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American Dog Rescue Foundation Launches Social Media Campaign With Celebrities Melissa Rivers and Taryn Manning to Raise Funds for Moore, OK

MOORE, Okla., May 22, 2013 Executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin today announced the national launch of celebrity social media campaign with Melissa Rivers and Actress Taryn Manning to raise much needed funds for animal rescue efforts and disaster relief in Moore, OK. Benjamin will match a portion of funds collected on www.AnimalTornadoRelief.com and donate to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. “The disasters that struck Moore Oklahoma are emotionally shattering,” said Benjamin. “And while immediate efforts are being made on the ground to rescue animals in danger, recover lost animals, reunite families with their pets and rebuild the community, I can’t help but take action on what needs to be done. The awe of the situation struck the hearts of Americans, which is why it is so powerful that an ADRF fundraising campaign with Melissa Rivers and Taryn Manning be launched so people from around the country can find ways help – big or small. Through the unwavering efforts of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the American Dog Rescue Foundation, there is no doubt that we will make a difference in the aftermath of this devastation. Never has one click been so meaningful to thousands of lives – both animal and human.” The funds raised from the celebrity 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. In 2011, Benjamin was instrumental in the disaster relief efforts in Joplin, MO, launching a national campaign to support the local animal rescue and recovery teams and provide immediate onsite emergency shelter and veterinary medicine. In conjunction with Joplin Animal Control, the Humane Society of Missouri, Humane Society of the United States and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Benjamin’s call to action supported the operation of shelters for homeless persons and their pets to ensure that as many animals as possible received necessary and prompt attention. For more information on the American Dog Rescue Foundation fundraising efforts for Moore, OK, visit the American Dog Rescue Foundation page www.AnimalTornadoRelief.com. […]

ADRF Helps Roxy Dodge Death; Find Forever Home Many Miles Away

Things are certainly looking up for sweet little Roxy, recently rescued from death row at the Forth Worth Animal Shelter. Roxy’s new mama Kelly found her on a website of death row dogs and knew she had to do something.  The trek from Texas to New York took some time, as well as financial support. American Dog Rescue Foundation gladly chipped in to help create this happy ending.  She was a bit nervous on the ride home but was kissing me all the way,” proud mama Kelly said. “Her way of saying thank you I believe.”

Dog of Best-Selling Author Dennis Lehane Goes Missing, American Dog Rescue Foundation Brings Awareness to Search

Arthur E. Benjamin, inspired by an urgent plea from best-selling Author Dennis Lehane, will assist in the search for beloved furry family member, Tessa BROOKLINE, MA (January 8, 2013) – Arthur E. Benjamin, Founder of the American Dog Rescue Foundation, inspired by the heartfelt plea from best-selling author Dennis Lehane, will assist in the search for beloved furry family member, “Tessa.” Missing since Christmas Eve, Benjamin is launching an all-out search via social media, a database of thousands by email outreach, local shelters, and fellow animal lovers across the country to help find Tessa Lehane. The plot kicked off December 24, 2012, when Lehane, a 47-year-old author of books including “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby, Gone,” discovered rescue Beagle Tessa had escaped from his yard after an outdoor gate latch did not completely lock. Lehane and his wife adopted the 4-year-old beagle not long ago from South East Beagle Rescue in Florida. Before that, Tessa was a stray in Georgia. With the help of American Dog Rescue Foundation’s bandwidth, including website www.americandogrescue.org, respective Facebook pages and other media outlets, Benjamin hopes to bring resolution to the weeks of mystery and worry brought to Mr. and Mrs. Lehane over their missing pet. The crime novelist is offering a monetary reward, and has agreed to name a character in his next book after whoever finds Tessa. “I extend my heartfelt thanks to Arthur and the American Dog Rescue Foundation,” said best-selling author Dennis Lehane. Arthur E. Benjamin is a well-known activist, who is involved with several dog rescue and placement organizations, including Nowzad Dogs, the first and only animal rescue organization serving the dogs and cats of Afghanistan. Named “Operation Homeward Bound,” Benjamin has orchestrated efforts between soldiers from the Michigan Army Reserve, Nowzad, and his American Dog Rescue to relocate dogs from the Middle East to the U.S. Benjamin’s American Dog Rescue Foundation is also committed to stopping the illegal meat trade in Thailand, which began with a puppy named “Sea Lion.” Benjamin partnered with the Education and Animal Rescue Society (EARS) in Dallas, Texas, and luckily found a foster willing […]

