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DogVacay launched Daycare, an online service that makes it just as easy to book a pet sitter for the workday as it has been to book one for overnight. more>>
Figo Pet Insurance is officially open for business online after raising nearly $4 million in private capital. more>>
The PetSafe brand of pet training and containment products is set to once again open registration for its annual Bark for Your Park Contest starting on May 13. more>>
Unleashed by Petco, the scaled-down pet retail stores of San Diego-based Petco, is sponsoring the popular Surf Dog Competition for a second year running on Aug. 1, 2015. more>>
There are few things in the daily social setting worse than someone masquerading as someone with a disability; adding a pet dog as a "service dog” to cut to the front of the line might be even more objectionable. more>>
Perrigo Animal Health, manufacturer of PetArmor brand over-the-counter animal health products, declared the week of April 20 as National Thank a Police Dog Week—the second time the company, which has U.S. operations in Allegan, Mich., has made such a declaration. more>>
Rubie’s Pet Shop Boutique, under license with Nickelodeon, is launching officially licensed pet costumes for Nickelodeon’s "Paw Patrol” TV series. more>>
The Company of Animals added Teresa Hamstead and Rob Johnson to oversee its western and eastern U.S. sales regions, respectively. more>>
Pet Flys, a designer and supplier of airline-approved pet carriers and other pet products, has been purchased by Mirage Pet Products, a pet collar and harness supplier in Aurora, Mo. more>>
In the past, Bonnie Bruderer, CEO of Sausalito, Calif.-based Dirty Dog Lovers, supplier of a patented antibacterial spray for a dog’s paws and other antibacterial pet products, had to turn away small pet businesses wanting to carry her products but under their own label. more>>
The human-animal bond has been well documented of late and is a big reason the pet industry continues to hit new highs year after year, according to Packaged Facts, a Rockville, Md.-based market research firm. more>>
PetPace, a wearable smart collar for dogs and cats, now is available in the United Kingdom. more>>
Guardians of Rescue, an animal rescue organization in Smithtown, N.Y., announced a new chapter, Paws for War, in Highland, N.Y. more>>
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) of Schaumburg, Ill., is calling on all pet owners to submit their nominations for America’s Favorite Veterinarian. more>>
Off-leash dog parks are the fastest-growing segment of urban parkland in the U.S., according to 2015 City Park Facts. more>>
Merrick Pet Care is donating $25,000 in Merrick pet food—nearly 50,000 meals—to local pet shelters and animal rescues as part of its "Merrick’s Homeruns for Shelters” campaign held this spring in conjunction with the start of baseball season. more>>
The Federal Trade Commission has cleared Roark Capital Partners, a private equity firm in Atlanta, to buy Pet Supermarket, based in Sunrise, Fla., reported Florida’s Sun Sentinel. more>>
Canadian pet owners, represented by Paliare, Roland, Rosenberg, Rothstein LLP, a Toronto law firm, have filed a class-action lawsuit against Nestlé Purina Petcare Canada, alleging its Beneful dry dog food contains substances that are harmful to dogs. more>>
Natural Pawz pet supply and grooming chain based in Houston, ushered in National Pet Day on April 11 by donating 100,000 pounds of dog food to local animal shelters and rescue groups, purportedly setting a new record for the largest pet food donation in the city’s history. more>>
Following a two-week voluntary closure of Pooch Hotels in the Chicago area due to reported instances of canine influenza virus (CIV), Petco announced it will reopen, in a limited capacity, two Pooch Hotels today. more>>
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