The Espoma Company Hosts Safe Paws Event at Primex Garden Center

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The new campaign focuses on keeping pets healthy and safe while outdoors.

Come to Primex Garden Center April 18 from 11-2 to learn how to have a happy & safe pet from local dog rescues, groomers and more

We're taking the lead to help pet owners learn how to have a safe outdoor environment for their pets.

Dog owners with their pets in tow are invited to learn about a new outdoor pet safety initiative Saturday, April 18 at Primex Garden Center. Wagging tails will enjoy the first-ever Safe Paws event at the garden center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Safe Paws, sponsored in partnership with Espoma and Primex Garden Center, will include on-site adoptions, a Safe Paws photo booth, treats and more from local pet vendors. All dogs in attendance must be leashed, tagged and properly vaccinated.

The Espoma Company, pioneer in natural gardening solutions since 1929, recently launched Safe Paws at The Philadelphia Flower Show and received an overwhelming response.

The Safe Paws campaign aims to equip responsible pet owners with tips to keep pets safe outdoors by avoiding the dangers of common lawn hazards.

“We’re taking the lead to help pet owners learn how to have a safe outdoor environment for their pets,” says Jeremy Brunner, vice president of Espoma.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates some 90 million pounds of pesticides are applied to lawns each year. It’s common to see flags and signs warning people to ‘keep pets and children off’ lawns where chemical fertilizers and pesticides have been applied by landscaping and lawn maintenance companies. When homeowners apply these chemicals on their own, they typically won’t post any flags, warning neighbors and other dogs walking nearby.

Lawn chemicals are potentially harmful to both cats and dogs that run and play in yards, neighborhoods and parks, and may be a contributing factor in the increase of cancer in pets. According to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, an alarming one out of every three dogs is diagnosed with cancer.

Brunner recommends switching to organic, pet-safe lawn foods, like the Espoma Organic annual feeding program, to grow lush, green grass. Organic lawn food keeps paws clean from harmful lawn chemicals that can easily be ingested or tracked into homes.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held at Primex Garden Center, 435 W Glenside Ave, Glenside, PA. Please call (215) 887-7500 for more information.

To download the Safe Paws Guide Book, visit

About the Espoma Company
The Espoma Company is a fourth generation, family-owned business that has been the pioneer in organic gardening since 1929. Espoma products work in harmony with nature to grow beautiful lawns & gardens, preserve natural resources, and make a greener world for future generations. Espoma offers a complete selection of natural plant foods, lawn foods, control products, and potting mixes that are available nationwide. For additional information, visit or find them on Facebook.

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