WHARTON, TX (March 8, 2010) – American Dog Rescue announced today the issuance of a challenge grant that will help Smiling Dog Farms, a strict no-kill animal-rescue organization, get back on its feet after a devastating financial crisis. American Dog Rescue is matching donor contributions dollar-for-dollar for up to half of the $4,000 goal. Smiling Dog Farms is a 37-acre Texas ranch that provides refuge for dogs likely to be euthanized, even those considered unadoptable. Last month, a sizable donation to the facility fell through, leaving leaders to scramble to pay for critical operational costs, including staff payroll, dog food and insurance premiums. “It’s a huge relief to know that American Dog Rescue will stand beside us in getting through this jam. People call and ask if we have room for another dog, and we do. But the real question is if can we afford one more. American Dog Rescue is removing the pressure that comes from wondering if we can help another animal,” said Jay Hellerich, Executive Director of Smiling Dog Farms. “Someone needed to stand tall and support this important organization,” said Arthur Benjamin, founder and president of American Dog Rescue. “I believe that if we all work together to help Smiling Dog Farms, many more dogs will get the home and love they so desperately need.” Submit donations at www.American Dog Rescue/Donate website by clicking on the “Smiling Dog Farms” radial button or by calling: 801-944-3023. 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. Smiling Dog Farms is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Smiling Dog Farms is absolutely, unequivocally NO-KILL! http://www.smilingdogfarms.org
DELRAY BEACH, FL (March 5, 2010) — Two homeless tigers have a permanent new home after a challenge-grant campaign initiated by American Dog Rescue attracted more than $21,000 in donations. “I am so happy we could make this project such a ‘roaring’ success,” said Arthur Benjamin, Founder and President of American Dog Rescue. Benjamin heard the story of a closed zoo in Mentone, Alabama, in February. Two stranded tigers—the only animals at the zoo without a relocation plan—fit American Dog Rescue’s mission: No healthy animal should be without a home. Moved by their plight, American Dog Rescue issued a $10,000 challenge grant to get the tigers safely moved and supporters acted quickly, contributing over $11,000 in just two months. The donations secured the cats a home at Tigers For Tomorrow, a well-respected sanctuary in Attalla, Alabama, that agreed to clear land and build housing for the tigers. The cats will join 130 animals, including 24 other tigers, on 140 acres. American Dog Rescue is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to finding a home for every adoptable dog in the United States. ADR is committed to placing healthy dogs in permanent homes that are the right fit for the animal and its family. Tigers for Tomorrow is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that provides a last stop sanctuary for exotic animals. The sanctuary specializes in exotic cats, lions and tigers but will not turn away other exotic animals in need. TFT believes that all animals deserve the right to live in safe surroundings. To help support American Dog Rescue’s efforts, please go to www.americandogrescue.com/donate.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (March 1, 2010) – American Dog Rescue sprang into action tonight when founder Arthur Benjamin caught a “NBC 4″ news story focused on the plight of Frankie, a playful schnauzer in desperate need of a wheelchair. Benjamin, on behalf of American Dog Rescue, immediately pledged all the funds needed to restore Frankie’s mobility. Despite a love of playing with toys and other animals, Frankie has a neurological disability and can’t walk without toppling over. Mary Jo Korb of the Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation was so moved by Benjamin’s donation on behalf of American Dog Rescue, she started to cry, “I never expected it could happen so quickly! I am in tears,” she said. “I have read about American Dog Rescue’s work with No More Homeless Pets and Utah Animal Adoption center and it’s such a privilege to talk with you and see your work in action.” Frankie was using a toy car until now, but the doggy wheelchair from American Dog Rescue will ensure that he walks properly. “It is our pleasure and a privilege to pay for Frankie’s wheelchair and to see that he has a wonderful life and home,” Benjamin said. “Thank you, ABC 4 News, for airing the story and communicating the need so we could respond.” Read ABC News’ original story. To help contribute to American Dog Rescue’s efforts, go to www.americandogrescue.org/donate. 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. Donations can be made by visiting www.americandogrescue.org/donate or calling 801-944-3023. Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation (UAAF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of homeless animals. UAAF is an active participant in the No More Homeless Pets in Utah coalition and works closely with other coalition members to help end the euthanasia of homeless pets. UAAF believes that every animal deserves a home regardless of age or disability and specialized in the rescue and rehabilitation of ‘special needs’ animals including orphaned newborns, senior animals, animals with behavioral issues, injured animals, and animals with […]
