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***PRESS RELEASE***

THOUSANDS DEMAND ST. PETERSBURG POLICE STOP SHOOTING DOGS

Explosive campaign on Change.org calls on St. Petersburg Police Department to immediately adopt non-lethal standard operating procedures for canine encounters in wake of tragic shooting of 12-year-old family pet.  


WASHINGTON, DC – More than 3,000 people have joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling on the police department in St. Petersburg, Florida, to stop using lethal force on dogs.

Nancy Smith, a member of the volunteer group Hand4Paws, launched the campaign on Change.org after hearing that a St. Petersburg police officer had shot and killed Boomer, a 12-year-old arthritic golden retriever owned by couple Roy and Lauren Glass. Smith had been taking action online for animals for more than two years, but because of her own senior golden retriever, Boomer’s story felt even more personal, inspiring her to start the petition on Change.org. Boomer was only the latest in a series of dog killings by the St. Petersburg police.

“Seven dogs have been shot by St. Petersburg officers this year,” said Smith. “In just a few weeks, more than 3,000 people have signed our online petition campaign on Change.org. The animal community is extremely passionate and thousands more worldwide are sure to join if the police don’t stop this deadly trend by immediately improving their officers’ training on dog handling techniques and adopting a clear policy that lethal force should only be used as a last resort.”

The campaign is in support of Boomer’s owners, Roy and Lauren Glass, who want to see their local police department change the way it deals with dogs.

“The grief is real, severe, and continuing, passing from sorrow to anger,” said Roy Glass. “With the help of others, we established the ”Boomer’s Voice” Facebook page and a campaign on Change.org to improve pet handling in police training and education and to sponsor and promote legislation to provide a means of statutory redress for the deliberate or reckless injury of killing of pets by others. Many fine and caring people from all walks of life have joined in our effort.”

“What these pet lovers have accomplished in just a few days is remarkable,” said Director of Organizing Stephanie Feldstein of Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change. “By using social media and Change.org, Nancy and Hand4Paws have managed to recruit thousands of people demanding action from the St. Petersburg Police Department. Change.org is about empowering anyone, anywhere to demand action on the issues that matter to them, and it has been incredible to watch Nancy’s campaign take off.”

The U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services Office recently issued a publication on dog-related police incidents, stating that “the use of a weapon is seldom required in dog-related incidents or encounters.”

Live signature totals from Nancy Smith’s campaign:
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-st-petersburg-police-from-shooting-dogs

St. Petersburg Times coverage of the campaign:
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/owners-of-fatally-shot-dog-wants-st-petersburg-police-to-change-procedure/1196829
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/article1125700.ece

For more information on Hand4Paws, please visit:
http://www.hand4paws.com
Hand4Paws is a group of world wide animal activists that use social media to promote animal rights and fight for animal welfare. Hand4Paws informs the rest of the world and brings together people that take action and give a voice to the animals. All work is done on a volunteer basis, just people who truly care.

For more information on Change.org, please visit:
http://www.change.org/about
Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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with Assistance from IFAW & PetSmart Charities

ASPCA manages forensic evidence collection & removal of animals
to support Garland County Sheriff’s Office animal cruelty investigation in Hot Springs, Ark.

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Garland County Sheriff’s Office, is managing the evidence collection and sheltering of more than 100 dogs living in a substandard commercial breeding facility—commonly known as a puppy mill—in Hot Springs, Ark., approximately 55 miles southwest of Little Rock. The operation is being supported by responders from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), PetSmart Charities, Inc. and Garland County Humane Society.

A search warrant was executed Monday morning for the removal of the dogs, and the animals are being transported to a nearby emergency shelter where they will receive medical care and treatment. The ASPCA is also collecting evidence for the investigation as well as lending the services of its veterinary forensics teams, led by Dr. Rhonda Windham, medical director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. The owner of the puppy mill facility, Pam Thomas, has been arrested and charged with three counts of felony animal cruelty.

