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Lambert, CMA help pet owners

Thursday, June 3, 2021 – Music industry professionals affected by the pandemic who are facing difficulties paying medical expenses for pets are getting help thanks to the Country Music Association's new partnership with Miranda Lambert's MuttNation Fund at Waggle.

This is said to be the only pet-dedicated crowdfunding platform that partners directly with veterinary providers. As part of its ongoing Music Industry COVID Support (MICS) initiative, CMA will fund vet services and pet food supply for qualifying members of the broader music community with a cat or dog. Donations are accepted.

Lambert said, "I saw first-hand how challenging it was for my close friend and backup singer, Gwen (Sebastian), when her dog, Earl, was diagnosed with a rare liver disease - just after COVID halted our tour in March 2020. Luckily, Earl is fine now, but will require treatment for the rest of his life. Knowing there had to be many more people in the music world with pets that were experiencing similar difficulties is what prompted me to start the fund last year. I am so grateful to CMA for their generous support and thankful we'll be able to help so many more people and their four-legged family members as our industry starts its long recovery from such a tough year."

Sebastian said, "Finding out Earl was sick was really tough, and not knowing when we'd be able to start touring again added another layer of stress. So, when Miranda launched the MuttNation Fund based on Earl's story, it was something that not only gave me great personal relief; I also knew how impactful it would be for so many others in the music industry. It makes such a huge difference to know there are people and organizations, like Miranda's MuttNation, Waggle and CMA that care and are there to help when it's really needed."

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