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By Krishana Davis and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
You think you're all set for Passover -- but maybe you forgot about your pet? You do not have to remove your cat or dog's food and dish bowl as you begin prepping for Passover this week if you switch to Evanger's kosher dog and cat food . Established in 1935, Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Company is endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council and offers highly-inspected kosher certified products. By not mixing meat with dairy products and offering chometz-free (grain free) food, Evanger's allows your dog or cat to eat with the family during Passover.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | April 24, 2014
Lynn Molnar's conversations with fellow dog owners during her frequent visits to Bel Air's Ma & Pa Dog Park planted the seed that eventually resulted in Thankful Paws, a nonprofit pet food bank that travels the area delivering food for pets in need. Since the organization was founded in 2011, donors, volunteers and sponsors have helped provide 50 tons of pet food, focusing primarily on serving the pets of financially needy seniors, veterans and the homeless. While humans have avenues for assistance when financial times are tough, pets don't always have a safety net, Molnar says.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| October 25, 2013
Pet food manufacturers would be required to develop safety plans and adopt procedures to prevent foodborne illnesses if FDA regulations proposed today are adopted. The proposed rules were developed as part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to improve the safety of pet food sold in the United States. The rules come on the heels of an announcement that more than 600 pets have died after consuming jerky snacks; no reason has been found for the deaths. Under the new rules, animal feed and pet food manufacturers would have to develop plans for both preventing contamination in food, and for correcting problems that arise.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
Jean-Pierre, a Maine coon cat, had a whirlwind of a December, but has, to say the least, landed on his feet. That's thanks to Robin McDonald, owner of the Howl natural pet food and supply store in Hampden, who's become something of a guardian angel to area pets in need. Left on the front porch of Howl in a carrier with a note, Jean-Pierre was found by an UPS driver who alerted McDonald about the involuntary visitor. McDonald took the feline inside, ferried him to a veterinarian for a once-over and flea treatment, and posted his photo on Facebook.
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By L'Oreal Thompson | September 6, 2012
At Pet Barn in Fulton, owner Kelly Ballentine takes an organic and holistic approach to feeding and caring for animals. Frustrated with the lack of natural food for her dog, Ballentine decided to open her own company in 1994. Although it was originally located in Montgomery County, Ballentine relocated Pet Barn to Maple Lawn in December. “I've always been into nutrition and health,” she says. “It's always been a part of my life and a part of my dogs' lives.” To say that Ballentine is passionate about her pets would be a gross understatement.
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By Abigail Goldman and Abigail Goldman,Los Angeles Times | May 27, 2007
Ben Huh launched his Web site in February with the modest goal of helping Seattle-area residents find dog parks and pet stores. In the first month, Itchmo.com - named in honor of his dog's constant demands to be scratched - registered just 350 hits. "I don't even think our friends came," said Huh, 29, a software company product manager. Then came the March 16 recall of 60 million containers of pet food after reports of illnesses and deaths. Huh posted a few bits of information on the suspect foods and links to recall lists.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 13, 2007
BEIJING -- Stepping up their efforts after a slew of scandals surrounding tainted food and drugs, Chinese officials showed off seized goods yesterday to Chinese and foreign journalists and said consumers need not be wary of products made in China. They also invited reporters to a food-safety laboratory and discussed their efforts to find and test products for harmful ingredients. "Yes, we have had some problems with the food safety of Chinese products. However, they are not that serious," said Li Dongsheng, vice minister of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN REPORTER | April 19, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators are probing whether Chinese producers laced a key ingredient in pet food with an industrial chemical in order to boost the price of their shipments, Sen. Richard J. Durbin said yesterday. Referring to the contamination that has prompted the recall of more than 100 brands of pet food, he said investigators are trying to determine whether Chinese producers purposely added melamine to their wheat gluten shipments to Menu Foods. "It could have been intentional, not accidental," Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said in an interview after meeting privately in his office with federal health officials.
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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | March 29, 1996
PITTSBURGH -- H. J. Heinz Co. said yesterday that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Earth Elements Inc., a Corona, Calif., marketer of all-natural pet foods with annual sales of more than $50 million.Terms weren't disclosed.Earth Elements distributes products sold under the brand name Nature's Recipe Pet Food, the fourth-largest brand in the fast-growing $1.4 billion specialty pet foods category, Pittsburgh-based Heinz said."Nature's Recipe is a premium pet food line that will allow us to further build our business in the specialty pet food channels: pet stores, feed stores and veterinary clinics," said Heinz Chairman and Chief Executive Anthony O'Reilly.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | April 24, 2014
Lynn Molnar's conversations with fellow dog owners during her frequent visits to Bel Air's Ma & Pa Dog Park planted the seed that eventually resulted in Thankful Paws, a nonprofit pet food bank that travels the area delivering food for pets in need. Since the organization was founded in 2011, donors, volunteers and sponsors have helped provide 50 tons of pet food, focusing primarily on serving the pets of financially needy seniors, veterans and the homeless. While humans have avenues for assistance when financial times are tough, pets don't always have a safety net, Molnar says.
