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How to Combat Doggie and Kitty Blues While Under House Arrest Due to Covid-19

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It’s a mood changer and an uncertain time in the world, what with social distancing, no doggie park and no kitty play hour. Chances are you and your pets adhere to a day by day schedule, which has changed drastically in the last few weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are confined to our dwellings for most hours of the day and our pets want our attention. It is highly recommend going out for long walks as much as you can … a “total immune booster”. It can be therapeutic for both you and your pet to get some fresh air, while abiding to the guidelines established for our well being.

While confined inside, there are many things you can do to engage with your furry playmates. Use your creativity and ingenuity to conjure up new ways to make daily playtime more jubilant. This will make your cuddle time more enriching and therapeutic.

First rule: Know your pet’s personality and activity level. Then mix it up! You will become their personal trainer! Design a program that meets their specific needs and fits in with your schedule. Remember: “what you sow so shall you reap.” The benefits of pet interaction are awesome! Interaction increases serotonin levels, which boosts mood, memory, increases oxytocin levels and dopamine levels to the brain (“love pleasure hormones”). This reduces psychological stress (anxiety or fear) and health ailments such as high blood pressure or heart issues.

Some Suggestions to Keep You and Your Furr Babies Happy

For All Pets

Music: Get your feet a-tapping! You can do this in the smallest of spaces and offers a fun time with your pet at the same time. I have an Australian Shepherd, so there is some movin’ going on! Just a few minutes goes a long way to making your day or evening oh so much better!

For Dogs

Hide and Seek: Is really for both cats and dogs. It’s always fun to hide treats around the house and let your pet sniff them out. You can use cardboard boxes, muffin tins and egg crate boxes to create a labyrinth of fun.

Clever engaging toys like Kong Genius or Entertaineze Puzzle Ball for interactive playtime are also available.

My pup loves dog puzzles and treat dispensers. Nina Ottoman makes some really cool ones for both dogs and kitties.

Toss and Retrieve: This is a natural behavior for canines (prey-carrying). Fetch and retrieve is instinctual to getting a meal (dogs are descendants of wolves). I recommend softer balls indoors, and also a good game of catch-the-toy-in-the-air if your dog enjoys that kind of play. It’s always fun to work on training new behavior patterns and tricks they can learn.

Chew: Satisfying your pups natural urges to chew and gnaw can give your dog hours of play time and keeps gums and teeth healthy. These are good for when you need some quiet time. They come in all shapes and sizes and strengths. *Please make sure you purchase ones that are non-toxic to your pet. Kong Toys and Jolly Toys are on the top of my list. Also look into West Paw Pet Products.

Tug: You can find many creative ways to play tug with your furry friend. Once again I like Kong durable toys. You can find many of them on Amazon and Chewy.com

Snuggle: Lots and Lots of Cuddles, hugs and belly rubs! and brushing/grooming can be hugely bonding.

For Kitties

Make Sure You Design a Program Based on Your Cat’s Personality

Swat: Some toys mimic their prey…ribbons, feathers, and anything that dangles or drags will engage your kitty’s curiosity, and there goes the paw! SWAT! Check out the latest in Cat Teaser Toys on Chewy.com. Fashion Talk Cat Toys offers a super great Variety Pack…a great gift, especially for new kitty owners.

Private Space:  Blankets in shapes. Rugs in shapes. Boxes they can hide in. Think Cat Condo or MidWest’s Curios Cat Cube

Hunting: This is a very strong instinct (you may have experienced an occasional  mouse or bird left for you as a present). Toys or objects that mimic sounds. Hide-and-seek with treats  around your home encourages their natural instincts.

Scratching Posts: Scratching is an instinctive behavior in cats. They use posts to stretch, to mark territory, and help the outer layer of their nails. Kongs’ natural incline cat Scratcher toy is pretty great and can decrease furniture scratching!

Treats: SmartyKat makes some great Catnip toys. Pet Safe egg.cersizer is very interactive and dispenses treats. I also love SmartCat Peek A-Prize Toy Box.

Schedule Quality Playtimes: Playtime doesn’t have to extend to hours on end. Try 10- or 15-minute game play with your furry friend. Games can include fetch, crumpled tissue paper,wand toys, flashlights or anything you can dream up that gives them mental and physical stimulation. Bored kitties..”not so good!” Engaged kitties are happy kitty. Prrrrrr.

