Show Host - Jon Patch
Jon Patch

Jon Patch

Graduated from Penn State University in 1983 and landed my first broadcasting job at the flagship station to SUN Radio Network in St. Petersburg, FL as a producer of talk radio. In 3 months advanced to a network producer, then on air as a national eventually local weather reporter for the Tampa Bay area. Held a position in management as a trainer to new hosts and producers and later Affiliate Relations Manager, eventually in 1990 started hosting, Talkin' Pets. Left SUN radio several years later and worked with USA Radio Networks for 1 year. I worked with Business TalkRadio & Lifestyle TalkRadio Networks for19 years under the title of V.P. Affiliate Relations and Programming, later worked with Genesis Communications until starting a new network ATRN.  Currently working with GAB Radio Network and with Josh Leng at Talk Media Network.  I am still hosting the largest and longest running pet radio and internet show in the country, Talkin' Pets, for the past 29 years... My one true passion in life is to help to educate the world through interviews with celebrities like Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Bob Barker, Linda Blair and others, authors, foundations and organizations like the ASPCA, LCA, HSUS, AHA, WSPA on the ways to make this world a better place for all animals and mankind whom all share this very fragile and mysterious planet called earth. This is the only home we have so we all need to learn how to share and maintain it so that life for us all continues and evolves forever...

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 15:27

The Wolf of Wall Street

Red Granite Pictures, Sikelia Productions, Appian Way and EMJAG Productions present an R-rated, 180 minute biography comedy drama directed by Martin Scorsese and adapted by Terence Winter from the book by Jordan Belfort with a release date of December 25.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 17:18

Saving Mr. Banks

Walt Disney Pictures, Ruby Films and Essential Media & Entertainment present a PG-13, 125 minute, biography, comedy, drama, directed by John Lee Hancock, written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith with a theater release date of December 20, 2013.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 16:28

BABY GORILLA TO MAKE HER DEBUT!

SF Zoo gorilla meets the public on Saturday—and finally gets her name

DECEMBER 18, 2013, SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Zoo is thrilled to announce Saturday, December 21 at 10:00am as the first public viewing of our 5-month old female gorilla at the Jones Family Gorilla Preserve. Over the last month, the care of the infant has slowly and carefully been transitioned from Zoo animal staff to the infant’s western lowland gorilla family. These important introductions began with the matriarch of the six-member troop, 33-year old Bawang, who eagerly served as surrogate mother to five-year old male Hasani under similar circumstances. As predicted, Bawang instantly assumed the role of adoptive mother of the infant and they have been together ever since. Under Bawang’s careful supervision, each gorilla has made the little one’s acquaintance and each one has expressed their curiosity and affection in their own way. Big brother, Hasani, is particularly excited to have received a baby sister for his fifth birthday, which was on December 8. He is often seen playfully engaging with the infant under the watchful eye of the troop’s females. “Once again, Bawang has taken on the huge responsibility of motherhood and has set a positive tone for the troop” said San Francisco Zoo President Tanya Peterson. “We feel very blessed to be able to contribute to the population of this critically endangered species and we feel especially grateful to introduce the entire gorilla family to the public during this holiday season.”

For the benefit of gorilla care and feeding, the public has given $1 per vote toward their favorite of three finalist names (Malaika, which means "heavenly messenger" in Swahili; Kenura, which means "joy" in Kikuyu; Kabibe, which means "little lady" in Swahili). To celebrate the momentous occasion and to properly introduce the little one to the San Francisco Zoo community, the name of the infant gorilla will be announced during the Media Preview on Friday, December 20, at 8:30am.

About the birth

At birth on July 17, 2013, the female infant was 5-pounds, 1-ounce and healthy. Her parents are Nneka (Ni-NEE-ka) and Oscar Jonesy. The infant was born on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and is the first birth for mother Nneka and the second sired by silverback Oscar Jonesy. The previous gorilla birth at the SF Zoo was in 2008 when Hasani, the now five-year old male, was born to Monifa and Oscar Jonesy.

