realistic plan. Now wouldn’t it be great if there was a place where you could learn about all the different breeds of dogs? There are such places! Dog Shows are a great place to see the over 140 American Kennel Club registered breeds and talk with their owners about their habits and natural behaviors. If attending a dog show is not realistic for your schedule, visit a local Petland, where trained pet counselors can show you different breeds and you can learn about their characteristics and tendencies. And the best part is you can play with them!
The most important question you must answer with the utmost honesty is how much time you have to spend with your dog regardless of the breed. Dogs have one item on their To Do List – Be With You! Dogs are time intensive not space intensive. A big yard is nice for a dog to be able to run but after a few spins around the yard they are usually at the door looking for you. You can have a full-time job and be a perfect dog owner if you create a budget for Doggy Day Care and set aside time to play before and after work. Dogs who are isolated and inactive all day are much more likely to engage in destructive behaviors around the house or have lapses with their house training.
If you are considering a puppy then time is even more important. Puppies require a more intensive time commitment for at least the first 6-9 months. Puppy obedience classes are a must. It is the most worthwhile time commitment you can make with your new puppy. A well-run obedience class will teach you how to train your puppy and provides the opportunity for your pup to learn to play with others in a safe environment.
Your best chance to provide the ideal, loving forever home for your new best friend is to learn as much as you can about various breeds of dogs and be realistic about your time schedule and your lifestyle.
An Ohio man and his 92-year-old grandmother want to help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia this holiday season. Ross Smith and his comedy sidekick – his own grandmother, who goes by “Granny” — visited four different senior living facilities around Ohio last week and they brought with them a very special gift: puppies.
Smith and Granny are a viral comedy duo who started producing funny videos together five years ago. The pair has become “best friends” since they started creating videos together, Smith said. “We’re just trying to spread as much positivity as we can… it makes us happy, too,” he told CBS News.
This year, they decided to use their comedy talents — and puppies — to brighten the holiday for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 65 has the disease, and the risk increases with age. While Smith says his own grandmother is not affected by it, he thought it was the perfect cause for the duo to focus on.
“It was time for me to come up with an idea to use this voice we have and to give back,” Smith said. “A lot of people were reaching out and saying they can’t speak to their grandma and grandpa anymore because they have dementia, and they live vicariously through us.” Smith said this inspired their visit to the senior living facilities.
Smith told CBS News that people there responded very well to the puppies. “What I learned is people who are affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, they aren’t receptive much,” he said. “But with animals and music, they really have old memories come back and hit them hard.”
“So, when I go into these rooms and I speak to people … you can tell they’ve been affected by this disease. But when you give them a puppy, it’s like radio silence and they’re so focused. It’s like night and day.”
The puppies were lent to Smith and Granny by Petland, a local pet store in Lewis Center, Ohio.
On the Monday before Thanksgiving, when the pair walked into the senior facilities with a bunch of puppies, the faces of the elderly patients immediately lit up.
Smith produced a video of their visits and released it on Thanksgiving Day. He says he wants people with Alzheimer’s and dementia to know they’re not forgotten — especially at the holidays.
“[People] just forget about folks when they’re old,” Smith said. “We want to give all we can to those who might not have families for the holidays or might not have a home or might have a hard time remembering the holidays.”
Smith’s now-viral video shows the patients snuggling up with several different dog breeds. Some of patients were so comfortable with the puppies, they were lulled to sleep.
Granny was also around to perk people up with a joke. “You folks are a perfect match,” she told one woman holding a puppy. “Did you meet on Tinder?” she joked.
Granny is constantly cracking jokes and pulling off pranks in her grandson’s social media videos. In fact, she’s become famous for them. Smith says he and Granny have over 19 million fans across YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
He and Granny first visited dementia patients back in June and decided to do it again this holiday season. This time, they left a lasting gift behind.
“We partnered with a pillow manufacturer in Chicago and we said we’re going to take an exact picture of each puppy and we’re going to make a custom cut-out pillow,” he said. “And we’re going to go give these pillows to people when we leave so they have something to hold on to.”
Smith said the puppy pillows were a hit, and his video shows that. Each person was handed a pillow that looked exactly like the dog they were just cuddling.
He said the duo plans on doing this again throughout the holiday season and then continuing throughout the year. Smith said anyone who wants to help can purchase their own pillow from The Custom Pillow. The company teamed up with Smith so that for every pillow sold, a free one will be given to Smith and Granny’s cause.