Prayers to all at this time. Sending much love, and prayers for wellness and peace during this very challenging time. XXXOO

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The Dogs Have It: Are You Ready For Halloween

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On Sunday, October 22nd from 12 – 3pm head to Manhattan West Plaza,  395 9th Ave Enter Plaza at 9th Avenue, Between 31st & 33rd Streets and bring your dog for a spook-tacular canine activity that includes tricks and treats in celebration of Halloween. If you are just a dog lover just come by to watch the fun! Show off you and your pup’s paw-fect costume for a chance to win prizes. Costumes are encouraged for both you and your furry friend.

Free advanced registration on Eventbrite is recommended (link at right), but all entry is on a first-come, first-serves basis. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Register on Eventbrite and receive a free collapsible dog dish upon check-in.

You and your furry friend can participate in any or all of our contests! The awards ceremony will take place at the end of the event. Remember, space to participate in our contests is limited. Sign up onsite at the event is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Activities include:

+ Contests – You and your furry friend can participate in any or all of our contests! The awards ceremony will take place at the end of the event. Remember, space to participate in our contests is limited. Sign up onsite at the event is on a first-come, first-served basis.

– Tricks Contest (12:30pm – limited to first 30 entries) – Have you been bragging about your dog’s adorable antics to all your friends? Now is the time to show them off. Join our tricks contest and let your dog wow us! A prize will be bestowed upon the top dog.

– Best Dog Costume (1:00pm – limited to first 50 entries) – Is your dog a strutter? More of a show-off-on-the-runway type? Bring your pup to show off their amazing costume on the runway!

– Best Dynamic Duo Costume Contest (1:45pm – limited to first 50 entries) – If you are really feeling the HOWL-oween spirit, make an ensemble with your dog and go for a coordinated costume prize between canine and human!

– This year’s EMCEE will be Jolie Dudley from Must Love Dogs and Comedy. JUDGES for the Costume and Trick Contests will include Delphine Blue, Joseph Borduin, America Hernandez, Nicolas Polanco, and Sophie Vershbow.

+ Caricatures – Capture a special Howl-oween moment with a hand-drawn caricature of your dressed up dog! We’re bringing some of Coney Island’s best street artists to Manhattan West for the occasion!

+ Haunted Walk – You’ve been to haunted houses, but enter our Haunted Dog Walk . . . if you dare! This custom experience for pups and their humans will include scary and fun photo ops including a funhouse mirror . . . for dogs!

+ Biscuits & Bath Table – Stop by and participate in “tricks for a treat” in which your dog can perform a trick and receive a free puppuccino! You can also get tips from a trainer, play Dog Costume Bingo, sign up for raffle prizes, receive a gift bag, and more! Biscuits & Bath is a pet amenity space offering onsite daycare, grooming, dog walking, and training, and shuttle services to offsite veterinary care and overnight boarding. Biscuits & Bath Eugene caters exclusively to the residents of The Eugene.

+ Treats Table – Trick or treat? No need to choose between the two! Pop by for free treats for your pup!

+ DJ Mike Doelo will provide just the right soundtrack for our human and furry friends to enjoy the afternoon.

All attendees must read and sign a WAIVER (1 per person) in order to attend the event. Please complete ahead of time to ensure faster on-site check-in!

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Save the Date For Broadway Barks

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Broadway Barks announces the full roster of participants for the 25th annual dog and cat adoption event. As previously announced, the event takes place in Shubert Alley on Saturday, July 8, 2023, and will be hosted by Bernadette Peters, satirist and animal lover Randy Rainbow with a special appearance by Josh Groban.

In addition, famed illustrator and author, Hilary Knight has designed this year’s poster art. Limited edition prints will be for sale at the merchandise table at the event.

Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the adoption event takes place in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues). BARKS begins at 3 p.m. with a ‘meet and greet’ with all the adoptable pets; 5- 6:30 p.m. adoptees make their Broadway debut on stage alongside some of Broadway’s favorite stars for the celebrity presentations.

Over the past 24 years, more than 2,100 dogs and cats have grabbed Broadway’s spotlight and the hearts of all who come to the event. Approximately 85% of these furry friends have successfully found forever homes.

BROADWAY BARKS is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the event benefit the participating shelters and rescue groups.

