ImageLOCK, the Only Combination Lock that Uses Symbols, Seeks to Expand its Product Line

ImageLOCK plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign in November to create a lock with colored symbols.

Sunnyside, NY: ImageLOCK (design and utility patented), the only lock company that produces combination locks with symbols, today announced an upcoming Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new combination lock with colored symbols. The Kickstarter campaign (search: ImageLOCK with Colors) is set to launch during the first week of November 2015.

ImageLOCK, which made its product debut through Kickstarter in November 2014, is the latest breakthrough in combination padlock innovation. Invented by Ali Nawaz, the ImageLOCK is ushering in a new era in combination padlocks. The inclusion of images instead of numbers is the innovation in this combination lock design.  Instead of a 1-2-3 combination, imagine a typical ImageLOCK combination might be “butterfly-dog-star-” or “triangle-circle-square.”

“People tend to forget combination numbers,” says Nawaz.  “Images, however, are much easier to remember.  A child especially can remember his/her favorite animal or shape for their combination lock. It could benefit people with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It could even help people with disabilities.”

This second upcoming Kickstarter campaign from ImageLOCK will support the expansion of the company’s product line with a new, updated combination lock. This lock will include an upgraded heavy duty lock and shackle, 12 symbols (the original ImageLOCK has 8 symbols). Each symbol on this lock will be featured in a bright, fun color which lends to easier memorization of combinations. Additionally, the wholesale version of this lock will offer a control key mechanism that will allow users to open the lock with a key in the event that the combination is forgotten.

Nawaz, a New York City resident, saw a need for the ImageLOCK after observing how virtually all combination padlocks are one-dimensional.  Nawaz believes the ImageLOCK would be a great way for school age children to hone their memory skills. The lock would also help people who suffer from memory loss. “I have not been able to find a similar lock in existence,” Nawaz said. “There are many kinds of combination locks, but I have not seen one that’s geared toward young and elderly people or those that would enjoy a decorative and interesting lock.”

ImageLOCK CEO Ali Nawaz started ImageLOCK ( in 2015 as an online business. Since then ImageLOCK has made its way into fitness centers and stores in New York City.

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Kickstarter: ImageLOCK with Colors

For more information, contact Ali Nawaz:


Cell: 917-415-1439



Chase Announced as the Orlando Magic’s Presenting Partner for Games in the Month of October

Orlando, Fla.  (Oct. 6, 2015) – The Orlando Magic have announced today that Chase will serve as the Magic’s presenting partner for preseason games and the presenting partner of all opening week games including the season-opener Oct. 28 (Magic vs. Washington) and Oct. 30 (Magic vs. Oklahoma City). The month of October will be billed as “Orlando Magic’s Pure Magic Tip Off Presented by Chase” 

As part of the partnership, the Magic and Chase have lined up an October full of fan events, offers and opportunities. Chase customers will be the first to receive an exclusive Magic ticket presale opportunity from Oct. 2 – Oct. 5. Anyone who holds a Chase card will have the chance to purchase Magic tickets in advance of the general public. Other activities for the month of October to include the Magic’s Open Practice presented by Chase on Oct. 5, which is free and open to the public; Magic and Chase basketball court refurbishment at a local elementary school on Oct. 24.

Chase is also the presenting partner of other Magic activities during the season including the Magic’s Black History Month celebration presented by Chase and Noche Latina presented by Chase. announces launch of new career feature “JobWiz” to connect right kind of talent and opportunity

Press Release

Unique feature which can redefine the way you find a resource, it’s easier and friendlier….. 

New York, October 5th , 2015: Innovative Social Media Platform one of the unique & superior social networking site pioneered two way communications via SMS and E-MAIL Announces Launch of New Career Feature JobWiz  to all users.  

This feature will enable the user to find a new set of resources in today’s highly competitive employment world, giving them a new set of resources for young people as they take aim at their career goals both large and small. is designed not only with helping young people’s career goals in mind, but is also dedicated to protecting their privacy while using the network.

Combining together different social media concepts around the idea of job planning and preparation, Flatparty assures that their new career feature will help users to begin their career at a younger age and possibly even put together contacts that last a lifetime. It will also help the HR Professionals, Entrepreneur, and Manager to find out the right kind of resource or candidates for their organisation. 

