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Coming together to give a Hero to a Hero

June is PTSD Awareness month, a month dedicated to build understanding about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In honor of this month, American Dog Rescue has partnered with paws4vets for our ‘Hero for a Hero’ campaign in an effort to raise $10,000 to directly pair a veteran with a trained canine companion. Paws4vets is an organization that places specially trained Assistance Dogs with veterans and military dependents with various physical, neurological, psychiatric or emotional disabilities. American Dog Rescue’s Founder, Arthur Benjamin, works closely with paws4vets, and serves as their Advisory Board Chair.  By identifying and carefully selecting special rescue dogs to be trained as service animals, and raising money to train them, American Dog Rescue can help cut the normal costs of a veteran getting a service dog by more than half, and see that more dogs are made available. Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has PTSD. Dogs have proven extremely effective at helping fight anxiety, stress and depression for a human being. We feel that the best way to help a veteran work through their specific disability is to provide them with a trained dog that can compensate mentally, emotionally and physically for what they cannot. The process of a veteran learning to utilize their Psychiatric Service Dog to mitigate their symptoms is known as Intervention Transfer Training (ITT). With the help of other paws4vets clients and paws4vets peer mentors, this training process leads to a helpful recovery for the veteran. Advocate Carol Mitchell, mother of SGT Jeff Mitchell—“These dogs are able to touch a place in our souls that other human beings can’t. Right now, paws4vets is able to help dozens of veterans work with their service dogs a year. Our goal is to be able to help hundreds of veterans every year. With your support we can meet that goal.” Every donation helps aid the paws4vets Assistance Dog Placement Program in its success at training and placing the right hero for a hero.

The Great Give Event

Join American Dog Rescue and hundreds of other local charities as we take part in The Great Give – a community wide event that celebrates the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community by raising critical funds for local non-profits. On May 3rd, from Midnight to Midnight, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach, the United Way of Palm Beach County and the United Way of Martin County are coming together to raise as much money as possible for non-profits in just 24 hours.  Every local gift given during the event will be multiplied with additional dollars from a bonus pool raised by the Community Foundation.  This is an amazing opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of dogs across America, and throughout the world! American Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer organization, which means 100% of all proceeds go directly to animal welfare projects to save and protect animals. ADR has been working since 2009 to improve the welfare of dogs throughout the country, and the world.  Our efforts to help dogs and the people who care for them include: Removing neglected animals from puppy mills, hoarding and other deplorable situations Rehabbing and re-homing thousands of rescued animals. Fully funding a Humane Society International office in Vietnam. Strengthening the bonds between U.S. Military heroes and the dogs they love, including training for PTSD service animals. Animal rescue and relief following natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the Joplin, MO tornado. Mobile veterinary clinics to provide spay, neuter and other necessary services to low-income areas with populations unable to seek the most basic veterinary care. Emergency help for hundreds of individual dogs with serious health challenges and surgical needs. Emergency help for individual dogs with serious health challenges and surgical needs. A global initiative to reduce street dog populations worldwide by 1 Billion dogs in the next 7 years.   Help American Dog Rescue make a positive impact on the lives of dogs across America, and throughout the world by donating to our organization during The Great Give on May 3rd.

One Billion Dogs in Seven Years

American Dog Rescue Foundation Forms Global Coalition to Solve the Billion “Street Dog” Crisis Boca Raton, FL. February 23, 2016— There are an estimated 200 million stray “street” dogs in the world right now. If nothing is done American Dog Rescue predicts that there will be over 1 billion street dogs globally. The World Health Organization has called the problem a public crisis and American Dog Rescue Foundation has formed a global coalition to decimate the street dog plague in just seven years. PETA research estimates a female dog, left un-spayed and living on the streets with its offspring, could produce “62,000 descendants in just six years.” With February 23rd being World Spay & Neuter Day, American Dog Rescue Foundation has partnered with: Bali (Dog) Adoption Rehabilitation Centre (BARC), which has drastically reduced the dog population and disease incidence in Bali Operation SNIP (Spay Neuter Incentive Program), the initiative of K9Aid, one of the most respected charities in Australia Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals American Dog Rescue Foundation intends to reduce Asian street-dog population through aggressive but compassionate spaying and neutering programs. These programs will reduce the number of street dogs, which will reduce the amount of dog meat available for eating. Dog-meat consumption is commonplace in many Asian countries. With the price of dog meat so high the consumption will decline. This will reduce the incidence of rabies, which can be transmitted by eating the meat of a sick dog. “While the numbers are staggering, we need to remember that these dogs are suffering and need our compassion. No need to end the lives of these dogs, but instead curb the vicious cycle these poor animals are going through. We have the solution and call on animal rescues and corporations across the globe to join our coalition,” said Benjamin. American Dog Rescue has raised over $50,000 with a goal of $250,000 to accomplish their goal. This is enough to finance the first step of in Bali and Thailand. Step two will move into Vietnam and Eastern Europe. Cindy Amey, Founder of K9Aid said, “We are thrilled to partner with […]