Celebrity participants lending their support include:

Clyde Alves (New York, New York)

Annaleigh Ashford (Sweeney Todd)

Sonya Balsara (Aladdin)

Maria Bilbao (Sweeney Todd)

Jewelle Blackman (Hadestown)

Rajesh Bose (Life of Pi)

Steven Boyer (Kimberly Akimbo)

Laura Bell Bundy (The Cottage)

Kevin Cahoon (Shucked)

Reeve Carney (Hadestown)

Nicholas Christopher (Sweeney Todd)

Victoria Clark (Kimberly Akimbo) Eddie Cooper (Parade)

Lilli Cooper (The Cottage)

Kevin Del Aguila (Some Like It Hot)

Brooke Dillman (Once Upon a One More Time)

John Dossett (Wicked)

Andrew Durand (Shucked)

Leandra Ellis-Gaston (Six)

Gina Ferrall (Leopoldstadt)

J. Harrison Ghee (Some Like it Hot)

Avery Glymph (Life of Pi)

Josh Groban (Sweeney Todd)

Justin Guarini (Once Upon a One More Time)

Briga Heelan (Once Upon a One More Time)

Adam Heller (Some Like it Hot)

Robyn Hurder (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

Ayana Jackson (MJ The Musical)

Jamie Jackson (Sweeney Todd)

Arielle Jacobs (Here Lies Love)

Mark Jacoby (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

Zoe Jensen (Six)

Taylor Iman Jones (Six)

Carol Kane

Ashley D. Kelley (Shucked)

Colby Kipnes (Grey House)

Derek Klena (Moulin Rouge)

Sean Allan Krill (Parade)

McKenzie Kurtz (Wicked))

Melanie La Barrie (&Juliet)

Joanna “JoJo” Levesque (Moulin Rouge)

Mark Lotito (Some Like it Hot)

Michael Maliakel (Aladdin)

Alyssa Marvin (Grey Hosue)

Tatiana Maslany (Grey House)

Marsha Mason

Michael Mastro (Funny Girl)

Gaten Matarazzo (Sweeney Todd)

Alli Mauzey (Kimberly Akimbo)

Michael McCormick (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

Howard McGillin (Parade)

Laurie Metcalf (Grey House)

Bonnie Milligan (Kimberly Akimbo)

Paolo Montalban (Funny Girl)

Donna Murphy

Anne L. Nathan (Funny Girl)

Bebe Neuwirth

Alex Newell (Shucked)

Eva Noblezada (Hadestown)

Michele Pawk (Wicked)

Linda Powell (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

John Rapson (Sweeney Todd)

Colton Ryan (New York, New York)

Angie Schworer (Some Like it Hot)

Jennifer Simard (Once Upon a One More Time)

Emily Skinner (New York, New York)

Tess Soltau (Once Upon a One More Time)

Dana Steingold (The Cottage)

Bri Sudia (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

Will Swenson (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

Paulo Szot (& Juliet)

Nasia Thomas (Six)

Betsy Wolfe (& Juliet)

Subject to change

Barks will feature adoptable pets from the following New York City area animal shelters and adoption agencies:

1 Love 4 Animals
Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniels Rescue Adopt A Boxer Rescue
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)
Anjellicle Cats Rescue
Best Friends Animal Society
Bideawee
Bobbi and the Strays
City Critters
Francis’s Friends

Hearts and Bones Rescue Husky House
Linda’s Cat Assistance Little Shelter

Long Island Bulldog Rescue Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Muddy Paws Rescue
Pet ResQ Inc.
SaveKitty Foundation
Second Chance Rescue
SPCA of Westchester
Urban Cat League

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the philanthropic heart of Broadway, is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theater community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund), including the HIV Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., providing lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance.

For more information about Broadway Barks please visit them online at broadwaybarks.org. For more information about Broadway Cares, please visit them online at broadwaycares.org.

Follow Broadway Barks:
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/broadwaybarks – Twitter: @BroadwayBarks
– Instagram: @broadwaybarks

Follow Bernadette Peters:
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BernadettePeters – Twitter: @OfficialBPeters
-Instagram: @officialbernadettepeters

Follow Randy Rainbow:
-Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RandyRainbowOfficial -Twitter: @RandyRainbow
-Instagram: @RandyRainbow

Follow Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS:
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCEFA – Twitter: @BCEFA
– Instagram: @BCEFA

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Broadway Barks Returns

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On July 8th, Broadway Barks returns to Shubert Alley for the 25th anniversary of the star-studded dog and cat adoption event, which benefits New York City animal rescue groups. The event, co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, features Broadway celebrities who use their star power to help find loving homes for animals in need from 24 NYC area adoption and rescue groups.

As part of the milestone anniversary, Peters will host the event with satirist and animal lover Randy Rainbow and with a special appearance by Josh Groban.

Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the adoption event takes place in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues). Barks begins at 3pm with a ‘meet and greet’ of all the adoptable pets; from 5–6:30pm, adoptees make their Broadway debut on stage alongside some of Broadway’s favorite stars for the celebrity presentations.

Over the past 24 years, more than 2,100 dogs and cats have grabbed Broadway’s spotlight and the hearts of all who come to the event. Approximately 85% of these furry friends have successfully found forever homes.

Broadway Barks is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the event benefit the participating shelters and rescue groups.

Celebrity participants lending their support include, in alphabetical order:

Clyde Alves (New York, New York)
Annaleigh Ashford (Sweeney Todd)
Maria Bilbao (Sweeney Todd)
Rajesh Bose (Life of Pi)
Steven Boyer (Kimberly Akimbo)
Kevin Cahoon (Shucked)
Victoria Clark (Kimberly Akimbo)
Kevin Del Aguila (Some Like It Hot)
John Dossett (Wicked)
Andrew Durand (Shucked)
Leandra Ellis-Gaston (Six)
Gina Ferrall (Leopoldstadt)
Avery Glymph (Life of Pi)
Josh Groban (Sweeney Todd)
Adam Heller (Some Like it Hot)
Robyn Hurder (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)
Ayana Jackson (MJ The Musical)
Zoe Jensen (Six)
Taylor Iman Jones (Six)
Carol Kane
Ashley D. Kelley (Shucked)
Sean Allan Krill (Parade)
McKenzie Kurtz (Wicked)
Mark Lotito (Some Like it Hot)
Michael Maliakel (Aladdin)
Tatiana Maslany (Grey House)
Marsha Mason
Michael Mastro (Funny Girl)
Alli Mauzey (Kimberly Akimbo)
Michael McCormick (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)
Howard McGillin (Parade)
Laurie Metcalf (Grey House)
Bonnie Milligan (Kimberly Akimbo)
Paolo Montalban (Funny Girl)
Anne L. Nathan (Funny Girl)
Bebe Neuwirth
Michele Pawk (Wicked)
Linda Powell (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)
Colton Ryan (New York, New York)
Angie Schworer (Some Like it Hot)
Jennifer Simard (Once Upon a One More Time)
Emily Skinner (New York, New York)
Bri Sudia (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)
Will Swenson (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)
Paulo Szot (& Juliet)
Betsy Wolfe (& Juliet)

Photo by Daniel Roberts, © Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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Veterinarian Who Pioneered Pet House Calls in Manhattan Marks Thirtieth Anniversary

