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SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK – (November 9, 2015) – One quick Google news search of the term “animal abuse” yields over 53,000 results. Animal abuse is a serious problem that many people are beginning to take notice of due to the horrific news headlines covering the stories. These allegations lately include such heartbreaking stories as animals being slammed, starved, beaten, and more. From undercover investigations taking place at big name food manufacturers to animal cruelty being reported by individuals in communities around the nation, many people are looking for ways to help bring an end to these horrific news stories.

"We have made it our mission to help catch those responsible for animal cruelty and bring them to justice,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “However, it’s a job that we don’t do alone. It is a collaborative effort to make it happen, but we have been quite successful at it.”

Guardians of Rescue (GOR) is an animal rescue organization which has built a reputation for helping to rescue abused and abandoned animals. Being serious about their mission, their investigative team is headed by Joaquin “Jack” Garcia, a former FBI agent, who spent 26 years doing undercover field work on over 100 assignments, including bringing about 39 convictions of Mafia figures.

“We investigate every animal cruelty lead that comes to us,” explains Garcia. “We have seen some awful things in doing so, but it’s always a great thing when we can rescue the animal and bring the person to justice who was the abuser. That’s what we do all of this for. Whether it’s a lack of proper care, dogfighting, hoarding, or something else, our mission is to help these animals.”

GOR goes into some of the highest crime areas looking for obvious signs of animal abuse and cruelty. They also offer 5 ways that others can help stop animal abuse:

1.    Take notice. The first step is in noticing that it is taking place. Take a look around for signs of animal abuse and cruelty, trusting your instincts when you see something that doesn’t seem right.
2.    Report it. Gather as much information as possible about the situation that needs to be reported, and then contact your local agency to make a report. The more information or support you can provide, the more it will help with the investigation and conviction. If you feel the local authorities are not taking action after reporting, then take it to social media.
3.    Support organizations. Some people prefer to not get directly involved in the reporting or investigations. They can still help to stop animal abuse by supporting those organizations that investigate abuse and rescue animals.
4.    Contact legislatures. Many animal cruelty crimes do not come with severe punishments that would help prevent them from happening in the first place. Contact the powers that be in your state and urge them to make tougher laws for those who are convicted of animal cruelty and abuse. Holding the people accountable is a big step toward preventing more abuse.
5.    Pay attention to companies that abuse. Notice the companies that are found to be involved in animal abuse cases. Write or call them to urge them to change their practices and hold their employees accountable for cruelty. When they know consumers care more, they will ensure better treatment of the animals in their care.

“Many people want to help animals, but are unsure how to go about doing so,” shares Katie Cleary, model, film producer of “Give Me Shelter” available on Netflix, and founder of World Animal News which brings you the latest breaking animal welfare news from around the world.  “I’ve made animal abuse and rescue issues a top priority in my life for many years. I urge others to get involved to help make their community better for all animals. There are ways to help make the world better for animals, whether you are directly or indirectly involved in the efforts.”

Another organization working to aid in the rescue of animals is the Eastwood Ranch Foundation, a California-based animal welfare and rescue organization. The founder of the group, Alison Eastwood, actress, film producer, and is the daughter of the beloved actor Clint Eastwood. They routinely rescue animals from high-kill shelters, care for them, and work to find each one a forever home.

“Our shelters are filled with beautiful pets who need good homes and families to live their lives with,” says Alison Eastwood. “They just need a chance. That’s something we hope we are giving to them as we work to rescue them and change their life for the better.”

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 placements. Many families are still struggling, such as from Hurricane Sandy, making it difficult for them to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and providing therapy dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto 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, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
 

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Born Free USA's "Pets Go Wild for Wildlife" Photo Contest Calling for Cats and Dogs Acting Wild

Washington D.C. August 27, 2015 -- Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, has announced its “Pets Go Wild for Wildlife” photo contest, seeking photos of furry family members acting “wild”: running like a cheetah, swimming like an orca, leaping like a gazelle, pouncing like a fox… or just going "wild" in general. 