About western lowland gorillas

The western lowland gorilla (scientific name: Gorilla gorilla gorilla) is a critically endangered species.  Found in Africa with populations in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo, the actual number of gorillas in the wild is unknown due to their habitation in some of the world’s densest and most remote rainforest regions. These gorillas can weigh up to 440 pounds and stand four to five feet when upright on two feet.  According to the World Wildlife Fund, poaching, habitat destruction, and diseases such as the Ebola virus have contributed to the decline of the species by 60 percent over the past 25 years. The WWF estimates that if threats to western lowland gorillas were removed, it would take at least 75 years for the species to recover.  A wild gorilla’s average lifespan is approximately 35 years and a gorilla in captivity is estimated to live for 40-50 years. There are currently 342 western lowland gorillas at 53 AZA-accredited zoos in North America.

Western lowland gorillas are the smallest of the four gorilla subspecies with a brownish-grey coat with red highlights.  Adult males have silver-colored fur on their back and legs, which is the origin of the name silverback. They are herbivores and enjoy plant-based diets that include fruit, vegetables, leaf-based browse, bark, grain, and tubers. They live in family groups called troops of four to six members that are led by a dominant older male and consist of multiple females, juveniles, and young males. Females begin reproduction at age nine or 10 and do not produce many offspring.  Female gorillas have a pregnancy term of nearly nine months and usually give birth to one infant. The infant will be held by its mother or ride on her back for approximately one year.

About the San Francisco Zoo

The mission of the San Francisco Zoo is to connect visitors with wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action.  Nestled against the Pacific Ocean, the SF Zoo is an urban oasis.  It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals representing more than 250 species and lovely peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants. The majestic Roberts African Savanna offers a multi-species landscape with giraffes, zebras, kudu, ostriches, and more.  At Hearst Grizzly Gulch, visitors can get nose-to-nose with rescued grizzly sisters Kachina and Kiona. Lemurs leap through the Lipman Lemur Forest, the largest outdoor lemur habitat in the country.  Penguin Island is home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins outside of the wild.  The Zoo’s troop of gorillas lives in the lush Jones Family Gorilla Preserve.  Farm animals for feeding and petting can be found in the popular Fisher Family Children’s Zoo. The historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel and the 1904 miniature Little Puffer steam train are treasured by generations of visitors and the newly renovated $3.2 million Elinor Friend Playground re-opened in fall 2013 to rave reviews. The SF Zoo offers a rich history for its guests, including fun rides, educational programs, and exciting events for children of all ages. The SF Zoo is proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

 

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Bob Barker retired from CBS' THE PRICE IS RIGHT in June, 2007, after 35 years as the show’s host. The series has been one of the highest rated daytime shows during this entire period. It is also the longest running game show in television history, surpassing "What's My Line?" which ran for 18 seasons. In 2007, Time Magazine named Barker the greatest game show host of all time, claiming that he "never lost his utterly natural charm or self-effacing people skills". Separately, TV Guide named THE PRICE IS RIGHT the “greatest game show of all time.” Barker also served as the show's executive producer. His retirement from the game show marked his 52nd. anniversary of his debut on national television.

Since his retirement, Barker has been busy on a number of animal rights-related issues. He was instrumental in having a Spay-Neuter ordinance adopted by the City of Los Angeles and lobbied Chicago and the State of California to adopt similar laws, and is encouraging New York City to do likewise.  He also supported the adoption of such ordinances by the cities of Dallas and San Antonio. He has written an autobiographical book titled “Priceless Memories” that landed on the New York Times bestseller list within the first two weeks of its distribution.
He is involved in ongoing efforts to rescue elephants from zoos in Los Angeles and Canada. A two-year campaign to move three elephants from the Toronto Zoo resulted in having them transferred to the PAWS animal sanctuary in San Andreas, California, in October, 2013, when he agreed to underwrite the $1 million transportation costs..
He went to North Carolina to attempt the rescue of bears from local side shows. He has established endowments for the study of animal law at eight of the nation's top law schools, including Harvard. All of this with a view to making young lawyers and future politicians more knowledgeable in animal law.
He donated $5,000,000 the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to underwrite its cost of anti-whaling internationally. With Barker’s contribution, Sea Shepherd purchased a new ship which it named the Bob Barker that joins the society’s MV Steve Irwin in its direct actions campaigns to defend ocean wildlife worldwide. 
He has provided financial support for a number of other projects he’s undertaken since his retirement, including $3 million to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund towards construction of a $60 million treatment center for traumatic brain injuries suffered by military personnel. The center will be located in Bethesda, Maryland, adjacent to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. As a former Navy fighter pilot, he is especially concerned with the care of injured veterans; $1 million to his alma mater, Drury University, to establish the Dorothy Jo Barker Professorship on animal rights that will lead to a full undergraduate degree program. He gave the school another $1 million to establish the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights, which includes an undergraduate course on animal ethics. These are the first such programs at an undergraduate school and they are reverberating throughout the educational system.

