Pasadena Pet Product Manufacturer Sleepypod Renews Educational Sponsorship of Animal Behavior College

Published : Monday, February 5, 2018 | 7:17 PM

Pasadena-based Sleepypod, which makes pet carriers, beds, car harnesses, and travel accessories, has renewed its commitment “to educating the next generation of dog trainers and veterinary assistants through renewed sponsorships.”

Sleepypod pledged sponsorship of the Veterinary Assistant Program at Animal Behavior College (ABC) in Valencia.

Sleepypod has been sponsoring scholars to the program administered by ABC’s Veterinary Assistant School, which is duly accredited with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

ABC is a vocational college that trains professional dog trainers, cat trainers, veterinary assistants and pet groomers across the United States and in the 10 provinces of Canada.

An ABC press release Monday said Sleepypod, and Coastal Pet Products Inc. based in Alliance, Ohio, have reaffirmed their commitments.

“These outstanding companies have an unwavering commitment to the pet services profession and offer some of the most innovative products available in the industry,” Steven Appelbaum, president and CEO of Animal Behavior College, said in the release.

Sleepypod is providing product catalogs, brochures and information, and articles in Paw Prints, the ABC alumni newsletter, as well as a new yet-to-be released product sample. The company will also be providing a full-tuition scholarship for one Veterinary Assistant Program student. The scholarship winner will be announced upon selection, along with scholars for ABC’s Dog Obedience Program sponsored by Coastal Pet Products.

Recognized for reinventing pet products with innovative design, Sleepypod makes durable and stylish pet beds, carriers, safety harnesses and travel accessories. The company said its in-vehicle carriers and harnesses have passed rigorous third-party testing by the Center for Pet Safety, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting pets and their owners.

“Sleepypod is incredibly proud to renew our commitment to ABC’s DOP and Veterinary Assistant Programs,” said Michael Leung, co-founder and lead product designer for Sleepypod. “It is a privilege to support these future leaders in the pet services industry who share Sleepypod’s same desire to enhance the lives of companion animals.”

As of January 31, 2017, ABC has graduated 14,737 students in the Dog Obedience Program and 7,963 students in the Veterinary Assistant Program. The college offers specialized certificates of completion in five short-term programs on subjects as pet massage, pet nutrition, pet sitting, training shelter dogs, and selling and teaching private lessons.

Last November, Sleepypod sponsored the VAP scholarship that was awarded to Douglas “DJ” Mann, of Bronx, New York.

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