“This all started just as a little, small idea to give back and use our platform. Inspire people to do good,” Smith said. “We want people to be remembered and loved all year-round but especially during the holiday season, we want them to feel cared for.”
Petland Norwin is excited to announce their Second Annual Paws for the Cause Charity Event on October 14 raised more than $22,300 for three shelters, signifying a 35 percent increase over last year’s event. More than 425 people attended the sold out event at Stratigo’s Banquet Center featuring dinner, live K-9 demonstration, live auction, silent auction, and door prizes.
All proceeds will be going to the Pet Adoption League, Catawba Humane Society and Grand Strand Humane Society. Each will be receiving $7,430.
“We are overwhelmed and thrilled with the support we received from the community and more than 50 local businesses for this event,” said co-owner Ted Karcher. “Not only was it a great night of food and entertainment, we were able to raise significant dollars to help our shelter partners.”
Since opening in April of 2016, Petland Norwin has worked with different rescues and humane societies to adopt out more than 1,600 pets.
For more information, please contact Petland at (724) 515-5287.
Donation To Help Fund Clinical Trials
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Oct. 23, 2018 // PRNewswire // – Petland was honored to provide Project Alive with a check for $20,000 to help fund clinical trials. Petland stores in Southern Florida along with Petland, Inc. raised money through donations and drives in September.
Hunter Syndrome (MPS II) is a rare genetic disease that affects less than 500 boys in the United States, which leads to progressive damage. Some never develop speech, but some boys learn like a typical child then begin losing skills and what they’ve learned at a young age. They eventually lose the ability to walk, talk and eat. Most do not live to see their teen years.
Gene therapy, a revolutionary new approach to treating genetic diseases, may provide the cure these boys desperately need. Researchers are in the final stages of developing the first gene therapy clinical trial for boys with Hunter Syndrome. Project Alive, a 501c3 organization, aims to fund the trials and bring us one step closer to a cure.
Southern Florida Petland Franchisee Luis Marquez had the opportunity to meet this family and others touched by this rare condition and gifted therapy dogs to three of the young boys diagnosed with Hunter’s Syndrome (https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Boy-Fighting-Rare-Genetic-Disease-Hunter-Syndrome-Gifted-Therapy-Dog-487000591.html).
Sebastian’s parents are part of Project Alive, working to raise money for a clinical trial. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio are in the final stages of developing the first trial for boys with Hunter Syndrome. It is the most promising cure out there and it is ready to go when the funding is reached. The cost for the trials is $2.5 million.
“Petland Florida stands shoulder to shoulder with our partners at Project Alive,” said Marquez. “The fight against Hunter Syndrome is time-sensitive, we need everyone’s help! Our goal with this donation is to get other corporations and businesses involved in helping fund the cure while these beautiful children still have time.”
After meeting with Sebastian and his parents, Marquez introduced the family to Petland’s corporate team. He was planning fundraisers at his five Petland stores and asked the corporate office to join in the effort. Together, Petland was able to raise $20,000.
“After meeting Sebastian and his family and understanding how devastating this disease is and how important these trials are to families affected by Hunter’s Syndrome, we were eager to help raise funds,” said Elizabeth Kunzelman, Petland’s Director of Public Affairs. “Petland has a strong history of supporting organizations that help children and this effort really touched everyone.”
For more information about Hunter’s Syndrome and Project Alive, please visit projectalive.org.
Safari Stan’s Children’s Charities by Petland was formalized in 1994. Petland has two children’s charities – Make-A-Wish and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Annually, Petland collects funds year-round for St. Jude, collecting nearly $500,000 since 2009; and, since 1998 has fulfilled more than 350 wishes for Make-A-Wish kids who wish to have a pet.
Petland, Inc. is a franchise operation with quality, full service retail pet centers across the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and El Salvador. For more than 50 years, Petland Pet Counselors have been dedicated to matching the right pet with the right person and meeting the needs of both. To its customers who already have pets, Petland is dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and enjoyment of the human-animal bond. Petland was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in south central Ohio. For more information on Petland, visit www.petland.com.
One St. George teenager learned that wishes do come true Tuesday when she received the gift of love in the form of a fluffy, wriggly puppy.
Sophia Duran, 17, was the guest of honor at a surprise wish party hosted by Make-A-Wish Utah where she met her new best friend and heart’s desire, Oliver, a miniature Australian shepherd pup.
