Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's Time For Our Second, "Don't Shop, Adopt!!!" Photo Contest!

Here we go all, and the theme of this photo contest is.....

Don't Shop, Adopt!!!

This will be the fourth contest featuring rescued pets (and the first time we've repeated a theme), as there's nothing better than promoting adopted four-legged friends is there?

First, the rules :

1) The contest is open from today until Saturday May 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm.
2) One photo per person limit, and images may be professional, but not copyrighted.
3) Please send photos to and include the name of the pet(s), as well as your name and address.
4) Starting Sunday, May 17 readers will vote for the top 10, and on Monday, June 1 I will reveal the top 10 and the judges will pick the top dogs....or cats....or bunnies....etc. Alongside myself, the pawesome judges for this contest will be Bijan Swagger and Sandro Avila, two great local pet photographers.
5) Contest open to Canadian residents only

And now, the prizes :

First place : $150 cash and $150 to the animal shelter or rescue of the winner's choice
Second place : $50 cash and $50 to the animal shelter or rescue of the winner's choice
Third place : $50 cash and $50 to the animal shelter or rescue of the winner's choice

Through these contests the TPD has given over $1500 to charity and over $5300 in prizes.....let's keep giving shall we? As always, a huge thanks as always to the TPD advertisers, who help keep these contests, prizes, and donations coming. Don't forget to check out the Toronto dog directory at the top of the blog to find great local services for you and your pet!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Global Pet Foods' "Show Us Your Heart" Campaign Sets Record!

Show Us Your Heart reaches $1,000,000 raised for homeless pets! 

Toronto, February 25, 2015 – It has been said that a “nation’s greatness can be determined by the way its animals are treated”, and this year Canadians did themselves proud with a record-breaking Show Us Your HeartTM fundraiser.

Thanks to the generous donations of across the country, Global Pet Foods and Natural Balance® Pet Foods, Inc. raised over $230,000 for local animal shelters and pet rescue groups across Canada. Show Us Your Heart™ has now raised over one million dollars to help animals in need.

“Once again our customers have shown the size of their hearts through their donations and support,” said Jim Walker, President of Global Pet Foods. “We saw a 16% increase in donations over last year, and thanks to their generosity, this was a truly landmark year. To date we have now raised over one million dollars, which has gone to help over 100 shelters who provide much needed care to homeless pets.”

Homeless pets like Hudson, a Saint Bernard, who after being rescued by Animal Angel Rescue Foundation (AARF) was diagnosed with heartworm. Donations raised through Show Us Your HeartTM will help AARF cover Hudson’s heartworm treatment and veterinary bills until his forever home is found.

From January 31 - February 14 Global Pet Foods and Natural Balance® Pet Foods, Inc., along with former Dragon’s Den star and the “Dragon with a heart”, W. Brett Wilson, asked Canadian pet parents to show their hearts to homeless pets by making a donation at any Global Pet Foods store or by donating online through

Global Pet Foods and Natural Balance® Pet Foods, Inc. then matched the first dollar of each in-store  donation. All proceeds raised during Show Us Your HeartTM will be donated to local animal shelters and rescue groups across Canada.

About Global Pet Foods:

For more than 35 years Global Pet Foods has actively supported local companion animal charities and local shelter organizations.

Global Pet Foods is the largest Canadian-owned chain of specialty pet food and supply stores. Our
philosophy is that caring for pets must include these four elements: Mind+Body+Soul+Spirit. By
offering a unique and wide selection of wholesome pet food, accessories and supplies that encompasses these four elements, we are committed to helping pet parents make informed decisions for the total health and well-being of their companion pets.

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