According to Anto Toms, CEO of,We firmly believe that by linking together different social media concepts around the idea of job planning and preparation will play an important role in bringing young people as they take aim at their career goals both large and small. We all know the power of networking when it comes to building friendships and personal relationships. We’re here to show that same power can be used to help plan and build careers, delivering huge lasting value to the young people using  It’s a win/win all around”.

Features of’s include:  MyRealm, which allows friends to create groups based around their interests; JobWiz, where employers create their profile and post new jobs in an effort to attract the right quality candidates; and Career Planner, which delivers to users everything needed to make an attractive and interesting career profile.

In addition to its value as a career resource, Flatparty also serves as a very active and interesting social media site.  By combining lifestyle features, with business features, the networking site encourages the development of more happy and integrated people – a clear benefit at work, and in living a happy life.  Chat, along with video and music sharing options are included delivering every social media option offered by some of the larger names in the networking space.

Flatparty makes itself distinct by allowing its members to connect with friends and colleagues and create private groups and sub groups focused around common interests.  This can also be used to organize events, where friends can be invited to attend and participate without or with the internet (via SMS text message).  Polls and blog posts are also easy to create and share.

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Founded in 2012, Flatparty, Inc. is a USA based business with its primary operations in New York. The business focuses on providing unique and supreme Social Networking platform to the members of the public. is a free social networking site allowing registered users to create profiles, upload photos, video and music, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues from all around the world, with options to communicate with them through multiple channels. Site also includes public features such as Groups, Events, Polls and Blogs.

Groups let members who have common interests find one another and interact and communicate within themselves. The events feature gives the opportunity for members to publicize an event, invite guests, and track attendance of participants, even before the event has started.

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Go Grow LED To Enter Cannabis Cup

Las Vegas, NV, October 5, 2015

Go Grow LED released today they are poised, ready, and looking for a partner to enter one of the Cannabis Cups. Last month, Go Grow LED debut their revolutionary LED grow light to the industry at the World Cannabis Convention in Los Angeles. Today, they continue to build awareness of their products and take a giant leap forward by looking to enter the prestigious Cannabis Cup as the light source behind a potentially award winning plant.

“I believe we have the LED technology, different from all other LED grow lights on the market by the way, to grow some of the best plants in the world”, Scott McCormick, Managing Member. Go Grow LED, LLC was formed by a group of Lighting Experts, Engineers, and Master Growers who collaborated to design, test and produce what could be the most powerful and efficient grow light the industry has ever seen. By utilizing a patented single high wattage chip, compared to hundreds of smaller LED chips, the Company claims their light penetrates deeper into the plants canopy to better stimulate photosynthesis and activate healthy growth. The Company also proclaims to have a unique PAR light spectrum that replicates that of natural sunlight. Some rather large claims that hopefully shine through!

The High Times Cannabis Cup is the world’s foremost cannabis festival. Founded in 1988 by Steven Hager, the High Times Cannabis Cup is held each November in Amsterdam. The event allows judges from around the world to sample and vote for their favorite marijuana varieties. In 2010, High Times mounted its first Cannabis Cup in the United States. The magazine now holds Cannabis Cups in Northern and Southern California, Denver, Michigan, Seattle, with plans to hold a Cannabis Cup in Portland in 2015.

Go Grow LED is rapidly gaining the attention of the industry, and if they can pull off a Cannabis Cup win, they will surely find their place into the day to day conversations of growers everywhere. Mr. McCormick goes on to state, “we welcome the testing of our light by any media or grow group to provide the industry with useful and factual ratings and results”. There is no doubt, Go Grow LED is putting their light out there for the world to test.  

If you are interested in more information about Go Grow LED or partnering with them for any upcoming Cannabis Cup, please contact

Please feel free to visit their website at

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Patients Honor Dr. Nader Moinfar for Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award

Dr. Nader Moinfar of Lake Mary, FL is ranked among the top physicians in the nation based on patient reviews.

Lake Mary, FL September 22, 2015 – Vitals is pleased to announce that Dr. Nader Moinfar has been honored with the prestigious 2013 Compassionate Doctor Award.