American Dog Rescue Foundation Shines Once Again at the Humane Society of the United States “To The Recue! Gala” in New York City

NEW YORK, NY (December 20, 2012) – American Dog Rescue Foundation contributed to and helped raise more than $1,500,000 for The HSUS Animal Rescue Team on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 during The Humane Society’s To the Rescue! Gala, held at Cipriani in New York City. Worldwide executive, philanthropist, founder of the American Dog Rescue Foundation and National Council Member of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Arthur E. Benjamin is a major, recognized supporter spearheading various animal related endeavors all over the world. Additional guests and animal lovers in attendance included Gala Co-Chairs Amanda Hearst, Annie Churchill and Georgina Bloomberg; HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle; Actress Rose McGowan; NY City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Artist Colbie Calait; Ellen DeGeneres; and many more charitable people, all coming together to support a wonderful cause. According to Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, “Arthur Benjamin is the sort of person who emerges on the scene, and has an electric effect on an organization and its donors. Arthur has jump started our disaster response efforts in Haiti, our national campaign to crack down on puppy mills, and our global campaign to end Canada’s slaughter of baby seals. We are a different, better, more effective organization because of his involvement and leadership philanthropy.” Earlier this year Benjamin donated $25,000 toward the completion of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) national rescue vehicle which saves thousands of dogs each year. Ready to respond at a moment’s notice, the HSUS Animal Rescue Team assists law enforcement agencies with investigation, evidence collection, and animal seizure as well to coordinate animal care, sheltering, and relocation. To help support American Dog Rescue please visit www.americandogrescue.org. American Dog Rescue Foundation (ADRF) ADRF is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501©(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. Donations can be made by visiting www.americandogrescue.org/donate or calling (801) 944-3023. The Humane Society of the United States […]

Thai “Soi Dog” Becomes an Emblem for International Animal Welfare

DALLAS, DECEMBER 18, 2012: A Thai puppy destined to become another victim of the illegal dog meat trade has become an international ambassador for suffering dogs worldwide thanks to the American Dog Rescue Foundation in Dallas working to enable a collective effort of animal advocacy groups in three cities across the globe. On December 20, Nam Mow, otherwise known as “Sea Lion” will begin his long journey from Bangkok, Thailand, to his forever home in Melbourne, Australia, via a six-month stay in an EARS (Education and Animal Rescue Society) foster home in Dallas, U.S.A. Sea Lion will arrive in Dallas, TX, in time for the holidays on December 21, 2012. Sea Lion, named for the gait of his walk having been born in Thailand with deformities in his legs, was one of two surviving puppies to a mother who was stolen, crushed in a chicken crate with countless other dogs and suffered a severe lack of nutrition. Plucked from a certain death by the Thai rescue group Soi Dog Foundation, a mother of two in Australia, Ellie Harris, wanted to support the incredible work of the Soi Dogs and on visiting their Bangkok shelter had an instant connection with Sea Lion and vowed to take him home to Australia. In battling the Australian quarantine laws, Harris spent weeks contacting foster homes across the world to see if they would help her. Philanthropist and founder of American Dog Rescue, Arthur E. Benjamin, heard about her quest and immediately agreed to find Sea Lion a home in the United States. Partnering with EARS, Benjamin found a foster in Dallas willing to take Sea Lion for his six months of quarantine. “The story of Sea Lion shows the great lengths to which people will go, to save the lives of animals,” said Benjamin. “When animal welfare groups on three continents come together to rescue one animal it speaks volumes about the power of the international community working as one. Sea Lion is one of the lucky ones, but if his story can help raise awareness of the desperate need to cull the barbaric […]

