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How a Pet Helps You Feel Better When You Are Sad

If you already own a pet, then you’re likely to be well aware of the uplifting effect that a pet can have on your mood when you’re feeling sad.

But have you ever wondered why this is?

Here are a few scientifically-backed reasons as to how a pet is genuinely able to make a person feel better when they are feeling down…

FEEL-GOOD BRAIN CHEMICALS

Your brain produces a number of different natural chemicals that each have their own effect on your mood.

One of these chemicals is called oxytocin. When the brain releases this, you immediately feel happier and more loved.

Not only that, but the oxytocin then sends signals to the other neurotransmitters in the brain, encouraging it to release other feel-good hormones, such as:

• Serotonin

• Dopamine

• Adrenaline

How are these feel-good brain chemicals linked to pets?

Well, research shows that when you stroke a pet, this triggers your brain to produce and release an increased amount of oxytocin. This, in turn, will quickly have an uplifting effect on your mood.

In fact, you don’t even necessarily need to stroke a pet to experience these benefits…

Simply looking into your pet’s eyes can have similar effects!

COMFORT AND EMPATHY

Not only can many animals sense your emotions, but they can also tell whether you are feeling happy or sad. This is a concept officially known as emotional contagion, and it is something that is being increasingly studied.

While research may still be ongoing, what we do know is that pets, whether they can sense your sadness or not, offer so much comfort and empathy.

Your pet will be there to support you whenever you are feeling down, and your pet is also guaranteed to be one of the best listeners you will ever find! Just talking to your pet about whatever it is that is bothering you can actually increase your problem-solving abilities, meaning that you may even find a logical and productive way to overcome your sadness.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

While a fish or a hamster may not provide this benefit, other pets, such as dogs and cats, do tend to encourage their owners to spend more time outdoors.

This is especially the case with dogs, and dog owners will likely find themselves outdoors so much more than they would have been, all because of their dog.

Did you know that spending more time outdoors can have a direct effect on how happy you’re feeling?

Even if you just spend half an hour a day at your local park with your dog, you will experience:

• Less stress

• More empathy

• Increased concentration and creativity

• An increase in physical fitness

• An improvement in overall health

As you can imagine, when experiencing all of those different benefits, your sadness will soon disappear!

Pets add so much to our lives, and the fact that an animal can almost immediately make a person feel happier is a huge added bonus for pet owners. Whether you own a dog, a cat, a fish, or anything else, try turning to your pet the next time you are feeling sad for an instant mood lift. Learn more here about how your pets can help boost your mood!

Noah Kahan New Single

NOAH KAHAN UNVEILS VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “MESS”

TOURING WITH JAMES BAY IN NORTH AMERICA THROUGH MARCH AND WITH DEAN LEWIS IN EUROPE AND THE U.K. IN APRIL

WATCH HERE

Today, Noah Kahan releases the video for his new single, “Mess.” Watch it HERE! Produced by Kahan’s frequent collaborator Joel Little (Lorde, Khalid), the song has already received praise from Billboard, NYLON, Idolator, EARMILK, Baeble, Ones To Watch and more.

Of the inspiration behind the video, Noah says, “I initially called ‘Mess’ ‘Feed the Dogs’ because my pups were a huge part of the inspiration for the tune. When I was in Vermont after high school, they were my only company during what was a lonesome time. With that in mind, I knew I had to make the music video be centered around dogs. Despite my dogs’ jealousy, we got 11 trained professional dogs (who were way more famous than me) for the shoot in LA and shot a video I really loved. Hope you guys like it too!”

“Mess” follows the global success of Kahan’s breakout singles, “Hurt Somebody” and “False Confidence.” With over 200 million global streams to date, “Hurt Somebody” is triple platinum in Australia and gold in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland and New Zealand; and it peaked at #1 on the Top 40 radio charts in Australia for three weeks, making it the third most played song on the Australian airwaves in all of 2018 where Noah has become one of the most buzzworthy new acts. “False Confidence” continues to grow with over 16 million streams to date and peaked in the top 5 at Triple A radio in the U.S.

