Petfood Forum, the exclusive, premier event for the global petfood industry, has announced that Jackson Galaxy, star of the hit Animal Planet show My Cat From Hell, will deliver the opening keynote for the 2015 conference on April 28.* He will talk about the inspirations for his career, lessons he’s learned from working with cats and their owners and why his primary goal is to help save the 4 million animals that die in shelters each year, working through his Team Cat Mojo campaign and Jackson Galaxy Foundation.
The Petfood Forum 2015 closing keynote on April 29 will feature an energetic performance by the Flying Houndz Frizbee Trick Dog Show, which includes rescue dogs. The owners of the group, Jeff and Misty Wright, will explain how they started and why they work with rescue dogs and promote responsible pet ownership.
A “cat behaviorist by day and rock ‘n’ roller by night,” Galaxy has over 15 years’ experience working with animals, starting at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado, USA. There, he became fascinated with the animals in his care and studied as much as he could on cat behavior. After nine years, Galaxy co-founded Little Big Cat Inc., with Dr. Jean Hofve, a holistic veterinarian, to give mind-body consultations to cat guardians, focusing on the connection between physical and behavioral health. Galaxy continued his private practice after moving to Los Angeles in 2007, which led to My Cat From Hell. Galaxy has written two books, Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean, and Catification, published in fall 2014. He works closely with animal shelters and rescue organizations, teaching his Cat Mojo lecture series to volunteers, staff and adopters. He serves on the board of directors for Stray Cat Alliance and Fix Nation in Los Angeles and Tree House Humane Society in Chicago, is on the board of advisors for Neighborhood Cats in New York City and Rescue Me Magazine and is an ambassador for Best Friends Animal Society.
Since 2009, the Flying Houndz Frizbee Trick Dog Show has entertained audiences across the US at state fairs, sporting events and on TV shows such as Good Morning America and the Today Show. The foundation for the group’s beginning was laid when the Wrights visited a Frisbee competition in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and on a whim, entered their six-month-old Border Collie puppy in the beginner’s class. The dog not only took to the sport but won that first competition, and the family was hooked. Jeff Wright eventually started a career as a behavior specialist with a humane society, and the couple both found a passion for fostering and rescuing dogs. Continuing the Frisbee competitions on the side, they founded the first Frisbee club in Louisville and added dogs—including several rescues—to their family and Frisbee training. That became the foundation for today’s group of performing canine stars: a total of 11 dogs, about half of them rescues and all an integral part of the Wright family.
Scheduled for April 27-29 in its new location of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Petfood Forum 2015 will also feature 27 other learning sessions, a large exhibit hall and many networking opportunities. Early bird registration savings are now available through February 15. For more information, visit www.PetfoodForumEvents.com.
*Note: This is an update to a previous news item announcing Jackson Galaxy as the closing keynote speaker, which has since changed.
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