Pet Trends in Crowd Funding

It’s no secret that pet parents love their pets and because of that love, new products for our furry friends are popping up every day. From fun and creative brain games, to smart and simple pooper scoopers and tech gadgets that just make life easier, pet-lovers are designing products for our pets and they’re turning to the pet community to help get those products on shelves and into your hands.

Crowd funding is no new concept and the pet industry has picked up on its success. Asking people who already love their pets to invest in pet products that are fun, interactive and might just make the pet-parent job easier is a win-win situation. Pet-product companies can engage early customers and collect feedback on the product before it even goes to market.

Here are just some of the many pet products currently trending on top Crowd Funding sites right now, but you can check out their individual campaigns for more information on the products as well:


snzcmbzk6khcznngk6zdA brainteaser for dogs to enjoy while owners are away. This intriguing and tiring toy is sturdy enough for the smartest dog and complex enough to keep them interested. There are a number of pockets to hide treats and allow dogs to employ their problem-solving skills to get them free. If it becomes sticky, rinse it with ease.


Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 11.41.02 AMA revolutionary new pooper-scooper that allows owners to scoop poop, easily on any surface. Scoop one-handed, without bending over and without touching anything (even through a bag). Simply attach any bag (biodegradable is recommended) and with the special angled design, conveniently scoop multiple leavings from any angle, then pull down and toss the bag.


g5pz5pom3nomzbv9yasdA treat dispenser with a built in camera, which allows owners to engage with their pets remotely. It detects, records and shares moments with you when your pet is active. It also enables pets to send a “selfie” when they get in PetBot’s field of vision and dispenses a treat after.


galdayfcpkom5s7t7tplA smart collar that monitors a dog’s daily activity by tracking their whereabouts in real-time via GPS. It keeps dogs illuminated using LED lighting technology, monitors their health, and sends alerts and reminders as needed.
With crowd funding for pet products, just about anything is possible. What kind of pet products have you seen and loved on crowd funding websites? Let us know what you think on our Facebook page.

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October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-Month!

If you have been thinking about getting a dog at all or been giving adoption even the least bit of consideration, now is the time to open your hearts and homes and grow your family by four paws!

UntitledOctober is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-Month. This month is dedicated to all of the sweet, wet-nosed pound pups who steal our hearts the minute we walk through the door. They all deserve loving and forever homes and there are more waiting now than ever before.

Our goal this month is to raise awareness of the staggering number of shelter dogs still waiting for their new families. You can help by adopting a dog into your loving family, or simply sharing this message and encouraging your friends to do the same. Together we can help empty the shelters and find these deserving pals loving homes!

For more information, check out Pet Finder’s ‘How Can I Help’ blog or visit the ASPCA to find adoptable dogs in your local shelters.

If you adopted a shelter dog, we would love to see photos! Share them on our Facebook page or tag us @PetsAddLife on Twitter or Instagram.

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It’s National Dog Week!

Captain Will Judy, a former publisher of Dog World Magazine, founded National Dog Week in 1928 to educate all dog owners in their responsibilities to their pets and to their communities


While there isn’t just one definition for “responsible dog owner” there are some rules you can live by to make sure you’re being the best pet parent you can be. Here are some of them:

  1. Spay or neuter your dog

As a pet parent, surely you know that there are too many dogs that go without loving homes. Spaying or neutering your dog will help decrease those numbers.

  1. Make sure your dog wears an ID tag

We don’t want it to happen and we try our best to prevent it, but sometimes dogs get lost. Wearing an ID tag greatly increases their chances of being returned to you.

  1. Provide training for your dog

This will not only be beneficial to you as a pet parent, but to your friends and family in the community as well. Everyone loves a well-behaved dog. 

  1. Give your dog exercise

Like us, dogs need regular exercise to stay fit and healthy. It is your responsibility as a pet parent to make sure your dogs gets the daily exercise they need.

  1. Feed your dog properly

Knowing the type and amount of food that is best for your dog is important. Consult your veterinarian to ensure your dog remains on a healthy diet to avoid weight-related health issues.

  1. LOVE your dog

As your dog’s favorite person in the world, it is your responsibility to love them back and show them you care. It’s that simple.

