20 Acre Pet Retail Village Being Designed

20 Acre Pet Retail Village Being Designed.

The Future of Pet Retail in America is before us. Steve Monahan founder of the Green Pets America Foundation has conceptualized and spearheaded the development of a totally new concept in pet retail and pet adoption in America.  According to Steve Monahan the 20 Acre, Pet Retail Village Being Designed will be named CELEBRATION and will be America’s first destination center for all things pets. Think Disney for pet lovers.

CELEBRATION will be a beautiful green destination center for pet owners to spend the day with their pets and other friendly pet lovers. Each Disney-esque designed destination center will be designed and built as an eco-friendly 20-acre green space with quaint retail stores, green pet park, walking trails, events stadium, and restaurants.

CELEBRATION will include an open, beautiful adoption store with pets from local shelters and rescue groups. There will be a myriad of retail pet boutique shops: both high-end and discount shops: professional veterinary facilities, pet hotel, grooming, boarding, other services, no-kill pet adoption, and indoor and outdoor pet events facilities and two pet-friendly indoor and outdoor restaurants.

Steve Monahan Celebrations concept designer a prior Fortune executive and animal welfare thought leader. Steve has been recognized by the State of Georgia State and City of Woodstock for humanitarian efforts on behalf of Georgia’s families and companion animals.

If you are a pet industry leader interested in breaking the retail mold, creating a new paradigm in pet retail and animal care please email Steven Monahan at Steven@StevenMonahan.com for more information.

Steve Monahan, is the author of the best seller books,  ART OF THE BLACK DOG AND RESCUE RENEW REHOME.

20 Acre Pet Retail Village Being Designed

Learn how your community can rescue, renew and rehome all of your animal shelters animals

Learn how your community can rescue, renew and rehome all of your animal shelters animals.

Learn how your community can rescue, renew and rehome all of your animal shelters animals

An inspiring book, authored by Steven Monahan, founder of Green Pets America Charities. Steven was honored by the State Senate of Georgia for humanitarian efforts for Georgia’s families and companion animals.

Learn the Green Pets America  20-point program for your community to adopt every healthy shelter animal.

Learn how the Green Pets America Cause Marketing programs will bring in the big dollars you need to make a dramatic impact on your animal shelter’s services and adoption of all healthy animals.

Additionally, You will love the heartwarming stories of rescue dogs, therapy dogs, and statistics on the Pet Industry in America.

Read the great Amazon book reviews below.

This plan will work! Loved this book! Very true!  I am giving copies to everyone I know! Everyone needs a copy in their home! I can’t speak highly enough of this book!  

 “This book is great for those who want to help and get the word out about opening and supporting no-kill shelters. If we raise awareness, then we can start changing the world to make it a better place for us and our animals!!! 

“This is a wonderful book about rescuing animals from shelters. There is a long chapter by Leecy Madison about her work at the Pentagon after 9/11 with her DSR therapy dog, Shiva It’s about saving animals from shelters and the wonderful work pets do for us to enrich our lives.

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Black Dog Syndrome Kills

Black Dog Syndrome kills. Did you know that the most killed shelter dogs in America are black dogs?

It is so prevalent it has been named by shelter managers and animal welfare people as “Black Dog Syndrome”. The fear of black dogs is classified as a syndrome. Fear of black dogs is a phenomenon not only in America but throughout the world.

black dog syndrome kills

Because of this bias and fear black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters work hard to overcome this syndrome from pet adopters but black dogs still remain the most abandoned and most euthanized dogs in animal shelters.

I spent 12 years involved with rescuing dogs. Everything from walking in and pulling them out of kill shelters, to taking them to vets, to bringing them to adoption events and to Pet Smart on Sundays to get dogs adopted. Through all this, one thing became apparent. Black dogs were the least adopted of all the dogs we rescued. Black furred dogs were the least adopted color of dogs in the shelters we went into as well. We always had a larger number of black dogs, versus light colored or mixed color dogs that did not get adopted by the end of the adoption event.

Where we could adopt other color dogs out on average in three months, some black dogs took up to a year…. some, even longer.

Black Dog Syndrome is known by shelters and rescue groups throughout America. Numerous respected national organizations have long recognized BDS as an issue that adversely affects the adoption rates of black pets.

So, what exactly is this syndrome? Black Dog Syndrome is a sometimes conscious, but most times unconscious mental, and emotional bias in humans against black dogs.

There are many reasons for this bias including superstitious fear of black dogs, “old wives’ tales” about black dogs and black dogs depicted in movies and literature as evil or devilish. As examples a scary growling black dog can be seen in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Harry Potter series and The Omen.

In a survey, Pet finder reported that most dogs for adoption are listed for about 3 months: whereas, black dogs average 12 months on the Pet finder adoption site.

The only real fact, not ignorance, superstition or media and folklore bias is that black dogs do not photograph well on animal shelter websites. This is easily overcome however by simply photographing black dogs in front of blue screens or blue paper.

