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Jim Tedford served as PetSafe® brand's Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances. Jim facilitated partnerships with animal welfare organizations, commissioned animal behavior research to help improve PetSafe products, and advocated for our training, lifestyle, and behavior products worldwide.
Working on the front line of animal welfare for over 20 years, Jim has served as CEO for organizations in New York, Louisiana and Tennessee. Prior to joining PetSafe, he provided marketing and fundraising services to animal welfare organizations nationwide.
Jim holds a degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He and his wife Ann share their “empty nest” in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains with two Labs, Bodie and Sam, one Jack Russell, Henry, and a blue and gold macaw, Gipper – all adopted!
Jim was a regular contributor to the PetSafe blog, where he shared his experiences working with shelters and his adventures as a pet owner.
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PetSafe has partnered with a dozen animal welfare organizations from across the US to help enrich the shelter environment for pets in their care. Between now and December 31st for every new follower or like PetSafe gets via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram we will donate a treat dispensing toy to a shelter.
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Pet lovers experience the joy and sadness that owning a pet brings. Eventually we all experience the loss of a pet. Losing a pet, in many ways, is not unlike losing any other loved one.
When you bring a dog or cat into your home, you are extending love and protection to the animal and also making a commitment to its care. To do this, you’ll need to keep your pet safe and healthy, including making sure your pet can’t get into any potentially dangerous or deadly items in your home.
By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Despite sharing his home with four dogs, Jim is a fantastic cat lover and he is celebrating in June! Read on to learn...
By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love summer! I love longer days, short sleeves, flip flops, snow cones,...
By Jim Tedford, Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances Does an invitation to visit your home come with a warning not to wear black and to take an extra allergy shot ahead of...
We are in the midst of a very important week. You see, this is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Most of the work done by our shelters is done quietly and with little or no fanfare. They don’t necessarily want the praise… they just want to save lives. But they are more than worthy of our gratitude.
For most of us, Christmas is a wonderful season chock-full of last minute shopping, overeating, late night greeting card addressing and general chaos. I don’t know about you, but if I have to add one more item to my list my head might spontaneously combust! Sounds like a great time to add a new member to the family, right?
Most dog owners may not be aware of the high incidence of the “C” word in their canine companions. Yet cancer does strike far too frequently. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, a leader in canine cancer research, cancer strikes nearly half of all dogs at some point in their lifetimes, and one in four dogs will die of the disease. The statistics are staggering. But, what can be even more staggering is the toll of the disease on our canine companions and the people who love them. In my case, his name was Otis.
There is another group of heroes we may never encounter, but should be very glad they are out there. People who work in our nation’s animal shelters deserve our recognition and our praise. These everyday heroes save lives each and every day. That may sound overdramatic, but it is not an overstatement. These folks face unspeakable cruelty and neglect so extreme most people cannot begin to imagine. They repair broken bodies and broken lives every day. And they deal with emotional highs and lows that surround animals and our relationships with them.
There is truly no such thing as a FREE pet. That kitten your neighbor convinces you to take off his hands will be with you for 15+ years. During his lifetime, he will eat every single day. He will need fresh litter regularly. He will need to be neutered. He will need annual vaccinations and other preventative health care. He will need medical care when he’s sick. And sometimes that care will be extraordinarily expensive!
One of the biggest threats to the human-animal bond involves unrealistic expectations on the part of pet owners. Too often, people assume that a newly adopted pet instinctively knows exactly what his new guardians expect. But, sadly, our animal companions rarely come to us pre-programmed to understand our expectations. Training is a key component of responsible pet ownership. And patience is another!
Within the past six months, I have gone through the process of introducing and assimilating new dogs into my household TWICE. We did not enter into these relationships without a significant amount of forethought and soul searching. The decision to add a new companion animal to your life and home is not drastically different than the decision to add a human child! So, before you make the decision to acquire ANY pet, take a look at your lifestyle and consider at least the following.