Barker has won a total of 19 Emmy awards -- 14 as TV host, more than any other performer, four as Executive Producer of “The Price Is Right” and the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award for Daytime Television in 1999. He was installed into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame in 2004. He has also received the coveted Carbon Mike Award of the Pioneer Broadcasters and was named the most popular game show host of all time in a national poll. Although he has graced our television screens for over four decades, his career continues at full throttle. "But," he hastens to add, "I was very young when I started."

On April 26, 2002, Bob broke Johnny Carson’s record for continuous performances on the same network television show. Johnny retired from THE TONIGHT SHOW after 29 years, seven months and 21 days (10/1/62 – 5/22/92).

In September, 2007, he was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians. A bronze likeness of him was placed in the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City along side those of past honorees: Walt Disney, George Washington Carver, Harry Truman, Ginger Rodgers, Josephine Baker, former US Attorney General John Ashcroft and famed St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck.

He made his motion picture debut in Universal Pictures’ “Happy Gilmore” in which he appeared as himself with Adam Sandler. His real acting debut, however, came when he was asked to play Mel Harris’ father in NBC’s “Something So Right.” “It took 46 years from the time I first came to Hollywood for me to land a movie role,” he said. “I hope I won’t have to wait that long for the next offer.”

Another honor came when one of the most historic sites in the history of television, Stage 33 at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, was re-dedicated as the Bob Barker Studio in ceremonies following the taping of the 5,000th episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT in March of 1998. Barker is the first performer to whom CBS has ever dedicated a stage.

Stage 33, opened in November 1952, has been the home of such legendary television series as "The Jack Benny Show" "The Red Skelton Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show," as well as some of the network's most memorable entertainment specials starring such performers as Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. "The Gary Moore Show," based in New York, used it during its annual trip to the West Coast, and "The Ed Sullivan Show," used it for all of its West Coast inserts. It was from Stage 33, in fact, that Elvis Presley made his historic first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Barker was born in Darrington, WA, and spent most of his youth on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where his mother was a schoolteacher.  His family eventually moved to Springfield, MO, where he attended high school and Drury College, now Drury University, on a basketball scholarship.  When World War II intervened, he became a Navy fighter pilot, but the war ended before he was assigned to a seagoing squadron.

Following his discharge, Barker returned to Drury and took a job at a local radio station to help finance his studies.  It was there that he discovered that what he did best was to host audience participation shows.  After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in economics, he went to work for a radio station in Palm Beach, FL.  A year later he moved to Los Angeles, and within a month, he was the host of his own radio program, "The Bob Barker Show."

Barker made his debut on national television as the host of the popular TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES.  Ralph Edwards, the show's originator, had sold the show to NBC as a daytime strip, but he had not chosen a host.  He auditioned emcees in Hollywood and New York for weeks, but when he heard "The Bob Barker Show" on his car radio he knew he had found the man for the job.

When asked what it was about Barker that had impressed him, Edwards replied, "Bob sounds like Jack Benny doing audience participation."  Proving that Edwards had chosen wisely, Barker hosted TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES for an unbelievable 18 years.

“The Price Is Right” was named The Greatest Game Show of All Time by TV Guide. Barker has been twice named in the Guinness Book of World Records as
television's "Most Durable Performer," 3,524 consecutive performances on TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, and "Most Generous Host in Television History" for awarding $55 million in prizes on his various shows.  During the ensuing years, the $55 million figure has increased to more than $200 million.

He narrated the CBS telecast of the Rose Parade for 21 years, a record for the network. In 1978, he developed "The Bob Barker Fun & Games Show," a series of personal appearances which immediately attracted record-breaking audiences throughout the United States and Canada.

Named one of America's "Ten Best Dressed Men" by the Custom Tailors' Guild of America, Barker is a man of many interests, including karate.  His first instructor was film star Chuck Norris, who says that Barker was one of his most dedicated students.  Barker has traveled the world over, enjoys reading and is a Civil War buff, but claims, "I excel at lying in the sun doing absolutely nothing."