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Thirty years ago, City Pets transformed the veterinary experience for dog and cat owners by offering house call appointments. In the comfort, safety, and convenience of their own surroundings, animals and their human companions exhibit considerably less anxiety. Since founding City Pets in 1992, Dr. Amy Attas has delivered care in the homes, offices and even movie sets for over 10, 000 active patients. She is widely considered an innovator in the multi-billion dollar veterinary industry, and City Pets isthe largest house-call veterinary practice in NY and quite probably the nation. “In a house call, I can uncover so much more about my patients and the environment they live in and that translates into better care,” she says. “When a pet is relaxed, exams and tests are easier for doctor and patient alike––and often more accurate without the ‘white coat syndrome’ that frequently occurs in a hospital setting.”
A vet house call solves the problems of:Transporting a pet in a taxi or carrier through the bustling streets of Manhattan. Surrounding a pet with other animals who might be sick and contagious in a crowded waiting room. Time spent traveling to the hospital, waiting for the doctor, and then bringing the pet home again. Travel difficulties for disabled or elderly pet owners. Providing a comfortable, familiar surrounding for the pet and family when it’s time to say good-bye.
Attas’ passion for bringing unparalleled personal attention to her animal patients and human clients has her mapping out her stops with military precision, Attas is aided by a nurse and a driver who have collectively spent nearly 35 years with her. City Pets’ vets and nurses arrive in an S.U.V. fully equipped to perform routine procedures such as vaccinations, blood work and ultrasound tests, post-surgical care, chemotherapy, wound care, cold laser therapy, and more. They can average 12-15 house calls a day. That’s generally more appointments than an in-hospital vet sees, and they often treat more than one pet on each home visit.
City Pets’ fees run about 20% higher than those for a traditional office visit, with an included transportation cost that varies with distance. After three decades in the business, Attas has strong relationships with the best hospitals and specialists should more complex procedures requiring anesthesia, surgery, or other highly specialized care, be needed. Unusual in the industry, City Pets continues its management of the pet’s care even after they are admitted to a specialty hospital.
As the city’s premier house-call service, City Pets has served an impressive roster of high-profile clients in all arenas, including such icons as Billy Joel, Elton John, Wayne Gretzky, Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell, and even former mayor Michael Bloomberg. When Paul McCartney was wondering what kind of dog to get, he consulted Dr. Amy, which is how a lovable rescue entered and changed his life. Sir Paul and his wife became ambassadors for adopting shelter pets. Comedian Joan Rivers would trust care for her famed pooch Spike only to Dr. Amy, setting aside funds in her will for the vet to see to all of her pets for the rest of their lives.She has wonderful anecdotes to share.
But most important to the doctor is that City Pets allows her to help people in need. She developed City Pets to serve people of all socioeconomic segments, including pet owners who are disabled and elderly. She regularly makes house calls to clients in housing projects and walkup tenement buildings throughout the city.
Looking ahead, Attas foresees untapped future business opportunities for house-call services. “The City Pets model is easily transferable to other cities and communities on its own or as a standalone adjunct to a large animal hospital or pet superstore.
Dr. Amy Attas founded City Pets in 1992 to provide the highest quality veterinary care in the comfort of home and in the process, disrupted the veterinarian business model. The innovator is a graduate of Barnard College with a V.M.D. and an M.A. in Animal Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the School’s Board of Advisors. Attas was selected for the highly sought-after internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. Attas has been awarded the Award of Merit and the Outstanding Service to Veterinary Medicine by the Veterinary Medical Association of the City of New York. Town & Countrymagazine named her a “Best Vet” in New York City. She has appeared on numerous T.V. and radio shows and served as a veterinarian for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
City Pets, “The House Call Vets,” is Manhattan’s premier home veterinary practice whose core values rely on providing a holistic approach to the patient’s well-being. It was founded in 1992 by Dr. Amy Attas to realize her vision that Manhattan dogs and cats should receive the highest quality veterinary care in the comfort of their owner’s home. Dr. Amy and her team have provided medical care for thousands of NewYork City’s pets and their families since 1992.City Pets employs an associate doctor, two full-time nurses, two part-time nurses, and three administrative assistants. Pet wellness exams, preventative care, vaccinations, fluid therapy, pet travel certification, pain management, cancer treatment, laser therapy, pet microchipping, and at-home euthanasia are among the services they provide. Visit CityPetsVets.com for more information. Follow on Facebookand Instagram.
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Rescue Dogs Hit The Fashion Runway

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What do you get when you combine rescue dogs, cool pet products and trendy canine couture? You get the inaugural Rescue on the Runway presented by Pet Retail World. It’s all happening on Saturday, December 10 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 873 Broadway at 18th St. in Manhattan.

Rescue pooches will be the stars of the runway, but in order to be the best advocate for them, not all of them will be in designer duds. (Yes, not all pups like to wear clothes and we want to make sure all the animals are as comfortable as possible.) Instead, two-legged handlers will showcase the products as they walk the runway with the adoptable pups. Best of all, three New York City animal rescue organizations: Waggy Tail Rescue, Second Chance Rescue NYC and No More Pain Rescue will benefit from the proceeds of the event.

Tickets run from $55 for general admission to $99 for VIP admission. It’s also Pet Retail World’s seventh pet product sampling event, so everyone will receive a swag bag of pet products worth more $250. Rescue dogs will also be available for adoption.

There will be three runway shows throughout the evening. The first show highlights Waggy Tail Rescue pups, who will wear some of the trendiest pet designs from companies such as Knit One

Change One. The second show will feature Second Chance Rescue dogs, who will wear some limited-edition products from some of the most popular pet product businesses like Buddy Belts. The final show of the evening is where pet parents and their animals will rock the runway. Some of the featured merchandise will even be auctioned off to benefit the charities.

Pet and women’s wear fashion designer Anthony Rubio, the internationally acclaimed pet couturier and women’s wear designer, will also be honored that night with the Rescue on the Runway ICON Award, for his groundbreaking work in the pet fashion industry.

If you can’t attend the event, you can still donate to the rescues and tune in to the livestream to watch and purchase runway items. To buy tickets or find out more information, go
to: https://www.petretailworld.com/pages/rescue-runway.

There will also be special surprises that will be announced leading up to the December 10 event. Check Pet Retail World’s Instagram page for updates at @petretailworld.

Pet Retail World is a full-service marketing agency specializing in video content for the pet industry. The agency often hosts live events throughout New York City.

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