Save A Life This Holiday Season: Zappos.Com and Best Friends Animal Society Announce “Home for the Pawlidayz” Pet Adoptions

For The Second Year In A Row, Zappos.Com Will Sponsor Free Pet Adoptions From Black Friday Through Cyber Monday

Every day across the United States, 9,000 animals are euthanized simply because they don’t have a place to call home. Zappos.com, the online retailer known for its exceptional customer service, announced it will, for a second year in a row, work with Best Friends Animal Society to sponsor pet adoptions this holiday season.

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in Atlanta and New York City along with partnership with more than 1,600 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million.

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Zappos.Com and Best Friends Animal Society Announce “Home for the Pawlidayz” Pet Adoptions (Photo: Business Wire)

It is Zappos’ and Best Friends’ goal to see 9,000 dogs and cats adopted between Friday, November 25 and Monday, November 28. During one of the busiest shopping times of the year, Zappos encourages its customers—and other intestested parties–to spread holiday cheer and take the time to make a difference in the life of an animal by providing a dog or cat with a forever home. More than 115 shelters, rescues and humane organizations across the United States will participate in the initiative, allowing customers nationwide the opportunity to save a furry friend this holiday season.*

Beginning on Black Friday and continuing through Cyber Monday, customers will have the opportunity to adopt a dog or cat through the Zappos.com Pawlidayz Initiative and the company has pledged to donate a total of $1.25 million to Best Friends Animal Society.

Zappos is excited to work with Best Friends Animal Society for a second year this holiday season,” said Steven Bautista, Karma Kommando at Zappos.com. “Thousands of dogs and cats are in need of loving homes and we want to give all of our customers the ability to make a difference in their lives.

We’re excited to partner with Zappos for the second year in a row on this holiday promotion,” said Gregory Castle, co-founder and CEO of Best Friends Animal Society. “Every animal that finds a permanent loving home helps us to get one step closer to Save Them All.

By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®. Continue reading

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The Village Voice Announces Final Line Up For Brooklyn Pour NYC’s Largest One-Day Craft Beer Festival

Over 65 Leading Local and National Breweries Offer 125 of Their Latest, Seasonal Beers Alongside Liquor Sampling, Food, Entertainment, a VIP Experience and More on Sat. Sept. 24 at Brooklyn Expo Center

Limited VIP and General Admissions Tickets Available A Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescuethe-village-voices-brooklyn-pour-craft-beer-festival

The Village Voice announces the final lineup of breweries and new additions for the 6th annual Brooklyn Pour, officially New York City’s largest one-day beer festival, taking place September 24 at the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222) from 3:00–6:00 pm.

Drawing 2,000 attendees annually, The Village Voice‘s Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival event sells out in advance every year. All ticketholders will be offered unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass.

With over 125 samples of the best seasonal, micro and reserve brews from over 65 regional and national breweries, the 6th annual Brooklyn Pour will be The Village Voice’s largest to date. Additionally announced today, Brooklyn Pour will feature a game zone plus a dining hall presented by The Astor Room, the retro supper club of Kaufman Astoria Studios. Expanded tastings including mead, hard seltzer and root beer, ciders and liquor for all guests.

In addition to General Admission tickets ($55), Brooklyn Pour will also offer limited VIP tickets ($85). VIP ticket-holders will receive early entry and private VIP lounge access. The VIP lounge will feature exclusive complimentary oyster pairing samples presented by Blue Point Brewing, cheese tastings offered by Cabot Creamery, complimentary canapes and VIP gift bags.

The Village Voice is partnering with Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue on the festival this year; a portion of proceeds will be donated to the charity, which is a non-profit, all-breed dog rescue. The organization is comprised of a network of fosters and volunteers who work tirelessly together to rescue adoptable dogs from high kill, rural shelters in southern USA.

The Village Voice’s Brooklyn Pour is one of the most highly anticipated craft beer festivals in the Tri-state area,” said Suzan Gursoy, Publisher of The Village Voice. “Now officially New York City’s largest one-day beer festival, we’re thrilled to announce this year’s expanded offerings and extensive list of participating breweries.

Participating craft breweries at the festival include: Continue reading

“Crocs – Ancient Predators in a Modern World” Exhibition to Open Jan. 27 at National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.

