Help send Poisoned Pets to pet food industry’s biggest conference

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

Registration Information
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

Flight Information
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.

Donate today!

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!



Please, make a wee donation to Poisoned Pets! Thank you!


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Mollie Morrissette

Mollie Morrissette, the author of Poisoned Pets, is an animal food safety expert and consumer advisor. Help support her work by making a donation today.

Comments (17) Write a comment

    • Yes, I plan to do a t-shirt with that added somewhere. And i am working on an illustration of a lady and her cute dog. This all takes time and eventually I’ll have loads of more illustrations to choose from. Thanks for your suggestion!


    • Good idea! But they only print on one side – and I wasn’t sure how many people would want that on the front. But I will do one with a Poisoned Pets theme – all in time. This is just the beginning. And it’s the first illustration I’ve done in 16 years. I took some “time off” from the commercial art world to focus on animals instead!


  1. Fantastic drawing Sis, you rock! I am so happy that you are using your incredible artistic talent to aid your cause. Somehow you have managed to overcome the many odds stacked against you, learn how to design and run a great looking Web site, write solid, readable text about stuff that could be otherwise be quite boring, pick through mounds of tedious facts and understand the scientific jargon in order to give it back to your readers in digestible chunks, and all for a good cause. You should be immensely proud of your accomplishments!


    • Bless you Sarah! And many many thanks for your generous donation! You shouldn’t have.

      I’m proud of you too!

      I saw you on TV yesterday at that fab gallery – your artwork is amazing too.

      Aren’t we just too fabulous?

      Love ya sis,



  2. I’m happy to give. I’d like some info how to become a an advocate myself! Also anonymous, before you make rude comments r-e-a-d! Her requested amt CLEARLY states laptop, meals, etc NOT Included.


  3. You go girls, sock it to them hard, all the very best for upcoming meeting. I have problems with paypal, from New Zealand, is there any other way I can get a small donation to you Mollie. Kind Regards Cheralyn George New Zealand


    • Sorry Cheralyn,, I’m currently experiencing some problems with the PayPal code and I will be working with their engineers this AM to get it sorted. I didn’t know folks in NZ couldn’t use PayPal! I will ask them about this. Thanks for your support!


  4. Why do we have to buy your laptop? Your going to use it again aside from this trip get it yourself! Don’t pad up the bill!


    • You don’t have to do anything. I’ve asked because I have no money of my own to buy a new one, and because I do not accept advertising, nor do I sell anything on my website – therefore I rely on donations. I use my laptop exclusively for this work, and I work for no pay 7 days a week, 80+ hours a week. Unless I beg for donations, I will continue to work without pay. As it is, I do not even receive enough donations to pay for the running of this website – I pay for it. I do it because I care about animals more than money and I assume you care about animals too – or you wouldn’t be here. But thanks for your response, I now have a better understanding of where my readers are coming from and I’m sorry you feel the way you do. Just know, that there are only three people in the U.S. who do what I do and I don’t think you would want Poisoned Pets to disappear, but that is what will happen if my computer crashes and I run out of my own money to pay for the running of this website. Thanks!


  5. I had a bit of trouble donating from your pink buttons, but it worked fine from the left sidebar at the bottom where it says,”Donate”. Apparently by tomorrow, Friday, Paypal will have fixed the problem. I hope folks will read this comment and do it that way, at bottom left. Good luck.


  6. I would love to be a “bird in Sadie’s hat”, as my mother used to say. With you, Susan and Dr Jofve in attendance, the pigeons will definitely have their feathers ruffled. I do hope that you’ll be able to raise the money to go. Am donating, as I know you need it. Also keep me in mind for your (future) artwork.


    • That’s why it is critical that we three attend. We all bring a different perspective and will report back what happened, but most importantly: the pet food industry knows that we are there and we are watching them. very closely.



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