Noah Kahan is currently on the road with James Bay this month on his North American tour. He will also be joining Dean Lewis on his headline tour in Europe and the U.K. in April. See the full list of upcoming dates below. Tickets are available here

In two short years, music quite literally carried 22-year-old singer, songwriter and artist Noah Kahan around the world—a long way from his native Strafford, VT (pop. 1,045) and the 133-acre tree farm where he resides. On the trip, the alternative troubadour notched an international hit in the form of “Hurt Somebody” [feat. Julia Michaels], while his singles “Young Blood” and “False Confidence” also racked up millions of streams and he sold out headline tours in North America, Europe, and the UK and hit the road with artists like George Ezra and Leon Bridges. Not to mention, he has garnered critical acclaim from Billboard, Stereogum, Clash, Idolator, and more. In the midst of this whirlwind, he assembled his upcoming full-length debut album. The first single “Mess” illuminates his marked growth as a songwriter and storyteller by way of its biting lyrics and undeniable sing-a-long, underscoring a heartwarming and often hilarious portrait of hometown longing.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

March 14                  Toronto, ON                         Sony Centre for the Performing Arts^

March 16                  Montreal, QC                       Place Des Arts^

March 18                  Royal Oak, MI                      Royal Oak Music Theatre^

March 19                  Chicago, IL                          The Riviera Theatre^

March 20                  Minneapolis, MN                  State Theatre^

March 22                  Denver, CO                          Fillmore Auditorium^

March 23                  Salt Lake City, UT               The Union Event Center^

March 25                  Los Angeles, CA                  The Wiltern^

March 27                  Oakland, CA                        Fox Theater^

March 30                  Portland, OR                        Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall^

March 31                  Vancouver, BC                    Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre^

April 3                       Seattle, WA                          Paramount Theatre^

April 6                       Frankfurt, Germany             Gibson*

April 7                       Zurich, Switzerland              Kaufleuten*

April 8                       Munich, Germany                Backstage Werk*

April 10                     Hamburg, Germany             Docks*

April 11                     Berlin, Germany                   Astra Kulturhaus*

April 13                     Amsterdam, Netherlands     Paradiso*

April 14                     Brussels, Belgium                Ancienne Belgique*

April 15                     London, UK                          O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire*

April 16                     London, UK                          O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire*

April 18                     Glasgow, UK                        St Luke’s*

April 19                     Manchester, UK                   O2 Ritz*

April 21                     Dublin, Ireland                     Vicar Street*

^ Supporting James Bay

* Supporting Dean Lewis

NOAH KAHAN

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV), Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records, and Universal Music Latin Entertainment.  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

Tips to Grooming Your Dog at Home

Our dogs are our most faithful friends and companions, making our homes more welcoming and lively. For this reason, if you are a pet parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your 4-legged buddy is well groomed to keep them happy and health all day long. Grooming your dog regularly keeps it neat, comfortable and healthy, enhancing its charming looks at all times. Most people prefer the services of a professional groomer to help their dogs maintain a cute and clean appearance.

However, if you are running on a low budget, you may prefer to groom your dog at home. This will not only save you money, but can also strengthen the bond between you and your little friend. It is quite easy and affordable. Be it Poodle, Chow Chow or Shih tzu grooming, with the right grooming tools and techniques, you can hack it without the expensive trips to the dog-salon. Here are some DIY dog grooming tips.

1. Invest in the best dog grooming tools and products

Before you start the grooming sessions, it is important to purchase the best professional tool, for every task to make the session comfortable and enjoyable for both you and your dog.

Below are some important tools for your dog grooming:

● A dog comb/ Brush – Depending on the type and length of the dog coat, you can use metal-pinned brush (for long coats) or rubber-teethed brush (for short-haired dogs).

● A pair of professional grade scissors – For smooth cutting without pulling or snagging which can be uncomfortable for the dog.

