UPDATE: I have no association with Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food, either personally of professionally, or the Association for Truth in Pet Food.
How would you like to have a voice at the annual Association of Animal Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) conference? Wouldn’t you love to sit at the table in front of hundreds of pet food manufacturers and have your say? I’ll bet you would. The next best thing to being there is having a fierce pet food safety advocate like me being there. And now, you have an opportunity to help send me to the upcoming AAFCO conference this August as your consumer representative. What do you say?
This year, the AAFCO’s annual conference will be held in Denver, Colorado between August 3rd through the 5th. I need $1500 to get me there, so gather your pennies, fish for loose change under the cushions, empty your change purse, and show your support by making a wee donation today! Every little bit helps!
Why it is vital that I attend
The meetings are important industry events normally populated by hundreds of pet food and animal feed companies, multinational conglomerates, and government officials from the Food and Drug Administration’s Centers for Veterinary Medicine. Also, feed control officials from nearly every state in the US attend the meetings. Although these meetings is always firmly packed wall to wall with Big Pet Food, there are usually only one or two lone consumer representatives and advocates at these events (Dr. Jean Hofve of Little Big Cat and Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food). Therefore, it remains vital that we maintain an active presence there. Think of us as the cats among the pigeons.
Why I need your support
As you probably know, because I do not accept advertising or sponsorships, sell books, pet food lists or pet food reports, I rely entirely on the kindness of pet parent’s donations to support the work I do. Therefore, as an independent journalist and advocate, the work I do for consumers is not influenced by any association with the pet food industry. Pet parents are my sponsors, not pet food companies.
A new way to support Poisoned Pets
Because people are reluctant to donate money without getting something tangible in return, I decided to return to my skills as an artist to help fund my pet food advocacy work. The featured image (above) is an illustration I have just completed for Poisoned Pets.
It is the first in a series of portraits I am working on of pet parents with their beloved pets. I will be selling a limited number of art prints and other cool products featuring the illustration, like iPhone cases, laptop and iPhone skins, t-shirts, and gift cards. Please visit my Society6 store today! All proceeds go to sending me to this AAFCO meeting.
How much it costs to attend AAFCO
AAFCO 2015 Annual Meeting
Marriott City Center, Denver Colorado
August 3-5, 2015
Early registration deadline is July 6th.
Registration fees through July 6th for a Non-Member is $450
After July 6th it is $500
Hotel Reservations (Deadline July 7,2015)
Marriott City Center
Room rate $163
4 day stay $652
2015 Official Publication
Paper Copy & Online: Non-Member $200
Paper Copy Only: Non-Member $100
Round-trip flight to Denver $258 (with the cost increasing as I delay making reservations)
My laptop is on its last leg, and it only works (sort of) in safe mode.
A new laptop $600-$800
TOTAL (excluding computer, meals, taxis, etc.): $1510
I know it may seem like a lot, but there will only be two other pet food safety consumer advocates there (Dr. Jean Hofve of Little Big Cat and Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food). Therefore it is vital that I attend as well.
Will you help me get there? You can donate via PayPal by clicking on kitty’s ball (below) to take you directly to my safe and secure PayPal donation page, and you don’t even have to be a PayPal member to use it!
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