For Immediate Release:
In a unique twist to the very serious issue of puppy mills in the United States, two puppy mill survivors, Harley and Teddy, will hit the road this weekend with a team from National Mill Dog Rescue to rescue puppy mill dogs. Dogs saving dogs!
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's two tiny Chihuahuas saving dogs from puppy mills! Once again, two puppy mill survivors, Harley and Teddy, are traveling through the Midwest with 'Harley to the Rescue' to save dogs from puppy mills with National Mill Dog Rescue. They will leave April 26 on yet another rescue trip through the Midwest, planning to save more than 50 dogs.
Harley, a 13 year old Chihuahua and an iconic figure in the world of puppy mill awareness through social media, spent 10 years as a commercial breeder in a puppy mill. His one-eyed, grizzled image is immediately recognizable, due primarily to the fact he lost an eye being power washed at the puppy mill. Although suffering with congestive heart failure, he actively uses his Facebook page with 44,000+ followers to spread awareness about the cruel realities of puppy mills and raise funds for non-profit rescue groups.
Teddy, a newcomer to the social media world, lived his first 7 years in a puppy mill and was rescued from his cage a year ago. As Harley's 'Team Driver', Teddy uses his page with 17,000+ followers to spread puppy mill awareness and share his experiences of learning about life outside the cage. .
'Harley to the Rescue' started out as a campaign to raise the $2,500 needed to fund one rescue of approximately 25-30 dogs. To date, these two dogs have raised over $150,000 to rescue 265 dogs from the horrific conditions in puppy mills.
Through their social media outlets, they chronicle their journey into the world of puppy mills, all from the perspective of puppy mill survivors. Dogs Saving Dogs! Follow the mission of these 'caped crusaders' and support their cause!
To learn more: https://www.youcaring.com/harley-to-the-rescue
National Mill Dog Rescue is a Colorado Springs based 501(c)(3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes discarded commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills. NMDR relies on volunteers to care for the dogs, from the moment they are surrendered to the time they are adopted and beyond. The organization depends on the generosity of the public to provide the high level of care for our dogs and to continue to be able to save them.
National Mill Dog Rescue started with a single sentence in an e-mail that Theresa Strader received: "50 Italian Greyhounds in need." A large-scale breeding operation, or 'puppy mill' was going out of business and all 561 dogs were going to auction. One of those dogs was a seven-year-old Italian Greyhound named Lily. The moment their eyes met through the wire of Lily's tiny cage, Theresa knew her life had changed forever and that this new life would include Lily and a mission to bring about lasting change.
In honor of Lily, National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007 to give a voice to mill dogs across the country. Since then, NMDR has rescued more than 8,700 puppy mill survivors, all while maintaining a strict no-kill policy. Every single dog that comes through the doors is spayed or neutered and given whatever additional medical care they need - without exception. They are groomed, many of them for the very first time. Years of filth and matted fur are removed, allowing the beautiful dog underneath to shine. Soon they learn about all the simple pleasures that they had never previously known - clean water, toys and treats, a soft bed, and most importantly, the love of a human companion.
Harley's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/harleyfreighttraintaylor Teddy's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teddybearburchfield
Visit National Mill Dog Rescue's website: http://milldogrescue.org
DENVER (March 14, 2014)—The following is a statement from Kitty Block, vice president of Humane Society International, the global affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, on the successful transport of four dogs rescued from the streets of Sochi, Russia by Winter Olympian Gus Kenworthy.
“We are excited to bring Jake, Mom, Stryder and Mishka safely to the United States, thanks to the efforts of Winter Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy. The dogs were saved from almost certain doom during the city’s campaign to rid itself of street dogs ahead of the Olympic Games. We know the dogs are now in the safe, loving hands of Gus and wish them a lifetime of happiness in their new home.
“We also know so many more dogs remain in Sochi and throughout Russia who are in need of humane care. One year ago, Humane Society International urged the International Olympic Committee and the Russian government to work with us to humanely address street dog populations in Sochi. We received no response but the offer stood then as it does now. We urge the IOC to consider humane values in the future when selecting host cities and countries.
“We remain committed to helping more Sochi dogs find loving homes in the U.S. But to help these dogs in any meaningful way, Russia needs to establish spay/neuter and vaccination programs. HSI works around the globe to better the lives of street dogs. To learn more, visit hsi.org/sochidogs.”
Malibu, CA February 23, 2104 American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) (www.tortoise.com), a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is sponsoring its 14th annual World Turtle Day on May 23rd. The day was created as an observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, founders of ATR, advocate humane treatment of all animals, including reptiles. Since 1990, ATR has placed about 3,000 tortoises and turtles in caring homes. ATR assists law enforcement when undersized or endangered turtles are confiscated and provides helpful information and referrals to persons with sick, neglected or abandoned turtles.