The accolade, which recognizes physician excellence, is given only to doctors who receive outstanding patient reviews throughout the calendar year. Of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians, only 3 percent were accorded the Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award in 2013.

Each year, nearly 150 million patients across the U.S. access Vitals and UCompareHealthCare to provide feedback about their experiences with their physicians. The Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award is bestowed on doctors who have an average rating of at least a 3.5 out of 4.0 in the category of bedside manner. All winning doctors must also have a medical license in good standing with no sanctions.

Dr. Nader Moinfar commented on the recognition: “This is quite an honor for me. I am very pleased to have been selected and grateful to my patients who went out of their way to rate me and give me positive reviews.”

To learn more about the doctor and see the award, please visit Dr. Nader Moinfar’s profile on

Following the announcement of Dr. Nader Moinfar‘s selection for the Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award, American Registry added Dr. Moinfar to The Registry™ of Business Excellence. An exclusive recognition plaque has been designed to commemorate the honor. The doctor’s custom wall plaque is shown here.

About Vitals
Vitals believes that technology makes better health possible. We are a leader in providing online tools and actionable data that enable healthcare consumers to make more informed decisions about the cost and quality of their medical care. Through health plans, hospitals and our leading consumer websites, Vitals helps more than 150 million people each year access information for better, more affordable care.

Add a special “About Us” paragraph to this news release telling all of your customers and potential customers all about you and your business.

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Dr. Alexa S. Lessow Wins Prestigious Vitals Patients’ Choice Award

Seventh Annual Vitals Patients’ Choice Award Recognizes Dr. Alexa S. Lessow for Outstanding Care Based on Patient Feedback

New York, NY — September 22, 2015 — Vitals, a leader in providing online transparency tools and data that help consumers find top doctors and make informed decisions about their medical care, is pleased to announce that Dr. Alexa S. Lessow has been honored with the prestigious 2014 Vitals Patients’ Choice Award. The Award, now in its seventh year, is a widely recognized distinction bestowed on doctors by the people they care for — their patients.

Each year, Vitals receives millions of patient-reported ratings on various components of their doctor’s care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor’s bedside manner and follow-up care.

Vitals Patients’ Choice Award winners must receive an overall rating of at least 3.5 or higher (out of 4.0). Winning doctors must also have a medical license in good standing with no sanctions. Of the nation’s 1 million active physicians and dentists, just 5 percent qualified for this honor in 2014.

Dr. Alexa S. Lessow commented on the recognition:

About Alexa S. Lessow: a short profile by and about the honoree:

Dr. Lessow is a board certified otolaryngologist who specializes in nasal and sinus disease, snoring and sleep apnea. She and her staff strive to provide the highest quality of care with the latest in technology. She offers the most up-to-date services including in-office procedures for nasal obstruction and chronic sinusitis, and the convenience of in-office CT scans. Dr. Lessow works closely with patients to ensure they are well-informed about their medical issues and treatment options in order to feel at ease with their treatment plan.

“Doctors recognized with a Vitals Patients’ Choice award are committed to the patient experience,” said Mitch Rothschild, CEO of Vitals. “We commend these doctors for bringing both compassion and expertise to the practice of medicine.”

Following the publication of Dr. Alexa S. Lessow‘s selection for the Vitals Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry seconded the honor and added Dr. Alexa S. Lessow to The Registry™ of Business Excellence. An exclusive recognition plaque has been designed to commemorate the honor. The doctor’s custom wall plaque is shown here.

To learn more about the doctor and see the award, please visit Dr. Alexa S. Lessow’s profile on

About Vitals
Vitals is reinventing the way people shop and save on their medical care. We support effective decision-making through cost, quality and access data, as well as reward and incentive programs. Vitals leads the market with the first transparency and engagement platform that achieves measurable savings for consumers through a retail-like approach to purchasing health care services. Through health plans, hospitals and our leading consumer websites, Vitals helps more than 150 million people each year access better, more affordable care.

Dr. Stephanie Molden is recognized among Castle Connolly Top Doctors® for Newtown, PA region in 2015.

A Newtown, PA Board Certified physician specializing in Urogynelocogy, Dr. Stephanie Molden, is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2015.

