As February marks Responsible Pet Owners Month, I’m proud to be joining Sergeant’s Pet Care Products and American Humane Association with the launch of its emBARK on Pet Health campaign. There are nearly 70 million dog owners and 74 million cat owners in the United States, and while many of these pet owners know it is important to keep their pets healthy, they don’t necessarily think about the things they should be doing on an ongoing basis to ensure that health.
This month we are joining together to emBARK on Pet Health by educating and empowering these families. The emBARK on Pet Health campaign asks pet owners to take a simple pledge to become more mindful of their pet’s ongoing needs at www.embarkonpethealth.com. Each pledge will trigger the donation of a Sergeant’s Pet Health Kit, which with the help of American Humane Association will be sent to help one of the millions of animals waiting for their forever homes at local shelters nationwide. Sergeant’s Pet Care Products is committed to donating up to 5,000 kits, which will ensure that these animals are sent home with all the products they need to get started on a healthy and happy life together after adoption.
Starting from a young age when my father worked for the city and would bring home many stray cats and dogs, animals have influenced my life. I currently have three pets of my own that I adopted from shelters. Keeping them healthy and happy is of utmost importance to me. Even after recently becoming a mom, my husband and I still make it a priority to take our dogs for hikes every weekend to keep them healthy as they age. Through the emBARK on Pet Health program, I’d like to help educate and empower pet owners with the tools and information they need for daily pet care to aid in a long and healthy life for their own animals.
Earlier this month I had the privilege to visit the Bergen County Animal and Adoption Center outside of New York where I was able to interact and play with many of the animals. A number of these animals were victims of the recent Hurricane Sandy and are looking for loving homes. This shelter is one of many that will be receiving the Sergeant’s Pet Health kits for every pledge made on the campaign site. While I certainly wished I could have taken home all the animals, I left feeling happy knowing that when they are adopted they will be going home with a kit that will keep them healthy and happy in their new forever homes.
So please take a moment to visit www.embarkonpethealth.com and take the simple pledge so that thousands of animals will receive the supplies they need as they emBARK on their pet health journey.