PR firms are all about promoting their clients, but today, they’re helping one of their own.  When local resident and publicist, Tana Johnson’s 3 year daughter Teeja was diagnosed with an incredibly aggressive and malignant form of cancer she was terrified.  In one day this seemingly normal Sarasota family’s world had been turned upside down.

 

Tana quickly went from being just an employee to a client.  This team of media gurus came up with a plan on how to help support this family who now travels from Sarasota to New York City every month to undergo aggressive cancer treatment at one of the nation’s top Neuroblastoma hospitals.  This treatment has been happening for a year and will continue to happen for the next two.  The firm decided to do something it had never done before.  The firm’s VP reached out to its entire client base and asked for help in a silent auction where 100% of the proceeds would go to the Johnson family.

 

"Within moments of hitting send on the email asking clients to just simply consider helping this family, we were getting responses like 'Yes! Count us in!' 'Of course, anything you need. How many would you like?’ It was just incredible," added the firm’s VP. "I was getting choked up sitting in my office."  The auction started yesterday and will run through this coming Monday.  The items being auctioned off with starting bids at just $8.00 range from things like gourmet rotisserie ovens, all the way to beautiful pieces of jewelry, to baby and pet products and everything in-between.  We don’t want press for our PR firm.  We are really trying to get the word out about the auction though so as many people as possible can enter bids.   With the holidays right around the corner, this auction is a perfect way to “stock” up on gifts and feel good at the same time knowing 100% of the proceeds are going to help a local little girl battling a disease she’s determined to win!  Here’s a link to the silent auction: http://www.32auctions.com/bigheartsforlittleteeja

 


NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) in Oklahoma City, Okla., has dispatched its disaster response team to assist with shelter operations as the facility experiences an influx of animals affected by the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Okla. on May 20. The ASPCA and OK Humane are also coordinating the distribution of pet food to impacted areas.

The ASPCA has also enlisted the assistance of the following agencies for this joint disaster relief effort: IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) of Yarmouth Port, Mass.; Code 3 Associates Animal Disaster Response of Longmont, Colo.; and RedRover of Sacramento, Calif. Representatives from SAWA (Society of Animal Welfare Administrators) are also en route to Oklahoma Humane to lend their support.

Since the tornado, local animal control officers with the City of Oklahoma City have brought 110 lost, stray, injured or displaced pets to OK Humane where they are being assessed and cared for; that number could rise in the coming days. OK Humane has also reunited 46 pets so far with their families.

“OK Humane is very fortunate to have the ASPCA as a partner,” said Christy Counts, president and executive director of OK Humane. “We feel confident that with their assistance and support during this critical time, we will be able to provide excellent disaster response to this tragic situation.”

“We’re happy to lend a hand to Central Oklahoma Humane by providing staffing to handle the influx of animals affected by this disaster,” said Dick Green, director of disaster response for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “Our goal is to help make sure things run smoothly, and to see that the animals are comfortable and find their way back to their families as soon as possible.”

“In the face of overwhelming loss, IFAW is proud to be there for families separated from their beloved pets during the tornado,” said Shannon Walajtys, IFAW manager for disaster response. “We are assigning teams to help care for animals at the shelter and assist with reunifications.”

“Code 3 Associates is helping to provide care and logistical support to the animals located at OK Humane’s dedicated animal housing facility,” said Eric Thompson, director of emergency services for Code 3.  “We stand ready with additional staff and assets to provide further assistance should additional needs be identified.”

“We at RedRover are heartbroken about the devastation this tornado brought to Oklahoma. We will be assisting with the process to reunite people with their pets," said Beth Gammie, RedRover emergency services manager. "For families who have lost so much, knowing that their pets are safe means everything.”

For more information about how you can help the pets and people of Oklahoma, please visit OK Humane. Moore-area pet owners who are searching for a lost cat or dog, please visits www.okclostpets.com.