Newtown, PA September 22, 2015 – Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America’s trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, has selected Newtown’s Urogynelocogy specialist Dr. Stephanie Molden for inclusion in its highly selective list of Castle Connolly Top Doctors this year.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. publishes its list of Castle Connolly Top Doctors® at, as well as in a wide variety of printed directories, partner publications and on partner/affiliate websites. All told, more than 44,000 physicians – approximately 5% of the nation’s licensed physicians – have been selected as Castle Connolly Top Doctors in their regions for their specialties.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors® are selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. after being nominated by peer physicians in an online nomination process. Nominations are open to all board certified MDs and DOs and each year tens of thousands of doctors cast many tens of thousands of nominations. Honorees are selected from the nominees by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team based on criteria including their medical education, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and more.

About Stephanie Molden: a short profile by and about the honoree:

Dr. Stephanie Molden, Urogynecologist and founder of the Female Pelvic Health Center, is specially trained and uniquely prepared to help resolve medical problems associated with pelvic floor support abnormalities. She has performed over 2000 minimally invasive procedures and was first to use the daVinci robotic surgical system for urogynecologic surgery at both St Luke’s in Quakertown PA and St. Mary Medical Center in Newtown PA. She is one of a small number of doctors in the Philadelphia, PA area to be Board Certified and to have completed a three year fellowship for Urogynecology.

For more information on this Castle Connolly Top Doctor, please visit Stephanie Molden‘s profile on

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.’s President and CEO Dr. John Connolly has this to say about Dr. Molden’s recognition: “Only a small percent of physicians are selected to be Castle Connolly Top Doctors®. Our goal is to make it easier for an average person to find the right doctor for them in what can be an overwhelming process at a difficult time in a person’s life. Dr. Molden was nominated by physician peers and selected by our physician-led research team at Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Selection is an impressive accomplishment worthy of recognition. My congratulations to Dr. Molden.”

To find out more or to contact Dr. Stephanie Molden of Newtown, PA, please call (215) 504-8900, or visit

This press release was written by American Registry, LLC and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., with approval by and/or contributions from Stephanie Molden.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. identifies top doctors in America and provides consumers with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in printed guides, online directories, and through its partnerships with more than 50 city and regional magazines and major newspapers all across the United States. It is important to note that doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor. Learn more at

American Registry, LLC, recognizes excellence in top businesses and professionals. For more information, search The Registry™ at

Contact Information:
Dr. Stephanie Molden

Phone: (215) 504-8900

Email Address:

Dr. Stephanie Molden is recognized among Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors® for Newtown, PA region in 2015.

Source: American Registry and Castle Connolly on behalf of Stephanie Molden

420 College Prepares for Legalization

Pasadena, CA- Cannabis industry professionals who have invested time in education on the legislation surrounding the ever-changing industry could have a major advantage as lawmakers take steps toward regulation for the state’s multi-billion-dollar medical-marijuana industry.

The series of new legislation that is expected to be signed into law has a few key provisions; these laws will offer protection for businesses and employees against prosecution under criminal law, and asset forfeiture providing the enterprise operation is in full compliance.

The legislation will make available several different types of marijuana business licenses that apply specifically to the industry and differentiate between cultivators of different sizes, plant nurseries, and dispensaries.

Medical cannabis will be subject to certain requirements that would necessitate testing and labeling in order to determine potency and contaminants.

Larger dispensaries and license holders will be able to legally deliver medical marijuana to their patients. Local government will still be able to ban some deliveries via ordinances but businesses and business owners will be protected.

For-profit and Non-California investors and owners will now be permitted to take part in the medical marijuana industry. Businesses will have more categorization options for their operations and will therefore be able to more accurately describe their individual entities.

Patients will still be permitted to grow their own medical marijuana but grow space will most likely be limited to 100 square feet and patients will be limited in their ability to give, sell, or donate cannabis to another person without a proper license.

Collectives and Cooperatives will be slowly phased out but will be allowed to operate as long as they are in compliance with local rules and ordinances until January of 2018.

Medical marijuana will be tracked and traced from the earliest stage to completion of the cycle. The names of people and their respective medical conditions will remain confidential.