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, “We work to keep wildlife in the wild – but all of us at Born Free also love our dogs and cats and know that our supporters and the public do too. We thought this would be a fun, creative way to celebrate all animals and share their antics with terrific photos.  Also, by noticing and capturing the moments your dog or cat acts ‘wild,’ we hope you will consider the connection between domestic animals and wild animals. Your cat and the big cats in the jungle. Your dog and the majestic wolf.  They are not all that different, and they all deserve our compassion.”

Entrants can submit as many photos as they would like. The contest is open to dogs and cats only. The three photos with the most votes receive prizes. First place prize is the winner's choice between an iPad or an Apple Watch. Prizes will also be awarded for the top voted dog, top voted cat, most "promotes" through the contest site, and Born Free USA staff favorite. An entrant can only win for one category.  The fee to enter is $10 per photo entry and $1 per vote to participate in the contest.  Each contribution helps Born Free USA raise needed funds to continue life-saving work for wildlife around the globe.   Contest DEADLINE is September 25, 2015 at 12 Noon ET.   

Born Free USA is a global 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 North America the message of “compassionate conservation”—the vision of the United Kingdom-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. 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; www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT STARRING JON BERNTHAL HIGHLIGHTS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MAJORITY OF “PIT BULL” DOG OWNERS

Animal Farm Foundation Is Challenging Stereotypes, Asking “Pit Bull” Dog Owners to Take Action Against Breed Specific Legislation by Simply Taking Their Picture

 

Amenia, N.Y. (June 10, 2015) – The non-profit organization, Animal Farm Foundation has created a public service announcement (PSA) starring actor and “pit bull” dog owner, Jon Bernthal, to disarm negative stereotypes about “pit bull” dog owners. In the PSA, Jon offers a real-life snapshot of the majority of “pit bull” dog owners, who are, in fact, everyday people with everyday dogs. Despite stereotypes suggesting that “pit bull” dog owners are inherently reckless or irresponsible, the overwhelming majority love and care for their pets just like other dog owners do. The individuals featured in the TV spot include “pit bull” dog owner-families, neighbors, friends, public servants and valued members of the community. Together, they are not the exception; they are the majority.

https://vimeo.com/129828178

MEET THE MAJORITY

In the PSA, Jon asks “pit bull” dog owners to join The Majority Project just by taking their picture. The Majority Project is a photo collection, created by Animal Farm Foundation, to demonstrate that “pit bull” dog owners are no different than other dog owners. The photos show these dog owners holding signs identifying themselves as everyday people, valued members of society, “pit bull” dog owners and part of the majority. “Pit bull” dog owners nationwide are encouraged to join The Majority Project by sharing a photo with their dog at TheMajorityProject.com.

The PSA is narrated by Jon Bernthal, the actor known for his roles on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and major box office hits like “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Holding his “I am the MAJORITY” sign, Bernthal identifies himself as a father and a proud “pit bull” dog owner.

“My dogs, Boss and Venice, are members of my family, and I love them just like they’re one of my kids,” said Bernthal. “Just like us, dogs deserve to be treated as individuals. Laws that discriminate based on breed unfairly target not only dogs but also the innocent families who love and care for them.”

Among those featured in the PSA alongside their “pit bull” dogs are: Eric, a cancer biologist and his dog, Red, of Cambridge, Mass.; Nonny, a great grandmother and Ginger, of Washington D.C.; Father Humble, a priest and Aura, of Flowery Branch, Ga.; Rebecca, a teacher and Carmela, of Tucson, Ariz.; and many others.

“Reckless dog owners cannot be correlated with any particular breed or type of dog,” said Caitlin Quinn, director of operations for Animal Farm Foundation. “Discriminating against dog owners because of what their dog looks like will never make for a safer community. Holding reckless owners accountable will.”

 

BREED LAWS BREED DISCRIMINATION

Breed specific legislation refers to laws pertaining to and restricting ownership of a particular breed or breeds of domesticated dogs. Though states and municipalities nationwide have begun to abolish such laws, breed specific legislation is still enforced in some communities, including those outlined in Animal Farm Foundation’s Breed Specific Legislation Map.