We launched World Turtle Day to increase respect and knowledge for the worlds oldest creatures, said Tellem. These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of smuggling, the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming and the cruel pet trade, says Tellem. We are seeing smaller turtles coming into the rescue meaning that older adults are disappearing from the wild thanks to the pet trade, and the breeding stock is drastically reduced. It is a very sad time for turtles and tortoises of the world. (See slide show here.)
Tellem added, We are thrilled to learn that organizations and individuals throughout the world now are observing World Turtle Day, including those in Pakistan, Borneo, India, Australia, the UK and many other countries.
Tellem notes that biologists and other experts predict the disappearance of turtles and tortoises within the next 50 years. She recommends that adults and children do a few small things
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that can help to save turtles and tortoises for future generations:
- Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
- Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
- If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.
- Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles, and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to endangered sea turtle deaths.
- Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
- Report the use of tiny turtles as prizes at carnivals and other events. Its illegal.
- Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches. This is illegal to buy and sell them throughout the U.S.
Our ultimate goal is to stop the illegal trade in turtles and tortoises around the world. Our first priority here in the U.S. is to ask pet stores and reptile shows to stop the sale of hatchling tortoises and turtles without proper information for the buyer, says Thompson. For example, many people buy sulcata tortoises as an impulse buy because they are so adorable when they are tiny. The breeders and pet stores frequently do not tell the buyers that this tortoise can grow to 100 pounds or more and needs constant heat throughout the year since they do not hibernate.
He added, We also need to educate people and schools about the real risk of contracting salmonella from water turtles. Wash your hands thoroughly every time you touch a turtle or its water, and do not bring turtles into homes where children are under the age of 12.
Suggested Tweet: Celebrate #WorldTurtleDay on May 23 with @TortoiseRescue
Kick Off Westminster Weekend, Fashion Week & Valentines Day with the
Largest Pet Fashion Event in the World
The 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show featuring "The Crown Jewel's Of Fashion & Rescue"
We invite you to cover the event of the season. View the most expensive items ever on the runway including
The "Lumieres" Dog Couture Dress $25,000 - The Diamond Dog Collar $xxx,000 Priceless - The "Queen's Crown" - $3,000 - The "Papillon" - $2,500
Over $400,000 of outfits, accessories, and jewelry displayed on the runway!
Cover the Super Bowl & Olympics of Fashion & Rescue!
Our tenth anniversary show kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday February 7th 2014 at the Hotel Pennsylvania and benefits our Gems of Animal Rescue in support of the Mayor's Alliance
for NYC's Animals and 150 participating shelters and rescue groups www.animalalliancenyc.org.
Join us for a royal evening of Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, The Tudors, The Medici's and the elegance and style of Marie Antoinette. The top pet designers in the country are creating outfits for our canine and human models. See who is crowned "Rescue Dog Of The Year". The winner will walk the runway in our exclusive "Diamond Dog Collar" designed by Candy Udell from London Jeweler's, creator and designer of the famous 2.5 million dollar bra for the Victoria's Secret Angels on the Runway CBS show.
This event is being filmed for TV and features Three Special runway shows:
"Gems Of Rescue" This runway segment presents 12 dogs representing one of the rescue/shelter groups from the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, outfitted in the
Jewels of the Crown with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, pearls, ruby's, crystals and so much more. The "Rescue Dog of the Year" will be crowned immediately following this runway show. The winner will be presented with $5,000 in cash and prizes, including $1,000 from Trupanion.
"Age Of Enlightenment" Siecle des Lumieres of Marie Antoinette. This segment represents the fusion of "fashion and technology", Featuring Age of Enlightenment Couture by Ada Nieves and Gladys Garced and The Lumieres, a $25,000 cutting edge canine dress adorned with 150 LED lights and Swarovski Crystals powered by two mini computers and 10 programmed animations ... Priceless!
"Crown Jewels of Fashion" The Royalty Costume Contest for Dogs and Humans on the runway. Judges will choose the King or Queen of the Show, and the Pet Designer of the Year from custom one-of-a-kind outfits created by the top pet designers in the country.
Additional Award Presentations Include:
"Humanitarian of The Year” Jill Rappaport NBC’s Award Winning Animal Advocate & Best Selling Author.
"Corporate Excellence" Award Candy Udell of London Jewelers'/Rescue Paw Foundation
"Ambassador of Rescue" Prince Lorenzo Borghese
"Animal Welfare Organization of the Year” Mayor's Alliance for NYC’s Animals
"Rescue Dog of The Year" to be announced February 1st.
"Forever Home Award" to the pet parent/adopter and adopting shelter/rescue group.
TICKETS: $40 in advance/$50 at the door
ADDRESS: 401 Seventh Ave, 33rd Street, New York, NY. 10001
WHERE: Hotel Pennsylvania 18th Fl. Penntop Ballroom
WHEN: Friday February 7th, 2014 from 6 p.m. - 11
* Cash Bar, complimentary food, music and vendors selling some of the best and coolest pet products in the market today.
