Animal Defenders International (ADI) President Jan Creameristo be honored at TheWIFTS International Visionary Awards 2017 in recognition of ADI’s life-saving work for animals under her leadership. At an exclusive event in Los Angeles on December 10th, Jan will be presented withTheOtiliaAnimal Advocacy award inaugurated by TippiHedren in 2014.

Jan Creamer, ADI President said “It is an honor to be chosen for this special award. As a species, we are having a devastating effect on the lives of animals and our shared environment, they need our help. Humanity can be a force for good, protecting our planet and the other species who call it home.”

Celebrating its 10th year, The Women’s International Film & Television Showcase and TheWIFTS Foundation is dedicated to increasing awareness of ‘singular women as individuals’.TheWIFTS Foundation selected Angela Merkel as TheWIFTS Woman of The Decade (Society) & Gal GadotWoman of The Decade (Film). Often unrecognized for their passion and integrity in their chosen field,fellow honorees include actressElaine Partnow; Cassini Project Lead Scientist LindaJ Spilker;documentary filmmakers Gina Abatemarco and Taira Akbar; Mayes C. RubeoCostume Designer for Thor: Ragnarok, currently in cinemas worldwide.

A short film showcasing ADI’s work for animals led by Janwill be screened at the awards ceremony,and feature the organization’s latest rescue mission, the epic Operation Spirit of Freedom inwhich more than 100 animals from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade were saved.AsADI assisted the government of Peru with enforcement of a ban on wild animal acts, over 30 lions were flown home to Africa and more than 50 indigenous wild animals, including six different species of monkey and bears, homed in ADI sanctuary facilities in the Amazon. 

Jan co-founded ADI in 1990 with her husband and Vice President Tim Philips, and leadsfrom the front, going toe to toe with circus owners refusing to hand over animals; writing reports;filming in animal laboratories, factory farms, animal dealers, slaughterhouses and circuses; spearheading prosecutions, or addressing national legislators and governments. 

ADI’s highly committed team gathers evidence on industries such as circuses, performing animal trainers, animal laboratories and fur farms. Sustained awareness campaigns have been the catalyst for legislation protecting animals, including ending circus acts in over 40 countries, animal cruelty convictions, the EU ban on use of wild caught primates or their offspring in experiments,bans on cosmetics tests on animals in the UK and Europe and restrictions in over 180 countries on cross-border movements of endangered species in traveling exhibitions.

A major element of this work is the production of short and feature documentaries, television work and online productions. Film and television has a major impact on public understanding of animal and environmental issues and ADI has ensured that the animals are represented in film, television and online productions. The ADI’s large-scale rescue work is showcased in the multi award-winning feature documentary, Lion Ark, produced by Jan Creamer, directed by Tim Phillips. The film tells the story of the rescue of 25 lions from Bolivian circuses, in a joint ADI-Bolivian Government law enforcement operation.

Jan is one of 100 visionaries nominated by the Albert Einstein Foundation to mark 100 years of Einstein’s theory of relativity. The “world’s greatest minds” are presenting their visions of the future in the world’s first 3D-printed bookGenius.  The Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, include director Sir Ridley Scott, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Barbara Streisand, former commander of the international space station Colonel Chris Hadfield, author Salman Rushdie, Nobel laureates, billionaire entrepreneurs and spiritual leaders. The global project honors the life and legacy of Albert Einstein, recognizes living visionaries, and seeks to “inspire the next generation of brilliant minds on the planet.”

Jan and Tim are also recipients of The Drury University Forum on Animal Rights Bob Barker Award for Extraordinary Achievement for Animal Rights, Legendary TV presenter and philanthropist, Bob Barker, a funder of ADI’s work, said,"I am proud to be on ADI's list of donors! In my opinion Animal Defenders International is one of the world's most productive animal protection organizations."

To support Animal Defenders International’s life-saving workwww.ad-international.org/donate

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Animal Defenders International (ADI):Los Angeles – London – Bogota

Ending the suffering of animals in captivity and protecting wild animals and their environments

Active worldwide to end the suffering of animals: animals in entertainment – film, television, advertising, circuses and sport or leisure; animals used for food or fur; protection of wildlife and the environment; trade in animals zoos, pets, entertainment and laboratories. Funding and promotion of advanced scientific methods to replace the use of animals in research. ADI investigates, produces evidence and reports on the scientific, legal and economic issues for each case study, recommending solutions. Education and awareness to public, media and officials. Where ADI’s evidence has been a catalyst for change, we collaborate with governments to conduct large-scale seizures of wild animals in captivity and relocate them to forever homes – back to their natural habitat wherever possible.

ADI government-backed rescues:

Operation Spirit of FreedomOver 100 wild animals, seized from illegal circuses andwildlife trade, rehomed to natural habitats.

In 2016, part of this operation included an airlift of 33 ex-circus lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia, home to Africa.

In 2015, ADI relocated over 40 monkeys of six different species and other animals to their natural habitats in Peru as well as spectacled bear, 25-year-old Cholita, driven three days across the Andes, to her new home at the foot of her natural cloud forest range; a specially built oxygen tent was built to help the elderly bear at high altitudes.

Operation Lion Ark in Bolivia in 2011; ADI assisted officials with the seizure of 25 African lions and relocated them to a sanctuary in the US, this story is told in the feature documentary, Lion Ark (www.lionarkthemovie.com)

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws

Girls Trip

Universal Pictures, Perfect World and Will Packer Productions present an R rated, 122 minute, Comedy, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, written by Kenya Barris and Karen McCullah with a theater release date of July 21, 2017.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 paws out of 4

How to Be Single

Warner Bros. Pictures, Flower Films, New Line Cinema and Rickard Pictures present an R rated, 110 minute, Romance, Comedy, directed by Christian Ditter, written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein with a theater release date of February 12, 2016.

Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Line Cinema and Pacific Standard present a PG-13, 87 minute, Action, Comedy, directed by Anne Fletcher and written by David Feeney and John Quaintance with a theater release date of May 8, 2015.

Dimension Films, Aldamisa Entertainment, Demarest Films, Miramax Films, Weinstein Company, troublemaker Studios, Solipsist Film and Quick Draw Productions present a 102 minute, Action, Crime, Thriller, directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez and written by Miller with a theater release date of August 22, 2014.

Screen Gems and Will Packer Productions present a PG-13, 106 minute, Comedy, directed by Tim Story, written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman with a theater release date of June 20, 2014.

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and LBI Production presents a 109 minute, PG-13, comedy, romance, directed by Nick Cassavetes and written by Melissa Stack with a theater release date of April 25, 2014.

SMITHTOWN, NY – (June 26, 2013) – According to the National Center for PTSD, women are more likely than men to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD) and about 10% of women develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with 5% of men. Sabrina Lacey and her daughter Daja are military veterans who both suffer from PTSD. Through their “Paws of War” program, animal rescue group, Guardians of Rescue, is stepping in to help.

Guardians of Rescue’s Paws of War program helps place trained rescue dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD. Back in March, the animal rescue group rescued all of the dogs from the Ft. Bragg Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, located on Ft. Bragg, home of more than 56,000 Soldiers. One of them was a pit bull mix named Tank. After months of training, Tank will finally meet his new owner, Daja Lacey, this Friday, June 28, the day after National PTSD Awareness Day. Sabrina Lacey will also be receiving a dog on this date. Both Daja and her mother Sabrina are military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Sabrina is a post-commander of her local VFW and a retired disabled veteran.

PTSD is a condition among military veterans. It is a psychological condition that can arise after someone has experienced a traumatic event, such as being directly involved in combat. It is estimated that around 400,000 veterans currently suffer from PTSD. Animal therapy has proven to be beneficial in helping veterans overcome the condition. PTSD, according to the National Institutes of Health, changes the body’s response to stress. Some of its symptoms include flashbacks, upsetting dreams, feeling emotionally numb, hopelessness, memory problems, and avoiding doing things that were once enjoyed.

“PTSD is a real disorder that affects thousands of veterans, both active and inactive, across the country,” says Daja Lacey. “We are very thankful to Guardians of Rescue for rescuing Tank and many others, and now Tank will help to rescue me,” she adds.

“We work hard to rescue these dogs and it’s very rewarding when it all comes together, and we finally get to pair them up with military veterans in need,” says Robert Misseri, president and founder of Guardians of Rescue. “We believe that heroes deserve heroes.”

Guardians of Rescue is a non-profit organization aimed at Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals. They provide food, veterinary care, and shelter to animals in need. Guardians of Rescue founded Paws of War and Operation No Buddy Left behind programs to help active military and veterans with the use of therapy dogs to assist in post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more or donate, visit www.guardiansofrescue.org.

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.

 

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Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Red Wagon Productions present a PG-13, 143 minute, 3D romantic drama, directed by Baz Luhrmann, written by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce with a theater release date of May 10, 2013.

New York, NY – In an effort to end domestic violence and keep pets safe, the AKC Humane Fund awarded grants to eleven different “pets allowed” women’s shelters across the country in honor of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The recipient shelters in Safford, Arizona; Cabot, Arkansas; Crescent City and Susanville, California; Fort Collins, Colorado; Alpharetta, Georgia; Aurora, Indiana; Spruce Pine and Whiteville, North Carolina; Spearfish, South Dakota and Spokane, Washington allow women and their pets a safe place to escape domestic violence.

“Women entering shelters already face many challenges, and with these grants, leaving a pet doesn’t have to be one of them,” said Dennis B. Sprung, President and CEO of the American Kennel Club. “In these difficult times, having a canine or feline member of the family close by can promote healing and assist women and their families through a big life change.”

Did you know?

  • Between 25-40% of domestic violence victims are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets or livestock should they leave.

  • Nearly half of battered women with pets report they delayed entering a shelter because of concerns for an animal left behind, according to the University of Denver's Institute for Human-Animal Connection.

  • A recent study found that more than 85 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters talked about pet abuse in their family, and as many as 71 percent of battered women say their pets have been killed, harmed, or threatened by their abusers.

  • According to Purdue University’s Center for the Human-Animal Bond, contact with animals decreases blood pressure, reduces anxiety, and provides a general sense of well-being.

To donate to make more of these grants possible, visit www.akchumanefund.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 919-233-9767. Shelters interested in funds for operational support or capital improvements related to the housing of pets can download an application at www.akchumanefund.org.

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The AKC Humane Fundsm, founded by the American Kennel Club® in 2008, was created to unite a broad spectrum of animal lovers in promoting the joy and value of responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. Through its programs, the AKC Humane Fund’s goals are to: support Parent Club Rescue activities; assist shelters for domestic abuse victims that permit pets; provide resources for responsible dog ownership education; contribute to non-profit organizations that support its mission. Contributions to the AKC Humane Fund are fully tax deductible as allowed by law under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

The American Kennel Club(AKC) proudly celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

To become a fan of the AKC on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/americankennelclub. To follow the AKC on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/akcdoglovers.

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