● Dog Clippers – Electric clippers designed for dog grooming. Avoid using human clippers.

● Nail Trimmer – To keep the paws clean and safe.

● Dog shampoo – High quality and free from chemicals that can damage the dog’s coat or skin.

To get the best results, it is important to consult a professional groomer to understand the best tools for your dog’s grooming need.

2. Create and maintain a conducive grooming environment

Grooming your dog can be stressful and uncomfortable, especially if your dog is not used to it. It is therefore critical to select the best time and place for the exercise, and make the grooming sessions fun and enjoyable for both of you.

● Start grooming your puppy as early as possible. This will make it get used to being touched and the grooming routine.

● Choose a calm and quite place for grooming

● Relax and use a friendly tone – Your dog can sense when you are stressed or angry, and this will make it anxious and uncomfortable, making the session difficult for you.

● Calm and soothe the dog before you start to make her feel comfortable and safe.

● Complement and reward your dog with a special treat after grooming.

● Start slowly – If your dog is not used to regular grooming, you can start with fewer sessions per week and increase as they adapt to the exercise.

3. Brush/ Comb the Coat Regularly

Whether your dog has short or long coat, brushing and combing is part of basic pet care. It helps to remove dead hair and other types of dirt, as well as prevents hair mats to keep the coat in a good condition. For dogs with long hair, daily brushing is recommended but for short to medium haired, brushing 3 or 4 times a week will be enough. When brushing your dog, it is important to:

● Work out all the tangles to give the dog a shiny and a healthy looking coat.

● Inspect the skin for swelling, reddening or other signs of infections.

● Be gentle and thorough to avoid brush-burning the skin.

● Use the right brush and comb for your dog’s coat type and size.

4. Bathing your Dog

Even when your dog has a healthy and shiny coat, it is important to give her a bath whenever necessary or depending on the dog’s activities. This will help remove accumulated dirt from the skin to give the dog a pleasant and fresh smell. Besides, it helps to remove dead hair and enhance the coat glow.

To properly wash your dog, you need to:

● Use warm water even during hot weather.

● Comb the dog before bathing.

● Use a dog tub or bathe the pet outdoors.

● Use a vet-recommended shampoo and conditioner.

● Rinse the dog with warm water.

● Dry the dog with a soft towel or blow-dry the fur in low-heat.

● Brush the coat after bathe.

5. Coat Maintenance Technique

If your dog’s coat is overgrown, you may need to tame it by trimming or shaving. You can use an electric clippers or professional sheers to cut the dog’s hair to your preferred length. A clipper is mostly recommended as it is easy to use and gives you a uniform hair length for a particular setting. Then use a pair of scissors to trim the hair in sensitive areas like the face and tail. Additionally, always ensure that the coat is dry when trimming or shaving the dog.

If you are not sure about anything, it is important to consult an expert for safety and to get the best results.

NasalGuard®

A Topical Gel that Reduces Inhalation of Harmful Airborne Contaminants Makes National Debut

Perfect for Flu and Cough Cold Season, Indoor Pollutants, Pet Allergies and More

Trutek Corp. announces the launch of NasalGuard®Airborne Particle Blocker®. NasalGuard is an electrostatic topical nasal gel that prevents airborne particles from entering the nose. The product is drug-free and safe for pregnant or nursing women, children, and those concerned about potential drug interactions with other medications. It is a perfect solution to guard you against the Flu/Cough/Cold and all indoor pollutants this winter season.

NasalGuard protects against virtually all types of contaminants in any location. Users can count on it to work in their homes, offices, and other environments where airborne particles may present a health hazard. The product works immediately upon application and lasts up to six hours. NasalGuard gel uses a cationic (positively-charged) polymer that creates a safe electrostatic field around the nasal passages that traps oppositely charged particles and repels similarly charged particles to reduce inhalation of most harmful airborne particles before they enter your body. NasalGuard gel can be purchased online, Amazon or by calling 855-627-2545 in a 3 gram tube for $11.85.

