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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 […]

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 […]

American Dog Rescue Awards Its 2010 National Animal Welfare And Protection Award To Salt Lake County Animal Services

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (February 17, 2011) – Arthur Benjamin, Founder and President of American Dog Rescue (ADR), presented Salt Lake County Animal Services the American Dog Rescue’s 2010 National Animal Welfare & Protection Award at the Salt Lake County Council meeting on February 15, 2011.  Salt Lake County Animal Services distinguished itself amongst the dozens of animal service organizations that ADR works with by increasing adoptions and decreasing deaths by the hundreds; eliminating the practice of euthanizing pets simply because an animal was “out of time”; by adopting the creed, “no critter that can be nursed back to health or adopted is put down”.   Innovative new programs have resulted in a 92% increase in the number of dogs and cats saved through adoption, rescue, foster and rehabilitation programs.  With euthanasia rates now at less than half the state average, this agency has almost reached it’s no kill goals. Mr. Benjamin said, “In this current economic environment, it’s a rare experience to find an organization with a strong leadership base that provides a public and private partnership of magnitude and support for the welfare of animals in its jurisdiction.  County citizens have proven that vision and leadership are key to solving the problems of homeless people and animals.  In the words of actress Tippi Hedren, "If they have feet they should run, fins they should swim and wings they should fly" and those of Mahatma Ghandi, "Humanity's moral progress is judged by the way it treats its animals".  Our citizens have been clear that they want unnecessary euthanasia of lost pets to end at government shelters, says Salt Lake Mayor Peter Corroon.   Animal Services responded and changed direction to provide services that reflect our community values.   The achievements of Salt Lake County Animal Services are a great example of what an agency can accomplish with dedicated staff, volunteers and the support of the community. ADR also presented an “Outstanding Achievements” award to Shawni Larrabee, Executive Director of Salt Lake County Animal Services and a Certificate of Appreciation to the Mayor and County Council for their support. American Dog Rescue (www.americandogrescue.org) […]

Founder of American Dog Rescue Arthur E. Benjamin Sadly Announces Passing of Beloved Rescue, Buddy – The Inspiration for American Dog Rescue

DELRAY BEACH, FL (February 10, 2011)  – Arthur E. Benjamin, Founder & President was sad to announce the passing of "Buddy", his co-founder, the most-amazing 5 pound white poodle, yesterday evening. An adoption himself, he was 63 in dog years. "Buddy" started Mr. Benjamin on the journey of rescuing dogs & other abused animals when he ran an internet ad with Buddy's picture that raised the funds to save 2000 dogs & cats from Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. And eventually, that work led to the funding and founding of American Dog Rescue a nationally-based 501(c) 3 charity. "Buddy" also was a seizure-prediction service dog who began to predict the late Mrs. Benjamin's seizures during her battle with breast cancer, and who also did this for another charge. After Katrina, "Buddy" was given a 5 lb. female poodle "Holly" who was epileptic and who he began to serve. They were known affectionately as "Buddy Holly" and attended many fund-raisers for animal welfare & protection. Buddy's story has raised millions for animal welfare & protection at American Dog Rescue, Best Friend's Animal Sanctuary, Humane Society of the United States, Tri-County Humane, PAWS in the City and dozens of other organizations. Chastity Rodgers, HSUS Southwest Regional Director of Philanthropy, best summed up the feelings of the thousands who knew Buddy: "His spirit will live forever in our hearts; Buddy will continue to be a great inspiration to us all in our work". Buddy was buried on February 11, 2011 at Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton, FL in their pet cemetery. Jeanette Christos, their Executive Director, said that Tri-County is privileged to be his resting place. Tax deductible donations in his memory can be made to American Dog Rescue at www.americandogrescue.org. These funds will be used 100% to save other dogs that will be known as "Buddy's Buddies". American Dog Rescue (www.americandogrescue.org) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to finding a home for every adoptable dog in the United States.  American Dog Rescue is committed to placing healthy dogs in permanent homes that are the right fit for the animal and its family.  […]

American Dog Rescue Quadruples Reward! Someone Snitch for Snap!