“The ASPCA has been invaluable in the coordination, investigation, processing and forensic evidence collection of the endangered and mistreated animals,” said Lieutenant James Martin of the Garland County Sheriff’s Office. “The successful completion of this operation would not have taken place without their experience, resources and expertise, as the magnitude of this operation is beyond the capabilities of Garland County resources.”

“The ASPCA is pleased to be in a position to lend our assistance and help the Garland County Sheriff’s Office put an end to abusive puppy mills in their community,” said Kathryn Destreza, director of Investigations for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “Puppy mill dogs suffer from living in extremely unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization, and we appreciate the efforts of the local authorities in pursuing this investigation. Our goal is to help the local authorities by providing experts and resources to support the case, and see that these animals move on to a better place.”

Garland County Sheriff’s Investigator, Cpl. Angela Graybeal, began a criminal investigation in 2009 after allegations of health issues and charges had been brought against Ms. Thomas, owner of the Happy Times Kennel at 210 Barbershop Drive, also known as Rainbow Kennel and Spa City Pets, for violation of the Rabies Control Act.

During the two year investigation, Investigator Graybeal received numerous complaints regarding the living conditions, medical issues and mistreatment of more than 100 animals housed on the property. The Garland County Sheriff’s Office was able to determine that Thomas was operating a puppy mill through undercover visits and purchases, with support from the Garland County Humane Society, which connected investigators with the ASPCA for assistance.

The dogs—mainly small breeds such as Chihuahuas, West Highland white terriers, Boston terriers and dachshunds—were discovered living in feces-encrusted pens and deplorable conditions on the property. Many of the dogs exhibited various signs of neglect and appear to have severe skin problems and flea infestation, among other medical conditions.

The ASPCA is assessing and treating each animal by utilizing its fully equipped Northeast “Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit,” a specially-designed vehicle outfitted with state-of-the-art forensics tools and medical equipment tailored for animal patients. Additionally, the ASPCA’s custom-built animal transport trailer is also being utilized to help transfer animals to the emergency shelter.

More than 30 responders are on the scene, including staff and volunteers from IFAW, which is providing sheltering services and assisting with evidence collection; PetSmart Charities, which is providing much-needed supplies and helping set up the emergency shelter; and volunteers from the Garland County Humane Society, who will be assisting with the daily care of the animals housed at the temporary shelter.

“Upon learning of the deplorable conditions these animals were subjected to, IFAW took immediate action to help protect them from further suffering,” said Shannon Walajtys, IFAW Emergency Relief officer. “IFAW works around the world to ensure that dogs live in healthy conditions and we are dismayed to encounter, yet again, such appalling conditions here in the U.S.”

“Our Emergency Relief Waggin’ program offers assistance to animal victims, like these dogs, who need immediate care and attention,” added Susana Della Maddalena, executive director of PetSmart Charities. “Some of these dogs will experience, for the first time, what it’s like to be well fed, clean and comfortable. Our hope is that the pets rescued from cruelty cases, low-quality breeders and hoarders can be rehabilitated and placed into the caring homes they deserve.”

Tim Rickey, senior director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response added, “With the support and collaboration of these agencies, the ASPCA is able to continue its life-saving work in the field. We truly appreciate our partnership with these national animal welfare groups to rescue animals like these from inhumane conditions.”

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team has rescued countless dogs from puppy mills across the nation and aided in the prosecution of their owners. Furthermore, the ASPCA’s Government Relations department has been active in drafting and promoting legislation that would strengthen regulations and raise minimum standards of care for dogs in puppy mills, most recently in Texas and Pennsylvania. Additionally, the ASPCA launched a national “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign, which seeks to raise awareness about the connection between puppy mills and pet stores.