Not a dog owner yet? You can still participate in the fun this week! Here’s how:

  1. Donate to a local shelter or rescue organization (they usually except time, money or even food!)
  2. Invite local veterinarians or groomers to speak to the community about proper care
  3. OR perhaps the best way to celebrate…. Adopt a dog!

For extra added fun, enter our National Dog Week photo contest! Visit our Facebook page, find the contest link in our newsfeed and follow the easy instructions.

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It’s National Dog Day!

 UntitledDog lovers, rejoice! Today is all about our four-legged (sometimes less) companions.

National Dog Day is celebrated on August 26th each year and “serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledge family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

This special day was founded by celebrity pet and family lifestyle expert, animal behaviorist and author, Colleen Paige to honor all kinds of dogs and show deep appreciation for their companionship, patience, loyalty and protection. Because we want all dogs to know how much they mean to us, we’ve included a list of ways you can celebrate this wonderful day with your wonderful companions:

  1. Buy your dog a fun new toy
  2. Take your dog to a doggy play resort or dog park
  3. Take your dog on a hike or to the beach
  4. Give your dog a massage
  5. Teach your dog a new trick
  6. Invite your friends and their dogs over for a dog party
  7. OR you can spend the day taking photos of your dog and enter our contest!

To enter, visit our Facebook page, find the contest link in our newsfeed and follow the easy instructions.

For more information and ways to celebrate, visit the National Dog Day website.

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August is Adopt a Homeless Pet Month!


Pet overpopulation is a growing problem. There are a number of contributing factors for overpopulation, including pets being relinquished by owners who can no longer care for them and pets not being spayed and neutered, which increases the chance of reproduction and decreases the chance of finding a loving home.

Research suggests that 7 to 20 percent of pets entering a home are no longer in that home six months later. These pets often end up in shelters where numerous cats and dogs are euthanized every year because of a lack of loving homes and an abundance of deserving pets.

So, what can you do to help?

  1. Spay and neuter your pets
  2. If you’re thinking about bringing a pet into your home, consider adoption
  3. Make sure you can adequately care for a pet before bringing one home
  4. Educate your family and friends about the issue and share these tips

In an effort to raise awareness of this growing problem, we are hosting a photo contest to honor those who have adopted a pet and continue to provide a loving home. To enter, visit our Facebook page, find the contest link in our newsfeed and follow the easy instructions.

To learn more about pet overpopulation and what you can do to combat the problem, visit the American Humane Association website.

We are looking forward to seeing photos of your adopted pets and raising awareness of pet overpopulation!

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July is Lost Pet Prevention Month!


Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime? Of those pets, less than 20% of dogs and 2% of cats are ever reunited with their families. Of those reunited pets, most had ID tags, tattoos or microchips.

This month we are teaming up with PetHub to bring awareness to the staggering numbers of lost pets, educate people about how to prevent it from happening in the future and make sure their pets get home quickly if they do go missing.

In an effort to raise awareness and prevent future lost pets, PetHub is sponsoring a photo contest where they will give away FOUR $100 gift cards to where winners can purchase QR code pet tags for their pets. To enter, visit our Facebook page, find the contest link in our newsfeed and follow the easy instructions.

We are looking forward to seeing your photos and helping PetHub spread awareness of Lost Pet Prevention Month!

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It’s Take Your Pet To Work Week!

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If you work at a pet-friendly office like we do, every week is “take your pet to work week.” For those of you who don’t, we’ve got you covered! This year’s Take Your Pet To Work Week is happening from June 22-26 and we have the tools you need to convince your boss to let your company participate!

Thousands of employees are expected to bring their pets to the office this year thanks to Pet Sitters International, who created the event to celebrate the great companions they make, encourage pet adoptions and boost employee moral.

According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA)’s National Pet Owners Survey, only 8% of all U.S. pet owners say their workplace allows pets. With the tools provided by Pet Sitters International in the Action Pack, you can help your office change that statistic, even if it’s just for the week.

If your boss seems apprehensive about the idea of pets at work, win them over by explaining that pet-presence may serve as a low-cost, wellness intervention and may enhance organizational satisfaction and perceptions of support, according to one 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University study. The study specifically showed employees who bring their dogs to work produced lower levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol and that dogs at work help increase employee satisfaction and interaction between coworkers. That’s reason enough for us!

If you participate in Take Your Pet To Work Week, share your photos with us on Facebook.

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