Research conducted by various experts has concluded that breed specific legislation is ineffective in reducing dog bites and enhancing public safety. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s exhaustive review of dog bite studies conducted in North America, and elsewhere, concluded that separate regulation of “pit bull” dogs is not a basis for dog bite prevention[1]. Further, the “pit bull” type as a “breed” is particularly ambiguous, encompassing a range of pedigree breeds, informal types and physical appearances that cannot be reliably identified. Issues with breed identification make breed specific legislation difficult and costly to enforce, taking resources away from protecting the community from truly dangerous animals, which result from reckless dog owners, no matter the breed.

Animal Farm Foundation is joined by many experts and organizations that oppose breed specific legislation, including the White House, the American Bar Association, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the American Kennel Club and others. Animal Farm Foundation believes the most effective path to building safe, humane communities is through creating and enforcing non-discriminatory Responsible Pet Ownership laws.

“HSUS has long supported efforts to hold all dog owners accountable for the humane treatment and safe containment of their dogs, regardless of the dog’s breed,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.  “Instead of unenforceable and unfair breed discrimination laws, we must foster safe and humane communities by treating all dogs as individuals and empowering pet owners.  Our Pets for Life program stands as proof that the overwhelming majority of pet owners care deeply for their pets, and “pit bull” dog owners are no exception.”

 

JOIN THE MAJORITY

“Pit bull” dog owners can join The Majority Project by printing and personalizing an “I am the MAJORITY” sign and proudly displaying it in a photo with their dog. Photos can be submitted according to the instructions provided at TheMajorityProject.com and shared via social media using #TheMajorityProject.

For more information about The Majority Project and to submit a photo, visit TheMajorityProject.com, “LIKE” The Majority Project on Facebook, and follow @MeetTheMajority on Twitter.

About Animal Farm Foundation

Animal Farm Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation, which has been rescuing and re-homing animals, as well as making grants to other humane organizations, since the mid-1980s. It is Animal Farm Foundation’s mission to secure equal treatment and opportunity for "pit bull" dogs. For more information on Animal Farm Foundation, visit http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org.

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. – Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation will hold its Fifth Annual Ride for Independence on Sunday, July 19, 2015. This motorcycle fundraiser celebrates the increased freedom and independence that Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dogs provide to men and women who are blind, especially military veterans.

The family-friendly event begins and ends at Fidelco’s beautiful Bloomfield campus. Riders will cruise a scenic, police-escorted 50-mile route through the Farmington Valley and return to Fidelco for a gourmet barbeque lunch by Black Eyed Sally’s, a live concert by southern rock band Shovelhead, and more. No bike, no problem: Everyone is encouraged to attend to cheer on the riders and enjoy lunch and music along with vendors, K-9 demonstrations, and Fidelco dogs. Additionally, Fidelco's Field of Flags, a tribute to American heroes and fallen military, first responders, and veterans will be on display. For a $10 donation, Fidelco will add a flag in honor of your hero at the event or through www.fidelco.org/field-of-flags-2015.

The Grand Marshal of the 2015 Ride for Independence is Fidelco client Raymond Collins, United States Marine Corps (Ret.). Ray has been matched five Fidelco Guide Dogs. He has worked for the Plymouth, Massachusetts, County Sheriff's Department for more than 30 years, is a member of the United States Association of Blind Athletes, and is a 1996 Paralympics champion. Ray has steadfastly followed his dreams and ambitions, always with a Fidelco Guide dog by his side.

About Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Bloomfield, CT. Fidelco is an internationally accredited organization and an admired expert throughout the world for its highly valued German Shepherd Guide Dogs.

Each Fidelco Guide Dog takes two years, 15,000 hours and $45,000 to breed, raise, and train. They are given to clients at no cost. Fidelco provides 24/7 client support for the entire working life of its guide dogs – typically 10 years. Fidelco relies solely on the generosity and financial support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and civic organizations to help Share the Vision®.

Fidelco has trained and placed more than 1,400 German Shepherd Guide Dogs throughout North America – in 41 states and five Canadian provinces. Fidelco pioneered In-Community Placement in the United States — a process that allows all guide dog users to be trained in the communities where they live and work.

Fidelco also has placed hundreds of its German Shepherd Dogs with law enforcement agencies, first responders, and search and rescue and missing child recovery organizations to help protect our fellow citizens and keep our communities safe.