About Central Oklahoma Humane Society
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society was founded in 2007 and works in close partnership with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division (OKC Animal Shelter). Its primary focus is to eliminate the needless euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in Oklahoma City. Since its beginning in 2007, it has found homes for over 11,000 cats and dogs and spayed and neutered about 50,000 pets. For more information, please visit www.okhumane.org.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Code 3 Associates, Inc.
Code 3 Associates, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is dedicated to providing professional animal disaster response and resources to communities, as well as providing professional training to individuals and agencies involved in animal related law enforcement and emergency response. Our mission is accomplished through hands-on animal rescue and care operations during disaster events in the United States and Canada, and through our certified animal welfare training seminars which include animal cruelty training for investigators. For more information, please visit www.code3associates.org

About RedRover
Founded in 1987, the mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. RedRover accomplishes its mission by engaging volunteers and supporters, collaborating with others and maximizing the use of online technology. For more information, please visit www.redrover.org.

About Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA)
The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a non-profit individual membership organization of international professionals in animal welfare, care & control, dedicated to the growth and prestige of our industry. SAWA strives to advocate humane ideals through professional advancement of members. Animal welfare leaders network with peers, establish mentor relationships, share best practices, form successful collaborations, and advance the field. For more information, visit www.sawanetwork.org.

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Orange County Florida: Save Rufus!

By Julie W.
Orlando, Florida

Rufus is a friendly, one-year-old Beagle pup who has been sentenced to death by Orange County FL Animal Services because of an accident that occurred in the pup's home. His owners don't want him destroyed and we need your help because he could be put down any day now!

Rufus' family is doing everything in their power to stop him from being put down after he bit their four year old child. I'm a friend of Rufus' family and I know that Rufus is not at all an aggressive dog - he was just excited about his new food (he had never had wet dog food before) and their son startled the puppy from behind while he was eating. But the county says that because the boy needed a few stitches, they have to kill Rufus and took the puppy from the family.

The child is not traumatized, the family loves the dog and wants him to live, and is willing to give up their beloved dog to another home with no children. So why would the county be so heartless to not even consider that option?


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ALERT ! ! ! ! TO ALL OF OUR ROAR FOUNDATION SUPPORTERS AND THE WORLD AT LARGE ! ! ! ! ALERT

 

We are at a world-changing time in the history of wild animals in captivity and in the wild!!!......WE NEED YOUR HELP IN ORDER FOR TWO ISSUES TO COME TO FRUITION!!!!

First..... the Federal Bill I brought to my U.S. Rep. Buck McKeon to stop the insanity of breeding Exotic Felines such as, Lion, Tiger, Leopard and Jaguar in the U.S. to be sold as pets or for financial gain will be before Congress again within the next few weeks. The title, "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act", formerly H..R.# 4122, and S. # 3547, will be given new numbers during the coming session.

Please stay on top of this urgently needed bill thru www.shambala.org and write to your Congressional Representatives and Senators.

Second....The .U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is considering and is urgently requesting studied opinions on adding The African Lion to the Endangered Species List. Considering the rapid diminishing numbers of this species due to encroaching civilization, trophy hunting and poaching, (same issues I've talked about for years), it is indeed time we take advantage of this opportunity to let our Government know the severity of this huge problem and encourage them to put the African Lion on the endangered list as stipulated in the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as soon as possible.

Again, we are at a very important time in the History of Greats Cats on our planet. We have until 11: 59 P.M. January 28, 2013 to have your opinion registered!!! After that, your statement may not be registered or given credence!!!!!!

Please, contact friends, family, celebrities to help this monumental problem come to a close!!!!!

Below, you will find information on why it is so urgent to be a part of this movement!!!!....included are important, and not well publicized issues, that will help you with your statements.

U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife link with information

U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife link to make comments

 

Your voice is important!!!!!......It counts!!!!......Use it!!!!!.....Please, and thank you for caring, and acting on those feelings.

With love for The Wild Ones Everywhere!!!!!

 


 

 

 

 

 

Tippi Hedren

The Roar Foundation

Shambala Preserve

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1 female boxer mix (4 years old) and 1 male Labrador mix (5 years old) that we rescued from a local shelter. We’ve had both dogs since they were months old and they are both house trained as they have been kept inside throughout their lives. They get along great with other dogs and are not food or toy aggressive. We have a small child that has lived with the dogs with no issues since he was born; he is now 2 ½ years old. They are very playful and are trained for walks. We would like for them to be re-homed together.

We are moving in to an apartment and are not allowed to have big dogs there.