Every day, people are exposed to millions of airborne particles in crowded, confined spaces such as airports, airplanes, transportation centers and subways, homes and offices, hospitals, doctor’s offices and movie theaters. Using NasalGuard gel regularly will help protect against the immediate and long-term risk of breathing harmful contaminated air.

There has been a growing public health concern globally regarding the adverse health effects caused by the inhalation of microscopic airborne particles. Asthma, diabetes, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease are all proven to be linked to air contamination. In response to this widespread problem, Trutek has successfully advanced their technology which was originally focused on blocking allergens from entering the nose for preventing allergy symptoms. This breakthrough provides a greater electrostatic blocking effect that is effective against a much wider spectrum of microscopic indoor and outdoor contaminants including mold, pollen, pet dander, pollution, and virus-sized particles.

NasalGuard technology was invented by Ashok Wahi, the founder and CEO of Trutek Corp., an R&D Product Development Company. An engineer by training, Ashok was inspired to create this technology to aid his own daughter, Aikta, who suffered from severe allergies. “I developed this product because of the vital need to have some kind of personal air filter that was drug free and easy to use,” says Ashok Wahi.

About Trutek Corp.

Trutek Corp. has been marketing patented NasalGuard technology all over the world since 1995. Over 12 million tubes have been sold with no reports of adverse effects.

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Fetch: CBD For Pets

Numerous international studies suggest that CBD may be beneficial for pets with issues such as anxiety, inflammation, seizures generalized pain, nausea and inappetence. New Fetch tinctures which some in two bottle sizes depending on the size of your pet) contain full-spectrum CBD obtained through CO2 extraction from American-grown industrial hemp. There is no THC (the chemical in marijuana that produces a “high” sensation) and therefore no psychoactive effects. Safe and gentle for beloved pets, each Fetch formula is third party lab-tested for potency and residual solvents. All of the plant material used is tested for heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides.

The company was started by a Boulder, Colorado-based full-service hemp extraction lab (founded in 2016 by combat veteran, Craig Henderson) called Extract Labs. It’s a great product to use to chill out your pet if they have anxiety, have to travel or are in stressful situations. For older pets, it’s also fantastic for joint and muscle pain.

Sony Pictures Classics’ BOUNDARIES NYC Premiere

Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Peter Fonda and writer/director Shana Feste attended the NYC Premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ BOUNDARIES alongside some furry friends from the North Shore Animal League! Download the photos here and don’t miss BOUNDARIES, opening in NY & LA June 22nd!

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Schaal, Dolly Wells, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda

Written and Directed By: Shana Feste

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Rated: R

LAURA (Vera Farmiga) is a single mother living in Seattle, who has a constant need to put others & animals before her. When her estranged, criminally-minded father JACK (Christopher Plummer) is kicked out of his retirement home, Laura agrees to drive him down the coast to live with her sister JoJo (Kristen Schaal) in LA. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son HENRY, and an assortment of animal charity cases. Without telling Laura, Jack convinces Henry to help him sell off his copious supply of marijuana at every stop of their journey, resulting in unexpected reunions with old friends and family.

ARIANA GRANDE RELEASES “NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY”

Grammy Award®-nominated, multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar ARIANA GRANDE returns with her brand new single “No Tears Left To Cry” today via Republic Records. Get it HERE.

Produced by Max Martin and ILYA, written by Ariana, Max Martin, ILYA, and Savan Kotecha, “No Tears Left To Cry” is the first single from her upcoming highly anticipated full-length album.

In addition, she simultaneously unveiled the song’s music video, directed by Grammy Award®-winning director Dave Meyers, on VEVO this morning. Watch it HERE.

