The Espoma Company Hosts Safe Paws Event at Bucks Country Gardens

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

Learn from over 15 local vendors how to have a happy and healthy pet

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 25 at Bucks Country Gardens. 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 Bucks Country Gardens, will include on-site adoptions, a Safe Paws photo booth, treats and more from over a dozen local 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 Bucks Country Gardens. 1057 N Easton Road, Doylestown, PA. Please call 215.766.7800 for more information.

To download the Safe Paws Guide Book, visit

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