For more information about puppy mills and how to fight animal cruelty, visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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A CHRISTMAS WEDDING TAIL
Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere
Saturday, November 19 (6p.m. ET/PT, 5C)
Hallmark Channel

A pair of passionate pooches fall head-over-tails in love and conspire to get their owners to fall for each other in the World Premiere of “A Christmas Wedding Tail,” a Hallmark Channel Original World Premiere.  Susan (Jennie Garth, “90210” and “Accidentally in Love”), an unemployed Los Angeles museum curator and widowed single mom temporarily lives in a small California town with her three sons.  Jake (Brad Rowe, “General Hospital”) is a single dad of two tomboys who owns a local winery.  When Rusty, Susan’s Labrador (voice talent of Jay Mohr, “Suburgatory” and “Ghost Whisper”) falls for Jake’s French Poodle, Cheri (voice talent of Nikki Cox, “Las Vegas”) these canine matchmakers conspire to help their owners fall in love too.  Now with a Christmas Day wedding to plan – and major complications threatening to unravel it all – can two mismatched broods find a way to make one happy family?

HALLMARK CHANNEL HONORS OUR REMARKABLE FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS WITH
“AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS”,
PREMIERING ON VETERAN’S DAY, 11-11-11 AT 8:00pm ET/PT,
HOSTED BY CARSON KRESSLEY

90-Minute Star-Studded Special Highlights the Many Ways Dogs
Enrich, Prolong, and Save Lives Everyday
Troops Overseas will Have Opportunity to Watch the Broadcast Via Armed Forces Network

 

Studio City, California – November 3, 2011 – Hallmark Channel is proud to present the inaugural “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™”, a moving celebration of our four-legged friends and the innumerable contributions they make on our behalf.  Presented by CESAR® Canine Cuisine and produced by Emmy® Award winning MRB Productions, the Hero Dog Awards will premiere on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011 at 8:00pm ET/PT.  In salute of Veteran’s Day and honoring our many enlisted servicemen, women, and dogs overseas, the Hero Dog Awards will be broadcast for our troops worldwide through Armed Forces Network, following its debut on Hallmark Channel.  A digital screener (for review purposes only) of the entire broadcast can be found at the following hyperlink: HeroDogAwardsScreener (User ID: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Password: Herodog1)

Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning Carson Kressley and taped before a live audience in the Beverly Hilton’s historical International Ballroom on October 1, the Hero Dog Awards pays tribute to eight remarkable dogs and their handlers — each partnership a powerful testament to the age-old bond between dogs and people.

Following a nationwide online search that elicited some 400,000 votes, each dog was selected among hundreds of nominees from all 50 states in one of eight categories: Law Enforcement and Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs, and finally, Emerging Hero Dogs a category that highlights ordinary pets who do extraordinary things.  The finalists and their handlers were flown to Los Angeles to walk the red carpet, mingle with celebrities, and take the stage to accept their special “Hero Dog” award, following a presentation of a special video tribute telling each of their incredible stories.  At the end of the evening, one dog was named the overall “American Hero Dog.”

            Celebrity judges and presenters on hand for the festivities included Betty White, Peter Fonda, Faith Ford, Pauley Perrette, Michael Vartan, Jason Lewis, Candy Spelling, Victoria Stillwell, Joey Lawrence, among many others. 

For more on each of the eight dogs and their inspirational stories go to:  www.herodogawards.org

 About Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 87 million subscribers. The top tier program service is distributed through approximately 5,492 cable systems and communities as well as direct-to-home satellite services across the country. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading network in quality family programming with an ambitious slate of original TV movies, lifestyle and general entertainment content, and is the home of "The Martha Stewart Show", which anchors the channel's daytime original programming block. Hallmark Channel's sibling network is Hallmark Movie Channel, also available in HD and SD, which focuses on the family-friendly movies with a mix of classic theatrical films, presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library, original Hallmark Channel movies and special events. 

