"ARF is excited to partner with AvoDerm Natural Pet Foods, Nylabone and the American Pet Products Association again this season to help bring Bark at the Park events to thousands of families," said La Russa. "Central Garden & Pet is a long-time supporter of ARF's mission to save dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and bring people and animals together. We are especially honored this year to highlight how pets are helping bring strength and comfort to our military veterans, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress, as a result of their service. Along with many other groups, ARF's Pets for Vets program pairs specially trained dogs with service men and women to assist them with their transition back into civilian life. Our ties to baseball obviously run deep and our commitment to people saving animals and animals saving people has never been stronger."While they did not invent bringing dogs to the game, Doug Nelson and Sam Peck of Echo Marketing like to think they re-invented and energized it to the point where it is now among the most popular promotions throughout Major League Baseball® with more than 20 teams having dog friendly games in 2017. "There was only a handful of teams doing it when we started back in 2006," said Nelson. "'You want to do what?', they'd say. But little by little we brought Bark at the Park to teams like the Dodgers, Rangers, Rockies, Mariners, A's and Brewers and the teams all love it. It's a ton of fun for the fans. We have parades, contests, video board features and special vendors catering just to the dogs. We've done almost a hundred of these events now, set a Guinness World Record, generated billions of impressions for our partners and created hundreds of thousands of priceless memories for fans and their pets."
The first Bark at the Park event will take place at Dodger Stadium on Saturday May 20th when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Miami Marlins and an estimated 600 dogs and their families. Tickets, which are expected to sell out quickly, for the first event and all the Bark at the Park games can be purchased through the teams' official web sites.About Central Garden & Pet Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ: CENT) (NASDAQ: CENTA) is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers. Participating categories in Lawn & Garden include: Grass seed and the brands PENNINGTON®, and THE REBELS®; wild bird feed and the brand PENNINGTON®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and OVER-N-OUT®; and decorative outdoor patio products under the PENNINGTON ® brand. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Participating categories in Pet include: Animal health and the brands ADAMS™ and ZODIAC®; aquatics and reptile and the brands AQUEON®, CORALIFE® and ZILLA®; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, Forti-Diet® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the brands TFH™, NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, IMS™, CADET®, DMC™, SEGREST, PINNACLE® and AVODERM®; and equine and the brands FARNAM®, HORSE HEALTH™ and VITAFLEX®. We also provide a host of other application-specific pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet Company is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 4,100 employees, primarily in North America. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet Company, including access to the Company's SEC filings, please visit the Company's website at www.central.com. About Nylabone® Products Nylabone® Products is a respected producer of premium pet products, and the leader in safe, healthy chewing for over 50 years ®. Nylabone is a division of T.F.H. Publications, Inc., the world's most distinguished publisher of high-quality care and training books for pets, and a founding member of the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association (APPMA). Nylabone is recognized for its excellence, quality, innovation and leadership in today's pet industry. Its patented and patent-pending products are frequently industry award-winners. T.F.H./Nylabone is a subsidiary of Central Garden & Pet Company. For more information, visit www.nylabone.com. About AvoDerm® Natural Pet Food Good health shows and it starts with the optimum nutrition of AvoDerm Natural dog and cat food recipes. Made with premium quality proteins and omega rich avocados, AvoDerm uses no fillers or animal by product meals and is manufactured in our own facility in Irwindale, California. Natural avocados are a rich source of the vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants that pets need for balanced nutrition, along with a healthy skin and coat. What our recipes do on the inside, shows on the outside. For more information, visit www.avodermnatural.com. About ARF ARF's core mission is the rescue of dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters, giving them a chance at life until a new home can be found. ARF couples this mission with innovative programs strengthening the human-animal bond for children, seniors, veterans, and people in disadvantaged circumstances. Through ARF, people experience the unconditional love and acceptance of dogs and cats to fulfill a mission of "People Rescuing Animals... Animals Rescuing People"® Visit www.arflife.org for more information. About Pets Add Life Pets Add Life (PAL) is a national campaign established by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) to promote the joys and benefits pets of all types bring to our lives. PAL encourages responsible pet ownership and adoption, and ultimately works to spread the message of the joys associated with adding a pet to your life! Visit www.petsaddlife.org or facebook.com/petsaddlife for more information. About Human Animal Bond Research Institute HABRI funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; maintains the world's largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; and informs the public about human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information about HABRI, please visit www.habri.org.