Crocs – Ancient Predators in a Modern World,” a traveling exhibition that explores the rich and complex lives of crocodilians, will be on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington from Jan. 27 through May 8, 2016. The exhibition explores the remarkable diversity of prehistoric crocodyliforms, the biology and behavior of modern crocodilians and their precarious relationship to human societies.CROCSad1-634x241

Crocodilians have flourished for more than 200 million years and the group once included a rich diversity of forms — from galloping land predators and jumping insect eaters to pug-nosed herbivores and dolphin-like pelagic hunters. Crocodilians alive today are specialized as stealthy aquatic predators with rugged bodies, keen senses and incredible strength. Crocodilians also live complex social lives — they communicate with a range of sounds and subtle postures and provide their young with tender parental care.

The backbone of the exhibition is a series of dioramas — some living, some modeled — that depict crocodilians in their native habitats. Some of the world’s most intriguing species are featured in the exhibition, including the African dwarf crocodile, the slender-snouted crocodile, the Siamese crocodile and the American alligator.

“‘Crocs’ is an immersive adventure into the world of these fascinating ancient creatures that continue to captivate us today,” said National Geographic Society Vice President for Exhibitions Kathryn Keane. “This brand new exhibition will launch its national tour right here in Washington, D.C.

Videos of Dr. Kent Vliet, the primary scientific advisor for the project, as well as other experts, appear as a running thread throughout the exhibition. As the “digital curator,” Dr. Vliet introduces important themes and offers occasional interpretive insights as though he were accompanying visitors through the exhibition. The exhibition also includes work from National Geographic Society explorers including Federico Fanti, Natalia Rossi, Nicolas Mathevon, Jenny Daltry and Trevor Frost, whose work ranges from crocodile communication to crocodile population conservation.

Interactive components allow visitors to listen to croc calls and learn what scientists think they mean, create 3D animations of extinct crocodiles and test their crocodilian IQs with fun facts and croc trivia. Visitors can also view a life-sized model of the world’s largest crocodile ever exhibited in the Western Hemisphere, Gomek; explore how crocs communicate with sight, sound, smell and touch; and test their strength against a croc on a modified force gauge while a video demonstrates how researchers measure the bites of real crocs.

Crocs – Ancient Predators in a Modern World” was created by Peeling Productions, the exhibit arm of Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, an institution in Pennsylvania accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Peeling Productions previously brought two other popular exhibitions to the National Geographic Museum: “Geckos: Tails to Toepads” in 2010 and “Frogs – A Chorus of Colors” in 2008.

For full details on the exhibition, visit http://events.nationalgeographic.com/national-geographic-museum/.

The National Geographic Museum (1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.), is open every day (except Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for National Geographic members, military, students, seniors and groups of 25 or more; $10 for children ages 5-12; and free for local school, student and youth groups (18 and under; advance reservation required). Tickets may be purchased online at www.ngmuseum.org; via telephone at (202) 857-7700; or in person at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on group sales, call (202) 857-7281.

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. It funds hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of its members and donors, the Society works to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

National Wildlife Refuge Association Announces 2015 Photo Contest Winners

Dennis Davenport of Portland, Ore. Wins Grand Prize for Photo of an American Kestrel at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Washington

Conducted by the National Wildlife Refuge Association, an independent nonprofit that promotes the Refuge System, the Wildlife Refuge Photography Contest highlights the stunning scenery and wildlife found on more than 560 national wildlife refuges. An American kestrel perched on a cattail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Washington was this year’s grand prize winner in a photography contest seeking to highlight the diverse, natural beauty found in the National Wildlife Refuge System, the world’s largest network of conservation lands and waters. Taken by Dennis Davenport of Portland, Ore., the image depicts the kestrel, the smallest North American falcon, gazing directly at the viewer. For his grand prize winning photo, Davenport will receive a check for $1,000.

American Kestrel at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Wash. | Credit: Dennis Davenport, Grand Prize Winner (PRNewsFoto/National Wildlife Refuge ...)

American Kestrel at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Wash. | Credit: Dennis Davenport, Grand Prize Winner (PRNewsFoto/National Wildlife Refuge …)

America’s national wildlife refuges are outstanding places to capture the beauty of nature and the wonder of wildlife,” said David Houghton, president of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “Nature photography is a growing passion on our wildlife refuges. We’re excited to showcase the skills and talents of the photographers who visit our refuges to visually tell the stories of the wildlife and people that make these places special.

Other top winners in this year’s contest are:

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Fla. | Credit: Craig Goettschof, Second Place Winner (PRNewsFoto/National Wildlife Refuge ...)

