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Tex wins Canine Mayor of Salt Lake County, Inauguration Set for November 25

Mayor Ben McAdams and Salt Lake County Animal Services are excited to announce the election results of the recent “Canine Mayor of Salt Lake County” campaign. Tex, the “caninedate” supported by American Dog Rescue, raised more than ,500 and won as Canine Mayor. The new Deputy Canine Mayor of Salt Lake County is CeCe, a 3 ½ year old mini Golden Doodle. Canine residents of Salt Lake County were encouraged to run for Mayor. While “CANINEdates” had to be Salt Lake County residents, voters could live anywhere in the world. Over 1,500 individuals cast their votes via donations with proceeds benefiting Salt Lake County Animal Service’s Injured Animal Fund. Fourteen dogs residing in Salt Lake County accepted the challenge and took to the streets shaking paws and licking babies. The campaign raised a total of $23,080. This amount includes all funds raised from the 14 Caninedates and their filing fees. 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.” “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.” “I have served in dog rescue for the past seven years and have never before seen such a creative way to raise money to save injured animals. Thank you Mayor McAdams and the whole Salt Lake County Animal Services team!” woofs the new Canine Mayor, Tex. “I am proud to serve Salt Lake County as its Canine Mayor for the next two years and pledge to do my very best to see every home that wants a companion animal has one, and that every dog and cat in the county has a home.” Texas and CeCe will serve a 2-year-term and attend special events with Mayor McAdams. Texas and CeCe will be inaugurated […]

100-Pound Boxer throws his bone in the political ring. “Tex” holds roundtable discussion with both dogs and cats to announce his campaign for “Salt Lake County K9 Mayor”– America’s best tail.

Salt Lake City, UT— In response to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ call for a special K9 Mayor election, and with strong bi-partisan backing from Utah’s top political leaders, wide support from local and national animal rights groups, and the help of many cats and dogs, “Tex” has launched his “caninedacy” for Salt Lake County K9 Mayor. At a roundtable discussion today at the Salt Lake County Government Center, with his closest four legged advisors present, Tex and some of his fellow dogs and cats talked about the importance of this election, strategized on how to win. These dogs (and one cat) gave a tail wagging approval. They demonstrated their excitement by panting their approval of Tex’s furry friendly platform: – Increase the adoption of dogs and cats & spay/neuter – A service dog for every disabled veteran – Bringing our military K9 heroes home – Helping all public servants to learn to communicate with big dogs like him In this time of national political mud-slinging and partisan bickering, Tex is doing it the Utah way, by demonstrating he is not a dogmatic leader.  No bones about it, this is an impressive list of political supporters including: Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser (R), Utah Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis (D), Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart (R), Utah House Minority Leader Jen Seelig (D) and Utah Democratic Party Chair and former SL County Mayor Peter Corroon and Utah Eagle Forum Leader Gayle Ruzicka, former Utah Republican Party Chair and US Senate Candidate Joe Cannon and former Utah Democratic Chair and Clinton White House aide Donald Dunn.  “We are happy to support Texas for K9 Mayor of Salt Lake County. Texas will bring together people, dogs and cats to support this important charity and to raise money for the injured animals of Salt Lake County” said Senators Niederhauser and Davis in a joint statement. Tex’s story is America’s best tail. He is an adopted rescue dog who has spent his life in Salt Lake County helping promote and advocate for the humane treatment of animals.  With the loving support of his guardians Arthur E. […]

Tex Announces Bid For K9 Mayor Of Salt Lake County, Raises Funds For Animals In Need

Salt Lake County is in search of a new K9 Mayor to represent dogs in need and American Dog Rescue has nominated the perfect candidate for the job. After all, who could be better to give a voice to animals in need than former death-row rescue (and longtime Sandy, Utah resident) Tex? Learn more, VOTE AND DONATE NOW at Though he may look tough on the surface as a 100-pound Boxer, Tex has actually overcome long odds just to survive, let alone run for office. Eight years ago, this amazing dog was nearly put down for his severe separation anxiety issues, and now he’s overcoming those nerves to step out for this important mayoral campaign. Tex is supported by a staff of many, including his owner and ADR founder Arthur E. Benjamin, Humane Society of the United States Utah State Director Sundays Hunt and former Clinton White House staffer Donald Dunn, as well as everyone in the American Dog Rescue organization. Voting takes place October 1-21, so please be sure to visit and let your voice be heard! This fun election, featuring Tex and 13 other dogs running for K9 Mayor, benefits Salt Lake County Animal Services, more specifically its Injured Animal Fund. The Injured Animal Fund is specifically restricted for use in helping to provide Emergency Medical Care and Attention to seriously ill or injured animals who could not otherwise become adoptable. This can range from broken bones to amputations and everything in between. It is our hope that this fun will expand so that many other animals with expensive and painful injuries may be helped in the future. Every animal that comes in to their care at the shelter is treated as an individual. Every animal is special. American Dog Rescue Foundation, Tex’s main election supporter, is making a $1 donation on behalf of each voter who is unable to donate to the Fund either due to financial or geographic reasons while designated funds last.

