November 18, 2013 15:42 ET

York Partners With Houston SPCA for Contest and Educational Campaign

Partnership Educates on the Dangers of Heat Exhaustion in Pets, Generates Funds for Houston SPCA

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2013) - A multi-pronged campaign from York, a global leader in HVAC, and Johnson Supply, the exclusive supplier for York Heating and Air in the Houston area, is wrapping up the campaign by offering website visitors the chance to select the COOLEST pet in Houston and win great prizes for themselves, all while doing good for the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Houston SPCA).

Houston-area home and pet owners have spent their time the past few months learning more about how to beat the summer heat. Now visitors to the site,, can help select the winners, including a grand prize winner who will receive a complete York Affinity System installed in their home and a $5,000 donation to the Houston SPCA in the winner's and York's name. All voting participants are also registered to win an iPad Mini and other great prizes.

The campaign features HotSpot, a pup who guides website visitors through key information, including how to keep you, your family and your pets safe and comfortable despite the heat, proper maintenance of your air conditioner and how to select and purchase a new AC. The site also takes a look at how the invention of air conditioners has significantly changed our lives for the better.

Participants of the twelve-week contest have been uploading photos and videos of how their pets beat the heat and kept their cool during the summer. The site also featured photos of available animals from the Houston SPCA, the Dog Blog and a contest to nominate outstanding customer service from a York dealer in the Houston area. Kids even had a spot on the HotSpot website and can download coloring pages for summer fun.

"Johnson Supply and York are excited about the fun and educational approach we have taken to highlight the importance of keeping pets and people cool during the deadly heat of summer -- all while supporting the Houston SPCA," said Richard Cook, President of Johnson Supply.

Weekly, monthly and a grand prize winner are based on votes from the public. Weekly winners win HotSpot the Dog gift bags; monthly winners receive a year's supply of premium dog food and a professional pet photo shoot.

In addition to a new AC system to keep the winner's home cool throughout the year, the grand prize winner also gets bragging rights to a $5,000 donation to the SPCA that will be made in their name, along with York. The donation will help provide services for over 50,000 animals that come through the local shelter over a year's time.

"Houston's summer heat is brutal and can be dangerous and deadly for our animal friends," said Stacy Fox, Houston SPCA Director of Marketing. "Our life-saving partnership with York was a great opportunity to educate the public on pet safety in a fun and interactive way."

About York
York began in 1874 as a manufacturer of ice machines and soon extended it expertise in refrigeration into other areas. In 2006, York became a brand of Johnson Controls, a Fortune 100 company that is a world leader in building efficiency. Today, York products are heating and cooling some of the world's most famous structures, including the Empire State Building, the English Chunnel, the U.S. Capitol building and the Sydney Opera House. Learn more about York at

About Houston SPCA
The Houston SPCA, founded in 1924, is Houston's first and largest animal protection organization and shelter. Its mission is to promote commitment to and respect for all animals and free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation. The Houston SPCA is a private, non-profit charity, funded entirely by donations, which receives no funding from the government, United Way or national animal groups. The Houston SPCA offers sheltering, adoptions, 24/7 injured stray animal rescues, cruelty investigations, education programs and other important services for the greater Houston community. Learn more about the Houston SPCA at

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