About American Humane Association
Since 1877 American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

 

About MRB Productions

MRB is an Emmy-winning production company specializing in producing content across all media platforms.  MRB's recent projects include the acclaimed web series The Confession, staring Kiefer Sutherland, which acquired paramount success, leading to a feature deal with Image Entertainment.  MRB's feature department is currently in post-production on a Stephen Gyllenhaal film Grassroots, slated to premiere later this year.  On the television side, MRB produces the pre-taped segments, coordinates talent logistics and the VIP program for the past decade for ESPN’s ESPY Awards.  Most recently, MRB garnered two Emmy nominations for the 2010 NBA Draft Opening Sequence.  Additional TV projects include two seasons of the mockumentary comedy show Free Radio on VH1 and Comedy Central.  MRB’s commercial repertoire includes collaborations with Leo Burnett, Periera O'Dell, Team Detroit, Goodby, Silverstein and Partners for clients such as Geico, Kellogg's, Ford, Sprint, Mattel, Corona, Miller Lite, Smirnoff, Sony, NBC, Wal-Mart, Hyundai and University of Phoenix.

 



CARE PACKAGES FOR K9 TEAMS READY TO GO!


We are excited to report that our goggles, boots and treats for the dogs have arrived and we're ready to start shipping - we just need your donation to seal these boxes up, drop in your letter or thanks to the troops and send it off!

We must say, these items are very nice quality, especially the dog goggles. Having never seen these types of products before we were very impressed by the quality and workmanship in the dog goggles, the manufacturers must really care about the dogs who will be wearing their products.

Here are some of our big donors who have really stepped up to help the K9 teams.
There must be some real dog lovers in the pro-troop community! 

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Amy and Jon W. of Cypress, Texas  ...$1,200
June R.h of Anchorage, AK  ...  $999
Freddie M. of Verdi, Nevada ...  $999
Susan C. of Baldwinsville, New York ...  $499
Gerald W. of Edmonds, Washington ...  $250
Joni W. of Reno, Nevada ...  $200
Milton F. of Sunnyvale, California ...  $200
Victoria C. of Seguin, Texas ...  $200
Thomas W. of New Canaan, Connecticut...  $200


Thanks to all of you who have already donated
and for those of you that haven't please chip in to help our military dog handlers and their companions who sniff out IED's and save lives in Afghanistan! 

DOG GOGGLES, BOOTS, AND TREATS
SHIPPING SOON! ORDER NOW FOR THE 1st WAVE!


"Now that we've been promoting our Care Packages for Military Working Dogs for several weeks, its time to finally start shipping these packages overseas!

We're proud to announce that MAF is including DOG GOGGLES, DOG BOOTS and TREATS in our special packages available now, specifically tailored for a soldier/marine + K9 combat team.

In addition to the regular recipe of coffee, cookies, beef jerky, gatorade and other items, these ca
re packages each include a pair of goggles, a set of four doggie boots, and a bag of treats. Please Donate Now to be part of the 1st Shipment!

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum has announced the development and release of new curriculum and supporting materials based on the museum’s beloved “Owney the Dog.” The announcement took place at the recent Smithsonian Institution’s annual Teachers’ Night held this year at the National Museum of the American Indian with more than 4,000 teachers in attendance. The 60-page full-color curriculum guide features four different units that use the story of Owney the Dog to meet reading, writing, math, social studies, science and art standards. The lessons are designed to provide inspiring and meaningful interdisciplinary experiences in classrooms from kindergarten through third grade.

Owney was a scruffy mutt who became a regular fixture at the Albany, N.Y., post office in 1888. He loved the mail and began to ride with the mailbags on Railway Post Office train cars across the state and then the country. In 1895, Owney even made an around-the-world trip, traveling with mailbags on trains and steamships to Asia and across Europe. The RPO clerks adopted Owney as their unofficial mascot, marking his travels by placing medals and tags from his stops on his collar. He has been preserved and is on display at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

The curriculum guide features four themed interdisciplinary units on mapping, autobiography, jobs and primary sources. Targeted towards second grade learning standards, these lessons combine to illustrate the life and legacy of Owney the Postal Dog. The curriculum is developed in tandem with Owney-themed technology tools, including an e-book and an augmented reality postage stamp. Also accompanying the curriculum are worksheets, rubrics and companion lessons for students with special education needs.

“Owney stands iconic at the Postal Museum because he is such an engaging entry point to U.S. history” said K. Allison Wickens, director of education at the museum. “In this curriculum, we linked his adventurous story to a myriad of elementary school topics to better serve teachers in the areas of social studies, reading, math, writing, science and the arts. Many teachers have already discovered his powerful presence in their classrooms and with their guidance, we are confident these new lessons will find a place in many more.”