At Green Pets, creators of the Black Dog Friday awareness campaign we believe that the color of a dog’s coat has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or personality. Ask any owner of a black dog. Ask me, we have three black dogs. They are as loving, smart and joyful to be with each day as any other dog.

Please help BLACK DOG FRIDAY spread the word about black dog syndrome. Next time you are ready to adopt a dog, please consider adopting a loving and loyal black dog. Black dog syndrome kills.




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feeding senior dogs 7 tips

This article is on feeding senior dogs 7 tips. As your once puppy now enters his or her golden years, some things will inevitably change. He’ll still be your best friend, of course, and the vacuum will always be his nemesis. But just like us human animal’s canine animals’ health needs change a bit as well.

One major area you should be aware of is the importance of quality food and supplemental nutrition you give your senior dog. We checked with the experts what to look out for and what you may need to adjust for your senior pup. Here are 7 important tips for your senior dog’s health.

As always, consult with your own veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet—each dog is unique.



If you notice your senior dog is having a hard time eating his kibble, dental disease and tooth pain may very well be to blame. While switching to a softer food may seem to help, it’s crucial to actually address the root of the problem. “Proper dental care can greatly enhance an older dog’s life,” says Dr. Heather Frankfurt, a Texas-based veterinarian who sees many senior dogs with advanced dental disease. “Imagine having a tooth ache, or many, for several years!”

If your dog has stopped eating, however, it’s very unlikely that dental disease is solely to blame—Frankfurt notes that most pets will figure out a way to eat through tooth pain. As with all changes to eating patterns, a visit to your veterinarian is in order.  


Just as senior humans experience joint trouble, your dog is at risk of arthritis and pain. And while plenty of commercial foods are formulated to support joint health, an additional supplement may be appropriate. Frankfurt recommends that dogs over the age of 7 take a joint supplement; for larger breeds, this age could be even earlier. “There are many brands and types of joint supplements available, and it can become overwhelming to choose one,” she says. “Look for a product that contains MSM, chondroitin, and glucosamine—when combined, these ingredients promote healthy joints.”


Antioxidants are prized for their ability to fight disease and the effects of aging. They’re front and center at your trendy juice bar, and can be a healthy addition to your dog’s bowl as well, under the guidance of a veterinarian. “If they’re acting aged, they usually need antioxidants, in my view,” says Dr. Susan G. Wynn, a veterinary nutritionist. “One of the best ways to do this is to supplement fruits and veggies, but some dogs don’t tolerate them or won’t eat them. In that case, I will prescribe an antioxidant combination in capsule form.” If your pup is open to it, consider adding berries, turmeric, and dark leafy greens to his meal. 


Known to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation, omega-3 fatty acids are good for you and your aging pup. Want to reap the benefits? Consider adding fish to his diet. “Senior pets require higher levels of omega-3s for brain and heart health,” says Dr. Judy Morgan, a veterinarian certified in food therapy. “I use sardines, due to the higher heavy metal contamination in larger fish.” Fish oil supplements are another option to increase omega-3s in your dog’s diet. It is possible to get too many fatty acids, however, so be sure to consult with your veterinarian. 


A healthy weight makes for a healthy pup at any age. When seniors slow down, it’s especially important to keep an eye on that scale—extra weight is just as dangerous for our pets as it is for us.

“It’s just so easy to give an extra treat or fill up the food bowl a little bit more—food makes our pets so happy,” says Frankfurt. “However, obesity is something I take quite seriously because of the toll it takes on our pets’ bodies.”

So what can you do? Start with the basics, says Frankfurt. Measure precisely how much food you give at each meal, and never allow your dog to free-feed throughout the day—a constantly full bowl is a fast pass to obesity. Instead, feed your pet at designated intervals at least twice a day to keep him feeling satisfied. If he eats too quickly, consider a “busy bowl” or food puzzle to stretch out mealtime and help him get the most enjoyment out of those calories.

And don’t pay full attention to what the dog food bag says as how much to feed your dog. Watch him or her. If they look fat feed them less. If they look skinny feed them more. Meat produces muscle and grains can cause weight retention so  feed your pet needed meat protein over grain proteins. 


Your dog loves them, and you love giving them to him. But unfortunately, commercial treats are calorie bombs and can undo all the work you’ve done portioning out breakfast and dinner. Fresh fruits and veggies are just as rewarding—you just have to condition your dog to see them as treats.

“I always recommend that pet owners introduce veggies and fruits to their pets at as young an age as possible,” says Wynn. “They’re the healthiest treats we can use. If you teach the dog early that a vegetable is good, then veggies are treats to them.”

For easy rewards, consider small apple slices (without seeds), pear slices, blueberries, mini carrots, or for a cold treat… frozen green beans


When was the last time you bought a new food bowl? Was it during puppy-hood? If so, it may be time to upgrade to something more senior-friendly. For dogs with joint trouble, Frankfurt recommends a raised bowl to reduce the need to bend, keeping mealtime as comfortable as possible. And while you’re at it, put those bowls through the dishwasher—we have a tendency to forget this chore. And don’t let multiple dogs drink from the same bowl as it can spread disease.