ABOUT ARIANA GRANDE
With her powerful vocals and astonishing range, Ariana Grande has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. At age 24 she’s delivered three platinum-selling albums and surpassed 18 billion streams, in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With her most recent album — 2016’s critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman — Grande both boldly defies expectation and reveals the full force of her voice (recently hailed as an “extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument” upon Grande’s appearance on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list).

Since making her full-length debut with 2013’s Yours Truly (featuring the game-changing, triple-platinum smash “The Way”), Grande has brought her striking vocal presence to a genre-blurring breed of pop, taking on R&B, soul, and electronic music with equal nuance and assurance. Arriving in 2014, her sophomore effort, My Everything, garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned the 6x-platinum hits “Problem” and “Bang Bang” (a Grammy nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). Through the years, the longtime actress and former Broadway star has proven the scope of her talent by appearing on Scream Queens and Hairspray Live! and showcased her comedic chops by hosting Saturday Night Live. With her social media following now surging past 200 million, Grande has also earned numerous accolades from the MTV Video Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and American Music Awards (including the highly coveted Artist of the Year prize).

The first artist in music history to see the lead single from her first three albums debut on the Billboard Hot 100, Grande embraced a more uncompromising vision than ever before in the making of Dangerous Woman. With People noting that the album “celebrates feminine might,” Entertainment Weekly praised Grande for “having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice — one of the most exquisite in pop today.” Grande wrapped up her widely lauded Dangerous Woman Tour in support of the album, performing 85 arena shows worldwide.

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

BORIS & HORTON × MANHATTAN’S DOG-FRIENDLY CAFÉ

BORIS & HORTON, MANHATTAN’S FIRST DOH-APPROVED DOG-FRIENDLY CAFÉ, IS NOW OPEN IN THE EAST VILLAGE

Human and canine residents of New York are getting a special treat! Dog-friendly café Boris & Horton has opened its doors, operating seven days a week at the corner of Avenue A and 12th Street in downtown Manhattan.

Boris & Horton is an upscale café that features food & beverage from beloved local vendors including City of Saints Coffee Roasters, Murray’s Cheese, and Balthazar. Specialties include pup-centric latte art, vegan and vegetarian fare and gluten free options, local craft beer, wine by the glass and a signature blend called The Boris Brew, with hints of dark chocolate and roasted marshmallows.

The layout of Boris & Horton’s prime corner location means that with or without a canine companion, the space has room for everyone. Working within Department of Health guidelines, the café is split into two distinct areas – the coffee bar, which is for humans only, and the dog side, which welcomes people and their pets.

Those who come by themselves with a dog will order their drinks and food from Boris & Horton’s 12th Street walk-up window, and then head to the dog side, which features café style seating, boutique pet merchandise and a photo booth. For guests visiting with dogs and a human companion, one person can grab a table on the dog side while the other heads into the coffee bar through a vestibule connection, to pick up food & beverage.

For guests who don’t own a dog, but are seeking a furry fix, Boris & Horton will host frequent adoption events with their rescue partners on weekends.

The flagship Boris & Horton is located at 195 Avenue A in New York, New York. For more information and updates, continue to visit www.borisandhorton.com.

ABOUT BORIS & HORTON

The idea for Boris & Horton was born in the summer of 2016 when father and daughter duo Coppy Holzman and Logan Mikhly walked their rescue dogs to grab coffee and noticed all of the dogs tied up outside coffee shops waiting for their owners. They immediately began working on a creative solution. Moreso than simply wanting a gimmicky locale that customers would tire of, the two ideated on how to create a lasting business that would keep people – and their dogs – perpetually coming back for quality culinary options within a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. An introduction to City of Saints Coffee Roasters kicked off a partnership that everyone at Boris & Horton is thrilled to bring to Manhattan’s East Village, and beyond.

This East Village location is the first of several conveniently-located neighborhood spots throughout New York. The next target expansion market is Los Angeles. Boris & Horton is privately financed, but actively exploring financial partnerships based on first-to-market viability and strong interest in the brand.