Barker is one of the most visible figures in the animal rights movement and one of its most eloquent speakers beginning with the "Fur Flap" surrounding the 1987 Miss USA Pageant which attracted more media attention than any single event in animal rights history.  If the swimsuit contestants wore real furs, as planned by the pageant producers, Barker said that it would be impossible for him to participate in the telecast.  He prevailed, and synthetic furs were substituted for the real thing.

In 1988, Barker was again the subject of media attention coast to coast when, after hosting the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants for 21 years, he resigned because the producers refused to remove fur coats from the prize packages.  As an interesting
sidelight, the first telecast of the Miss USA Pageant without Barker as host resulted in a decline in rating of 29%, an incredible loss for a special that airs from one year to the next. Barker also resigned as host of "The Patsy Awards" when he learned that trainers frequently use cruel methods to force animals to perform in movies.

A man of conviction who fights animal exploitation in all of its grisly forms, he has refused offers to do commercials for sponsors because of the animal cruelty involved in the development and manufacture of their products.  He turned down a lucrative offer to use his name and likeness in print advertising by one of the nation's best known hospitals because the institution was conducting animal experiments. He also spearheaded the investigation of the movie PROJECT X that led to a request by the Los Angeles Department of Animal Regulation that criminal charges be filed for animal cruelty during the production of the picture. 

Barker established the DJ&T Foundation in 1995 to fund low cost spay/neuter clinics and organizations subsidizing spay/neuter voucher programs across the country in an effort to help control animal over population. According to Barker, over population is one of our most tragic animal problems. The foundation is named in memory of his wife Dorothy Jo and his mother Matilda (Tilly) Valandra, both of whom loved all animals.

In June of 2001, the Harvard Law School established the Bob Barker Endowment for the Study of Animal Rights Law to support teaching and research in this emerging field. He has since established similar endowments at Stanford, Columbia, UCLA, Georgetown, Duke, University of Virginia and Northwestern University law schools, as well as at Drury University, the first such course to be offered at the undergraduate level.

The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in Oxford, England, selected Bob as its sixth Honorary Fellow. “This award acknowledges Mr. Barker’s ground-breaking contribution to the establishment of animal studies within academia” said Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Centre. “His pioneering work in putting animals on the intellectual agenda will be of lasting historical importance to the cause.”

“We cannot change the world for animals without also changing people’s ideas about animals. Almost single-handedly Bob’s sagacity and generosity have - in little more than a decade - propelled animals from being a marginal issue into the academic mainstream. This is a colossal achievement”, said Professor Linzey.

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:38

American Hustle

Columbia Pictures, Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures present an R rated, 129 minute, crime, drama, directed by David O. Russell, written by Russell and Eric Singer with a release date of December 18, 2013.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:15

ASPCA Names Top 10 Dog & Cat Stories of 2013



First annual list from the ASPCA looks back on a year
dominated by animal heroes, presidential pups and pop culture cats


NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today released its list of the top 10 dog and cat stories of 2013. Selected by ASPCA staff, each captured national attention and illustrates the remarkable impact dogs and cats have on our lives.

In no particular order, here are the top 10 stories that truly touched the ASPCA family this year:

