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4th Annual Mayday for Mutts this year benefits TWO Animal Rescue Groups!

Pet Sitting Franchise gives back to their community, one way is with their 4th annual Mayday for Mutts pet product drive!
Pet Sitting Franchise gives back to their community, one way is with their 4th annual Mayday for Mutts pet product drive!

Robyn Elman, President and founder of In Home Pet Services, Inc., (IHPS), is excited to announce that the 4th Annual ‘Mayday for Mutts’ this year will benefit two outstanding Long Island animal rescue groups; Second Loves Inc. and Unchained NY.

Robyn Elman said, “Since last year we collected over $3,000 worth of new and used pet products, this year we wanted to share the love to 2 rescue groups! Unchained NY and Second Loves Inc. do such amazing work with local pets, whether they are helping owned pets or shelter pets, they make their lives so much better. We are excited to help each group!” Elman went on to say, “Our clients, employees and friends have been incredibly involved in donating pet products for the past 3 years of Mayday for Mutts, it keeps getting bigger and bigger. And with our 3 new franchise locations now in Suffolk County we know this year will be the biggest Mayday for Mutts yet!”

Mayday for Mutts is a month long pet product drive in May to collect and then donate much needed pet products to local rescue groups. Spring-cleaning and have gently used pet products that you are no longer using? This is the perfect way to recycle pet items to help another pet. Items being collected can be dog collars, harness, dog beds, pet crates, pet food, treats and toys and anything else an owner no longer wants or can use.

"We here at Unchained New York, Inc., are incredibly thankful and humbled to be chosen by Robyn Elman of In Home Pet Services to be the co-recipients of their MayDay for Mutts spring cleaning fundraiser. We encounter an endless need for supplies throughout the under served communities on Long Island, and it's only through the incredible generosity of our supporters that we can assist and elevate the quality of life for chained and neglected outdoor dogs. It's an honor to be given this opportunity and be chosen alongside another amazing group, Second Loves, to benefit from this fundraiser," stated Chrissy Connors, Secretary of Unchained NY.

Robyn Elman came up with concept three years ago as many of her clients were asking her where they could donate a gently used crate or leash. Each year a different rescue group is selected, it is a win-win and a green way to give back as well. Robyn collects all the products at her location in Bellerose, N.Y. for the month long event and a most of her 11 franchisees also participate in the collection.

“We are so very excited to be the recipient of the Mayday for Mutts Fundraiser because everyday we fight the battle of trying to supply animals in shelters and rescues with all that they need and we never have enough. With all the generous donations we will be receiving we will help countless animals that so desperately need it and for that we are so grateful,” said Bobbi Ann DePierro of Second Loves Inc.

If you are interested in donating a product to help the MayDay for Mutts drive, or if you want to know more about In Home Pet Services, Inc. and the other ways they help out the pet community go to

About In Home Pet Services, Inc.: In Home Pet Services (IHPS) was started in 2003 by Robyn Elman, a former Zookeeper at the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, who also has a degree in Biology from Binghamton University. With her love of animals and head for business, In Home Pet Services has quickly expanded to 12 locations, 11 of which are franchised. Robyn’s own location is in Northeast Queens, NY. IHPS became a New York State Corporation in 2004, trademarked the In Home Pet Services name, and in 2006 created the franchise system. The first franchise location opened in Brooklyn, NY in April 2008 in Marine Park, and the other franchise locations are: Clinton Hill in Brooklyn; Forest Hills in Queens; Astoria in Queens; East Nassau on Long Island; Nassau’s Gold Coast on Long Island; South Nassau on Long Island; Merrick in Nassau on Long Island; Patchogue-Medford, Babylon and Huntington in Suffolk County on Long Island.

Services IHPS offers are: pet sitting; dog walking; doggie day care camp; in-home boarding; bird clipping and more. Robyn is also certified in and teaches Pet First Aid & CPR classes throughout New York City, Queens, and Long Island. Robyn was awarded the Pet Safe Educator of the Year for 2011 by Pet Safe Coalition and IHPS was Voted first place for Long Island Press’s Best of LI for 2012, and 2nd place for Best of LI for 2013 and 2014 for the Pet Sitting/Boarding category. Robyn has been featured on HGTV and in Entrepreneur Magazine, Animal Wellness Magazine, Queens Courier, Times Ledger of Flushing, Queens Ledger, Newsday, Long Island Business News, Long Island Press, Pet Product News International Magazine, Pet Age Magazine, The Pet Gazette, South Bay’s Neighbor, Great Neck News, Nassau Parent,,,,,, and featured regularly on News 12 Long Island’s ‘Animal Island’ show and also on TV on and Fios1.

About Unchained NY:
Unchained New York services chained and neglected dogs throughout Long Island, NY. We strive to improve the quality of life of outdoor chained and neglected dogs while helping to reduce the over population of pets through our spay and neuter initiatives.
Unchained New York is a 501c non-profit, volunteer-run organization. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds but all share a passion and love for animals. We also share the common belief that by educating and instilling knowledge within the community that we can break the cycle of abuse and neglect while bringing positive, lasting change in the treatment of animals.
Unchained New York provides education, supplies and other resources to pet owners in low-income communities across Long Island, NY. Through our nonjudgmental outreach and educational directives, we strive to improve the quality of life of chained and/or neglect dogs while encouraging owners to become active participants in their pet’s lives. In addition, we strongly advocate the spaying and neutering of all companion animals. We are actively working to reduce the over population of pets through our spaying and neutering initiatives. Through cohesive teamwork between our volunteers and pet owners, we truly believe we can build a more compassionate and humane community.

About Second Loves:
Second Loves mission is to provide financial assistance to the shelter and the Brookhaven township area where it relates to helping animals in need. Second Loves financially supports and assists in the daily care, rehabilitation, and adoption of animals, with the intent of providing a better quality of life for them. In addition, Second Loves also aims to provide the funding of spay and neuter programs to reduce the unwanted pet population, in effect decreasing the large number of homeless animals at the Brookhaven Shelter.

Founded in 2013, we are a group of shelter volunteers who after pooling together many times for training, foster, medical, transport and various other costs not covered by shelter funding we decided to begin a non-profit to support the pets within the community that have these needs. We are not a rescue, our mission is to work in conjunction with the shelter and local rescues to financially support homeless animals in need within the community.

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