Celebrity Dogs to Share Spotlight at Charity Event

Friday, October 3, 2008 General News
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 3 Doctors Foster and Smith, theNo. 1 catalog and online seller of pet supplies and pharmaceuticals, is proudto announce that Uno, the 2008 Best in Show-winning beagle at the WestminsterDog Show, and Presley, winner in the CBS TV show, "The Greatest American Dog,"are joining the company to support the Lili Claire Foundation and drawattention to the great work therapy dogs do. The four-legged celebrities willbe joining their two-legged counterparts on the red carpet at the Lili ClaireFoundation(R) benefit dinner hosted by "Friends" Matthew Perry, and concert atthe Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Center on Oct. 4. Proceeds from the event willbenefit the Lili Claire Family Resource Center at UCLA.

The Lili Claire Foundation provides social and medical services to ANYchild living with ANY neurogenetic condition -- all free of charge. Drs.Foster and Smith have joined with the Foundation in a pilot therapy dog visitat the Lili Claire Center at the Family Resource Center hospital at UCLA; andto explore further opportunities there, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas,Renown Medical Center in Reno and Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Thehope is that such visits will bring both joy and genuine medical help toadults and to their children who have been affected by Williams Syndrome.

Drs. Foster and Smith will sponsor a Family Room at Saturday's charityevent featuring animals and celebrity guests, including Wanda Goldberg, hostof the Drs. Foster and Smith "Faithful Friends" TV show on Animal Planet, whowill be interviewing the celebrities, both human and canine. Also visiting theFamily Room will be Susie Kerwin and her therapy dog Julie, Joel Silverman andhis dog Foster, and "Greatest American Dog" Presley with his human, Travis.

Also participating will be David Frei, known as the "Voice of theWestminster Dog Show," an ardent supporter of the "Angel on a Leash"therapy dog program. David and Uno, who have visited kids at hospitals fromcoast to coast, will be joined by Travis and Presley on the second season of"Faithful Friends" on Animal Planet.

In addition, Dr. Race Foster of Drs. Foster and Smith will be joining thefestivities in the Family Room. "It's a great opportunity to give back to thekids, and we are happy to be a part of this great night," said Dr. Foster."The Lili Claire Foundation makes a difference in kids' lives, and Drs. Fosterand Smith are pleased to play a part in helping the kids at the Lili ClaireCenters."

The Lili Claire Foundation(R) was founded in 1998 by Keith and LeslieResnick in memory of their daughter, Lili Claire, who was diagnosed withWilliams Syndrome. Lili died at five and a half months after extensiveopen-heart surgery to correct a severe heart condition common to those withWilliams Syndrome. As a result, the Resnicks resolved to do something forother children like Lili who live with neurogenetic disorders, and so createdthe Lili Claire20Foundation to help enhance the lives of these individuals andtheir families. Additionally, the Lili Claire Foundation strives to encouragethese children and young adults to discover their innate talents andabilities, so that they may live productive, independent lives.

About Doctors Foster and Smith:

Doctors Foster and Smith, a privately owned company, is the #1 catalog andonline seller of pet supplies and pharmaceuticals in the industry. DoctorsFoster and Smith is known for empowering pet owners by providing extensiveveterinarian-supported advice, proprietary information and quality petproducts, serving millions of pet owners from coast to coast via theirextensive website and publications, and the television series "FaithfulFriends presented by Drs. Foster and Smith Pet Supplies" on Animal Planet.Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith have become the nation's foremostauthorities on pet wellness, pet care and pet-owner education, earning anunmatched reputation for the scope of their veterinary expertise on dogs,cats, fish, birds, reptiles, pond life, small animals and equine. For moreinformation, visit http://www.DrsFosterSmith.com andhttp://www.PetEducation.com.

SOURCE Doctors Foster and Smith

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