TALLAHASSEE, FL (February 17, 2010) — On Wednesday, The Humane Society of the United States welcomed a decision by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to crack down on inhumane fox and coyote pens in the state. In pens, foxes and coyotes are captured from the wild, often shipped long distances and then released inside enclosures to literally run for their lives. Dogs are judged on their pursuit of the captive wildlife. The dogs often injure or kill the wild animals, leading to a constant demand to restock with more wildlife. Thanks to the combined efforts of Arthur E. Benjamin, founder of American Dog Rescue, and many others, the Commission voted to continue its prohibition on fox and coyote pens at least until its June meeting, when it will consider a draft rule package to govern the facilities. Benjamin was told two days before the vote that it would go the other way. He mustered support throughout the state and nation to contact the 7 Commissioners to vote against, or defer action on licensing. His concerted last-ditch effort included a massive email blast and personal visits with legislators on the hill in Tallahassee the day prior to the vote. This decision follows a 2009 investigation by FWC law enforcement that discovered illegal purchases of wildlife to stock enclosures and brought the arrest of a dozen people. Neighbors of a pen in Holt, Fla. also spent a year documenting coyotes attacked by dogs against the pen’s fence. In September 2009, the agency issued a temporary moratorium on new pens until the conclusion of its investigation and action by the commissioners. “We thank Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Rodney Barreto and the commissioners for their leadership on fox and coyote penning,” said Jennifer Hobgood, Florida state director for The HSUS. “Controlling these facilities has long proved next to impossible — escape isn’t the point of the game. We urge the commission to enact a complete ban when it revisits the issue in June.” 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 […]
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (February 22, 2010) — Despite the economy and record animals abandoned to shelters, there is good news in Salt Lake County. Salt Lake County Animal Services announced today that a donation from American Dog Rescue largely contributed to January’s record-low euthanasia rates. “January is the fourth consecutive month that no animals were euthanized simply because they were out of time or we needed the space. It has been a hard won battle—absolutely attributable to the extra work and focus made possible by a generous donation from Arthur Benjamin and his organization,” said Shawni Larrabee, Division Director at Salt Lake County Animal Services. American Dog Rescue president Arthur Benjamin advocated for a substantial donation in 2009 after learning of the shelter’s goal to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals at the shelter within six months. The contribution helped increase staffing at the facility, which hired a Rescue and Foster Specialist to create “no-kill” outcomes for cats and dogs. “We appreciate American Dog Rescue’s interest, compassion and willingness to partner with us as we work to change the fate of animals in our care and in the community,” said Larrabee. This is the second year in a row that American Dog Rescue helped to produce such a result. The previous year’s telethon challenge grant on CBS KUTV 2 raised over $40,000 for the Humane Society of Utah. “Because of the challenge grant presented by Arthur Benjamin and American Dog Rescue, our special telethon fundraiser was a great success,” said Gene Baierschmidt, Humane Society of Utah Executive Director. “For the first time in the history of our organization, not a single adoptable dog had to be euthanized in 2009, and the donations from the telethon helped make that happen. We adopted 3,917 dogs! This year we will celebrate our 50th anniversary, and, thanks to the record set last year, we’re off to a wonderful start already,” he said. Benjamin said, “These results are proof that American Dog Rescue’s mission ‘No Healthy Dog Without a Home’ isn’t mere rhetoric but a real goal that is being achieved one-dog-at-a-time, one-shelter-at-a-time, and […]
BROWARD COUNTY, FL (February 21, 2010) — The Sun Sentinel published an article today titled “Aid Groups Race to Save Haiti’s Animals,” in which a $1 million donation is attributed in part to American Dog Rescue. Arthur Benjamin, founder of Dallas-based American Dog Rescue, “has made the Humane Society’s relief efforts in Haiti his personal project,” wrote Susannah Bryan, the article’s author. “I looked at the devastation in Haiti and wondered what was happening to the dogs,” said Benjamin, who pledged a matching grant program to help the relief effort. “They have no facilities to care for animals. Not just dogs, but also horses, pigs and cows.” American Dog Rescue contributed more than $15,000 to the effort and publicized many of the immediate and long-term challenges facing animals on the earthquake-stricken island. The organization’s contribution to relief efforts has encouraged more groups to join the mission to save the animals of Haiti. Read the full article here or learn more about donating to American Dog Rescue.