ADR, Benjamin Fund Second PAWS2HELP Clinic in Palm Beach County

Jupiter, FL – July 21, 2014 – PAWS2HELP, a privately-run, not-for-profit veterinary clinic which has struggled to add locations since its establishment will soon open its second facility in Jupiter.  The original PAWS2HELP location was founded in West Palm Beach by Eve Van Engel nearly 20 years ago as a means to provide high-quality, low-cost care for animals in need.  After a number of temporary locations, the organization, which has outgrown a 12,500 sq. ft. facility at 2061 Indian Road, West Palm Beach, will soon start seeing “patients” at its new Jupiter facility in the Seagrape Plaza, E. Indian Town Road. “Thanks to the efforts of long-time PAWS2HELP supporter and nationally recognized animal advocate, Arthur Benjamin, we are able to open this second facility and continue to provide affordable care to anyone with an animal in need,” said Ms. Van Engel. “Arthur, who has provided financial support for our organization without recognition, needs to be acknowledged for his efforts in helping get this new facility off the ground and creating awareness of the need for such clinics not only in South Florida but nationwide and to that end he is interested in helping establish a third clinic in the very near future.” Benjamin, a noted philanthropist, is the founder of American Dog Rescue, which provides homes for abandoned pets, bringing home our canine heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan, saving and expanding animal shelters, closing down puppy mills and other activities with the best interests of animals in mind. Like the West Palm facility, the new Jupiter PAWS2HELP location will provide a full suite of veterinary services at highly reduced prices.  For example, a surgery that might cost $3,000 at a private veterinary facility would cost approximately one-thousand at PAWS 2 HELP. It’s like treating three pets for the price of one. “Clearly our goal is not to compete with private veterinary practices,” stressed Ms. Van Engel. “Statistics show that 90 percent of the people who use a vet, love their vet and the convenience of location and special treatment they receive.  Visitors to PAWS2HELP need to understand they will most […]

Puppy Mill Busted: ADR Sponsors “Operation Liberty Dogs” in D.C. Area, Rescuing More Than 100 Dogs

Hope was restored to approximately 120 dogs and four parrots this week, as American Dog Rescue Foundation and Animal Rescue Corps joined forces to raid the puppy mill that had caused these animals so much pain. Moms and babies of assorted small breeds were kept in living deplorable conditions, including being stuck in the heat in tiny, filthy cages without proper access to food and water. The animals won’t have to suffer any longer, and will have their opportunity to be adopted to loving families. “I’m always proud to team up with Scotlund Haisley and Animal Rescue Corps to support the great work the do,” ADR founder Arthur E. Benjamin said. “It’s particularly gratifying when we can contribute to shutting down a shameful operation such as this one. We won’t rest until puppy mills are shut down nationwide.” Read more about the rescue in the full news release on Animal Rescue Corps’ blog here. “Animals have been suffering from various untreated illnesses on this property for an extended period of time. The conditions were very typical of a puppy mill where animals are treated as nothing more than breeding machines,” ARC President Scotlund Haisley said. “A lot of suffering ended here today and I commend Page County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control, and County Attorney for acting quickly and working with Animal Rescue Corps to save these lives.” For more coverage of this massive rescue effort, check out local news station NBC Washington’s story here.

Arthur E. Benjamin and American Dog Rescue Foundation Launch New “America’s Best Tails” TV Mini-Show, Airing Thursdays in Primetime

American Dog Rescue Foundation founder Arthur E. Benjamin and co-host / ADR “Chief Canine Officer” Bandit are taking their act to primetime. The canine-loving duo  has been hosting “For the Love of Dogs” TV show in the Dallas area for more than two years. They’re now proud to announce they’re teaming up on a new primetime mini-show, “America’s Best Tails.” The three-minute weekly show will air every Thursday at 7:57 p.m. on KTXA TV 21 in Dallas, beginning tonight. American Dog Rescue supporters outside the DFW area can catch the new YouTube version every week on the show’s brand new website: The weekly magazine-format show focuses on canine causes, news and features. It also features interviews with leaders in the dog welfare community, the latest products for dogs, new animal shelters around the country, footage from dog rescues and special guest dogs. To learn more, as well as view recent and archived episodes online, please visit 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 calling 888-926-0815. KTXA TV 21 is a CBS affiliate with local news and weather in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It has one of the largest local audiences in the market, thereby allowing ADR to reach even more dog lovers in primetime.

