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All Month of May: National Pet Month and Chip Your Pet Month
The nonprofit Morris Animal Foundation launches its seventh annual pet cancer campaign, Stop Cancer Furever. The two-month campaign raises awareness of, and funds for, research leading to new understandings about how to prevent, diagnose and treat animal cancers. All information can be found at Stop Cancer Furever. This year, once again, the Petco Foundation and Blue Buffalo Company are providing a dollar-for-dollar match on all gifts up to $100,000.
As part of the campaign, the Foundation also is “hosting” a one-mile Stop Cancer Furever Virtual Walk to fundraise for Stop Cancer Furever on June 20. Participants can set up their own fundraiser page on the Foundation’s events page, and include their story, pictures and share why cancer research is important to them. The Virtual Walk helps supporters come together as a virtual community of hope and action. Participants who raise at least $100 receive a Foundation bandana and a customizable Wall of Hope certificate. In addition to raising funds for cancer research, Morris Animal Foundation will provide pet owners and animal lovers free downloadable cancer prevention checklists and other educational cancer-related content. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org. Check out the Stop Cancer Furever campaign video here.
This Asheville, NC, pet-friendly expo filled with presentations, food vendors, door prizes, music, Animal Blessings and more is now going online! Many vendors and presentations focusing on holistic pet care can now be accessed virtually with specials and discounts being offered throughout the day! The Angel Pets Expo supports the idea that pets are angels and pets are family! Just go to angelpetsexpo.com or check it out on Facebook.
This annual event to benefit the Atlanta Humane Society has been postponed, but the event will be rescheduled at a later date. Check out puppyhavenat.com for updates.
Dogs don’t care that they are specially-abled and neither should we, but specially-abled dogs have a hard time getting adopted. Celebrate these courageous pups during this day and consider having a specially-abled pup become a part of your family. @speciallyabledpetsday on Facebook.
The International Dog Behaviour Conference (DBC) has moved from an in-person event to an online platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This global online event brings together the most influential, progressive and inspirational pet industry experts with dog lovers, owners, trainers and professionals from around the world. Held via videoconference, it now features an expanded panel of luminaries from the animal world. Speakers list includes Dogster contributor and behaviourist Victoria Stilwell, best known for the TV show “It’s Me or the Dog” and CEO of Positively, VSPDT and Victoria Stilwell Academy, plus doctoral researcher from the University of Sussex Holly Root-Gutteridge, behaviour expert and Companion Animal Psychology founder Zazie Todd, renowned veterinary behaviourist Sara Heath, Petreprenuer marketing expert J. Nichole Smith of Working with Dog, Arizona State University’s behavioral scientist Clive Wynne and DBC favorite Sarah Fisher. The DBC is hosted by the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behaviour. Registration is open to the public at positively.com/dbc.
May 9: 2020: National Dog Mom’s Day
Forget traditional Mother’s Day — or perhaps not or you’ll be in trouble; however, add this day to your calendar to celebrate those of us Dog Moms who care for and love our furry animal kids. Celebrated on the second Saturday of every May.
Everyone’s favorite Great Dane paws back to the big screen in his own animated feature film. Don’t worry about waiting for movie theaters to open back up to see it — Scoob! will release digitally! The whole gang and The Mystery Machine are tackling another doggone mystery — a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. Directed by Tony Cervone, you’ll hear stars like Zac Efron, Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Tracy Morgan, Will Forte, Ken Jeong and Frank Welker as the voice of Scooby Doo. Trailer at scoob.movie.
The World Dog Expo, which was to take place on May 30-31, 2020, is postponed due to Covid-19. The new date will be May 22-23, 2021 at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. The weekend festival celebrates dogs with a variety of events: dock diving, disc dog, lure coursing, weight pull, agility, fly ball, obedience, scent work, French ring sport, barn hunt and schutzhund. Get the latest details at worldexpo.dog.
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