America’s Best Tails Contestant: Susan Blatz and Barley

Dog behaviorist Susan Blatz had a very special foster named Barley – little did she know Barley had already made the decision their friendship was much more than a foster. Hear the full, touching story on this week’s “For the Love of Dogs.” As I am sitting on the couch reading the paper, I hear the thump, thump, thump of a wagging tail hitting the floor… Looking over at my dog Barley, I see he is nervously watching our foster dog, who is sleeping on a dog bed in the next room. Barley is my indicator dog, and he is ever alert to any household upset, at least regarding the other dogs. I get up and check, to find my foster dog is surreptitiously shredding the bed he is lying on. Good call Barley, thanks. Four years ago, heading home from Love Field, they saw him; a skinny black dog, in the bad side of town, scrounging what he could out of a turned over garbage can. His plight touched their hearts, and this family did what many do not, they stopped, put him in their car and took him home. These people are my clients. I got the call Monday. They had not been able to find a place for this sweet dog, so I offered to foster him until we could find him a forever home. Barley got along with every dog in my house. He played with the lively dogs, gave a wide berth to the cranky dog, and tip toed around the old dog. He learned the house rules quickly, was eager to please, and was sweet and sensitive. Such an easy dog, no doubt he will be adopted quickly. Everyone who met him, adored him. Almost every Saturday for over a year we went to adoption Meet and Greets, or on social outings. Unfortunately, a black dog does not stand out, amid the group of cute, fluffy, small, or full breed dogs, all looking for their forever homes, as well… Barley became a victim of “Black Dog Syndrome.” Black dogs are slow to get adopted. […]

America’s Best Tails Contestant: Kathryn Lorusso and Nutmeg

Kathryn Lorusso helped nurse Nutmeg back to health after horrifying neglect. When it was time for Nutmeg to be adopted, Kathryn just couldn’t let go – another wonderful case of “foster failure.” This dynamic duo will appear on this week’s “For the Love of Dogs” along with Greyhound Adoption League of Texas representative Stephanie Lanoue. A cold wet nose lands in my outstretched hand and I awake with a smile, as usual, because of Nutmeg. The petite lemon striped tiger greyhound came to live with us as a foster nearly a year ago when I randomly read the story of her plight on Facebook. I was up to my ears in projects and didn’t need another one but the desperation of her circumstances touched me. She was one of eleven greyhounds found in an abandoned dog trailer in a 7-11 parking lot that had been sitting there, untouched and unnoticed, for 40 hours. Skinny as a rail, scared, and with big soulful brown eyes that looked right through me, “Nutty” stole my heart from the moment I saw her. She was a member of a not so illustrious pack that the media immediately called the “Thank Heaven 11” and was estimated to be about two years old. As her new human, I was determined to show her a better world. Little did I know, it was she who would teach me. We went through five months of heartworm treatment, upper respiratory infections and finally, a spaying before she was ready to adopt. There were already three dogs at home (two greys and an elderly standard poodle) and I fully intended to give her up but when the day came to drive her to an interested adoptee, I balked. I am, by nature, a researcher and have my future written down on several legal pads just in case something random happens. I like to think of myself as extraordinarily focused but the paralysis I felt when I thought of giving her up truly surprised me. Apparently, she and I had written a new life story when I wasn’t paying attention. Months […]

America’s Best Tails Contestant: Jeff Kitner, Kirby and Dudley

Jeff Kitner never knew what a best friend a dog could be until rescuing Kirby. Now that Kirby has passed on, Jeff’s love of dogs continues with his new best friend Dudley. Since rescuing Kirby a few years ago, Jeff has also become involved with EARS, a rescue group in the Dallas area. Below is his story about how Kirby changed his life. Jeff and Dudley will appear on this week’s episode of “For the Love of Dogs.” This story was a $1,000 winner in our “America’s Best Tails” contest, with the proceeds benefitting DFW Rescue Me. My sister was allergic to dogs, so I grew up in a household of rabbits and goldfish. My wife suggested a dog to complete the household shortly after we married. I was ambivalent but agreed to look at dog adoption. Miriam saw Kirby’s profile on Petfinder. He was a curious fox-like dog identified, probably incorrectly, as a “Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Corgi mix.” His profile said he enjoyed going on walks, snacking on treats, and snuggling – all characteristics which would fit well in our home. We were unfamiliar with EARS but went to visit Kirby at an adoption event. There, Kirby looked sad and depressed in his crate. But when Kirby and I met for the first time, I knew we would be friends for life. We spent a few minutes walking Kirby around and then put him back in his crate. While we casually looked around at other dogs and talked to volunteers, Kirby was openly staring at us, wondering why we were even looking at anyone else! The EARS volunteers told us that Kirby was about three and had been heartworm positive. After we left the event (with Kirby still staring at us, wondering why we were leaving him), we submitted the application. We adopted Kirby in November 2007. Kirby moved in, and it was a perfect match. We were inseparable, going on several walks every day. Whenever I came home from work, he would audibly grunt with excitement. He loved going anywhere in the car and made fast […]