SALT LAKE CITY, UT  (November 15, 2010) ­– It has been nearly two weeks since beloved horse Snap was found brutally mutilated in a field in Salt Lake City’s west side. The case is still being investigated by Salt Lake County Animal Services and the reward for information is now quadruple the original amount. American Dog Rescue, which pledged the original reward of $2,500, was joined by others, including the Humane Society of Utah, making the reward $8,000. ADR just pledged an additional $2,000, making the reward $10,000. “American Dog Rescue is committed to doing anything we can to help,” said ADR founder Arthur Benjamin. “Concerned citizens of Salt Lake are outraged that this happened. We can’t and won’t accept this abuse in our community. We demand justice for Snap and his bereaved guardian Jennifer Carrillo.” Snap’s brutal murder has made national news and this sort of cruelty exists throughout the country. Horse slaughter was banned in the United States in 2006 but illegal slaughterhouses still operate here and traders ship live horses to Canada and Mexico to be killed. Benjamin is currently in Florida, where there has been found to be a significant black market for horse meat. Snap’s body was found in a field at 5600 West and California Avenue on November 2. The 8-year-old American Saddlebred appeared to have at least one gun shot wound and portions of his body were cut off that are consistent with areas that would be removed for consumption, according to Salt Lake County officials. The veterinarian who performed the necropsy confirmed that the placement of the gunshot and bloodstains that stretched out approximately 100 square feet around Snap’s body indicated the horse had suffered before he died. “Snap was someone’s beloved companion and his horrific death is unacceptable. I implore anyone with information to come forward,” Benjamin said. “This is your opportunity to enable justice to be served, an example to be made and assure Snap did not die in vain.” Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Salt Lake Unified Police Department at 801-743-7045 or Salt Lake […]

Philanthropist Campaigns For Canines

FORT  LAUDERDALE, FL (July 11, 2010) – Arthur Benjamin chokes with emotion as he speaks about Buddy, the teacup poodle who was so close to his wife, Gail, that he could predict her seizures in the final days of her cancer battle.  Seeing her bond with Buddy transformed the Delray Beach resident from a dog lover into a canine crusader.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the image of a dog running after an evacuation bus spurred him to action.  He put an ad on his website featuring Buddy’s photo and the text, “White, good-looking male seeks Cajun girlfriend to wed, swimmers preferred.”  The ad went viral, raised $3,000 to help pets stranded by the disaster and yielded Buddy a companion poodle, Holly.  As Benjamin’s passion for animal rescue grew, he focused on the goal of finding a home for every adoptable dog, and he founded American Dog Rescue (www.americandogrescue.org) in 2009 to achieve that goal.  After the earthquake in Haiti, ADR offered a $50,000 challenge grant to raise funds for the rescue of pets in the island nation. Benjamin is vice chairman and CEO of ATI Career Training, which operates 23 campuses in five states, and he brings his business skills to bear in his philanthropic efforts.  His many causes include breast cancer recovery and scholarships for veterans, but dogs especially grab his heart.  “I wake up each morning excited in supporting two personal initiatives – adults seeking to improve their lives through education and homeless animals that deserve a second chance at life.”  He contributes to rescue groups across the country, including Tri County Humane Society in Boca Raton. “Arthur will go to the ends of the earth to save an animal,” says Tri County founder Jeanette Christos.  “Whenever we need him, he is always there.  He’s one of a kind.” This article appeared in City&Shore Magazine in the July/August 2010 issue.  The article was written by Elizabeth Rahe. http://www.cityandshore.com/digitaledition.html#

Harley Dog Days IX -“Remembering the Times”

DELRAY BEACH, FL (July 7, 2010) – Engines roared as almost 300 enthusiastic Harley and animal lovers took part in the recent Harley Dog Days event benefiting PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), an auxiliary of the Humane Society of Broward County. Harley Dog Days IX, “Remembering the Times,” was staged in remembrance of Bruce Rossmeyer, a longtime supporter of the shelter and its many programs and services. Delray Beach executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin’s nonprofit organizations, American Dog Rescue and the Gail L. & Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, served as joint presenting sponsors for the event.  Chairwoman Melody Saleh said the evening netted more than $125,000. Guests, decked out in their Harley gear, enjoyed the festivities at the waterfront home of Ron Picou and Michelle DiMarco in Fort Lauderdale.  They sipped specialty martinis compliments, savored hors d’oeuvres and hand-rolled cigars during the cocktail hour, and had the opportunity to bid on items in the silent auction. Doc Reno from BIG 105.9 radio was the master of ceremonies.  The Rossmeyer family was presented a gift during a dedication to the late Bruce Rossmeyer. One of the highlights was a live auction hosted by auctioneer Gordon Latz.  The largest item, sold for $12,000, was a 2000 Harley Davidson Road King donated by Ted and Patti Morse.  Mark and Clark with their dueling pianos act then humored the crowd.  Next, the winning ticket was drawn for a 2010 Harley Davidson Street Glide; the lucky winner was Anthony Palermo, of Pompano Beach.  The gathering concluded with live music from Fifth Avenue Music. For more information, visit http://www.pawsbroward.com American Dog Rescue (www.americandogrescue.org) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to finding a home for every adoptable dog in the United States. American Dog Rescue is committed to placing healthy dogs in permanent homes that are the right fit for the animal and its family. Donations can be made by visiting www.americandogrescue.org/donate or calling (801) 944-3023. The Gail L. and Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization created to assist the building and growth of other foundations through leadership, management, marketing, and public […]

