DURHAM, N.C., June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The noises of summertime – booming fireworks, roaring thunderstorms, loud music and parties – and the challenges of car travel or separation from vacationing pet owners, not to mention the annual trip to the veterinarian, can cause fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) to flare up in cats and dogs. Pets may exhibit stress symptoms including escape behaviors, excessive barking, trembling, inappropriate elimination, self-harm, and destruction. In recognition of the difficulties pets may face in times of stress this summer, ThunderWorks®, a leading manufacturer of anxiety-reducing pet products, has launched the ThunderWorks Summer Drive Donation campaign, whereby pet lovers can help select one hundred shelters or rescue groups to receive donations of the company's anxiety-reducing ThunderShirt for dogs and cats.
"Summer storms and fireworks historically land thousands of dogs in the care of shelters and other rescue organizations every summer," explained ThunderWorks founder Phil Blizzard. "A ThunderShirt can help dogs, and cats as well, find a sense of calm while in the shelter setting, which helps to position them for adoption." Over the years, ThunderWorks has donated tens of thousands of ThunderShirts to rescue groups and shelters, and the ThunderWorks Summer Drive Donation campaign provides not only the opportunity to donate, but also the chance to educate the public about pet fear, anxiety and stress.
"Fear and anxiety are as harmful to pets in shelters and rescue groups as to pets in our own homes," said Dr. Marty Becker, a member of Core Team Oz on "The Dr. Oz Show" and founder of Fear Free. "I've seen ThunderShirts help my own pets as well as my patients, and am proud to support this generous campaign to make sure homeless pets can benefit in the same way while they wait for adoption into loving families."
"Of the 77.8 million dogs in the United States, 24 million suffer from regular anxiety issues. We are excited about this Summer Drive campaign and encourage pet lovers to visit www.thundershirt.com/donate to tell us the name of a shelter or rescue group you support, or tweet us @ThunderShirt, or message ThunderShirt on Facebook," said Blizzard." Our goal is to donate ThunderShirts to at least 100 shelters around the country, during these summer months."
ThunderShirt's patented design applies a gentle, constant pressure that has a proven calming effect for over 80% of dogs. The sensation to the pet is similar to the swaddling of an infant. Use of the ThunderShirt already helps millions of dogs and cats across the country, and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and professional trainers.
To help select the shelters and rescue organizations for donations of ThunderShirts, please visit www.facebook.com/thundershirt and send a message or tweet a selection to @thundershirt on Twitter, or visit www.thundershirt.com/donate. The campaign runs from July 1 through August 15, 2017.
Founded in 2009 in Durham, N.C., ThunderWorks' mission is to provide innovative solutions for some of the most common challenges faced by families with pets. With two of the best known brands in the pet industry – ThunderShirt and ThunderLeash – and new products in the summer of 2017 including Dial-A-Distance® and ThunderSnap®, ThunderWorks is already helping millions of dogs and cats worldwide. ThunderShirt is sold online at www.ThunderShirt.com, as well as at retail stores, veterinarians, and by trainers across the country. As part of the ThunderWorks Gives Back program, the company regularly donates ThunderShirts to rescue organizations and shelters to help them manage their animals' anxiety issues, and thus find permanent homes more quickly. Recent donation recipients include ASPCA, RedRover, Search Dog Foundation, Save-A-Pet, Hero Dogs, and multiple SPCAs among others.
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