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Collin County Humane Society Raises $100,000+ at Second Annual “Give a Dog a Home” Gala

DALLAS, TX (October 26, 2011) – Collin County Humane Society (CCHS) raised more than $100,000 at the organization’s second annual fundraising gala, “Give A Dog A Home”, held Friday, October 21, at City Place in Dallas. All proceeds from the event will go toward a capital campaign to raise money to build a $4.2 million 10,000 s.f. adoption center slated to open in 2015. Special guests included Dallas entrepreneur and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin, founder of American Dog Rescue, who served as keynote speaker, and Gus Hinojosa of Hinojosa Architecture and Interiors, who discussed progress on the new adoption center. The program also included presentation of the CCHS 2011 “Justice Award” to Scotlund Haisley, founder of Animal Rescue Corps, for his organization’s work saving animals in disasters. “The proceeds from this year’s gala will be a great boost toward our campaign for the new adoption center,” said Molly Peterson, president, Collin County Humane Society. “We are especially grateful to our featured speaker Arthur E. Benjamin, whose stirring remarks helped raise $47,500 in ten minutes alone. This was in addition to the proceeds from his generous auction item donations and sponsorship from his organization, American Dog Rescue. This income, combined with the funds raised in our silent and live auction, helped us soar well over our $50,000 goal.” The event featured a cocktail hour with live music, a silent auction, entertainment by Ad Libs Comedy Group, and a 3-course meal with wine service. “This was a special night for those of us who are deeply committed to the care of dogs in this country,” said Arthur E. Benjamin. “I was honored to be a part of helping Collin County Humane Society move closer to their dream for a much-needed new adoption facility. It was also gratifying to be a part of recognizing Animal Rescue Corps, an organization I am also proud to support.” The new CCHS adoption center will serve as a transitional housing station for dogs in the CCHS program that are ready for adoption. CCHS will remain a primarily foster-based adoption program, with available dogs rotating from foster homes […]

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American Dog Rescue to Assist in Raising Funds Toward Rescue and Relocation Of More Than 500 Abandoned Dogs in Afghanistan and Iraq with Pen Farthing

  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 […]

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NFL Superstar Marshall Faulk “Teams Up” with the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation & American Dog Rescue to Raise $10,000 for Animal Rescue & Disaster Relief in Joplin

JOPLIN, MO (July 19, 2011) – Executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin today announced that Marshall Faulk, Pro Football Hall of Famer-elect and St. Louis Rams great, has joined his team to raise much needed funds for animal rescue efforts and disaster relief in Joplin, MO. With his recent launch of a national, viral, social media campaign, Benjamin will donate $1 to the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) for every Facebook fan who ‘likes’ the American Dog Rescue page (http://www.facebook.com/AmericanDogRescue) – up to $10,000 will  be donated by Benjamin through his foundations, The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation and American Dog Rescue. “The disasters that struck Joplin and the surrounding areas in Missouri were devastating,” said Benjamin. “And while immediate efforts were made on the ground to rescue animals in danger, to recover lost animals, and to reunite families with their pets, there is still so much to be done. The awe of the situation struck the hearts of Americans, which is why it is so powerful that a viral fundraising campaign like this be launched so people from around the country can help. Through the unwavering efforts of the HSMO, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, and American Dog Rescue, there is no doubt that we will make a difference in the aftermath of this devastation. Never has one click, one ‘like,’ one fan been so meaningful to thousands of lives – both animal and human.” The funds raised from the Facebook campaign will assist to alleviate the costs accumulated from the immediate actions taken during the disaster relief including but not limited to staff, material and supply costs. Even before the official request from State Emergency Management Agency in Missouri, the HSMO Disaster Response Team was preparing for deployment. Within 24 hours of the tornado, a 23-member team experienced in animal rescue and recovery, emergency sheltering and veterinary medicine arrived on the scene.  Team response included eight trucks and animal carrier vehicles, two horse trailers, a disaster supply trailer, HSMO’s climate-controlled Animal Rescue Trailer, and an emergency-equipped RV so the team could […]

Arthur E. Benjamin and American Dog Rescue assist in Houston County Animal Abandonment Case