America’s Best Tails Contestant: Diana Phillips and Shilo

Diana Phillips is a volunteer, rescuer and foster mom for DFW Rescue Me in the Dallas area. Below is her story about Shilo. Diana and Shiloh will appear on this week’s episode of “For the Love of Dogs.” This story was a $1,000 winner in our “America’s Best Tails” contest, with the proceeds benefitting DFW Rescue Me.  All my animals have stories…stories of abuse, neglect and abandonment. They now know more love than they have ever known. They are my purpose. But on May 10, 2012 a dog came into my life so sad and so broken that I cried all the way home with her in the car. I am a volunteer and foster for DFW Rescue Me and with their help, I pulled the mama American Bulldog and her 8 babies from the shelter on the day they were all to be euthanized. I will never forget the sadness in her eyes as she sat in the big, cold metal “basket” with her pups, waiting for us to pick them up or to be taken “down the hall.” I vowed that one day she would hold her head back up and love the life she was meant to have. I named her Shilo. Fast-forward 3 months to August…all her beautiful babies are adopted and in loving homes. Shilo is constantly by my side and the bond we have is unbreakable. I have gained her trust and she now has the brightness in her gold eyes that life had taken away. I love her more every day. I take her to be spayed, not knowing what would unfold next for us. The day after her spay she is lethargic and I take her back to the clinic. She is then rushed to the Animal E.R. and emergency surgery is performed as she is bleeding into her abdomen. Once opened it is discovered that she has bled out over half of her blood from a suture that has slipped off. She would not have made it until the morning. She remains in the E.R. for a week but she is […]

America’s Best Tails Contestant: Laura Gorecki, Onyx and Faline

Laura Gorecki witnessed the forming of a very special bond between an orphaned kitten and the mother dog that accepted her as her own. Read her story below and tune in to hear from the family that adopted Onyx and Gilligan on this week’s “For the Love of Dogs.” This story was a $500 winner in our “America’s Best Tails” contest, with the proceeds benefitting Operation Kindness.  My name is Laura Gorecki and I am an avid supporter, donor, volunteer, and foster for Operation Kindness. I wanted to share my story of a little orphaned kitten that was temporarily adopted by a Mother Pomeranian and her puppies. I had the privilege of being a foster parent for this amazing group. When you get to know as many animals as we do at Operation Kindness, you witness a lot of amazing and inspiring stories. This summer, we watched an incredible story unfold in the unlikely bond between a dog and kitten. When Onyx the kitten was just four days old, she was found motherless and alone in an abandoned warehouse. She was taken to Dallas Animal Services and they immediately called Operation Kindness to see if we could help. Operation Kindness immediately responded and brought Onyx to the shelter. Unfortunately, there was not a nursing cat in the shelter and without a cat to nurse the helpless kitten, we didn’t think she would make it. That same day, Faline, a beautiful Pomeranian Mix and brand new mother, was brought to the shelter with her four puppies. As we watched the new mother nurse her puppies, we had an idea. We took a chance that Faline would accept Onyx as her own and let her nurse with the puppies. It worked like a charm. As caring as she was for her puppies, Faline was especially protective of her little kitten. Faline, Onyx, and the puppies were all brought to my house so I could care for them. I had a great time watching Faline as she cared for Onyx as well as her growing puppies, and was very thrilled to witness the […]


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