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Challenge Grant Issued for Struggling Texas Dog Farm

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 […]

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Stranded Tigers Find Sanctuary

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 […]

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Four-Wheeled Fido Gets a Helping Hand

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 […]

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Donation Results In Record-Low Euthanasia Rates

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 […]

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Helping in Haiti: American Dog Rescue Credited for Donations

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.

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New Leash On Life

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 […]

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Grabbing The Tiger By The Tail

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” […]

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ADR’s $50K Pledge Is Building Awareness, Delivering Results In Haiti; Two Dogs Reunited With American-Based Couple

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 […]

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Benjamin Pledges $50,000 Challenge Grant to Save Haitian Animals

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 […]

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Displaced Dogs Find Support From American Dog Rescue Following House Fire of Atlanta’s ‘Dog Next Door’ Animal Rescuer

ATLANTA, GA (January 12, 2010) – Responding to the call for assistance, American Dog Rescue has tapped its national animal rescue network to provide financial and logistical support of 15 dogs saved after their Atlanta-based shelter was destroyed by fire yesterday. The caregiver for the dogs, Deborah Wood, is known locally as the “The Dog Next Door Rescuer” and nationally recognized for her passionate efforts in caring for homeless pets. “I am totally exhausted and I lost everything,” said Wood, founder of The Dog Next Door, a private, home-based canine assistance group. “By profession I am a paralegal, and by passion I have a dog rescue company. I tried to get all dogs out of my house. One is in doggie heaven, one is critical injured, all others, need foster homes today. I will probably be staying with Red Cross as I don’t have family here and few friends.” A local animal hospital is temporarily caring for the displaced animals. All surviving animals are in good condition and awaiting foster care or adoption. Arthur Benjamin, founder and president of American Dog Rescue, and the […]

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