The Anti-Cruelty Society Welcomes K9 Fit Club

CHICAGO-From Beginning for Beginner to Bow Wow Boot Camp, everyone is invited to a New Leash on Life™  event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Anti-Cruelty Society on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

K9 Fit Club®, the human/canine fitness experts and the Nation’s premiere human/canine fitness company, will be bringing their gym and workouts to The Anti-Cruelty Society. Participants can enjoy a sampling of the classes, talk to the K9 Fit Club expert trainers, team, and more. K9 Fit Club classes combine cardio, strength and stability training with basic obedience moves. Their programs range from novice to intermediate and advanced.

A recent study from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports that not only are more pets overweight, but also that those with the problem are getting fatter. With more than 41 million, or approximately 57% of dogs over the normal weight, a long list of health dangers comes with the excess weight. These can include high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes and some cancers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine, which cites the association's annual study, said the diseases seen among obese pets are eerily similar to those reported for people.

“With not enough exercise and poor nutrition, not only have we become unhealthy, we have made our dogs unhealthy,” says Dr. Robyn Barbiers, President of The Anti-Cruelty Society. 

K9 Fit Club is committed to building programs and communities dedicated to getting, and keeping, both dogs and owners healthy. K9 Fit Club programs were developed by personal trainers, veterinarians, dog trainers, doctors and certified dog behaviorists, and have been featured on the Today Show, Dateline News, FOX News, Women’s Health, Dog Fancy and the Washington Post.

Not only will participants have the opportunity to participate in the workouts, raffle prizes will also be offered from a host of dog-fit-friendly companies, including FitPAWS®, Dog Tread®, Canine Gym Gear®, and Walk in Sync. The first 50 participants will also receive a K9 Fit Club Woof Bag filled with all kinds of kibbles and bits.


About The Anti-Cruelty Society
The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago’s oldest and largest, private, open-admission, unlimited stay non-profit humane society. With a mission of building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people through comprehensive programs and services that help over  50,000 animals and humans every year and include: adoption, charity veterinary clinic, low or no-cost spay/neuter clinic, cruelty investigations and rescue, humane education & community outreach, a free behavior hotline, dog training classes, S.A.F.E. program (short-term accommodations for emergencies), The Bruckner Rehabilitation & Treatment Center, the Virginia Butts Berger Cat Clinic, and the Dog Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit or call (312) 644-8338.      


About K9 Fit Club

K9 Fit Club is building a nationwide community of programs and clubs, dedicated to health, fitness and wellness of dogs and their people. K9 Fit Club was developed from the experiences of Tricia Montgomery, the former Public Education Director and Executive Director for the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. After losing over 130 pounds, Ms. Montgomery recognized the need and opportunity for a formal nationwide program of health, fitness, wellness and weight loss designed around people and their dogs. Her passion and love for both led her to K9 Fit Club. For more information visit or call (630) 920-1476.


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