Steven Monahan is a writer, author and animal welfare rights leader. He is founder of Green Pets America Charities and the Clean Pet Food Adviser. Both are no-profit organizations in Atlanta Georgia. His current animal welfare book is RESCUE RENEW REHOME, available on Amazon Books and other book retailers. Steve has been recognized by the State of Georgia for humanitarian efforts on behalf of families and companion animals.

feeding senior dogs 7 tips



10 Year Anniversary Green Pets America

 10 Year Anniversary celebrated by Green Pets America. America’s first green no-kill animal rescue.

Green Pets America is not your usual non profit pet rescue. Hi, I’m Steven Monahan, Founder-Executive Director of Green Pets America Charities. Green Pets America cover’s a lot of needs in our overarching vision to keep families and their companion animals safe and together.

The Vision of Green Pets America is in our tagline…Rescue, Recycle, Rehome. Our companion animals are living, thinking, feeling sentient beings. They have a right to life, just as we do. While we may be a disposable society our companion animals cannot be considered mere “things” to be disposed of in animal shelters. Sentient beings must never be killed and thrown away.

GPA Charities was founded in Atlanta, GA in 2007, by Steven Monahan, a prior Fortune 100 Executive. GPAC is a nationally recognized Gold Star Rated 501c3 Non-Profit Organization. Steve Monahan has been recognized by the State of Georgia, the City Of Woodstock Georgia and municipal and business entities for his dedication and compassion to families and companion animals.

The origin for Green Pets America Charities was based on Steve’s desire to provide a second chance at life for animals sitting in death row kill shelters. Steve survived a terminal illness and felt compelled to help animals get a second chance at life, just as he was blessed to receive.

In the past 10 years, GPA has rescued, renewed and rehomed thousands of death row shelter animals throughout Georgia. Dog Food has been given to places like Papas Pantry, Must Ministries, and The Cherokee Animal Shelter. Additionally, we deliver pet food to families directly…much like Meals on Wheels.  A much-needed community void was filled by starting Cherokee Counties first pet food pantry, helping needy families keep their pets with them when the tough times hit.

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Green Pets helped honor our local working K9s by providing a fenced safe rest area at the Woodstock police station for a K9 outdoor “Break Room”.  With a large fenced space to relax the K-9’s no longer have to sit in a police cruiser for an extended time period while their handler completes arrest paperwork at the police station. Our police K9’s are on the job protecting us 24/7 and Green Pets America believes we all should love and celebrate these working officers, with the dignity, honor, and respect they deserve.

We listen to families and their individual needs. It may be helping with funds to pay for routine veterinary care for a beloved pet. Or emergency care when a dog or cat is injured.  It even means providing resources for spay and neutering. 


In 2016 GPAC launched Green Pets Europe Facebook. We are pleased with the expansion and hunger Europe has demonstrated for learning about America’s animal shelters, especially no-kill.

In late 2017 Steven wrote his second animal welfare book, ART OF THE BLACK DOG, teaching about Black Dog Syndrome and the most euthanized shelter dogs in America.

And in 2018 GPAC launched the Black Dog Syndrome Education Program to talk to kids in Grammer, Middle and High Schools about Black Dog Syndrome, No-Kill Shelters, Animal Welfare, Animal Rights,  and Feeding and Caring for their family pets.

If you love dogs as we do and want to help them live full lives we know you will love Steven Monahan’s two best-selling books. ART OF THE BLACK DOG, AND RESCUE RENEW REHOME. Both available on AMAZON BOOKS.

Rescue Renew Rehome



OMG my favorite dog book…

Be Inspired! Read Rescue Renew Rehome and be inspired with the possibilities to rescue and adopt America’s homeless pets.


Learn 20 ways to save more our animals now: and learn how to set up private animal adoption shelters and community pet Villages across America to save all 4 million every year going forward.

You will read the story of Shiva the 911 Dog that consoled survivors at the Pentagon, and the stories of Ruby and Sweet Pea who were Rescued Renewed and Rehomed.

This book will also show you how working together we can adopt 4 million homeless pets yearly.

You will learn about the new Green Shelters and Green Villages, where pet owners come together as a community to care for, adopt and celebrate our pets.

You will learn about “Cause Marketing” … think Breast Cancer Runs and Ice Bucket Challenge and how Animal Shelters and Rescue Groups can learn to use it to raise the money they need to adopt all dogs and cats.

You will learn about America’s $58-Billion-dollar Pet Industry and how it will help end the euthanization of healthy and happy shelter animals.

This is game changing break through book you must read. You will be buying copies for your animal loving friends, family, your local Animal Shelter, and Rescue Groups.RESCUE RENEW REHOME