  1. Oh Joy! – The ASPCA’s last remaining feline saved during Hurricane Sandy, Joy, finally found a home about a year after she was first rescued and brought to our Emergency Boarding Facility. Her adopter is a Sandy survivor, too, so we can only imagine how lucky they both must feel to have each other.
  2. A boy and his dog – After rebounding from the unspeakable cruelty and neglect she suffered as a puppy, Xena the pit bull mix was later rescued by the Hickey family and their eight-year-old son, Jonny, who is autistic. Before Xena came into his life, Jonny very rarely communicated with others, and sought comfort in solitary activities. Jonny has since forged a miraculous connection with Xena that has truly brought him out of his shell. Xena was named ASPCA “Dog of the Year” at the Humane Awards.
  3. Cat-domination of pop culture – In terms of animals, 2013 was definitely the unofficial year of the cat. Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub reached epic new levels of stardom and shined the spotlight on how amazing special needs cats can be. Felines also invaded film festivals from Sundance to Cannes. And cat lovers even voted a kitty to be the new Monopoly game piece.
  4. Two [Portuguese Water] Dogs are better than one – The First Family learned firsthand this year what many of us have known for years: dogs are kind of like potato chips; you can’t have just one. Bo officially welcomed a new kid sister named ‘Sunny’ in August. Once again, we were all captivated.
  5. Taking a bite out of dog fighting – Working with various animal welfare agencies as well as local, state and federal authorities, the ASPCA played leading roles in the raids of two major dog fighting operations – one in Missouri and another than spanned Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Texas. As a result, hundreds of animal victims were saved from horrific abuse and neglect, and human eyes were opened about the horrors of dog fighting.
  6. A healing feline – Earlier this year, we learned about Koshka the cat. A stray in southern Afghanistan, he struck up a friendship with Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott at his base. When a suicide bomber attacked a nearby military convoy, killing two of his close friends, Koshka stayed by Knott’s side, helping him through one of his darkest moments. Staff Sgt. Knott’s duty in Afghanistan has since ended, and Koshka now peacefully resides at home with him in Oregon. Koshka was honored as the ASPCA “Cat of the Year” at the Humane Awards.
  7. Tornado survivors – From the dogs found alive in the rubble more than a week after the tornados that struck Washington, Ill. and surrounding areas in November 2013, to the exemplary work of shelters like Central OK Humane and the OKC Animal Welfare Division to reunite people with their missing pets after the Moore Okla. tornado back in May, we’ve seen time and again that even the scariest of natural disasters cannot shake the bond between pets and their people.
  8. Closing the puppy mill loophole – In 2013, the ASPCA championed a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rule bringing Internet dog sellers under federal regulation. Every year, thousands of puppies are sold over the Internet and shipped to consumers like any other product. Websites advertising happy, healthy puppies commonly conceal a grim reality: they’re often fronts for puppy mills—large-scale, commercial breeding operations that rear dogs in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions with complete disregard for the animals’ well-being. This year, the USDA finally stepped into the Internet age by issuing a rule that brings breeders selling animals to consumers sight-unseen under the regulatory umbrella of the Animal Welfare Act. That means for the first time, USDA inspectors will be watching over those animals who’ve been ignored for too long.
  9. The journey to recovery begins – Opening in March, the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J. is the first center dedicated strictly to providing behavioral rehabilitation to canine victims of cruelty, such as those confiscated from puppy mills and hoarding cases. In June, a previously fearful troop of Dachshunds became the very first graduates of the center and all went on to be adopted by loving families.
  10. Heart-warming news – In 2013, science proved what we’ve all known for years: pets are good for your heart. In May, findings from an American Heart Association study told us that having a pet – particularly a dog – is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, fewer heart attack risk factors and increased survival rates. Like you really needed another reason to go out and find your new best friend.


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.

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SMITHTOWN, NY – (December 16, 2013) – The perils of hot weather for your pets are well known, but cold weather is equally dangerous for animals. According to the American Veterinary Association, dogs should be kept inside during cold weather; like people, dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather. Sadly, not every pet owner takes his or her dog inside during the freezing winter months. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue group, steps up to shelter these cold pets with insulated doghouses and will be traveling this winter from Camden, NJ to Maine providing assistance to those in animals in need.

“Unfortunately, some people leave their pets outdoors year-round, regardless of the dropping temperatures,” affirms Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “The cold weather is extremely bad for a dog’s health and can lead to sickness, even death. Unfortunately, a lot of the dogs we find need immediate medical attention. To ease the suffering dogs, we’re distributing insulated doghouses throughout the Northeast for protection from the freezing weather. The free doghouses have clean straw, and when able, we plug in a outdoor heating pad to make them as comfortable as possible.”

Regardless of long-haired or short-haired fur, dogs are still at risk in the cold weather. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and more have a harder time adjusting their body temperature, leading to more suffering. If you see a dog that is left outside for extended periods of time or overnight, call Guardians of Rescue to arrange to have an insulated doghouse provided for the dog.

“To continue saving lives, we need help from the community, not only through donations but if you see a dog left outside, discarded or being abused it’s important to report it to the proper authorities and/or call us to stop the abuse,” Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue. “With the help of the public we are making a difference one dog house at a time by providing refuge to those animals in need so they are protected from the elements.”

Guardians of Rescue is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. They provide instrumental education to young people about animal abuse and how to prevent it. Guardians of Rescue founded programs such as Paws of War to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist with post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.

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, please visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

 

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Source: American Veterinary Medical Association. Cold Weather Pet Safety. https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx

San Antonio concert brought attention to Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas

Washington D.C., December 16, 2013 -- Rock legends REO Speedwagon hosted a guitar giveaway to support Born Free USA, a leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, at their concert yesterday, December 15, at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas.  The event raised about $ 3,000 for the organization, which will be used to care for the animals at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas.

