10th ANNUAL Pets Reducing for Rescues Healthy Weight Contest
Donating to local rescues for every pound lost, leveraging home health technology (fitness monitors, smart scales,and feeders) to help! Healthy weight pets live longer & feel better!
By: Pets Reducing for Rescues
Contestants choose their favorite local pet rescue and Pets Reducing for Rescues (PRFR) donates $10 (dog) to $20 (cat) for each pound lost during the 8-week contest. The contest has donated over $18,000 to local rescues over its nine year history. There are no costs or obligations for the contest, weigh-ins, or assessments.
Official contest kickoff and weigh-in is Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. PRFR staff will perform ideal weight assessments for pets and answer questions related to nutrition and ideal weight. From 1:30 to 2:00 p.m., Dr. Ken Lambrecht will present "Fun, effective weight management in dogs & cats using the right foods and the latest pet fitness & weight management technologies."
If contestants cannot make it to the kickoff, they can still weigh-in until noon Saturday, February 23rd. A midpoint weigh-in will take place on Thursday, March 14th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The final contest weigh-in and celebration will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Contestants and contestant recruiters are eligible for over $3,000 in contest & contest door prizes given away at the weigh-ins. Just two official weights at PRFR is all that is required to enter the contest. Contestants are encouraged to team up with friends, neighbors, and coworkers for additional fun & prizes (dog pack & cat pride challenges!)
In the last contest (2018), there were 46 final contestants (18 dogs, 28 cats). Underdog Pet Rescue, Dane County Humane Society & Madison Cat Project together received over $4,500. This year we will have over $3,000 in prizes for contestants & door prizes at weigh-ins with a goal of $5,000 to be donated to rescues.
JUST FOR CATS Our "Cats Night Out" kickoff weigh-in will be Wednesday, February 13th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. We will discuss weight management concepts unique to cats, helping them achieve ideal weight. Midpoint event for cats will be Thursday, March 14th 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and the cat finale is Thursday, April 11th 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more see Bug's Cat Gym FB Page
PET HEALTH TECHNOLOGY FOCUS We will have these exciting weight management technologies as prizes. Tolleta, BabelBark,Surefeed, FitBark 2, Petrics, Petcube, Petnet, PortionProRx & Purina (smart feeders, fitness monitors, web cameras & smart scales!) will be prizes or available for purchase at a special contest rate with all proceeds donated to rescues. A study on the use of a Pet Health Technology Ecosystem (PHTE) in multi-cat households in a weight management program is now underway with Ontario Veterinary College. More information at www.WestTowneVet.com.
Obesity in pets is increasing yearly and considered a disease and an epidemic by all veterinary experts. Dr. Lambrecht is the medical director and founding owner of West Towne Veterinary Center and Pets Reducing for Rescues. He is a past board member of the Pet Nutrition Alliance (PNA) (www.petnutritionalliance.org)
Page Updated Last on: Feb 05, 2019