“Kids connect with Owney because dogs are still around nowadays, whereas other aspects of history have changed and advanced over the years—they ‘get’ him,” said Alexandra Roosenburg, learning and technology coordinator for the Primary Campus/Washington International School. “Having a mascot like Owney for the students to interact and identify with when learning about U.S. history and geography makes learning more fun, and thereby worth their while!”

A special online microsite has been created for the Owney curriculum (www.npm.si.edu/owneycurriculum) and resides on the museum’s main website. The site features a downloadable curriculum guide for teachers, which includes units on maps, jobs, tags and stories. Worksheets, rubrics and other resources are also available on the site. The museum makes other teacher resources available on the museum’s recently redesigned website for educators at www.npm.si.edu/educators.

The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., Washington, D.C., across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). For more information about the Smithsonian, please call (202) 633-1000 or visit the museum website at www.postalmuseum.si.edu.

 

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Talkin Pets Radio
Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2011.
There are 70 days left in the year.

"This just in! MAF is proud to announce that we've found the perfect solution to the problem of how to reach out and help our troops in Afghanistan and their loyal military working dogs.

We're proud to announce that MAF is including DOG GOGGLES, BOOTS and TREATS in our special packages available now, specifically tailored for a soldier/marine + K9 combat team.

In addition to the regular recipe of coffee, cookies, beef jerky, gatorade and other items, these ca
re packages each include a pair of goggles, a set of four doggie boots, and a bag of treats.

SEND A CARE PACKAGE FOR A MILITARY WORKING DOG TEAM NOW!

As we all know, our troops serving overseas must go to great lengths to deal with the harsh environment of the Middle East. In the summer the days are a scorching 120+ degrees, and in the wintertime the mountains of Afghanistan are covered in snow and temperatures reach extreme sub zeros.

Military dogs have to deal with the same harsh environment. Dust storms obscure a dogs visibility and interfere with a dog's acute sense of smell, which is critical to their job of finding IEDs and roadside bombs.

The rocky terrain and poorly built roads also plague the dogs because they don't have boots to protect the pads on their paws.

Did you know that there are over 2,700 military working dogs currently serving?

Dogs are trained at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. Suitable dogs go through a rigorous 90 days training program which trains the animals in how to recognize and detect the explosive materials used in IEDs, how to attack and take down the enemy when threatened, and how to operate in a war zone where the sounds of battle and unpredictable nature can be very confusing for an untrained dog.

Dogs are selected for the program based on their sense of smell, speed, endurance, courage, intelligence and adaptability to the harsh desert environment.

The top breeds that possess these qualities are
"German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, and the Belgian Malinois. However, other breeds such as Golden Retriever, Labrador Retrievers, Boxers, Bull Mastiffs, Collies, Briards, and many others have been used successfully.

It's exciting that our efforts to support these military dogs has gotten attention and is gaining steam, but we still need your help and donations now! 

Please sponsor a care package that will help out a military working dog and his handler!


Rescue groups in Ohio, New Jersey offer assistance in re-homing displaced shelter animals

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), through its Shelter Response Partnership network, is transporting 27 dogs from Rowan County Humane Society in Morehead, Ky. to Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, Ohio and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J.  The dogs’ transfer out of the shelter initially helped make room for 118 dogs that were seized during a puppy mill investigation led by the Rowan County Attorney’s Office in Morehead, and ultimately these dogs will be given a second chance for adoption through the receiving shelter partners.

The ASPCA’s Shelter Response Partnership network is a coalition of various national and local agencies that provide transport and a second chance for animals rescued from overcrowded facilities and cruelty investigations.

“To help communities with limited resources, the ASPCA works collaboratively with its response partners on cases where shelter animals need to be relocated,” said Joel Lopez, senior manager of operations for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We appreciate Capital Area Humane Society and St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center for quickly stepping up to offer assistance and help provide positive outcomes for these 27 animals.”