Bryan Bailey’s New Book “The Hammer”

For thousands of years, dogs have established themselves in the homes and hearts of humans, coming to be viewed almost exclusively as loyal, friendly, and obedient… which is why it is often so alarming and unexpected to owners when a dog attacks. So what causes dogs to act aggressively, and how can it be avoided? The answers are found in Bryan Bailey’s latest book, The Hammer: Why Dogs Attack Us and How to Prevent It (Best Seller Publishing), available this month wherever books are sold.

In The Hammer: Why Dogs Attack Us and How to Prevent It, Bailey answers the following questions:

• What are the leading causes of canine aggression?

• Why do dogs attack children?

• What are common mistakes made by people that cause dogs to attack them?

• Why do the number of attacks to Americans continue to rise each year?

• What is canine pharmacotherapy and how can it help lessen the number of attacks to Americans?

• Why do 50% of dog bite fatalities occur to the dog’s owner?

• Which breeds are most involved in dog bite fatalities?

• What are four factors that are involved in all dog attacks?

• What can we do to prevent attacks?

• If someone is attacked by a large dog, what should they do to prevent themselves from being seriously injured or killed?

• Why is this a uniquely American problem?

Bailey has spent more than three decades studying and teaching the influence of wolves over modern dogs, shedding light upon the instincts that trigger aggressive behavior – and what can be done to prevent it. Featuring both meticulously researched information and thrilling stories inspired by real-life victims, The Hammer offers the only resource you’ll need to learn to protect yourself from situations in which man’s best friend turns into your worst nightmare.

Architects For Animals

Los Angeles’ Architectural Community Design

Innovative Outdoor Shelters for Homeless Cats

Architects for Animals “Giving Shelter” event continues to raise awareness for nonprofit FixNation

 

One of this year’s most innovative design events, Architects for Animals® “Giving Shelter” exhibit, returned to the HermanMiller Showroom in Culver City on Thursday, October 19. The sold-out event benefits the LA-based non-profit FixNation, which provides free spay/neuter services for homeless cats (stray, abandoned and feral felines).  

LA’s top architects and designers were invited to design, build and donate functional and one-of-a-kind outdoor dwellings for cats. The shelters were displayed at a cocktail reception attended by the public, VIPs and media representatives. Also on display were 28 cat food bowls decorated by feline-loving celebrities–including Jay Leno, Charlize Theron, Beau Bridges, Elvira, William Shatner, Clint Eastwood, Tricia Helfer and Morgan Fairchild–all of which are available for purchase via an online auction until 9 pm PST on Oct. 31.

“This year’s cat shelters were extraordinarily creative, and the designers put a great deal of time and thought into how cats would actually interact with the shelters,” says FixNation’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Karn Myers. “They are truly works of art with a practical application, and all the shelters are showcased in our online auction as well.” 

Los Angeles is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of homeless felines, an estimated one to three million cats. FixNation is a model for successful Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and humane colony management programs across the country and around the world. Myers and her late husband, Mark Dodge, founded the organization 10 years ago to provide a more effective and compassionate alternative to mass euthanasia.

Participating design firms this year included Abramson Teiger Architects; d3architecture; ES-EN-EM; CallisonRTKL; HKS; HOK; Perkins + Will; Knowhow Shop; Kollin Altomare Architects; RNL now Stantec; Standard Architecture | Design; and a collaborative project from Formation Association, Terremoto Landscape and Arktura.


About FixNation

FixNation is an award-winning Los Angeles-based non-profit that supports Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs for homeless cats. The organization provides free spay and neuter services for homeless cats as well as low-cost services for pet cats. Founded in 2007, FixNation has cared for nearly 150,000 cats to date. Details at fixnation.org.

About Architects for Animals®

Architects for Animals® by Feral Design Group LLC is an awareness raising initiative that plans one-night events benefiting select animal welfare organizations. Participating architecture and design firms as well as individual architects and designers design, build and donate creative outdoor shelters to provide animals with refuge from the elements. Details at architectsforanimals.com.