According to Neal Doughty of REO Speedwagon, “Born Free USA has it right.  Stick to your cats and dogs, some animals are not meant to be pets! Wildlife belongs in the wild."

Audience members at the concert had the opportunity to enter to win a guitar autographed by the members of REO Speedwagon with proceeds benefiting Born Free USA’s Primate Sanctuary.

The 186 acre sanctuary in Dilley, Texas, is home to 630 residents -- 22 baboons, three vervets, and more than 600 macaques.  It is the only one of its kind in the U.S. where the majority of its residents – ages two to thirty-one -- live in free-ranging groups in natural enclosures of several acres, providing a safe, permanent home for its residents, many of whom were rescued from roadside zoos, research facilities, or private possession.

Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free USA said, “I have been a fan of REO Speedwagon for a quarter century and I am so thankful for their compassionate support of our work to save wildlife and the attention they are helping us bring to the important issues impacting animals today.  The band has embraced our mission to keep wildlife in the wild, and we are grateful they are on board.”

Born Free USA plans a significant auction of other rock legend guitars throughout 2014.  For more information visit www.bornfreeusa.org.

Born Free USA is a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of “compassionate conservation” -- the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son Will Travers, now CEO of both organizations. Born Free’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, at Twitter twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and one Facebook facebook.com/BornFreeUSA.


250,000 Animal Lives Saved; No-Kill New York City Within Reach



NEW YORK, NY: December 16, 2013 – In just one decade, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has brought New York City within reach of becoming a no-kill community.



Since its founding in 2003, this public-private coalition of more than 150 animal shelters, rescue groups, veterinarians, and others has saved the lives of more than a quarter of a million homeless animals and found homes for the vast majority. Because of the Alliance, New York City now has the lowest euthanasia rate per capita of any major U.S. metropolis (1 out of 1,000).



Said Jane Hoffman, co-founder, president and board chair of the Mayor’s Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization not affiliated with the City of New York: “The Alliance has succeeded because of the combined efforts and tireless dedication of its community partners. As we begin our second decade, the goal of a no-kill New York City is within sight and the strength of this collaboration has never been greater.”



The Alliance’s outsized impact on the welfare of New York City’s animals can be seen in achievements like these:



1.     Euthanasia of cats and dogs at the City’s animal shelters has declined 80 percent, to just over 6,000 (projected) from just under 32,000 a decade ago ─ an all-time low for Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C). This means that the Alliance and its member groups are succeeding in finding homes for eight out of every 10 dogs and cats entering AC&C.



2.     The Alliance’s shelters and rescue groups have found adoptive homes for more than a quarter of a million dogs and cats. In 2012 alone, 28,000 pets were adopted – many through Alliance events like Adoptapalooza!, Whiskers in Wonderland, and Maddie's®Pet Adoption Days.



3.     The Alliance's Wheels of Hope fleet of animal-transport vans has ferried almost 70,000 dogs and cats from AC&C shelters to foster and adoptive families, to Alliance partner shelters dedicated to finding them homes, and to veterinary appointments – all at no cost to the groups and individuals served. With transportation a particular challenge for many Alliance groups, Wheels of Hope, launched in 2005, fills a critical gap seven days a week, 365 days a year.



4.     The Alliance’s NYC Feral Cat Initiative, also launched in 2005, has made huge strides in solving New York City’s feral cat overpopulation crisis. By offering free training workshops to groups and individuals who perform Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR); through giveaways of cat food, straw, and additional critical supplies; and by means of other supportive efforts, the Alliance is helping to humanely reduce the number of community (feral) cats.



5.     The Alliance’s medical fund, a key initiative from the start, has paid for urgent veterinary care for thousands of sick and injured cats and dogs awaiting adoption.



Said President Jane Hoffman: “Working together, the individuals and groups of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals have made a dramatic impact on the welfare of the homeless dogs and cats that share our city and our lives. We are proud of what we have achieved since our founding 10 years ago and we look forward to another decade of equally stellar results.”



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The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and no-kill shelters to offer important programs and services to save the lives of NYC's homeless animals. Receiving no government funding, we are supported by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals. As we mark our tenth anniversary in 2013, we are committed to transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015: where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org



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