Saving Dogs Transcends All Borders

The strategies deployed in locating missing animals transcends all international borders. Time always works against dog owners who have lost their pet. While traveling to Brazil this week American Dog Rescue Founder Arthur Benjamin makes an effort to provide local support and advice to the countries he visits; it’s all about maximizing time and resources and increasing the odds of recovery. “Americans have the luxury of having great pet locator services like and microchip technology in nearly every shelter or veterinarian hospital,” said Benjamin. “Unfortunately, other countries have less sophisticated means of finding the family pet, and are less likely to use social media or outdoor signs to find their animal quickly. While visiting São Paulo on business, Benjamin’s advice resonated well when a woman lost her pet and used Facebook as a means of successfully locating her dog. “It was quite a rewarding experience to see what you preach result in a positive outcome,” he said. I was meeting with colleagues on a variety of initiatives and within minutes of posting her message on Facebook, the woman was able to locate her four-legged friend in an adjoins neighborhood. Benjamin’s says that the first 12 hours are the most critical and can often result in a 75-85% recovery rate. After 24 hours, the recovery rates drops to 60%, and after 72% it can go as low as 30%. While we have recovered animals weeks later, this phenomenon is rare. “Where the animal lives also plays an important role in their speed of recovery,” says Benjamin. Highly populated urban areas have far lower success rates than rural or suburban areas. A family pet is lost every two seconds. Over 10 million pets are lost each year. One out of three pets is lost during their lifetimes. One in ten family pets is found.  (National Council of Pet Population Study and Policy and National Humane Society) Below is the experience Arthur witnessed in Brazil.

ADR Partners With Animal Rescue Corps To Save Almost 100 Animals From Extreme Neglect And Mistreatment

Manchester, TN – American Dog Rescue teamed up on another great rescue mission last week, providing key funding for Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) which in turn assisted the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office in the rescue of 85 adult dogs and puppies and four cats found living in extremely neglectful conditions at a home in Manchester, TN, about an hour northwest of Chattanooga. The animals were surrendered by the property owner. Dogs of a variety of breeds, including Golden Retrievers, Shih Tzus, Yorkshire Terriers, Border Collies, Poodles, and Great Pyrenees, were found emaciated, living in complete darkness, several inches deep in their own feces, soaked in urine, in dangerously high levels of ammonia. Dogs were found in a garage in plastic and wire crates that were rusted shut and covered in cobwebs, in a barn in makeshift, pressed wood stalls with no windows, and locked in rooms of the house, surrounded by garbage and trashed belongings. The dogs themselves were so filthy and matted that some of their breeds were not immediately identifiable and some were matted to their cages by their own excrement. Animals were found in critical condition and rushed off the property to a veterinary hospital for emergency care. A wheelbarrow full of 10 deceased dogs covered in maggots was found on the property. ARC received an emergency call for assistance from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office yesterday evening. The agency had received a complaint earlier on Saturday and responded to the property, where they found numerous violations of county and state animal cruelty codes. “It was immediately obvious that we were going to need assistance in removing this large number of animals and getting them to safety as quickly as possible,” said Coffee County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Danny Ferrell. “Animal Rescue Corps was the only organization who could help us both document the scene and safely remove the animals and they were on the ground in less than 12 hours.” ARC safely removed the animals from the property and transported them to an emergency shelter set up by ARC for this rescue, dubbed Operation Midnight Run. Each […]

American Dog Rescue Provides Resources For Groundbreaking Canine Neurosurgery At Washington State University Vet Hospital

