Prevent Pet Suffocation

Spreading awareness of pet suffocation risks

Houston, TX   |  www.preventpetsuffocation.com

Mission

Spreading awareness and educating the public on the suffocation risks our pets face from chip bags and other food packaging.

Ruling year info

2018

Founder/President

Bonnie Harlan

Main address

5773 Woodway Drive Number 10

Houston, TX 77057 USA

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EIN

81-5226651

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The major problem is that pets, primarily dogs, suffocate daily in chip bags, snack bags, pet food bags, and other food packaging. A lot of these bags are made from a strong mylar-like material. Once a dog puts his head into a bag, the bag creates a vacuum-like seal around the dog's neck. As the dog tries to breathe, the bag tightens, cutting off the oxygen, and often suffocating the dog. This happens within minutes. The other problem is that most people have never heard of pet suffocation until it happens to their dog, and by then, it is too late.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Suffocation Awareness and Education

Community Awareness and Advocacy to educate the public on the suffocation risks pets face from food packaging

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

One of the primary goals of Prevent Pet Suffocation, Inc. is to educate the public on the suffocation risks our pets face from chip bags, snack bags, pet food bags, food bags and containers, and other packaging. The other major goal is to reduce the deaths of pets, which are mainly dogs, from pet suffocation.

Prevent Pet Suffocation, Inc. has several strategies to accomplish our goals and mission to prevent pet suffocation. The primary one is an international awareness campaign aimed to spread awareness on the suffocation hazards of food bags and provide safety tips and strategies to prevent pet suffocation within your home. One of the ways this is achieved is through continually engaging and educating the public through various social media outlets including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our website and Blog.

In addition, we are featured in TV interviews, podcasts, videos, magazine articles, and blogs to help spread our awareness campaign.

Another strategy to prevent pet suffocation is our online petition to Frito Lay to add warning labels to their chip bags to help educate the public on this major risk to their pets. Currently, we have almost 35,000 signatures.

Through fundraising, we are able to maintain a strong social media presence and also produce Public Service Announcements (PSAs), infographics, flyers, videos, etc. for the public to view and use and share with friends, family, vets, rescue groups, etc. As Prevent Pet Suffocation, Inc. has grown, we are contacted frequently by the media for interviews, podcasts, articles, Zoom calls, etc. When a pet owner loses a pet to suffocation, they easily find us on social media and the Internet to share their story which, once posted by us, reaches thousands of people.

Prevent Pet Suffocation has made tremendous progress since it was first formed in 2012. We became a public charity in 2017.

We have over 22,000 followers on Facebook alone, and it is not uncommon for a post to reach 50,000 people.

We have a strong social media presence and website.

We have produced professional infographics summarizing the problem and solution, as well as recently produced a professional 1 minute Public Service Announcement (PSA) with a television station that is posted publicly and also sent to TV stations for their use.

The latest TV video piece on prevent pet suffocation we worked on with CBS recently won an EMMY.

We have hired a PR rep and an Instagram professional to help increase our national presence.

More people globally are now aware of the risks of pet suffocation and how to prevent it.

Our online petition to Frito Lay continues to gather signatures, and then we plan to deliver it to Frito Lay.

We will be participating in GivingTuesday 2020.

Currently, we are working on a short animated PSA as another professional outlet to spread the word.

Financials

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Prevent Pet Suffocation

Board of directors
as of 7/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bonnie Harlan

Prevent Pet Suffocation

Term: 2017 -

Michael Harlan

TruHorizon Environmental Solutions

Chase Gugenheim

BlanQuil

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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