American Dog Rescue Launches “You Rescue Me” Contest; Accolades Go To The Dogs

American Dog Rescue Foundation is putting a new spin on dog rescue, with a new national contest launching January 15. The “You Rescue Me” contest is intended to celebrate man’s best friend in an entirely new way—by focusing on how dogs rescue humans, rather than the other way around. Contestants from across the U.S. can enter by uploading a video (one-minute maximum length) or photo with brief description of their human/dog rescue story on the American Dog Rescue Facebook page any time between January 15 and January 29, with American Dog Rescue Facebook fans choosing a winner via voting that ends February 13. The grand prize of $1,000 to the winner’s favorite animal charity will be awarded on Valentine’s Day, in honor of the love humans and canines share. Second and third prizes of $500 and $250, respectively, will be awarded to those entrants’ favorite animal charities as well. “This contest is the perfect way to celebrate our furry friends and the unconditional love they provide us,” American Dog Rescue Foundation founder Arthur E. Benjamin said. “We’ll have a lot of fun, be inspired and most importantly give away almost $2,000 to worthy charities that help animals in need every day. I know my dogs have rescued me countless times throughout the years and can’t wait to hear many more great stories.” All who enter the contest (while supplies last) will also receive a free DVD copy of “My Dog The Champion,” an inspirational and heartwarming new movie executive produced by Benjamin. The official DVD release date is February 4, meaning American Dog Rescue fans can get an early sneak peek by entering “You Rescue Me.” The trailer of the film can be viewed by clicking here. For more information about “You Rescue Me,” please visit 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 placing healthy dogs in permanent homes that are the right fit for the animal and its family. Donations can be made by visiting […]

Executive Producer Arthur E. Benjamin And Anchor Bay Entertainment Release Inspiring Feature Film About A Girl and Her Dog

My Dog The Champion’ – Starring Dora Madison Burge, Lance Henriksen ?And Cody Linley–– Debuts February 4, 2014 LOS ANGELES, CA – From the city to the country, families from coast-to-coast will experience an uplifting coming-of-age adventure when Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes My Dog the Champion on DVD. The inspiring story of an unlikely friendship between a born-and-bred teenage city girl and a cattle dog, the new feature film starring Dora Madison Burge (“Dexter,” “Friday Night Lights,” Cowgirls ‘n Angels), Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Terminator, Aliens vs. Predator) and Cody Linley (“Hannah Montana,” Cheaper by the Dozen) makes its national retail debut on February 4, 2014. Executive Producer Arthur E. Benjamin, founder of American Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works to rescue and promote the health and well-being of dogs and other animals all across the world, says the film is a moving and meaningful story for the whole family. My Dog the Champion begins when Madison (Burge), a spoiled city teen, learns that her mother is being deployed to Afghanistan. She is suddenly forced to uproot to the country and live on her grandfather Billy’s (Henriksen) cattle ranch – in the middle of nowhere. Facing the hardships of farm life and her feelings of loneliness, she befriends Scout, the farm’s old and “useless” cattle dog. The new companions quickly form a special bond. And when the family farm becomes threatened, Madison, with some help from Eli (Linley), a teenage dog trainer, trains Scout to be an agility champion and together they compete with the hope of saving their home. Side by side, the determined duo proves the heart of a champion never dies. My Dog the Champion, a story of friendship, love, teamwork, and challenges, is a must-have release for families nationwide. Benjamin, whose organization’s mantra is “No Dog Without A Home” is particularly moved by the movie’s star canine Scout, herself a rescue!

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 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 […]

American Dog Rescue Founder Arthur E. Benjamin Serves as One of the Principle Sponsors at the Tri-County Humane Society’s 11th Annual Doggie Ball

Boca Raton, FL (March 27, 2013) – Delray Beach executive, philanthropist and founder of American Dog Rescue Foundation (ADRF), Arthur E. Benjamin took time out of a taxing international travel schedule to support and serve as one of the principle sponsors of Tri-County Humane Society’s 11th Annual Doggie Ball on March 24. The evening featured special honored guest, K9 Deputy Kenzo, a black German Shepherd honored for his bravery when he shielded other deputies from gunfire in 2012. The evening was accompanied by cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and dinner followed by a live and silent auction. All proceeds raised from the event benefit the supply of food, shelter and medical care for the thousands of homeless, abused and abandoned animals rescued each year by the no-kill shelter. 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 placing healthy dogs in permanent homes that are the right fit for the animal and its family. Donations can be made by visiting or calling 801-944-3023. Tri-County Humane Society ( is a no-kill organization. Once an animal is rescued by Tri County, it is saved for life. The organization will not release an animal to another organization that has a policy of euthanasia. In addition, they will only place animals with qualified prospective owners. For more information call 561-482-8110.

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