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New York City: Adoptapalooza in Washington Square Park on Saturday, June 4

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Adoptapalooza is just around the corner. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® is gearing up to bring New York City pet lovers an exciting day of activities in Washington Square Park on June 4 from 11am to 4pm, and invites everyone to come out and celebrate the joys of sharing life with a pet.

Looking to adopt? More than 100 cats and dogs will be waiting to meet you. Already have a dog? Take a spin together through the dog agility course with gold medal trainer and behaviorist Kris Seiter from SPOT, the doggy day care facility. Need advice about training or grooming? SPOT’s experts will be on hand to talk to you.

And there’s more: a pet photographer will be available to create a portrait of you and your four-legged friend. Stella & Chewy’s and Evermore will offer pet food giveaways, and TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® will provide bandanas for pets and their human companions and pet adoption kits for all new adopters, plus they will have a pet caricaturist on hand from 12pm to 2pm to draw animals and their owners. A face painter will entertain the kids, and a DJ and a raffle will round out the fun.

Those who come to adopt will have a rare opportunity to meet a wide variety of dogs and cats from numerous rescue groups and shelters – all participating organizations of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Among the groups that will be represented at Adoptapalooza are Animal Haven, the ASPCA, Bideawee, Dog Habitat Rescue, Four Paws Sake, the Picasso Veterinary Fund ® of the Mayor’s Alliance, Posh Pets Rescue, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, and more. North Shore Animal League America will provide mobile adoption units to showcase many of the animals.

StubbyDog, an organization dedicated to changing public perception of pit bull breeds and helping people rediscover these wonderful dogs as lifelong friends, also will be represented at Adoptapalooza.

World-renowned pet fashion stylist, TV personality, and author Dara Foster will emcee the event. Ms. Foster appears regularly on national television, serving as the pet style contributor to NBC’s TODAY show, and contributes to a number of additional television outlets, including TV Land, E!, and ABC News.

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Peace of Mind Pet Trust’s “Ensure the Future”© photo contest

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Peace of Mind Pet Trust (POMPT) wants your pet on their Facebook page, and they’ll award the first 50 submissions with 50% off a pet trust ($45 value). POMPT is spreading the word that humans need to Ensure the Future for their pets, because if they don’t, who else will? A pet trust provides for a pet should an owner become incapacitated.

Each year more than 600,000 healthy pets follow their deceased owners to an early grave because no written order was left to provide for their future. POMPT was founded to help pet owners take advantage new state laws that allow for the establishment of trusts specifically for pets.

Approximately 67% of US citizens don’t leave a will that would have transferred their assets to their loved ones. Without a will or a trust, a state’s Probate Act will control the distribution of an individual’s assets. The problem is not all states recognize “pets” as anything other than personal property, to be discarded like a lamp at a rummage sale if no one steps forth to claim it.

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“The state probate act controls the disposition of an animal if owner doesn’t leave a written legal document protecting their beloved pet. New state pet trust laws have introduced opportunities for pet owners to easily create protective documentation to set aside funds for their pet to continue to exist in the manner that their owners would have preferred; in other words: alive,” says attorney Peter Canalia, founder of PMOPT.

There are two types of trusts available from Peace of Mind Pet Trust: the traditional pet trust, which is valid in all states; and the statutory pet trust, which derives its authority from a statute, also known as the law, in the state in which an owner resides. POMPT provides an owner an affordable, understandable, easy to use method for making sure their pets are protected for the rest of their natural lives.

Acclaimed Cartoonist Guy Gilchrist’s “Today’s Dogg” Now Available

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

FastPencil announced today that award-winning cartoonist and children’s book author Guy Gilchrist’s book, “The Best of Today’s Dogg,” is available in print and digital formats in major bookstores and online, with a portion of proceeds being donated by Gilchrist to pet organizations. Gilchrist, who signed with FastPencil PREMIERE last fall, is part of a growing number of best-selling authors signing with PREMIERE for its speed to press, wider market reach, higher author royalties and greater transparency throughout the publishing process.

“All through my life, personally and professionally, I’ve been associated with children and animals. Children and animals are so honest,” said Guy Gilchrist. “‘Today’s Dogg’ is about that honesty. It’s the most fun I can have writing and drawing. I realized early that this feature wasn’t going to be like anything else I’ve ever done. It really touched people, and now I am beyond ecstatic that the book is available to everyone.”

“The Best of Today’s Dogg” is an amusing, collectible edition of the best of Gilchrist’s well-received, syndicated “Today’s Dogg” cartoon that is designed to touch the heart of anyone who loves dogs and pets and how they enhance our lives with friendship, trust, affection and laughs. Gilchrist masters the art of incorporating the universal unconditional love for canines and inability to resist the sniffing, begging, slobbering and shedding of dogs in “Today’s Dogg.”

FastPencil is also releasing an enhanced e-book, which will contain “Today’s Dogg” cartoons, along with a heart-rendering recording and video of “Take Me Home,” a major national release sung by Grammy-nominated singer Jamie O’Neal and written by Gilchrist and Joel Brentlinger, an acclaimed songwriter and lyricist.

A portion of proceeds from the book will be donated to various grassroots animal rescue groups such as Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) – an international animal rescue organization founded by Scotlund Haisley. ARC is a nonprofit protection organization that rescues animals that have fallen victim to abuse and natural disaster, creates public awareness of animal suffering and offers training and assessments for animal shelters, professionals and volunteers.

“I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing project with Guy and Joel and especially ‘Today’s Dogg,’” said Jamie O’Neal. “The drawings, writing and the song are tremendous! It means the world to me to sing ‘Take Me Home,’ knowing it will help these furry angels!”

“Personally, I am a huge fan of Guy Gilchrist and the team he has assembled for his book ‘Best of Today’s Dogg’ and song ‘Take Me Home,’” said Elaine Hendrix, Actress and ARC Founding Officer. “They each speak to me in profound ways. Professionally, I could not be more proud to be working together. I am grateful that Animal Rescue Corps can share in these incredible creations and save a lot of precious lives in the process.”

Gilchrist has authored 48 children’s books and has written and illustrated the comic strip “Nancy,” as well as “The Muppets,” “Your Angels Speak,” “Night Lights & Pillow Fights,” “Screams,” “The Poetry Guy” and “The Rock Channel.” His “Nancy” cartoon is syndicated and runs in more than 350 newspapers in 80 different countries. His “Tiny Dinos” children’s book line, published by Warner Communications, sold millions of copies in numerous countries across the globe. He was also the character designer for “Tom & Jerry,” “Pink Panther,” “Looney Tunes” and Disney.

“It has been outstanding to see this huge partnership occur among FastPencil PREMIERE, Guy Gilchrist, Jamie O’Neal, Joel Brentlinger and Animal Rescue Corps in creating this very special book and e-book,” said Steve Wilson, CEO and co-founder of FastPencil. “We have really enjoyed working with all parties on the book as it’s inspiring to see the passion for animals.”

Pricing & Availability
“The Best of Today’s Dogg” is now available at FastPencil ( and at most major bookstores, online retailers such as Amazon and the Apple iBookstore for $19.95 ­ as well as in e-book format for $9.99.
“Take Me Home” can also be viewed at