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LA Tailwaggers Foundation to Honor Director of "Blackfish" with 1st Waggy Award

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Happy Valentines Day! While celebrating with loved ones, The Tailwaggers foundation hopes you'll remember the four legged friends in need.

The Tailwaggers Foundation provides funding to qualified 501c non-profit organizations who supply life saving treatment to sick and injured animals. Through community and online outreach, they've supported numerous struggling animal shelters and adoption programs around the country for over ten years.

The Foundation is hosting an event on Sunday February 23rd at 5pm, kicking off their first annual Waggy Awards, recognizing the efforts of individuals who have improved animal well being locally and around the world. Manuel Oteyza and Gabriela Cowperthwaite, producer and director of the critically-acclaimed documentary film "Blackfish" will be honored, as will Chris Hogan of Lifeline 4 Paws, which secures medical treatment for dogs.

The event takes place at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, and tickets will be $60 per person with all proceeds going to the Tailwaggers Foundation. More info at, and the full press release can be read below.


Waggy Awards ceremony to take place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

LOS ANGELES – On Sunday, February 23 at 5 p.m., LA’s neighborhood pet store, Tailwaggers, will launch its new foundation and kick-off the first annual Tailwagger’s Foundation Waggy Awards honoring individuals who have demonstrated remarkable spirit and conviction in the crusade to improve animal welfare in the local community and around the world. Being honored at Sunday’s event are Manuel Oteyza and Gabriela Cowperthwaite—producer and director of the critically-acclaimed documentary film “Blackfish.” LA City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell will also be honored for his work to ban the use of bullhooks on elephants in the city of LA, as well as Chris Hogan, executive vice president of the Hogan Family Foundation and Lifeline 4 Paws which secures medical treatment for sick and injured dogs. The honorees will receive their Waggy Awards at a special celebration at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online at or in person at the Hollywood or West Hollywood Tailwaggers store (limited tickets available.) All proceeds from ticket sales go to The Tailwaggers Foundation, a nonprofit which provides medical care and support for sick and injured animals giving them a better chance of adoption and finding a loving home.

WHAT: First Annual Tailwaggers Foundation Waggy Awards

WHO/VISUALS: Manuel Oteyza (producer) & Gabriela Cowperthwaite (director) – “Blackfish”
LA City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
Chris Hogan, executive vice president of the Hogan Family Foundation & Lifeline 4 Paws
Red carpet & special celebrity guests

WHEN/WHERE: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – The Academy Room
7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Sunday, February 23, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Award Ceremony – 6 p.m.


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