The department of Consumer Affairs would be the primary agency tasked with regulating the marijuana industry. Several other agencies like the Department of Food and Agriculture and State Department of Public Health would be involved in regulating certain corresponding aspects of the industry. The Dept of Pesticide Regulation for developing pesticide standards; and the Departments of Fish and Wildlife and State Water Board for protecting water quality.

While California was the first state to approve medical marijuana, progressive cannabis supporters fear that the state may get left behind as other states embrace recreational cannabis use along with the millions of dollars in revenue that accompanies it.

Fears aside, this most recent legislation is the most historically significant in almost two decades and paves the way for, at least, a working template for the potential regulation of marijuana if it were to become legal.

CEO of 420 College, George Boyadjian, says, “Our success has been largely due to our flexibility; our experts have a working knowledge of


cannabis legislation and the various ways in which that legislation affects business owners. As the laws continue to change we adjust our curriculum to account for those changes.” Boyadjian continues to state, “We’re currently working on integrating the new legislation into our curriculum and plan to include course information on what we hope will be the eventual total legalization of cannabis.”

420 College, one of the industry leaders, provides seminars and workshops focused on best practices, client services, cultivation, and the latest developments in cannabis policy reform and will be hosting a seminar in Pasadena October 17 & 18 to go over the new laws with attorney William McPike.

Ontario Solar Provider flips the switch on Diamond Head solar project

Left Picture (From left to right): Lou Rinaldi (MPP), Gil Brocanier (Mayor of Cobourg), Alex Fuentes (VP Business Development OSP), Jim Cada (Director of Operations Mississaugi First Nation) and Paul Macklin (Partner at Diamond Head Industrial Mall) flip the switch to connect the 600 kW system to the grid. Right picture (left to right): Paul Macklin, Gil Brocanier and Alex Fuentes stand on the rooftop of Diamond Head Mall to showcase the 600 kW system.

Cobourg, September 18, 2015 – Ontario Solar Provider, one of Ontario’s leading, fully integrated solar PV companies, together with Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc., are celebrating the opening ceremony of a 600 kW solar project in Cobourg, Ontario.

The solar project, located on the rooftop of Diamond Head Industrial Mall at 210 Willmott Street in Cobourg, is a shining example of how property owners are working together with Ontario Solar Provider to take advantage of Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff program. Through its rooftop lease model, Ontario Solar Provider builds, owns and operates the solar system on the client’s rooftop at no capital cost to the property owner. The property owner benefits from having solar onsite and monetizing what is otherwise unused roof space.

 “By choosing to partner with Ontario Solar Provider for solar on its facility, Diamond Head is supporting the development of renewable energy and a cleaner Ontario electricity grid, while earning additional revenue and spurring the local economy” said Christian Wentzel, Chairman, Ontario Solar Provider.

“We are very proud of the solar project at our facility,” said Gord Atkinson, Partner and Property Manager at Diamond Head Mall. “Not only are we enhancing sustainability, partnering with Ontario Solar Provider enabled us to tap into a steady stream of income through their rooftop lease.”

The project was developed, engineered and installed by Ontario Solar Provider, which manages every aspect of solar seamlessly, from start to finish. KB Racking, Ontario Solar Provider’s affiliate, supplied their EkonoRack 2.0 mounting solution – a lightweight, durable system designed for rapid installation. The KB Racking team designed the system layout to ensure as much energy as possible could be generated from the rooftop, while adhering to local codes and standards. The solar installation is also fitted with a Schneider 500 kW central inverter and high efficiency Trina solar panels provided by Silfab Solar Inc., all locally sourced from Ontario.

The 600 kW system will generate an estimated 690,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, mitigating the effects of 55 tonnes of carbon dioxide from Ontario’s electricity system – equivalent to powering 70 homes per year. Apart from its environmental benefits, the project has generated a number of construction, engineering and project management jobs, boosting local economic growth. In addition, the Mississaugi First Nation has partnered with Ontario Solar Provider for a minor equity interest in the solar installation.