“It’s so exciting,” she said.
The demure teen was diagnosed 18 months ago with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare cancer that affects mostly children and teenagers. After 10 months of treatment, including 14 rounds of chemotherapy and 28 days of radiation, her cancer is in remission.
Make-A-Wish is a national non-profit foundation dedicated to granting wishes to children with life-threatening conditions.
Make-a-Wish surprises a St. George teen with a puppy St. George Spectrum & Daily News
According to Sophia’s mom, Heather McGarvie, her daughter has wanted a puppy of her own since she was a little girl. Wish granters, Troy Rivera and Celeste Sorensen worked with Make-A-Wish and her family to make that happen. Wish Manager Hilarie Timmerman drove to Idaho to pick up Oliver and chauffeur him to the party.
“They are such amazing people and I’m so glad that I got the chance to meet them and got my wish granted,” Sophia said.
Oliver was granted a few wishes of his own Doggie beds, bowls and toys along with a year of veterinary care are part of package.
“It’s such a joy working with all these kids. We’re just trying to give them a little bit of hope in a tough time. The look on her face is reason enough for me,” said Timmerman who oversees the foundation’s efforts in the state.
“We’re granting a wish almost every other day here in Utah, but every day is a big day at Make-a-Wish,” she said. “All the wishes are really fantastic.”
She said that more than 200 wishes are currently waiting in the “wish pipeline” and more wish granters are needed to make those dreams come true. Granters serve as a liaison between the foundation and the family, coordinating the wish-granting process. The position pays an unlimited amount of joy, happiness and satisfaction.“It takes a lot of people to make a wish happen,” Timmerman said.
McGarvie is grateful to Make-A-Wish for the team effort that went into granting her daughter’s request.
“They went above and beyond (what) I could ever imagine that they would do for a child,” she said. “It is truly a very noble foundation and I just thank them from the bottom of my heart.”
For more information about the foundation visit Make-A-Wish Utah.
MIDDLEPORT — The Village of Middleport will soon have a new tool in the battle against drugs — K9 Bonnie.
Bonnie, a Belgian Malinois, is currently in training for eight weeks with Officer Shannon Smith of the Middleport Police Department.
Smith and Bonnie were introduced to village officials on Friday following their first week of training.
“Bonnie will be nothing but a benefit and asset to the community,” said Chief Bruce Swift of the new addition to the department.
Bonnie comes to Middleport from the Czech Republic, by way of Final Response K9 Solutions in London, Ohio. Owner Tony LaRosa was among those on hand Friday as Bonnie was introduced.
Petland gave $7,500 which paid for the canine, with other donations from Farmers Bank, King Ace Hardware and anonymous donors helping to make the establishment of the village’s first K-9 unit possible.
The training is also being provided at no cost through the Mansfield Police Department, which is allowing for the village to begin the program without the usual start-up cost of acquiring the canine and the initial training.
LaRosa explained that Smith had contacted him to see if he had any dogs available, with Smith going to LaRosa’s farm to see some of the dogs.
It was actually another canine that LaRosa had in mind for Smith, but after seeing Smith and Bonnie together she was the canine selected.
LaRosa said Bonnie has a great social drive and work-ability. In the office on Friday she was sharing what has been called “Bonnie Hugs” with those around her.
Swift explained that when looking to begin the K9 Unit, the idea of having a social dog was important. This will allow for Smith and Bonnie to attend events such as Food Truck Thursday and the Fourth of July festivities without any concerns.
While she is social, LaRosa explained that Bonnie will have no issue “flipping the switch” when it comes time to work.
As of now, the plan is to have Bonnie trained as a “single-purpose” dog/drug dog, although there is still the option to train her for apprehension and tracking which would make her a dual-purpose dog.
This is not the first time Smith has worked with a canine, having previously been a canine handler as part of the Nationwide Childrens Hospital security team. That was also where he first worked with Petland to acquire a canine.
Hannah Mullin, Communications and Community Service Coordinator for Petland, was on hand Friday to meet Bonnie, as well as deliver supplies and toys for her. This is the 81st canine that Petland Corporate, based in Chillicothe, has helped to place with law enforcement.
Anyone interested in donating to Middleport Police Department K9 Unit may do so through the Middleport Police Department, with the donation marked for the Middleport Police Department K9 Unit.