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Fla. | Credit: Craig Goettschof, Second Place Winner (PRNewsFoto/National Wildlife Refuge …)

Second place: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, photographed by Craig Goettsch of of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Harbor seal pup at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Ore. | Credit: Steve Dimock, Third Place Winner (PRNewsFoto/National Wildlife Refuge ...)

Harbor seal pup at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Ore. | Credit: Steve Dimock, Third Place Winner (PRNewsFoto/National Wildlife Refuge …)

Third place: Harbor seal pup at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, photographed by Steve Dimock of Bandon, Ore.

Gulf fritillary at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas | Credit: Freddie Beckwith, Fourth Place Winner (PRNewsFoto/National Wildlife Refuge ...)

Gulf fritillary at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas | Credit: Freddie Beckwith, Fourth Place Winner (PRNewsFoto/National Wildlife Refuge …)

Fourth place: Gulf fritillary at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, photographed by Freddie Beckwith of Pottsboro, Texas.

A complete list this year’s winners and those receiving an honorable mention, along with their images, are featured on the 2015 Refuge Photography Contest homepage at: www.refugeassociation.org/people/photo-contest-2015.

The National Wildlife Refuge System is the world’s premier system of protected public lands, encompassing more than 150 million acres of land and water in every U.S. state and territory, plus more than 418 million acres of national marine monuments. The National Wildlife Refuge Association is the only independent nonprofit that promotes and protects the world’s largest wildlife conservation network: the National Wildlife Refuge System. Learn more at: www.refugeassociation.org.

The contest would not have been possible without the tremendous generosity of the following sponsors: Eagle Optics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orvis and Wild Bird Centers.

This Holiday Season, Wellness® Natural Pet Food and the Jackson Galaxy Foundation Give the Gift of Wellness to Shelter Pets

For Each Wellness Product Sold On Chewy.Com, One Meal Will Be Donated To Pets In Need

Kicking off the season of giving, Wellness® Natural Pet Food (Healthy Food. Unconditional Love, Uncompromising Nutrition®) has teamed up with Chewy.com to raise food for pets in need through the Jackson Galaxy Foundation and its shelter partners. For each Wellness product sold on Chewy.com from now through December 15, Wellness Natural Pet Food will donate one dog or cat food meal to the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, a non-profit organization aiming to better the lives of shelter animals. And as an additional incentive, Wellness will donate two meals for every one product purchased through Chewy.com’s Autoship & Save auto replenishment program.

Wellness Natural Pet Food and the Jackson Galaxy FoundationGive the Gift of Wellness to Shelter Pets (PRNewsFoto/Wellness Natural Pet Food)

Wellness Natural Pet Food and the Jackson Galaxy FoundationGive the Gift of Wellness to Shelter Pets (PRNewsFoto/Wellness Natural Pet Food)

The donations are made possible through the WellPet Foundation, which allows Wellness to support organizations and activities that promote the power of natural nutrition and the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles.

To give the gift of Wellness, pet parents who feed their dogs and cats natural recipes from Wellness can simultaneously help the three organizations donate up to 150,000 meals to the pets who need it most.

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation has made it their mission to improve the lives of shelter pets, and we see rehabilitation through nutrition as an important aspect of quality of life. We’re thrilled to be able to play a role in helping provide quality nutrition to these pets as they wait to be adopted,” said Chanda Leary-Coutu, Senior Manager, Marketing Communications, for Wellness Natural Pet Food.

Wellness Logo (PRNewsFoto/Wellness Natural Pet Food)

Wellness Logo (PRNewsFoto/Wellness Natural Pet Food)

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, which was recently launched by Animal Planet star Jackson Galaxy, focuses on programs that drive innovation, promotes improved shelter design and construction, and provides knowledge to inspire and empower animal advocates—improvements Galaxy believes will lead to higher adoption rates. Additionally, the organization awards shelters with monetary and food grants for immediate support.

Overpopulation in pet shelters is a serious issue, but there are gestures we can make to help ensure that these animals receive the proper nutrition they require,” said Galaxy. “We’re grateful for the continued support we receive from Wellness and this latest effort will help ensure a better quality of life for these cats and dogs in need.”

While many shelter pets are lucky enough to find their forever homes during the holidays, shelters are continually filling those empty cages by taking in new pets. Donations made possible by this initiative will help keep those pets happy and healthy by giving them the natural, balanced nutrition they need to support their overall wellbeing.

To contribute to the donation, visit www.chewy.com to make your Wellness purchase.

To stay up-to-date with the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonGalaxyFoundation/info?tab=page_info

To learn more about Wellness Natural Pet Food, please visit: www.wellnesspetfood.com