PULLMAN, Wash., Nov. 24, 2014 — For the first time, a surgical team of world-class veterinarians performed an innovative brain surgery procedure last week known as transsphenoidal hypophysectomy, saving the life of a ten-year-old boxer named Anna suffering from an aggressive form of tumor growth. While such surgery is now becoming common for humans, it is truly groundbreaking for a canine. American Dog Rescue founder Arthur Benjamin provided the necessary resources for the operation after doctors determined that Annawas suffering from an aggressive form of Cushing’s Disease, a common condition in older dogs that occurs when a tumor grows near the pituitary gland, impacting adrenal gland functionality. This ground-breaking operation would not have been possible without ADR’s critical funding. Mr. Benjamin, a well-known and successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, spends his time between Salt Lake City, Dallas, and Boca Raton. He is a leader in these cities and nationally in numerous non-profits that support animal rights and the welfare of homeless pets, breast cancer and the education of inner-city kids. “Finding innovative ways to prolong the lives of animals with improvements in their quality of life is important to me,” said Mr. Benjamin. “This operation is a ground-breaking procedure that will serve to help thousands of animals suffering from Cushing’s Disease.” Dr. Tina Owen of Washington State University Vet Hospital said this particular surgery was really a challenge but very successful. “This is a surgery performed to remove a tumor from the pituitary fossa usually originating from the pituitary gland,” Dr. Owen explained. “The pituitary fossa is approached through the mouth via an incision in the soft palate to gain access to the basisphenoid bone and pituitary fossa.  This surgery is technically challenging and post-operative recovery requires extremely close monitoring.” This surgery was the only remaining option to prolong Anna’s life. Poodles, Boston Terriers, Dachshunds, and Boxers have the highest incidence of the disease. The success of Anna’s surgical approach brings new hope for dogs throughout the world plagued with this life-threatening ailment. “It was the joint efforts of Internist Melissa Tucker (Utah Veterinary Center), renowned Oncologist Nick Bacon (University of FloridaVeterinary College, Gainesville) and the Texas A&M team that identified and did their due diligence to find a solution to the unique and complex issues Anna faced,” ADR Founder Arthur E. Benjamin said. “Together, this group of […]

Salt Lake County Council To Hold Inauguration, Nov. 25 For 100-Pound Boxer “Tex” Elected “Canine Mayor”

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 24, 2014 — Mayor Ben McAdams and Salt Lake County Animal Services recently announced the election results of last month’s “Canine Mayor” campaign. Tex, the candidate supported by American Dog Rescue, raised more than ,500 and won the top seat. The new Deputy Canine Mayor of Salt Lake County is CeCe, a three and a half year old mini Golden Doodle. Both will be sworn in during a special ceremony at Tuesday’s Salt Lake County Council meeting. “I look forward to having the company of Salt Lake County’s first canine mayor or deputy mayor when I’m out at community events,” said Mayor McAdams. “I know Tex and CeCe will be excellent advocates for all of our community’s furry friends.” A total of 14 canine residents of Salt Lake County participated in the election. While “caninedates” had to be Salt Lake Countyresidents, voters could live anywhere in the world. More than 1,500 people cast their votes and donated  or more to benefit Salt Lake County Animal Service’s Injured Animal Fund. Tex, as a death-row rescue and longtime Sandy, Utah resident, is the perfect fit for representing his furry constituents and bringing attention to animal welfare and homelessness, said Mr. Arthur Benjamin, ADR Founder. Mr. Benjamin, a well-known and successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, spends his time between Salt Lake City, Dallas, and Boca Raton. He is a leader in these cities and nationally in numerous non-profits that support animal rights and the welfare of homeless pets, breast cancer and the education of inner-city kids. The campaign itself was also a huge fundraising success, generating a total of ,080 that will support animals in the most dire conditions, said Mr. Benjamin. According to Mike Reberg, Director of Salt Lake County Animal Services, “This is one of the most successful fundraisers ever held by our agency. The money raised for the Injured Animal Fund is going to help hundreds of injured and ill animals that find themselves in our care.” Tex and CeCe will serve a two-year term and attend special events with Mayor McAdams. American Dog Rescue Foundation ( 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 places […]

CNN Hero Of The Year Pen Farthing Receives American Dog Rescue Foundation Humanitarian Award At Humane Society Of The United States To The Rescue! New York Benefit November 21