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By Kim Fernandez,
For The Baltimore Sun
| October 25, 2013
Pet food manufacturers would be required to develop safety plans and adopt procedures to prevent foodborne illnesses if FDA regulations proposed today are adopted. The proposed rules were developed as part of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to improve the safety of pet food sold in the United States. The rules come on the heels of an announcement that more than 600 pets have died after consuming jerky snacks; no reason has been found for the deaths. Under the new rules, animal feed and pet food manufacturers would have to develop plans for both preventing contamination in food, and for correcting problems that arise.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
A man in north Ocean City was attacked on Tuesday by a raccoon that later tested positive for rabies. According to the Worcester County Health Department, a citizen reported the attack by "an aggressive raccoon" near Northside Park at 125th Street and the Bay. Health officials said they believe two other people were also charged by the same raccoon. The raccoon was captured and terminated after testing positive for rabies, officials said. The man is being treated for his injuries and exposure to the disease.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2013
It's a heartbreaking decision that thousands of devoted pet owners are forced to make every year: pay the bills or feed the dog or cat? The choice between paying for heat, water, or groceries and buying a bag of pet food is all too real for many families and as a result, many dogs and cats end up in shelters -- not because they weren't loved, but because they were just too expensive. New York entrepreneur Marc Okon decided to turn the sad trend into something positive and in late February launched Pet Food Stamps , a nonprofit organization that offers assistance to families who can't afford food for their animals.
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By Barbara A. Frush | March 19, 2013
When 45,000 dogs and cats are tragically killed yearly in Maryland, costing taxpayers over $8 million, a remedy is long overdue. That's why Sen. Joanne Benson and I sponsored House Bill 767 and Senate Bill 820 in the 2013 General Assembly. It will establish a voluntary, low-cost spay-neuter program for dogs and cats owned by low-income Marylanders - and it will do this without raising your taxes. Each year, close to 100,000 dogs and cats are surrendered to Maryland animal shelters and control facilities, including boxes of puppies and kittens, and the public must pay for their care.
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By Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2013
Carolyn Kilborn and Amy Hanigan recently spent a day at the state capital in Annapolis talking with legislators about a new report by the Maryland Spay/Neuter Task Force and the potential for spay/neuter legislation in the state. “Maryland euthanasia statistics are deplorable,” says Kilborn, chair of Maryland Votes for Animals , who visited the capital with Hanigan, a Task Force member representing the group. The Task Force report found that 45,000 cats and dogs are euthanized in state shelters every year at a cost of $8 to $9 million.
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By Kim Fernandez and For The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
We noticed over the holidays, much to her chagrin, that the Labragator is getting a wee bit chunky 'round the middle. Just like us, she's getting older and her weight is becoming an issue; our last lab had joint problems that weren't helped at all by excess pounds, and I don't want Molly to suffer unnecessarily.   So right along with my "eat less, move more" resolution is one for her. Thankfully, it runs along the same lines: less in the mouth, more with the feet. But it's not as simple as it seems, because it's hard to judge how much your pet needs to eat or exercise, and it's not always easy to fit in physical activity.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 12, 1999
Procter & Gamble Co. is expanding its mix of top-selling brands by acquiring Iams Co., the premium pet food maker, for $2.3 billion, the company said yesterday.The deal, Procter & Gamble's largest acquisition in dollar terms, moves the maker of Tide detergent and Crest toothpaste into a market-leading position in the high end of the $25 billion pet food market. And it is a major first step in the company's strategy to speed growth by diversifying beyond household cleaning products, health and beauty aids and its other traditional categories.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Laura Barnhardt and Jonathan D. Rockoff and Laura Barnhardt,Sun reporters | April 7, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Galvanized by an unprecedented pet food scare that has killed at least 16 dogs and cats, pet owners and their advocates have begun campaigns nationwide urging members to demand that government and industry take steps to prevent such dangerous episodes. "I feel betrayed," said Bill Thompson, a Hunt Valley banker whose 3-year-old Leonberger dog, Darwin, fell ill after eating a now-recalled Nutro product four weeks ago. Thompson, who since then has spent Sundays cooking for his three dogs, said authorities should do more testing to detect contamination, not rely on complaints from pet owners.
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By L'Oreal Thompson | September 6, 2012
At Pet Barn in Fulton, owner Kelly Ballentine takes an organic and holistic approach to feeding and caring for animals. Frustrated with the lack of natural food for her dog, Ballentine decided to open her own company in 1994. Although it was originally located in Montgomery County, Ballentine relocated Pet Barn to Maple Lawn in December. “I've always been into nutrition and health,” she says. “It's always been a part of my life and a part of my dogs' lives.” To say that Ballentine is passionate about her pets would be a gross understatement.
FEATURES
By Krishana Davis and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
You think you're all set for Passover -- but maybe you forgot about your pet? You do not have to remove your cat or dog's food and dish bowl as you begin prepping for Passover this week if you switch to Evanger's kosher dog and cat food . Established in 1935, Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Company is endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council and offers highly-inspected kosher certified products. By not mixing meat with dairy products and offering chometz-free (grain free) food, Evanger's allows your dog or cat to eat with the family during Passover.
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