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Congressional Animal Protection Caucus helps celebrate shelter animals and rescue groups
WHAT: The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) yesterday joined the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus in hosting “Paws for Love,” an animal adoption event to honor shelter animals and rescue organizations across the country.
“Paws for Celebration invites Republicans and Democrats to come together to celebrate the millions of lovable homeless dogs and cats currently waiting to be adopted,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “Animal welfare is a bi-partisan issue, and we stand united in our appreciation of the vital services provided by the thousands of community animal shelters nationwide.”
WHO: Photo 1: Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) and Richard Patch, vice president of federal affairs for the ASPCA
Photo 2: Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations
Photo 3: Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), holding “Butter,” an adoptable dog available at Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
Photo 4: Congressional staffers greet an adoptable dog at “Paws for Celebration”
Photo 5: A puppy enjoying “Paws for Celebration”
ALL CAPTIONS SHOULD READ: “ASPCA Paws for Celebration Adoption Event on Capitol Hill”
PHOTO CREDIT: Ian Fay/ASPCA
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two 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. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK – (March 19, 2013) – Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to help animals, will be headed to Fort Bragg, N.C. on March 25, 2013, to pick up a group of rescued dogs. The group will be working with their Soldier-to-Soldier program to help place the dogs with veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as with other Soldiers. They will rescue the dogs from the Ft. Bragg Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, which is located on Ft. Bragg, home of more than 56,000 Soldiers.
“We are ready to help rescue these dogs and place them with as many veterans as we can, to assist with their therapy,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “We will place as many of the dogs as possible with vets, and beyond that will work to find good homes for the rest.”
PTSD is a condition among military veterans. It is a psychological condition that can arise after someone has experienced a traumatic event, such as being directly involved in combat. It is estimated that around 400,000 veterans currently suffer from PTSD. Animal therapy has proven to be beneficial in helping veterans overcome the condition. PTSD, according to the National Institutes of Health, changes the body’s response to stress. Some of its symptoms include flashbacks, upsetting dreams, feeling emotionally numb, hopelessness, memory problems, and avoiding doing things that were once enjoyed.
Guardians of Rescue has a program called “Soldier to Soldier,” where they pair up shelter dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD or other psychological conditions. Veteran Army Corporal John Wallace heads up this program to help the soldiers. He teamed up with the organization after they sent him “Tommy,” a dog who the soldiers cared for during the war in Afghanistan known as “Operation Enduring Freedom”. Together, they have helped transport 10 dogs from Afghanistan to the United States and have reunited them with the U.S. soldiers who cared for them during combat.
“Many times, soldiers rely on the dogs during war time and create special bonds with them,” explains John Wallace. “But when the troops finally leave, the animals are just left to fend for themselves, and often become targeted. Reuniting these soldiers with the dogs they had while deployed is therapeutic.”
The Soldier to Soldier program that the group is implementing helps those who must leave their pet behind. They find homes with other soldiers, so that one military member is helping another one out. All of the dogs rescued from the base will be placed in homes.
“We want to do all we can to help rescue these dogs, as well as help the veterans of this country,” added Misseri. “Our trek down to Fort Bragg will bring a lot of good to both sides, as we make good matches. Fort Bragg has been very supportive of our efforts and organization.”
“Working with Guardians of Rescue is a win-win-win for all parties, the service members suffering with PTSD, the animals we have rescued and our Animal Control and Adoption Center,” said Colonel Jeffrey M. Sanborn, the Fort Bragg garrison commander. ”This is a great example of how our Soldiers are being supported by communities nation-wide.”
Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster home placement. Many families are still struggling to recover from the storm, making it difficult to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org, Facebook page www.facebook.com/guardiansofrescueor the charity auction can be found here: http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/guardians-of-rescue/76791/.
About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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Pit bulls have gained 11 pounds each since rescue
NEW YORK—Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Bronx resident Gillian Irving on Friday, April 20 for allegedly neglecting and starving her two seven-month-old pit bulls, named Cagney and Lacey.
On February 17, 2012, HLE agents responded to a complaint of two skinny and neglected canines inside an apartment on Webster Avenue in the Norwood section of the Bronx. Agents encountered the dogs and both appeared to be neglected. Ms. Irving relinquished Cagney and Lacey to the agents, and they were transported to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for treatment.
ASPCA veterinarians determined that Cagney and Lacey had been starved—they weighed 16.4 and 15.2 pounds, respectively, upon intake. After receiving treatment by ASPCA staff, Cagney now weighs 27.1 pounds and Lacey weighs 26.9 pounds—a 65 and 77 percent increase, respectively. Both dogs are recovering at the hospital and will eventually be made available for adoption.
Irving, 27, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Ann Kelly. She was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to two years in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. Irving is due in Bronx Criminal Court on August 22.
Photo Caption: Cagney, before and after receiving treatment at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital
Photo Caption: Lacey, before and after receiving treatment at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital
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.
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