Pen Farthing, Founder of Nowzad Dog Rescue in Afghanistan and recipient of the 2014 CNN “Hero of the Year Award” received American Dog Rescue Foundation’s 2014 Humanitarian Award Friday night while attending the Humane Society of The United States’ To the Rescue! New York in New York City, Nov. 21. Proceeds from the event, which was held at Cipriani on 42nd Street, benefit HSUS’ ongoing, national animal rescue efforts. Farthing has done a vast amount of work reuniting military service members and their animals from across the globe. American Dog Rescue’s most notable collaboration with Nowzad culminated in November 2011 with a reunion event at JFK Airport in New York City, garnering national news coverage from multiple outlets, including a touching segment on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. “ADR’s work with Pen and Nowzad Dog Rescue has reunited dozens of U.S. soldiers with their canine and feline companion and service animals over the past four years. I have never met a military member more determined and dedicated to the human/animal bond,” Benjamin said. “If there ever was a Divine Calling, Pen heard it and serves it without question and with excellence.” Mr. Farthing, a former British Marine, broke up a dog fight and wound up with a lifetime calling in rescuing the dogs and cats of Afghanistan that befriend military service members in the field of war. His mission, further manifested in the work of Nowzad, is to reunite these animals with “their people” once the soldiers have returned home. “I can only hope his attendance at this event bodes well for increased attention to the amazing work of service animals worldwide,” said Eric Bernthal, HSUS Chairman of the Board. American Dog Rescue Foundation ( 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 finding a home for every adoptable dog in the United States. American Dog Rescue places healthy dogs in permanent homes that are the right fit for the animal and its family. Donations can be made by visiting or […]


Livingston, TN – American Dog Rescue Foundation has once again contributed to a successful raid and rescue in collaboration with Animal Rescue Corps—the second time this month! Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) assisted the Overton County Sheriff’s Department today in the rescue of twelve dogs, six horses and one cat found living in neglectful conditions in Livingston, TN, about an hour and half east of Nashville. All of the animals were surrendered by the property owner to Animal Rescue Corps. According to the Animal Rescue Corps, all seven of the adult German Shepherds were emaciated, had inadequate shelter and no food or water. All of the dogs were chained to trees or posts with only dilapidated wooden or plastic crates on the ground for shelter. The five puppies from two litters, approximately 4 and 5 weeks old, were living outdoors in freezing temperatures. Three puppies were emaciated and would likely not have lived through the night. Horses on the property were found living in inadequate conditions, standing in several inches of mud without any food or water. The cat was very thin and suffering from anemia and internal parasites. “There wasn’t a morsel of food on the property,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “No dog food, no hay or grass, and no water. The dogs were desperate and eating their own feces. I’m thankful that the property owner surrendered 100% of the animals so we could act quickly to save them.” This case began when ARC received a tip concerning the alleged neglect of the animals. Documentation brought by ARC to the Overton County Sheriff’s Department revealed several animal cruelty code violations. “We take animal neglect very seriously in this county and sometimes people get in over their heads and can longer care for their animals,” said Chief Tim Poore of the Overton County Sheriff’s Department. “I’m just glad there are rescue groups like Animal Rescue Corps who can step up and help the animals who are suffering.” ARC safely removed the animals from the property and transported the dogs and cat to an emergency shelter already set up by ARC […]


Humboldt, TN – American Dog Rescue (ADR) founder Arthur E. Benjamin knew it was meant to be the moment everything came together. “We’ve made tons of rescue connections in the past and funded many puppy mill shutdowns, but this was the perfect storm of chipping in with both a substantial amount of funding AND a shelter that agreed to house every single one of the dogs until they find loving homes,” Arthur said. Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) did what they do best: shut down a Tennessee puppy mill with assistance from the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office in the rescue of approximately 100 dogs found living in extremely neglectful conditions at a breeding facility at a home about two hours west of Nashville. All of the animals were seized by the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office. Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton, Florida (one of ADR’s all-time favorite shelters to partner with and donate to) agreed to house the animals, all of whom will be available soon for adoption to loving homes. All told, ADR chipped in ,000 of the ,000 needed for the rescue effort, plus the invaluable no-kill shelter connection. Adult dogs and newborn litters of puppies of a variety of small breeds were found crowded into small crates and pens, exposed to extremely high levels of ammonia and without access to adequate water. The dogs were suffering from untreated, painful eye infections, respiratory conditions, dental issues, severe matting that limited their mobility and vision, and urine-soaked, feces-caked fur. “The conditions were very typical of a puppy mill, where animals live in deplorable conditions and are treated as nothing more than breeding machines. These dogs have been suffering from various untreated illnesses on this property for a very long time,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “A lot of suffering ended here today and I commend the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office for acting quickly and working with Animal Rescue Corps to save these lives.” This case began when ARC received a tip concerning the alleged neglect of the dogs. Documentation brought by ARC to the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office revealed several violations of county and state animal cruelty codes. “Gibson County takes allegations of animal […]

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