DALLAS, TX (February 4, 2010) — “Emily”, a medium-sized Labrador mix, is recovering in Dallas. American Dog Rescue arranged for her to be picked her up from her veterinarian in Oklahoma after funding her emergency medical services. Emily has quite a story starting with escaping from her owners as they attempted to surrender her to the local animal services department. When they took her in, they made her leave behind two 7 week old puppies. A week later, she made it forty miles home but with much of her lower jaw and her upper lip ripped open, and 1/3 of her body weight gone. Sadly, the owners took her back to animal services again instead of recognizing her amazing nature and dedication to her puppies. They reportedly said, “She is all bloody and we do not want her”. Not knowing what else to do, the local animal services officer recommended she be put down due to the injuries and weigh-loss. However, luckily for Emily, our local representative, went to check her out first, as it broke our hearts when we heard her story. Given it, and her amazingly good nature, we decided to take her in… The next morning the local vet started her on antibiotics, and as she slowly got stronger, he did what repairs he could. But Emily needed more attention than he could provide, so transport to Dallas was arranged by us through our affiliate, August Dog Rescue’s Dallas Network. This sweetheart stole the hearts of everyone along the way, people at the vet clinic and so many on the Internet. Her face might not have been the prettiest at this time, but it has been one of the most loved. She has, due to the work of American Dog Rescue and its partner rescues, gone on to a interim home for full recovery at North Dallas Dog Rescue, and her wound is now as small as a dime! Amazingly, Emiliy was full of love & kisses for everyone each step of the way; in spite of her abandonment and mistreatment at the hands of other people, […]
DELRAY BEACH, FL (February 5, 2010) — Arthur Benjamin, Founder and President of American Dog Rescue, heard about the plight of two animals left at a closed zoo, Lookout Mountain Wild Animal Park in Mentone, Alabama, the only two animals that have not been relocated. While they are not canines, they fit the animal welfare mission of this rescue organization. Therefore ADR, moved by their plight, has issued a $10,000 challenge grant to raise $30,000 so that these large cats can have a new home. Tigers For Tomorrow, a sanctuary in Attalla, Alabama, has agreed to clear land, build housing and have these two tigers join their other 130 animals on 140 acres making “Untamed Mountain” their home. These tigers bring the sanctuary; open to the public on Tues and Thurs afternoons and weekends, to 26 tigers, 7 lions, 13 cougars, 2 bears and sundry other creatures. The sanctuary is well-respected by state and national organizations. To enable Tigers for Tomorrow to match these funds, go to www.americandogrescue.org/donate or go to the www.americandogrescue.org and click “donate” and either way click the “Tigers For Tomorrow” button. American Dog Rescue 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. Tigers for Tomorrow is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, that provides a last stop sanctuary for exotic animals, specializing in exotic cats. The sanctuary specializes in exotic cats, lions and tigers but we will not turn away other exotic animals in need. TFT believes that all animals deserve the right to live in safe surroundings. Click Here to donate to Tigers for Tomorrow
DALLAS, TX (January 27, 2010) — Just weeks after its pledge to provide a $50,000 challenge grant to The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in supporting Haitian animal rescue efforts, American Dog Rescue (ADR) is pleased to report the campaign is building international awareness and saving animals in the devastated country. MSNBC-TV referenced the challenge grant on Sunday during its interview with Andrew Rowan, CEO of Human Society International, who leads the international arm of the HSUS that is coordinating rescue operations in Haiti. The team’s early arrival in the country, ahead of other rescue groups, is in part, because of ADR’s contribution and focus on Haiti immediately after the crisis. “We were the first animal welfare organization to send a response team to Haiti, and we’re now assembling a second wave of veterinarians and disaster responders to make their way to the affected area,” writes Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS, on his blog. “We plan on being deployed for weeks and to not divert our focus from this crisis.” Perhaps the most exciting news is also one of the most improbable and remarkable of stories involving an urgent plea from an American couple that were forced to leave their two dogs behind following the earthquake. The couple initially contacted ADR, who in turn notified HSUS, and were able to locate the pets and return them to the United States this week. Bella and Dieter, two dachshund mixes, are no stranger to natural disasters; the two dogs were previous victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and were adopted by the couple following the storm’s aftermath. Arthur Benjamin, founder and president of ADR, plans to continue the organization’s focus on Haiti alongside ADR’s mission the domestic needs of homeless animals, especially dogs. “I am grateful for everyone’s help and support,” said Benjamin. “Helping dogs is one of my core passions, aside from my work in helping people pursue better lifestyles through education. The substantial donations coming into www.americandogrescue.org are making this international rescue effort, and the work we’re doing in communities throughout the US, a reality.” Aside […]
DALLAS, TX (January 15, 2010) — American Dog Rescue (ADR) announced this morning a $50,000 challenge grant that will help bolster and bring awareness to the donations needed to aid domesticated animals affected by the Haitian disaster. ADR is supporting The Humane Society of the United States, by matching donor contributions dollar-for-dollar for up to half of the $100,000 initial goal. “The devastation is so great as is the need that the animals – as in Katrina – are being lost to the greater needs,” said Arthur Benjamin, ADR founder and president, who hopes to achieve $1 million in support. “Someone needed to step forward, to ‘prime the pump,’ to help these animals and the people who love them — the Haitian people,” he said. All funds raised will be made available to Humane Society International, the international arm of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which is currently in contact with veterinarians on the ground in Port au Prince to begin the process of assessment. A lead veterinarian with disaster certification has been dispatched to the Dominican Republic and will join a humanitarian convoy as soon as it is cleared to enter Haiti. “We are grateful to American Dog Rescue for devoting funds to the crisis in Haiti,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “Whenever people are in this kind of distress, you can be sure that animals are suffering, too. We hope to be able to put boots on the ground to help the people and animals in their greatest time of need.” Any donations submitted to ADR, or its website, www.americandogrescue.org by clicking on the “Help The Animals of Haiti” button, can participate in the match. “HSUS is a national and international established relief organization with the knowledge and know-how to deploy the funds raised to the greatest benefit of the animals as soon as logistics make this possible,” said Benjamin. “They are working with partner groups in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in an effort assess the situation to determine the best way to begin saving […]