The ASPCA animal transport trailer, a custom-built vehicle generously donated by the Silberstein Foundation of New York and the Grousbeck Family Foundation of California, will stop in Ohio to place nine dogs and then head toward New Jersey with 18 dogs, completing the transport operation.

ASPCA responders arrived in Kentucky last week to assist the Rowan County Attorney’s Office with evidence collection and sheltering management of 118 dogs that were seized on October 6 during a puppy mill investigation. The dogs—mainly small breeds such as Chihuahuas, Pekingese, miniature pinschers, papillons, dachshunds and schnauzers—were reported to be found living in deplorable conditions on the property. The dogs were transferred to a temporary shelter where they were triaged by veterinarians from other agencies and later evaluated by the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty animal behavior team.

The investigation was set into motion after complaints about the facility were reported to the Rowan County Attorney’s Office, which in turn contacted the ASPCA for assistance after removing the animals from the property. Charges against the puppy mill’s owner are currently pending as the Rowan County Attorney’s Office continues its investigation.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.

About Capital Area Humane Society
The Capital Area Humane Society, a non-profit animal welfare organization founded in 1883, provides programs and services for animals and people in Central Ohio.  It is their mission to fight animal cruelty, help animals in need and advocate for their well-being. 

About St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center
Founded in 1939, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of companion animals. Its services to the community include pet adoption and animal rescue, animal-assisted therapy, humane education, dog training, low-cost spay & neuter and pet loss support. St. Hubert's animal shelters in Madison and North Branch, NJ provide care for approximately 3,700 animals every year. For adoption information please call: Madison shelter (973) 377-2295 or North Branch shelter (908) 526-3330. www.sthuberts.org

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NEW YORK, NY (October 13, 2011) – When Arthur E. Benjamin was introduced to Pen Farthing (pictured with Benjamin, at left) by Cathy Kangas of PRAI Beauty at The Humane Society of the United States “To the Rescue!” Gala in New York City on October 5, 2011 (where Benjamin helped HSUS raise more than $1 million) they joined forces through Benjamin’s non-profit organization, American Dog Rescue, to increase efforts and funds towards Nowzad Dogs in the initiative to rescue abandoned dogs in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Farthing, a former Royal Marine, started saving support dogs of military personnel in Afghanistan and developed the first, and only, dog rescue organization now serving Afghanistan’s dogs, Nowzad Dogs, a British tax-exempt organization that has saved hundreds of dogs to date.

Through Nowzad’s work, neglected and undernourished dogs are relocated to western countries where they can find the love, care, and attention they deserve. No man should be left behind and no dog should be left behind either.

The life of Afghan and Iraqi animals is not one of comfort even at the best of times; most of the day is spent hunting for scraps of food or hiding from the hot desert sun during the summer, or the freezing cold of a desert winter night. There is definitely no pampered pet status in Afghanistan or Iraq.

For some of the many stray dogs in the Middle East they now have a guardian for the first time in their lives. Further, dogs that serve our troops as emotional support animals and become socialized in this effort deserve to earn their stripes in the form of new homes. They cannot be left behind to return to a homeless feral life. They will not survive.

To donate to help support the rescue and relocation efforts of Nowzad Dogs in conjunction with American Dog Rescue, please visit http://www.americandogrescue.org/philanthropy/support-nowzad.

American Dog Rescue (ADR) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to finding a home for every adoptable dog in the United States. American Dog Rescue is committed to placing healthy dogs in permanent homes that are the right fit for the animal and its family. Donations can be made by visiting www.americandogrescue.org/donate or calling (801) 944-3023.

Nowzad Dogs is a charity set up to relieve the abandonment of dogs, cats, and donkeys of Afghanistan and Iraq. Nowzad’s mission is to transport these stray animals to loving homes and assist in vital animal aid work that is desperately needed for the care and treatment of these animals. All donations go directly to helping the animals of Afghanistan and Iraq. Donations can be made by visiting http://www.americandogrescue.org/philanthropy/support-nowzad

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