As I was doing research to find new, high quality products to feature in our store, I stumbled upon something really important and exciting. The Center for Pet Safety is a 501c3 non-profit organization set up for the purpose of funding research and advocating for safety standards in pet products. It is led by Lindsey Wolko who founded the organization after a horrifying experience with a car restraint system failed to protect her dog Maggie. Maggie recovered, but the story is worth reading.
Hands up, who here has worried about what might happen to their dog in the event of a car accident? My hand is up for sure. Actually, both of my hands are up. It's a serious worry! The first product safety test that CPS performed was car restraint systems, crates and carriers; and they've identified a few high quality systems. But you don't have to take their word for it, they publish test results, including crash test videos on their website, showing both the successful tests AND the failures.
I want to borrow a direct quote from their website because they say it best: "Did you know? For most pet products, manufacturers are not required to meet performance criteria or test their products? How do you, the pet owner, have confidence in a product’s performance or know if a manufacturer is spinning the truth?"
CPS is looking to raise the money for testing pet flotation devices, pet foods and toys as well as a host of other pet products that need safety standards and an independent eye turned on the marketing behind them. If you watched the crash test videos linked above, you know that their testing is just as rigorous as testing done for human products. This costs money. They do not accept funding from product manufacturers. They get all their funding from grants and individual donors. You can also report product failures to them using their Product Complaint Form.
Having discovered the Center for Pet Safety, we here at Something Special Pet Supplies are going to use them as an important reference for selecting which products we sell. Over time you'll see their CPS Certified logo popping up on various products in our line-up. Because we don't want to just make money. Our goal is to sell products that promote the well-being of pets!