Zoetis-Sponsored Therapy Dog Receives 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award
Hallmark Channel to broadcast awards ceremony October 30
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Oct. 23, 2013 – Zoetis, Inc., a former business unit of Pfizer Inc., is proud to be a sponsor of the annual American Humane Association (AHA) “American Hero Dog” awards and congratulates Elle, a pit bull from North Carolina, who took home top honors this year from among the eight finalists. Elle represented the Zoetis-sponsored Therapy Dog category. The finalists will be recognized on a Hallmark Channel broadcast Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.
“Like Zoetis, the AHA appreciates the benefits of the human-animal bond and supports the important work veterinarians do for the health and wellness of our companion animals,” said J. Michael McFarland, DVM, DABVP and group director of Companion Animal Veterinary Operations for Zoetis.
Elle’s accomplishments include teaching children in her area about dog safety and starting a therapy dog reading program called "Tail Wagging Tales," to help children enjoy books and improve their reading skills. She reaches all ages through regular visits to an elementary school, a middle school, and a retirement home. Elle’s charity partner, Hand in Paw, will receive a $6,500 donation to further their work. The public cast more than a million votes to determine the eight finalists from a group of 141 dogs nominated for being “ordinary dogs doing extraordinary things.”
“We are pleased to partner with AHA to support the American Hero Dog awards and excited that this year’s top recipient came from the category sponsored by our company,” Dr. McFarland added. “All of us at Zoetis applaud Elle and the other seven finalists for their contribution to the health, happiness and welfare of their human families – and of their communities.”
Hallmark Channel to Broadcast Awards
Dog lovers across the country will have the opportunity to learn more about Elle and the other seven finalists during a 90-minute Hallmark Channel telecast at 8 p.m. Eastern/7p.m. Central on Wednesday, October 30. The program was recorded at the awards ceremony held recently at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Television star, Joey Lawrence hosts along with celebrity presenters including Betty White, Jennifer Coolidge, Esai Morales, Ryan O’Neal and Naomi Judd.
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on a 60-year history as the animal health business of Pfizer, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services with a focus on both farm and companion animals. In 2012, the company generated annual revenues of $4.3 billion. With approximately 9,300 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2013, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 29 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information on the company, visit www.zoetis.com.
Zoetis is the proud sponsor with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the American Veterinary Medical Association of the mobile educational exhibit Animal Connections: Our Journey Together. Families visiting the exhibit will explore the vast bonds between people and animals and learn about the important role veterinarians play in protecting animal and human health.
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