DALLAS, TX (June 24, 2011) –Executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin and American Dog Rescue (ADR), joined forces with Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) and the Houston County Sherriff’s Office to rescue 80 dogs from a 17-acre property about three hours southeast of Dallas. The sheriff’s office assumed control of the animals and custody has been awarded to ARC. ACR and American Dog Rescue on site The much needed rescue was supported greatly and made possible by ADR, resulting in the animals being pulled from vicious conditions such as temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, no access to clean water, and extreme flea infestation. “It’s devastating to know that animals were forced to cling to life in these unbearable conditions,” said Benjamin. “Once notified of the situation, I immediately activated the support of ADR to ensure that ARC and the Houston County Sherriff’s Office had all of the resources they needed to successfully remove the animals from the property. No animal in the United States deserves such inhumane treatment, and ADR is proud to support national rescue efforts that save animals, regardless of their location – our efforts see no boundaries.” At least two dogs died as a result of the desperate conditions on this property prior to ARC’s arrival. The dogs, ranging from several 8-pound Chihuahuas to a 60-pound St. Bernard mix, had lived with irregular access to food and algae-infested tubs of green water for an undetermined amount of time. One dog gave birth just days before ARC’s arrival and several other dogs are pregnant. “The thought of puppies being born into those dismal circumstances was more than enough of a reason to swiftly act in removing the animals. It’s heart wrenching that two dogs’ lives were lost before the rescue efforts were initiated, but comforting knowing that 80 others were saved in the nick of time and will be nourished, cleaned and cared for before adopted out to deserving and loving families,” said Benjamin. The animals’ previous owner moved off the property after being evicted a month ago. Lori Bowlin, President of East Texas Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, removed approximately […]

The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation and American Dog Rescue Launch Social Media Campaign to Raise $10,000 for Animal Rescue and Disaster Relief in Joplin, MO

JOPLIN, MO (June 10, 2011) – Executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin today announced the launch of a national, viral, social media campaign to raise much needed funds for animal rescue efforts and disaster relief in Joplin, MO. Benjamin will donate $1 to the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) for every Facebook fan who ‘likes’ the American Dog Rescue page (http://www.facebook.com/AmericanDogRescue) – up to $10,000 will  be donated by Benjamin through his foundations, The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation and American Dog Rescue.   “The disasters that struck Joplin and the surrounding areas in Missouri were devastating,” said Benjamin. “And while immediate efforts were made on the ground to rescue animals in danger, to recover lost animals, and to reunite families with their pets, there is still so much to be done. The awe of the situation struck the hearts of Americans, which is why it is so powerful that a viral fundraising campaign like this be launched so people from around the country can help. Through the unwavering efforts of the HSMO, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, and American Dog Rescue, there is no doubt that we will make a difference in the aftermath of this devastation. Never has one click, one ‘like,’ one fan been so meaningful to thousands of lives – both animal and human.” The funds raised from the Facebook campaign will assist to alleviate the costs accumulated from the immediate actions taken during the disaster relief including but not limited to staff, material and supply costs. Even before the official request from State Emergency Management Agency in Missouri, the HSMO Disaster Response Team was preparing for deployment. Within 24 hours of the tornado, a 23-member team experienced in animal rescue and recovery, emergency sheltering and veterinary medicine arrived on the scene.  Team response included eight trucks and animal carrier vehicles, two horse trailers, a disaster supply trailer, HSMO’s climate-controlled Animal Rescue Trailer, and an emergency-equipped RV so the team could be self-supporting when necessary. Field assessments began immediately with team members moving and sifting through dangerous debris and […]

American Dog Rescue Foundation and Co-Founder Arthur Benjamin Shares Spotlight with Robin Williams, Making Generous Donation to Broadway Cares

NEW YORK, NY (April 15, 2011) – Last night, on Broadway in New York City, when the cast of “Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo” asked the audience to lend its support to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids (BC/EFA), an organization that was started by actors to raise funds for AIDS research and has grown way beyond its original mission, it was entrepreneur and philanthropist Arthur Benjamin, founder of the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation (AEBF) and American Dog Rescue Foundation (ADRF), that stepped up. Robin Williams acknowledged Benjamin’s generous donation to Broadway Cares by inviting the well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist on stage to be photographed with the whole cast. “I remember you in LA doing improv before all this fame befell you,” said Benjamin as he and Williams embraced. On his way out of the landmark Richard Rogers Theatre, when asked what motivated him to respond, Benjamin commented that “the opportunity to give back comes to all of us at surprising times and in unusual ways.” He continued, “Being always prepared to respond, seizing these moments, knowing it is always a privilege and makes a difference, is one of the secrets that both makes life worth living and provides happiness.” The show received a standing ovation as did Benjamin for his generosity.   The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation (AEBF) is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization created to assist the building and growth of other foundations through leadership, management, marketing, and public relations. Established by Delray Beach business leader and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin, the Foundation’s core focus is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and animals, support young adults through educational efforts, and aid women in breast cancer recovery. For more information, please visit www.arthurebenjamin.com. The American Dog Rescue Foundation (ADRF) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to finding a home for every adoptable dog in the United States.  ADRF is committed to placing healthy dogs in permanent homes that are the right fit for the animal and its family. For more information, please visit www.americandogrescue.org. Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, […]

