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  • How to Help Shelters

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    As Thanksgiving approaches, we feel that this is a wonderful time of year to remind us of what we are thankful for and how we can give back to those who need it. ThunderWorks would like to take this time to THANK all of those who help animals in shelters day in and day out.

    We understand that pet ownership is an important responsibility and that adopting a pet may not be an option, we’ve compiled some simple ways that you can still help animals in need in your area.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    • Lend a hand at fundraising and outreach events hosted by your local shelter. Common activities include greeting guests, setting up and breaking down tables, etc.
    • Hold a supply drive or garage sale to benefit a shelter. If your kids want to get involved, they could set up a collection box at their school or ask their friends for donations instead of birthday presents.
    • Assist with adoptions. Introduce people to the animals and answer their questions about owning a pet.
    • Foster a dog or cat for a week.
    • Walk dogs and pet cats.
    • Bathe, groom, and feed animals.

    Donation Opportunities

    • Postage stamps. Donations of un-cancelled stamps are used to help send thank-you letters to donors, pay bills, and send grant applications.
    • All-meat baby food (no onion powder). Dogs and cats can eat baby food, but check the label: onion powder can be toxic.
    • Bath towels, sheets, and blankets. Worn-down towels are perfect for drying animals after their baths, lining pet cages, and providing warm and comfy bedding.
    • Dye and fragrance-free detergent. Some cats and dogs are allergic to additives.
    • Other useful items to consider donating to a shelter near you include:
      • Paper towels
      • Canned cat and dog food
      • Cat carriers/dog crates
      • Dog/cat toys
      • Dog leashes

    If you are looking for a shelter in your area, visit http://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/ for more information.

  • Thundershirt Earns ‘Petfinder Seal of Approval’

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    Thundershirt Earns ‘Petfinder Seal of Approval’

    Brand Among First to Receive Pet-Friendly Designation –

    Durham, N.C.– Thundershirt Founder Phil Blizzard is thrilled to announce today that the company has been recognized with the first-ever, official “Petfinder Seal of Approval.”

    The Petfinder Seal of Approval extends the trust and authority of the Petfinder name to products, services, brands and initiatives that have met specific pet-friendly criteria. Petfinder, the online leader in responsible pet ownership, is committed to championing individuals, organizations and brands that are actively working to improve the lives of pets through a variety of programs, including the new “Petfinder Seal of Approval.”

    Petfinder Seal of Approval applicants are individually qualified, and criteria for qualifications are detailed on their website, but include the absence of harmful testing on animals, the promotion of adoption over sale of pets, and the safety history of the product, among others.

    Great for fear of thunder, barking problems, separation anxiety, car or travel anxiety, crate anxiety, noise anxiety, leash pulling, general fearfulness, reactivity, excitability and more, the Thundershirt is the best solution for pet anxiety.

    With its patent-pending design, the Thundershirt applies gentle, constant pressure to the torso. This pressure has a dramatic calming effect for dogs and cats if they are anxious or fearful. Anxiety experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and may release calming hormones like endorphins or oxytocins.

    The Thundershirt for Dogs is available in sizes XXS to XXL, and comes in their signature Heather Grey, Pink or Blue Polo designs. The Thundershirt for Cats is available in sizes S, M and L, and Heather Grey only. Suggested retail starts at $39.95, and the products can be personalized with custom embroidery for an additional charge.

    Visit www.Thundershirt.com for more information, or contact Kerry Sutherland at K. Sutherland PR, Kerry@ksutherlandpr.com or 949-328-4895 to request a product sample, high-resolution image or interview.

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    About Thundershirt

    Founded in 2009 in Durham, N.C., Thundershirt’s mission is to bring relief to the millions of dogs, cats and their families struggling to cope with anxieties. The Thundershirt is designed to apply a constant, gentle pressure to a dog or cat’s torso creating a dramatic calming effect for most users. Thundershirt continues to investigate dog and cat anxiety and fear issues with scientific-based studies and surveys from recognized veterinarians and pet owners.  Thundershirt has already helped hundreds of thousands of dogs across the country and around the world.

    The company also donates thousands of Thundershirts and funding to rescue groups and shelters to help these organizations manage their anxiety cases and find permanent homes. Thundershirts are sold online at www.thundershirt.com and by retail stores, veterinarians, trainers and kennels across the country.

    Online: thundershirt.com

    Facebook: facebook.com/Thundershirt

    Twitter: @Thundershirt

    Pinterest: pinterest.com/Thundershirt

     

    About Petfinder

    Petfinder is the largest online, searchable database of animals that need permanent homes. With more than 320,000 adoptable pets from more than 13,700 animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Petfinder has facilitated more than 20 million adoptions since it was launched in 1996. In addition to being an adoption database, Petfinder also is an all-inclusive resource guide for how to select the right family pet and build a successful, life-long relationship. Thanks to its sponsors, Petfinder is free to both visitors and to its animal placement organization members. Sponsors include BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a manufacturer of home cleaning and floor care products, The Animal Rescue Site, PetFirst Healthcare, the exclusive pet insurance provider for Petfinder, and HomeAgain, a microchip and pet recovery service.

    Online: petfinder.com

    Facebook: facebook.com/petfinder

    Twitter: @Petfinder

    Pinterest: pinterest.com/petfinder

    iPhone App: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/petfinder.com-adopt-pets/id354876999?mt=8

  • Copperas Cove Animal Shelter is using Thundershirt to help get dogs adopted!

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    Check out the wonderful story:

     

    http://www.kcentv.com/story/19466821/animal-shelter-hopes-thundershirts-will-help-adoptions

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