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February is National Responsible Pet Owners Month

February 13th, 2013 at Wed, 13th, 2013 at 10:10 am by Diane Rich



Duo Hosts Twitter Contest to Raise Awareness for Pet Safety and Health LOS ANGELES (February 13, 2013)— World-renowned veterinarian Dr. Jan Pol from National Geographic WILD’s #1 series The Incredible Dr. Pol joins forces with charitable company Givebones for February’s National Responsible Pet Owners Month. United in their mission to decrease the number of homeless and euthanized pets in the United States each year, Dr. Pol and Givebones will host a Twitter contest beginning on Valentine’s Day and ending on February 27th, 2013, which marks National Spay Day, to promote and encourage responsible pet ownership techniques. One lucky pet owner will win a care package of animal friendly swag and Givebones will make a donation on behalf of the winner to The Humane Animal Treatment Society (HATS).

“Approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized each year due to overcrowding and poorly-funded shelters,” says Dr. Pol. “Spaying and neutering is the best way to prevent overcrowding in shelters. I admire and support organizations like Givebones that recognize the importance of rescuing pets and helping shelters around the country.”

Givebones’ mission is to generate awareness and financial support to help reduce the amount of homeless dogs euthanized each year. By selling dog collars, Givebones provides funding to animal shelters and rescue groups striving to help dogs in need.

“I’m thrilled to have Dr. Pol’s support and want our partnership to inspire animal lovers everywhere to join the movement and support this vital cause,” says Tricia Andrews, founder of Givebones. “Purchasing a Givebones collar is one more way you can be a responsible pet owner.”

Givebones gives back 10 percent of sales to shelters and rescue groups. The purchase of one collar keeps three dogs warm and fed in a shelter for an additional day. Givebones collars are available in a wide variety of colors and in extra small, small, medium and large sizes for the retail price of $14.99. A complimentary Givebones wristband comes with each purchase allowing animal lovers to show their support and help give their dog a voice.

Contest Details: The Twitter contest begins on February 14th and end on February 27th. Participants must follow both Dr. Pol (@Dr.Pol) and Givebones (@Givebones) on Twitter and tweet a photo of their pet along with the pets name at both @Dr.Pol and @Givebones. A winner will be chosen at random and will receive a care package of an assortment of Givebones collars, wristbands, and DVDS of The Incredible Dr. Pol. Additionally, Givebones will make a donation to HATS on behalf of the winner.

For details on Givebones, visit or For more information on Dr. Pol, visit

About Givebones Givebones is a charitable company committed to generating awareness and financial support in hopes of reducing the amount of homeless dogs euthanized every year. By selling dog collars, Givebones provides funding to animal shelters and rescue groups striving to help dogs in need by donating 10 percent of collar sales. For details on Givebones, visit Follow @Givebones on Twitter.

About Dr. Jan Pol National Geographic Wild’s #1 series and highest–rated telecast on the Nat Geo network, The Incredible Dr. Pol stars legendary Michigan veterinarian, Dr. Jan Pol. Dr. Pol has serviced 19,000+ clients during his 35 years as a veterinarian, specializing in large farm animals such as horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens and even the occasional reindeer. The Incredible Dr. Pol follows Dr. Pol and his wife Diane across rural Michigan as they care for every family pet and head of livestock in need of his traditional, no-nonsense expertise and kindness. Having grown up on a dairy farm in the Netherlands, Dr. Pol works tirelessly to ensure that the diminishing population of family farmers remains in business. As a veterinarian, he plays an integral role in keeping their livestock healthy and their businesses profitable.

I enjoy watching the Incredible Dr. Pol.  His bedside manner is delightful, his tireless devotion to his practice impressive and I like the variety of animals and challenges depicted on the segments. I enjoy National Geographic Wild.

Season three of The Incredible Dr. Pol premiered January 5th on National Geographic WILD. Follow @Dr. Pol on Twitter.

Diane Rich Dog Training,LLC

I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at

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