Actor, Dog Advocate To Be Honored

Dick Van Patten will receive a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars Jan. 12.

Posted: January 11, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

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Pet food developer and animal advocate Dick Van Patten will be honored with the 301st star of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, which will be unveiled Jan. 12.

Van Patten and his business partner launched Natural Balance Pet Foods in 1989. The company has since grown into a major player in the pet food industry, supplying cat and dog food throughout the United States, as well as several foreign countries.

Van Patten is also known for his charitable work supporting animals. He sponsors arson investigation dogs working with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and he’s teamed up with Petco to raise money for Guide Dogs of the Desert in southern California. During the ceremony, the Petco Foundation will announce additional support for the Guide Dogs of the Dessert.

“His commitment to animals is evident by the support Natural Balance provides for the many animal shelters and service dog organizations across the country,” said Rick Rockhill, Petco spokesman.

Van Patten’s show business career includes Broadway plays, dozens of feature films and several television series that includes one of his best-known roles as Tom Bradford in “Eight Is Enough.”

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saira   loganvill, GA

7/19/2009 5:40:40 AM

thats nice because dogs need money and attetion and girl dogs.

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Amanda   Mesa, AZ

4/6/2009 2:51:16 AM

It's far better to do something productive like he's done, than to endlessly promote PETA and other Animal Rights groups that pretend like they're promoting the rights of animals. All Animal Rights activists have done so far is to try and punish the responsible pet owners and breeders, and done nothing to punish the puppy mills and irresponsible pet stores.


Animal Welfare seems to be much better - in theory and in practice.

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Christy   Covina, CA

1/11/2008 9:32:05 PM

He's a dog lover, he deserves it.

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Cheryl   Conway, MO

1/11/2008 12:44:08 PM

We need more people like this to advocate for our animals.

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