About Ontario Solar Provider                                                                                                                                                      

Ontario Solar Provider specializes in the development, financing, engineering and construction of large-scale rooftop solar installations and portfolios under Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff program. Having completed more than 100 commercial-scale solar projects in Ontario representing in excess of 50 MW of installed capacity, Ontario Solar Provider is one of the leading fully integrated solar PV companies in Ontario. OSP offers turnkey solar rooftop solutions that enable commercial and industrial property owners to support the development of renewable energy, earn additional revenue, and help create cleaner, healthier and more prosperous communities. Property owners can learn more and request a preliminary solar assessment at     

About Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc.                                                                                                                                                                   

Located at 210 Willmott Street in Cobourg, Ontario. This property houses tenants like Sleep Country Canada, Sun Life Financial, Northumberland County Moving Company, Automated Products and Supplies, Dr. Maria Marszal family physician, Primerica, Broken Arrow Services, Prince Edward Regiment, Dr. Katherine Wood Chiropractor, Cobourg Safety, Protoplast Inc., OT Group, Paul Davison-Cobourg Spine and Sports Injury Clinic, Activation Products (Can) Inc., Fastenal Canada, and M.J. Express.



Ontario Solar Provider

Blaire Stewart

Associate, Business Development



Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc.

Gord Atkinson

Partner and Property Manager


PAWS Refuses To Move Elephants In Wake Of Butte Fire

Galt CA-During the past 72 hours the Performing Animal Welfare Society has once again been in the news. Their ARK2000 sanctuary is located in San Andreas California and is perilously close to the 64,728 acre Butte Wildfire. This out of control wildfire is now over 100 sq. miles in size with little sign of slowing down. What makes this fire more dangerous than normal is that it has no single direction. In fact one refugee camp has had to be moved twice to avoid a shift in the flames direction.

ARK2000 houses 8 elephants, and numerous other animals including Big Cats and Bears. They are regulated by the United States Dept. of Agriculture as well as California Fish and Game and their Accrediting body, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).

The USDA AND the GFAS require the each facility to have a Disaster Preparedness/ Emergency Evacuation plan in place yet yesterday, when told to evacuate, a director at PAWS facility told Sacramento’s ABC10 there was no way to prepare for a “monster fire” like the Butte fire. They have sprinklers going on the cages and enclosures, but they cannot evacuate because of the size and needs of their animals. The fact that they have taken the immense responsibility to care for these animals, and have spent millions in donor funds, yet have NO equipment to evacuate, especially in a State KNOWN for wildfires is not only unbelievable but is incompetent at best and, in our opinion, criminal at worst.

PAWS policies include their version of Protected Contact where they believe in allowing their animals to make their own choices including whether or not they want to participate in “training” sessions. This system has continually caused failed at their facility as they have been unable to perform regular foot care, medicate animals, and even reintroduce three companion elephants back together after separating them for transport. Ironically PAWS has been a key player in lobbying and distributing misinformation about California’s SB716, a bill sitting on Gov. Brown’s desk that would ban the very tool that, in the hands of competent trainers, would have allowed them to walk the elephants into a transport trailer and possibly save their lives.

 Since the news broke that the fire was within 10 miles of ARK2000 there has been an overwhelming outpouring of offers to bring trucks, equipment, and manpower to help evacuate ALL of the animals from the very people PAWS attacks. USZA members have joined with Zoos, Circuses and other Private owners who have offered to put aside their philosophical differences and do what is right for the animals. Unfortunately, these offers have fallen on deaf ears. At one point PAWS acknowledged the generous offers of help on their Facebook page and one of their supporters remarked that they would bring marshmallows and roast them over the dead bodies of the animals before letting the abusers help.

Equally troubling to USZA members is the absence of any inspectors from the USDA. By law they have the authority, both legal AND moral, to step in and confiscate the animals to ensure their safety yet they remain conspicuously absent. What is the GFAS doing to help? How can they accredit an animal facility that has no way to implement an Evacuation Plan? This is yet another Red Flag that not all is well in the Sanctuary world and that maybe, just maybe, the USDA should be inspecting GFAS Accredited facilities more often.

With the fire inching closer, the trapped animals at ARK2000 are undoubtedly suffering not only psychological trauma and stress from the smoke and ash falling all around them but physically from the extremely poor air quality, all of which may cause lasting health problems if they do survive. In the absence of any request for help all we can do is ask you to join with us in hoping and praying for the safety of the animals that have been abandoned by all but a few of their caretakers, forced to fend for themselves in this negligent situation.

United States Zoological Association

Contact: Doug Terranova 214-952-4520