If you are interested please reach out to Marcela at 813-484-3401 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also connect Mike at 813-842-7077 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Change.org

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it:

NIH should release the "Rockville 15" chimpanzees to a sanctuary
Sign Elizabeth's Petition

Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH): Release the Rockville 15 to a chimpanzee sanctuary

Started by: Elizabeth, Washington, District Of Columbia

We request that you use the considerable influence of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to ensure that the fifteen young chimpanzees used at BIOQUAL, Inc., in Rockville, Md., are released to a sanctuary.

We request the 11 chimpanzees who were leased by NIH and housed a BIOQUAL until recently to be transferred from New Iberia Research Center, Louisiana, to Sanctuary and the four remaining chimpanzees (Loretta, Ricky, Tiffany and Torian), being housed at BIOQUAL, Inc, be transferred directly to sanctuary.

These chimpanzees, collectively known as the Rockville 15, range in age from just 2 to 7 years old and were likely born in violation of NIH's own 1995 breeding moratorium.

Considering that they are unnecessary for human health research, as detailed in the recent Institute of Medicine report, they should be released to sanctuary where it is cheaper for you to house them, and a much better environment for these chimpanzees to live. Why condemn these intelligent beings to lives of misery when scientists have clearly stated the benefits of alternative research models?

They must not live out their days in a laboratory that has repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act.

New Iberia is currently under investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture for an incident in which the decomposing bodies of three monkeys were found trapped in a metal chute. In addition, between 2000 and 2008, 14 infant chimpanzees died as a result of traumatic injury at New Iberia.

We ask you to please ensure that the Rockville 15 are retired to a sanctuary immediately.

Thank you.

Click here to sign Elizabeth's petition, "Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH): Release the Rockville 15 to a chimpanzee sanctuary".

You can also check out other popular petitions on Change.org by clicking here.


Hi Jon,
My name is Gina Montoya I am Missy's mom. Attached is a picture of her. She is fixed and current on all her shots. She's about 2 years old, weighs 32 pounds. Recently I had a stroke and although I have no visible side effects from it I get dizzy and am weak. Therefore the little bit of exercise she used to get has been greatly reduced, I feel sorry for her because she loves to run.
She is sweet and loving and I have grown very attached to her. She needs someone who can run with her, play with her and spend time with her. She gets along great with my cat but I don't know about children. She is skiddish so maybe children wouldn't be ideal.
Having said all that you may publish my email on your website however please guide me on this, I am leary about handing her over to someone I've never met. If I give her to someone who was recommended by a friend of a friend I would be ok with that. Handing her over to complete strangers is a bit unnerving.
Gina
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"You are never as far from a miracle as it first appears."

 

Jungle News
In This Issue
Featured Video: Annabelle
Meet Pip and Zeke
Sebastian's Sanctuary
Mercy for Animals
Brenda Merritt
Thank you Brenda Merritt of Columbia, SC for your gold sponsorship of Annabelle and generous donation, WOW!
Gabby the Cockatoo
Gabby, an Umbrella Cockatoo, is already greeting everyone with "Hello Gabby."
Deborah Albert
Thank you Deborah Albert for sponsoring Zeke! He and his brother Pip were just retired from laboratory research!
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June 13, 2012
Dear Jon,
Former Lab Monkey Gets New Life Video
Please donate to our
Independence Day Cause
and help lab monkeys
find freedom.

Whew, this has been a record spring for Jungle Friends. We welcomed 5 new capuchin monkeys and a bird.

KC and Max, both former pets, came to us from different parts of Michigan, Pip and Zeke from a mid-western college, and last week we rescued little Annabelle right here in Florida.

We also welcomed Gabby, an umbrella cockatoo, to our sanctuary. He is getting acquainted with the other cockatoos and having words with the macaws. And for all you bird lovers -- we need to build another parrot habitat, so please send a donation -- just earmark it 'For the Birds'!

Jungle Friends also has an Independence Day Cause to help us build another new habitat. We have monkeys on our waiting list right now who are living in laboratories, waiting for their chance at freedom. Stop Animal Exploitation Now will match up to $2,000! Our goal is to raise $5,000 by the Fourth of July, let's make that happen!

We have been lucky to have the room to give forever homes to so many monkeys, but we are running out of room and there are more at the door. Please help us with our Expansion Project.