More than 100 Animals Rescued from Tennessee Puppy Mill; Congressman Michael Grimm Adopts a Rescue Dog

WASHINGTON DC AND WARREN COUNTY, TN (April 1, 2011)  – In one day Wednesday, freshman U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) adopted Sebastian, a Missouri puppy mill rescue dog to live in his DC office, and Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Warren County District Attorney’s Office (TN) in rescuing approximately 120 dogs found to be living in deplorable conditions at an alleged puppy mill in Tennessee. The real story lies in the support of individuals across the nation and the world that assist organizations such as ARC and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), stepping up to the plate when instances such as the one in Warren County occur. It is these individuals and organizations that are founded and paid for by individual contributions, large and small, both monetary and non-monetary, that are making a difference and changing the lives of and relationships between people and animals all over the globe. “These animals were suffering from starvation and various untreated illnesses,” said Scotlund Haisley, president of ARC, regarding Wednesday’s puppy mill rescue in Warren County. When responders arrived on the scene they found Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Brussels Griffons and other small breeds living in crowded, unsanitary conditions in small wire hutches outdoors and wooden crates in a basement. The dogs, some of whom had recently given birth, lacked proper socialization and veterinary care. Most were severely matted, living in enclosures encrusted with feces and urine; and, in at least one cage, a dog was found living with the remains of two dead dogs. On the very same day, one such dog, from deplorable conditions like those in the Warren County puppy mill, entered a new life at Representative Michael Grimm’s office.  From squalid conditions, Sebastian, a tiny Yorkshire terrier was saved by Columbia Second Chance and delivered by HSUS to his new home on Capitol Hill. “Such acts are only possible with the commitment of the behind-the-scenes supporters of these organizations and events,” said Arthur Benjamin, founder and president of American Dog Rescue (ADR). Along with the Ady Gil World Conservation, ADR and The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation funded the vast […]

American Dog Rescue Helps Save Pregnant Dog From Euthanasia In Northern California

ARCATA, CA (March 4, 2011) – Executive and philanthropist Arthur Benjamin and his non-profit organization, American Dog Rescue (ADR), recently saved a pregnant dog from euthanasia in Northern California, thus saving the lives of her eight newborn puppies. Dixie was hit by a car, and found on the side of the highway by a neighbor of her owner. After realizing that the neighbor’s home was vacant, the Good Samaritan brought the dog to a local emergency veterinarian, where Dixie remained for a month with a fractured pelvis and dislocated hip. Dixie’s owner called a couple of times to see how she was doing, but refused to pick her up or pay the vet bills. As a result, Dixie was transferred to a local animal shelter. She was fearful of the shelter environment and of some of the staff, resulting in her being put on the euthanasia list. It was then that the shelter realized she was extremely pregnant, and staffer Stacie Shelter sent out a plea asking someone to save Dixie. “I refused to let her get put to sleep because she was so far along in her pregnancy,” says Shelter. “I sent out a plea asking someone to save her and Arthur of American Dog Rescue stepped up, paying for X-rays of her pelvis so that we could see if she would have problems during birth.” A week later, as Shelter was leaving for the night, she noticed that Dixie was in labor. She stayed at the shelter to make sure Dixie did not have any complications. The dog was able to give birth to two puppies naturally, but the second was born breached due to size and unfortunately died. Shelter then took Dixie to the emergency vet and again, with the help of additional funding by Benjamin and ADR, Dixie was able to get the c-section she needed in order to maintain her health and give birth to the remaining seven puppies. “The bill neared $800 and because of Arthur’s generosity, he saved Dixie and her eight little puppies,” says Shelter. “We are so thankful for people like Arthur and organizations […]

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