Top Hat & Tails 2010 Announces American Dog Rescue and Benjamin Foundation As Presenting Sponsors

DALLAS, TX (June 1, 2010) – Dallas-area executive and philanthropist Arthur Benjamin, announced today that his non-profit organization, American Dog Rescue (ADR) and the Gail L. & Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, will be the joint presenting sponsor of Top Hat & Tails 2010, the annual fundraiser for Paws in the City. The event will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. “It is our privilege and pleasure to be the presenting sponsor for another great event for the dogs,” says Benjamin. “The mission of American Dog Rescue is simple: ‘No Healthy Dog without a Home.’ Paws in the City works tirelessly to support this same mission in Dallas and nationally, working to ensure that every adoptable dog (and cat) find a loving forever home! We are proud to be a part of this unique and important fun fundraising effort.” According to Becky Haisma, Paws in the City Board Member and Top Hat & Tails 2010 Event Chair, “Paws in the City has far surpassed our expectations in saving the lives of Dallas’ homeless dogs and cats, due in part to Arthur’s generous support over the years. We are proud to have Arthur Benjamin as our presenting sponsor for our annual ‘Top Hat and Tails’ gala once again.”  Top Hat & Tails brings in the most revenue for Paws in the City each year: to save more dogs and cats from the streets as strays and from being euthanized at the Dallas city shelter. This year’s event will bring together more than 600 guests and supporters at the Flight Museum, which will be transformed through the look and sounds of the 1950’s. Highlights of the evening include a celebrity dance competition along with a sit down dinner, cocktails, and live and silent auction, with proceeds benefiting Paws in the City.  Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, please contact Becky Haisma via E-mail at [email protected] or visit www.tophatandtails.org.  American Dog Rescue (www.americandogrescue.org) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c) 3 organization committed to finding a home […]

9th Annual Harley Dog Days Event Receives Welcome Support From ADR and Benjamin Foundation

DELRAY BEACH, FL (April 16, 2010) – Delray Beach executive and philanthropist Arthur Benjamin, announced today that his non-profit organization, American Dog Rescue (ADR) and the Gail L. & Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, will be the joint presenting sponsor of the 9th annual Harley Dog Days fundraiser, benefitting PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving), Auxiliary of the Humane Society of Broward County. The event will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at the beautiful waterfront estate home of honorary chairs, Ron Picou and Michelle DiMarco, beginning at 6:30 p.m. “It is our privilege and pleasure to be the presenting sponsor for such an event,” says Benjamin. “The mission of American Dog Rescue is simple: ‘No Healthy Dog Without A Home.’ PAWS and the Humane Society of Broward County work tirelessly to support this same mission and the joint efforts of these organizations will prove to be a great benefit for the animals we are all striving to protect. We are proud to be a part of this unique and important fundraising effort.” According to Melody Saleh, past president of PAWS and Harley Dog Days IX Event Chair, “It’s always great to have an organization or individual step up and be a top sponsor for an event; however, it is even more special when that someone goes above and beyond just writing the check. Arthur Benjamin is a man who loves animals and who, through his individual efforts and through those of American Dog Rescue, has set out to make a difference in this world for others. On behalf of our furry friends at the Humane Society of Broward County, we thank Arthur and American Dog Rescue for making a difference for them.” This year’s event, dubbed ‘Harley Dog Days…Remembering the Times,’ will be held in remembrance of Bruce Rossmeyer of Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley Davidson, and will bring together motorcycle enthusiasts and animal lovers in support of everyone’s four-legged friends. The funds raised from this highly-anticipated event will benefit orphaned and abused animals in the community and help support the Humane Society of Broward County’s Mobile Adoption & Spay/Neuter Unit. Guests […]

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