For more information, please visit www.fidelco.org or “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/fidelcoguidedog.

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When things get tough, it’s often the simple things that make the greatest impact on our lives.
     Kathy Smith knows that only too well. She lost her husband Dennis to the effects of Agent Orange exposure he received while serving his country in Viet Nam. Dennis never complained, instead he was proud to have served his country.
     After losing Dennis, Kathy wanted to make his life and his service to our nation meaningful so she founded a non-profit called Dog Tag Heroes to help veterans and their families with quality of life issues, which other organizations often overlook.
     Kathy realizes the importance of helping them get back into the mainstream of society and has used the "simple things" to help that happen. Something as practical as taking care of a pet while the veteran is in the hospital or making sure the person has a Christmas tree can mean a great deal. Other examples may include providing home furnishings, assisting with their short term financial needs, or providing a bicycle to make it possible for them to get to work, a bus station, a doctor’s appointment or just get to the store.
     Because of Kathy's personal involvement, she has single-handedly impacted more lives than veteran organizations that are much larger. What makes her efforts even more remarkable is that she has been performing her generous acts while taking intense chemo-therapy for pancreatic cancer. She is still battling the cancer, although it is currently in remission.
     Despite her personal challenges, Kathy remains focused on her mission to help our veterans by opening a thrift store called Veterans Exchange Store. This will enable Dog Tag Heroes to be self-sustaining while providing expanded services to our veterans and their families.
     Dog Tag Heroes needs to raise $175,000 dollars to make it happen. Your generosity will make it possible to keep Kathy’s dream alive to help America's veterans for years to come.

Dog Tag Hehoes - to donate:  727-577-5455 or link to PayPal on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/dogtagheroes

SMITHTOWN, NY – (December 17, 2014) - Guardians of Rescue, a national organization dedicated to the welfare of animals rescued Jada, a 3 year old pit bull living in a dirt crawl space under the foundation of a home on a frigid winter day in 2013. That was her life, or more appropriately, her existence. Now, on December 23, 2014, Jada, has become a fully trained service dog through their Paws of War Program, and will be placed with local veteran. “When we found Jada a year ago, she’d been used for breeding and lived outside. She had a broken jaw that healed crooked and she was found huddled in a dirt crawl space. We took her in and as we got to know her, we saw what an amazing personality she has,” affirms Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue. “We decided to put her into our Paws of War Program and train her to become a service dog for a veteran suffering from PTSD. She has proven to be amazingly smart, and also an inspiration for forgiveness and survival!" With a large number of military men and women returning home and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Guardians of Rescue wanted to do something to help. Guardians of Rescue started the “Paws of War” program, which takes the time to rescue dogs and train them to suit the needs of those with PTSD and TBI and match them to a veteran. Jada will go to, Air Force Sergeant Duane R. Franzone for Christmas. Duane will now join the ranks of dozens of service dogs and veterans who have been united through Guardians of Rescue and are now on the road to recovery. On December 23, 2014, Jada will finally meet her new owner and pal, Duane R. Franzone, a former sergeant in the Air Force, at the Save-a-Pet facility in Long Island, New York. Franzone spent 12 1/2 years in the Air Force, including deployment in Afghanistan, before being medically retired and now suffers from PTSD that has effects on his daily life. “I’m thrilled to be able to welcome Jada into my home. I hope that she can help me with my PTSD and I can help her by providing her a home and love,” affirms Sgt. Franzone. “It’s the best Christmas present I could ask for.” “The holidays can be particularly rough for PTSD veterans because of the increase in crowds, noise and activities,” affirms Scofield. “We want Jada and Duane to be able to be together for the holidays to help each other, especially after all that Duane has sacrificed for our country, he deserves to feel safe and loved.” To learn more or to make a donation, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org. About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an international 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 or not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

 

Global leader in wildlife conservation says certain populations may face extinction in our lifetime  

Washington D.C., October 28, 2014 – According to Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, the world has become a scary place for many wild animals. In advance of Halloween, the organization highlights 13 of the scariest facts concerning wildlife today.

Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, says, “These are some of the blackest times we have ever seen for tigers, lions, rhinos, and elephants. Some of these species may face extinction not in my daughter’s lifetime, but in my own. Furthermore, we have a horrific epidemic still going on with exotic animals being kept as pets and for entertainment purposes, which is not only inhumane, but also a severe public safety issue. We have more to be afraid of from private ownership of big cats than black cats this Halloween.”    

Thirteen seriously scary facts about animals:

  1. With as few as 3,500 wild tigers left in the world, and numbers rapidly decreasing, the future for this iconic species in its natural habitat is precarious. There are more tigers kept in captivity in the U.S. than there are in the wild.
  2. The elephant poaching crisis has reached historic levels, and some elephant populations may face extinction in our lifetime. An estimated 35,000 to 50,000 elephants are poached each year for their ivory. Elephants are now being killed faster than they are being born.
  3. Approximately 35,000 African lions remain in the wild, declining more than 50% since 1980.
  4. Only six northern white rhinos are left on the planet, and rhinos in South Africa are being poached in greater numbers every year to supply horns to Asia.
  5. Since 1990, more than 200 people — including children — have been injured by captive primates in the U.S.
  6. Over half (54%) of National Wildlife Refuges allow cruel trapping. These lands are not safe havens for humans, wildlife, or pets.
  7. Cheetahs may be the fastest land animals, but they are no match for criminals who capture them from the wild as cubs, take them away from their mothers, and smuggle them to the Middle East, where they are highly prized as pets and live with a chain around their necks. Cheetahs can fetch $10,000 each on the market and only 10,000 remain in the wild.
  8. Born Free USA has recorded 225 captive exotic animal incidents in America alone since 2013. Each case shines a horrific spotlight on the dangers of human/exotic animal interaction.
  9. Six states do not require a license or permit to own exotic animals.
  10. Consumption of bushmeat has been linked to anthrax, Ebola, monkeypox, SARS, and foot and mouth disease. Experts estimate that the bushmeat trade could eliminate all viable populations of African apes within the next five to 15 years.
  11. Nearly 100,000 native carnivores are killed by the federal government on public and private lands each year in the U.S., including by poisons, steel-jaw leghold traps, strangulation neck snares, denning (killing coyote pups in their dens), hounding, and shooting.
  12. Ninety percent of foxes raised on farms are killed for the fur trim market. The number of animal pelts used for trim may soon outnumber those used for full-length fur coats.
  13. Bear gallbladders and bile have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. There are approximately 10,000 bears in barbaric Asian bear farms in China, Korea, and Vietnam, caged and “milked” cruelly for their bile. American black bears are poached in our forests to slice out their gallbladders and feed the same bear parts markets globally.

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. 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, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

“Giving Animals the Gift of Tomorrow”

 

Who are we?

Since 1990, BrightHaven has saved over 5,000 senior (16+ years of age), sick or disabled animals, a vulnerable population that has an overwhelming need to find love and care in society. We have evolved into a unique holistic healing arts and education center. Our rescue arm helps shelter animals most at risk for euthanasia. Co-Founders Gail and Richard Pope received the prestigious Jefferson Award in July 2013 in recognition of their tireless efforts to help animals in need.

We are pioneers in our distinct approach to animal hospice: We focus on achieving a state of wellness, joy and balance whether for continued life or for transition. Our hospice care is very much aligned with hospice care for humans where love, comfort, dignity and quality of life are of the highest importance, and the spiritual aspect of the journey is deeply honored.

We are dedicated to improving the care and support of animals with a serious or end-of-life illness. We foster respect and awareness for animals as sentient beings and promote an understanding of death as a natural part of life. Gail and Richard are well-known educators in the growing animal hospice field. Gail proudly served as a founding board member of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (I.A.A.H.P.C.).

What is our mission and vision?

BrightHaven is dedicated to providing rescue and sanctuary to animals in need of specialized treatment, elderly care and hospice. We are not casual in this responsibility. We live a brand mission of providing leadership in the development and application of holistic care for senior and special-needs animals, and animal hospice and its philosophy of care.

What makes us so unique?