Lots of monkey love from Kari
Featured Video: Annabelle Goes from Rags to Riches
Annabelle's First Day Video
We rescued Annabelle, a 7-year-old weeper capuchin, from a hoarder where she was kept in shocking conditions last week. Now she is living the good life at Jungle Friends.
Learn more about Annabelle's back-story.

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No Blues for these Brothers
After a long drive to Florida last month, Pip and Zeke, two brothers retiring from research, were both terrified when they finally arrived at Jungle Friends. But it didn't take them long to start investigating their new home, compliments of the National Anti-Vivisection Society, New England Anti-Vivisection Society and the Beige family.

If you walk by Pip and Zeke's habitat, the first thing
Pip and Zeke on GTN
Watch news coverage of Pip and Zeke's arrival at Jungle Friends
you will notice is how friendly Pip is. He will run to you, climb up 15' high, and then show you where to find his shy brother Zeke.

Pip and Zeke were born at the college where they were being studied for their social behavior. And had the good fortune of staying together as they grew to maturity.

Soon they will have the chance to meet girl monkeys, so let's hope sibling rivalry doesn't get in the way of two love matches!

And special thanks to Claudia, the professor at the college where Pip and Zeke were born, who made a large donation toward their on-going care. Zeke was just sponsored tonight, don't let Pip feel left out -- Sponsor Pip!
The Sebastian Sanctuary, in memory
Beiges
Maxine, Lilliana, & Joel Beige present a sign for the habitat they helped fund
We always hope every monkey story will have a happy ending like Annabelle's rescue last week. But in the case of Sebastian, a pet whose guardians just wanted him to have a more natural life, the story ended sadly.

Sebastian never got the chance to live at Jungle Friends, because he suffered a heart attack and passed away just days before he was due to arrive.

Fortunately for two monkeys on the Jungle Friends waiting list, the Beige family donated funds toward a new habitat called Sebastian's Sanctuary, which helped provide a home for Pip and Zeke.

We are so sorry that we never got to meet Sebastian, but we will keep his memory alive with his special habitat. Read Sebastian's Memoriam.

Jungle Friends supports Mercy for Animals
Kari at Mercy for Animals 2012
Kari and MFA Founder, Nathan Runkle
Jungle Friends founder Kari Bagnall is more than just a passionate primate advocate. She is an active advocate for the compassionate treatment of all animals everywhere.

This past weekend, Kari traveled to California to participate in a fundraising event for Mercy for Animals, a leading national force for the respectful and compassionate treatment of farmed animals.

The event raised nearly half a million dollars for MFA, and Kari's attendance helped raise awareness of the Jungle Friends mission among an elite group of animal advocates.

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary | 386.462.7779 | 13915 North SR 121 | Gainesville | FL | 32653

A email from Mark Barone and Marina Dervan to Talkin' Pets:

Hi Jon, Thanks for being so caring and passionate about animals, and for all that you do to help them. Please take the time to read about our Project, and watch our 3 minute intro:http://youtu.be/Lu3lp5p9ldY You will quickly discover what we have set out to accomplish, and how you can invest kindness into our Cause by using your media platform to share our life saving project. Mark Barone and Marina Dervan, have taken extraordinary action, by creating the first Museum-Memorial of its kind in the world; which will exhibit 5500 Shelter Dogs, raise $20 million dollars (100% to be donated to No-Kill Shelters/Rescues) and usher America to become a No-Kill Nation.... find out more at: http://anactofdog.org It will be 2 Football fields long and over 10 Feet high; half the size of the Sistine Chapel, & it will take Mark 2 years to paint, what we kill in 1 day! “This idea was born out of our desire to adopt a Dog, but instead of finding a Dog, we found out all the ways in which our archaic shelter system was killing approximately 5 million animals every year. It would have been much easier for us to just turn away and tell ourselves that we were powerless to do anything, and to simply carry on with our comfortable lives... but we couldn’t. We realized that the only ones who were actually powerless, were the Animals themselves, and, that they were completely dependent upon us to do the right thing. With the deepest empathy, we were moved to action, and are now making our voices matter by speaking up for them all.” Our Most recent press coverage: FOX, ABC, USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Broadway Barks, PET MD, Tails, The New Barker, Kentucky Living Magazine, etc. Please consider using your voice to help too. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Warmly, Mark and Marina

Mark and Marina will be heard on Talkin' Pets 5/12/12 at 540 PM EST please tune in and support the cause...

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