Dick Van Patten was an animal lover and co-founded the Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods in 1989. In 2008, he founded National Guide Dog Month, to raise awareness and money for nonprofit guide dog schools in the United States.
In the photo above, Dick Van Patten and Betty White pose during the 12th Annual Safari Brunch, a fundraiser for the Wildlife Waystation held at the Playboy Mansion on October 14, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.
Mr. Van Patten appeared in the Season 2 finale of Hot in Cleveland in 2011 in the episode with Elka's Wedding.
Dick Van Patten died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, on June 23, 2015, at age 86 from complications from diabetes.
A special thank you to Dick Van Patten for all that he had done for animal welfare. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and his many fans.