Our holistic approach is grounded in classical veterinary homeopathy and the feeding of a natural raw meat-based diet, including the use of nutraceuticals, and animal Reiki and other alternative healing modalities as indicated. Our goal is one of healing for body, mind and spirit. Love—and more love—is a key ingredient of our healing recipe!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi

For more information:

www.brighthaven.org

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Phone: 707-578-4800

BrightHaven is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization--donations are tax-deductible

 

 

 

 

 

 



ALEXANDRIA, VA – Tickets are now on sale for the premiere of the upcoming film The Lucky Ones.  The film, by Creative Liquid Productions in cooperation with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, will premiere January 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.   Tickets are $10.00 and all box office proceeds will benefit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.



The Lucky Ones follows the long journey many homeless animals must take to find their forever homes.  The film is a documentary about the animals and the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers who find these dogs homes.  The premiere will be hosted by Dr. Katy Nelson, host of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy” on Washington DC’s news channel 8.

"This film is a must see for any animal lover," said Mirah Horowitz, founder and executive director of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.  "To see the journey that each dog takes to find his or her forever home is truly amazing."

Creative Liquid’s team traveled to a shelter in Florence, SC to document rescue efforts by local volunteers. The production team also traveled to Puerto Rico to document the Island’s homeless dog problem and the unique efforts of rescuers to save these animals. One of the central characters in the film is a dog named Rico, who was plucked from the streets by rescuers. The film follows his journey back to health and his long trip to Washington, DC. Rico is one of the 6000 dogs that Lucky Dog has rescued since it was founded in 2009.



About Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals in high-kill shelters and educating the community on responsible pet ownership. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue relies on a network of volunteers and fosters to facilitate adoptions and provide temporary homes for the dogs and cats available for adoption. Most Lucky Dogs are rescued from high-kill shelters in Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Puerto Rico. Once rescued, the Lucky Dogs live in home through the Washington, DC metro area, including Maryland and Virginia. To learn more about Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and to view the animals awaiting their forever-homes, please visit http://www.luckydoganimalrescue.org.



About Creative Liquid Productions

Creative Liquid is a boutique production company based in Alexandria, VA specializing in high impact storytelling. Creative Liquid offers a full range of creative services from concept development to digital media distribution.  At the core, Creative Liquid is a team of media professionals looking to tell a good story.  Creative Liquid is a supporter and long term partner of Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.  For more information on Creative Liquid visit www.CreativeLiquid.com.     

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Jungle News
December 5, 2013
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Gussie, 1968 - 2013


We are all very sad to share the news that Gussie has passed. After a long life of 45 years, she died of old age, surrounded by her loving friends. Her death was peaceful.
Gussie died in Kari's arms.

And for those of you who knew Gussie personally, you won't be surprised to hear she made threat faces right to the end.
As Kari says, "Gussie was a woman of her own mind, and she always told it like was."

During the four days Gussie was in hospice care here, we posted pictures on Facebook , and so many people shared their memories and thoughts of Gussie. Susan Carlucci said what many of us were thinking: "I am so blessed to have been fortunate enough to not only be able to help care for this beautiful girl... but to actually be tolerated by her. We know she is now truly free." Everyone loved Gussie for her epic grumpiness...and for how fiercely she loved and protected her daughter, Joni.

Gussie and Joni last day
Mother and daughter loved to "double-threat" anyone who came near, even if they brought treats!
Even when Gussie could no longer walk this past weekend, she still enjoyed making a good threat face.
Gussie walking

Gussie and Helene
I feel so privileged to have shared some of Gussie's last hours.
Joni has dwarfism and is unable to use her legs -- getting around by walking on her hands, balancing with her tail. Her disability doesn't stop this baby-faced 32-year-old! We have already moved Joni near the other special-needs monkeys -- Puchi, Wendell, Chi Chi and Kooda -- and we'll be watching closely to see who befriends her. Joni has already shown interest in Kooda, and has been cooing and lip-smacking at Max, the boy next door!

Joni got to say goodbye to her mother just after she passed. Now we will all say goodbye. Sweet dreams, dear Gussie. We will take good care of your little girl Joni.

Helene Goldson

 

P.S. Please make a donation to the Gizmo Memorial Medical Fund in memory of Gussie.
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