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Models & CAPS

What do you get when you combine glamorous fashion models with cute dogs rescued from un-glamorous puppy mills?

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Erin Dale from Cohasset Mariner/Wicked Local wrote an amazing article about CAPS' "Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills" ads in MBTA trains and stations. Click on the link to learn more about CAPS' important work and how our socially conscious campaign came to fruition.

Publication/Event date: 2014-06-16
Publication name: Cohasset Mariner/Wicked Local
URL for more info: http://cohasset.wickedlocal.com/article/20140616/NEWS/140616986/?Start=1
Summary:
If you ride the commuter rail from the Greenbush station to Boston, you might have noticed an advertisement with an eye-catching combination – models and puppies.

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Published in CAPS News
Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00

Bea the Belle of the Ball

Publication/Event date: 2014-05-16
Publication name: Bea’s Beat
URL for more info: http://www.caps-web.org/blogs/bea/2014/05/16/bea-the-belle-of-the-ball/
Summary:
On April 30, 2014, CAPS held a cocktail party at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center to celebrate the launch of our “Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills” ad campaign in all of the MBTA commuter trains and at 20 stations in Boston. Even though I had to share the spotlight with ALL of my bratty brothers (Spencer, Wylie, and Oliver), that didn’t stop me from being CAPS’ fabulous spokesmodel. I had so much fun! Hopefully, Mother will be organizing more cocktail parties in the near future.

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Published in CAPS News
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:21

CAPS HOLDING MEET AND GREET

Publication/Event date: 2014-04-06
Publication name: The Boston Globe
URL for more info: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2014/04/05/randolph-man-throws-out-first-pitch-sox-game/CJBqireMBRCCAZKnfQFjDI/story.html
Summary:

CAPS HOLDING MEET AND GREET: If you want to meet and take photos with radio hosts Loren Owens and Wally Brine from WROR-FM, TV newscaster Susan Wornick, and Boston Herald columnist and radio host Jaclyn Cashman — not to mention one very cute basset hound — check out the Cohasset-based Companion Animal Protection Society’s April 30 event. The society’s MBTA ad campaign launch party is being held that day at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with advance tickets priced at $25, or $30 at the door.

The national ad campaign is designed to educate the public about puppy mills and the risks associated with buying dogs at pet shops supplied by those facilities. The ads, featuring professional models and rescue dogs, appear on MBTA commuter trains and at 20 train stations.

At the launch party, attendees can take pictures not just with human hosts but also with CAPS “spokesdog” Beatrice, a basset hound puppy-mill survivor and canine star of the ad campaign. The party will also feature free drinks and appetizers, gift bags, a silent auction, and a raffle.

The organization was founded by Deborah Howard of Hull, who owns Beatrice and other rescued animals. For information and tickets, visit www.caps-web.org.
Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2013-12-29
Publication name: The Boston Globe
URL for more info: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2013/12/29/animal-protection-advocate-from-hull-expanding-reach/ao5Xjz5MGsF3tMOMn4AKVL/story.html
Summary:
RESCUE MISSION: Deborah Howard is seeking local help in preventing cruelty to animals in pet shops and the so-called puppy mills that supply them.

Howard founded the Cohasset-based Companion Animal Protection Society in 1992, and has since taken her fight nationwide. Though the pet-store issue isn’t as big in Massachusetts (there are no pet shops in Boston, she said), there are chain pet stores in communities across the area, and she’d like to launch protests there.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-10-17
Publication name: Riverhead Patch
URL for more info: http://riverhead.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/new-suffolk-county-pet-store-rating-program-unveiled
Summary:
Animal advocates are inviting owners of Suffolk County pet shops to rate their own businesses.
This week, the Suffolk County pet store rating board invited pet shops to voluntarily join the program.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-09-11
Publication name: Greenburbs
URL for more info: http://fairfieldcountygreenburbs.blogspot.com/2013/09/puppies-of-westport-targeted-by-massive.html
Summary:
Somebody has a sense of humor... Driving down the Post Road today this is what I saw, a shut down puppy mills double billboard (no less) from the Companion Animal Protection Society, just a hundred feet away from a real pet shop, Puppies of Westport. They must be thrilled, and so must Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-08-25
Publication name: DFW.com
URL for more info: http://www.dfw.com/2013/08/25/820803/dfw-models-take-a-stand-against.html
Summary:
Kiley Wirtz Jennings, a Dallas-based model, doesn’t get many days off. But a couple of years ago, she found herself with some rare spare time and spent it, as so many of us do, on Facebook.
Except that Jennings (whose first name is pronounced “Keel-ey”) found something that shook her up.

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Published in CAPS News
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00

CAPS PSA on Animal Planet in NYC

CAPS' PSA "This is the Face of a Puppy Mill Dog," starring CAPS Spokesmodel Beatrice, and the gorgeous Kiley Wirtz Jennings, is airing on Animal Planet's dog and cat shows in NYC (started last Monday).

Schedule for this week:
Dogs 101 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mon. to Fri.
Animal Cops 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Mon. to Fri.
Pitbulls and Paroles 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Mon. to Fri.
Must Love Cats 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM Saturday
Bad Dog 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Saturday
Dogs 101/Bad Dog! 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sunday 
Glory Hounds 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM Thursday
Too Cute! 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday 
My Cat From Hell 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM Saturday
Americas Cutest Pet 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM Saturday

PSA: http://player.vimeo.com/video/38757111

Schedule: http://www.caps-web.org/blogs/bea/files/2013/06/schedule-animal-planet.png

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Publication/Event date: 2013-06-01
Publication name: Patriot Ledger
URL for more info: http://www.patriotledger.com/features/x83403367/Cohasset-nonprofit-is-top-dog-in-fight-against-puppy-mills#axzz2UzhzA7LQ
Summary:
COHASSET —Twenty-five years ago, Deborah Howard knew next to nothing about puppy mills. Now she’s a leading crusader against the puppy-mill industry.

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Publication/Event date: 2013-05-30
Publication name: People.com
URL for more info: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20703212,00.html
Summary:
Deborah Howard was on her way into an Atlanta mall in November 1989 when she passed by a pet shop displaying adorable puppies in the window.

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