animal welfare

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 […]

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, 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 ,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 ,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 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 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 […]

Animal Rescue Corps Completes Back-to-Back Lifesaving Missions with Help from Philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin

Arthur E. Benjamin and American Dog Rescue Foundations contributes to emergency animal rescue missions across North America Delray Beach, FL (June 25, 2012) – Arthur E. Benjamin and American Dog Rescue Foundations contributed to the rescue of 16 animals from dismal living conditions at a puppy mill located in the Arizona desert and salvaging 20 large, mixed-breed dogs from a hoarding situation in an apartment in Longueuil, a suburb of Montréal all in a matter of days. “Assisting ARC in this rescue is a no-brainer for me. I feel obligated to help the organization travel cross-country for these back-to-back rescue missions to ensure these animals find safe homes,” says Benjamin. “It is compelling to see how many lives this initiative has changed in a mere ten days.” The Canadian dogs will immediately be transported to the following placement partners: East Coast German Shepherd Rescue in Nova Scotia; Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services, New Beginnings Pet Rescue, and Hopeful Hearts in Ontario; Jersey Shore Animal Center in New Jersey; and the Humane Society of Berks County in Pennsylvania. “ARC will have traveled more than 3,000 miles before these back-to-back rescues are complete. We were in Arizona when we received the call from Canada to help and we didn’t hesitate to jump on board,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “These sweet dogs have been living in cramped quarters without individualized attention for far too long. Some have unaddressed medical conditions. Today they start their new lives and will immediately get the care they need and soon be loved family members.” On May 27, while investigating a separate cruelty report in Arizona, ARC responded to an immediate opportunity to rescue 15 dogs and one rabbit from a dilapidated Bullmastiff puppy mill located outside of Safford, AZ, about two hours northeast of Tucson. Acting quickly, Haisley and his team of volunteers gathered the necessary equipment and supplies and drove from Texas to Arizona to set up a temporary shelter to house the animals until they were transported to placement partners in Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana where they will soon be available for adoption. […]

Committee Member Arthur E. Benjamin Spotlighted by APSCU for Animal Advocacy Efforts

Long a proponent of both animal rights and the many benefits of higher education, Arthur E. Benjamin recently had the honor of being featured in the APSCU’s (Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities) monthly newsletter. As a member of the APSCU’s PAC (Political Action Committee), Arthur was chosen as a profile subject based on his deep love for and commitment to animals in need. The newsletter article primarily highlighted Arthur’s recent trip to Canada to visit baby harp seals and bring awareness to the urgent need to end the seal hunt. “I feel fortunate to be involved in so many critical and contribution-oriented efforts and the organizations advancing them, its all a part of helping people and pets, my life mission.” Arthur said. “I truly appreciate APSCU providing this additional opportunity to spread the word about important animal issues.”

A Call to the Wild

Animal advocate’s passion takes him to the end of the earth. By Emily J. Minor Most people say they love animals for their cuddliness, their cuteness, and the fact that loving animals is simply politically correct. But for philanthropist, animal rights advocate and American Dog Rescue Foundation founder Arthur E. Benjamin, the devotion goes deeper. Much deeper. Benjamin loves animals for their personal stories, for the lives they’ve led, for the lives he knows they could lead. Whether it’s the frightened, bedraggled Hurricane Katrina kittens that were rescued and given real homes, or the grossly abused circus lion moved to a new beginning atop a Tennessee mountain, Benjamin’s caring intuition for animals knows no boundaries. Recently, he went to the ends of the earth to prove it. For years, Benjamin has been schooling himself on animal’s rights, and helping through the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation bringing awareness to zoo elephants forgotten in captivity, shelter dogs scheduled to be put down. Injured great blue herons restored and returned to flight. When his beloved wife, Gail, died in 2004, he and Buddy, the family dog, teamed up to do even more. They started American Dog Rescue Foundation – a 501C charity that saves dogs and makes sure they have homes. But even this Delray Beach entrepreneur – who each year raises as much as he can and donates hundreds of thousands of dollars under both charities – agrees that his recent trip to the middle of nowhere was something extraordinary, even for him. “I can tell you, I’ve seen a lot in my life,” he says, “But this was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had.” Canadian government still allows the hunting of seal pups – as barbaric as it sounds, and it’s barbaric. Clubbed to death before they can even swim, these pups are being killed for their coats, and it’s being done in record numbers. Between the dwindling ice cover, brought on by warmer climates, to the continuing hunt of these newborns, more than 300,000 seal pups die each year. And that’s why Benjamin did what he […]

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