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.

Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series

Landmark TV Series Set Entertainment Standard
Was Groundbreaking in Its Impact on Women’s Issues

Marking 30th Anniversary of Iconic Show’s Premiere, Complete Series Run
Starring Tyne Daly & Sharon Gless (93+ Hours) to be Released for the
1st Time in Any Home Entertainment Format in Special Collector’s Set
Shooting Onto DVD in Stores Across the U.S., Oct. 16th

TORONTO — Oct. 1, 2012 — For Immediate Release — Long before Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU) or Catherine Willows (Marge Helgenberger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) eschewed feminine wiles and employed their smarts to break barriers and muscle their way onto the elite, male-dominated detective squad, there was Cagney & Lacey, the landmark show that paved the way.

Now, for the 30th anniversary celebration of the hit show’s television premiere, the complete series starring
Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless (seasons two through seven) will be released for the first time in any home entertainment format in a special collector’s set, Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series (32 discs, 119 episodes, 93+ hours). Iconic television at its best, available in stores across the U.S. Oct. 16 with an SRP of $139.99

Also Available: Limited-Edition Collector’s Set
With an Additional 29 Hours of Special Features
Online Only at www.cagneyandlacey.com

Also available, online only, with a $169.99 SRP is a special 30th anniversary limited-edition collector’s set
(36 discs), with an additional 29 hours (approx.) of special features, including: the feature-length, made-for-television, 1981 film of the same name, starring Loretta Swit as Cagney and with Daly originating the role of Lacey, from which the series was spun off  •  the series’ premiere season (six episodes) with Meg Foster as Cagney  •  four made-for-TV films, which aired after the series finale, The Return (1994), Together Again (1995), The View Through the Glass Ceiling (1995) and True Convictions (1996) •  exclusive, personal interviews with Gless (who assumed the role of Cagney in season two), Daly and series’ producer, two-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Barney Rosenzweig  •  footage from the British Film Institute’s recent 30th anniversary celebration event  •  the audiobook (12 hours) of Rosenzweig’s book, Cagney & Lacey … and Me: An Inside Hollywood Story OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blonde. Additionally, enclosed is a fan photo personally autographed by Daly and Gless.

Cagney & Lacey – which aired on CBS for seven seasons (1981-88) – was not only an enormously popular series that set entertainment industry standards and broke records, but was groundbreaking in its impact on women’s issues and other provocative topics (off-limits on most shows of the day) such as sexuality, equal pay, workplace ethics and politics, sexual harassment, domestic violence, date rape, incest, breast cancer, abortion, illegal immigration, addiction and other complex social/personal themes. Frequently controversial, the show fought a virtually ongoing battle with the network’s standards and practices office.

Featuring two women as the central characters was a pretty “far-out” concept in 1981 … But the iconic crime drama hit a nerve, becoming so much a part of the era’s lexicon that it was utilized to illustrate liberal, feminist stories on such hard-hitting news shows as 60 Minutes, Nightline and CBS Reports. The characters were so engrained in pop culture that, years after the show’s finale, the  international media even referred to political mavericks Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) as “Senate’s Cagney & Lacey.”

Although CBS announced plans to cancel the show – not once but three times –  fiercely loyal fans’ letter  campaign protests (an effort promoted by the National Organization for Women, among others) prompted the network to reconsider … But with Gless then joining the cast as Cagney.  The series went on to draw 30 million viewers a week and garnered 36 Emmy Award nominations and 14 wins – including two for “Best Drama Series” and  combined “Best Actress” wins for six years in a row, a streak unmatched to this day in any major category – as well as two Golden Globe Awards and a host of other honors.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications called it “… deservedly, one of the most widely discussed programs in television history.” Wrote the London Telegraph about a reunion celebration last year in the U.K. (where the show was equally popular), “The near-hysteria and deep affection are testament to the success of the series. It was, and remains, quite something: One of the very few popular shows on television ever to show real women living real lives and coping with real problems.”

In Cagney & Lacey, Christine Cagney (Gless) and Mary Beth Lacey (Daly) are New York City police detectives who lead very different lives. Both are tough and street smart, but Gless is a single, career-minded woman, while Lacey (who has a softer side) is a married mother, juggling family and work, along with the resulting guilt. Set in Manhattan’s 14th Precinct (Midtown South) the crime-solving duo maintain a close camaraderie both on and off the job. As they track down clues – despite obstacles imposed on women of the era – the series also tackles social and/or personal issues each episode that were considered taboo on other shows of the day and were frequently controversial.

The Cagney & Lacey: 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition Collector’s Set was curated by Rosenzweig, who laughs, “Without Cagney and Lacey, there never would have been a Thelma and Louise, Kate and Allie or Murphy Brown. There is no truth to the rumor that I once claimed that without this dynamic duo there never would have been an Eleanor Roosevelt, but still ... Well, I’m just sayin’ ...”

About Visual Entertainment, Inc:
Visual Entertainment, Inc. (VEI) releases contemporary and classic television programming, across a wide variety of genres, on DVD and Blu-ray. Launched in 2004 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, VEI boasts a library of 80 titles, licensed from Universal/NBC, MGM, CBS and ITV, among others. VEI serves the collectible, fan marketplace with contemporary hit series (Hell’s Kitchen), popular classic series (Cagney & Lacey, McMillan & Wife, Diagnosis Murder), hard-to-find television (The Invisible Man), cult (Earthworm Jim); and more. Visit us online at: www.visualentertainment.tv

Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series (32 Discs)
Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series Limited Edition (36 Discs)
Visual Entertainment, Inc.
Genre:  Classic TV/Police Drama
Original Production (1981-1996)
Not Rated
Full Screen / Aspect Ratio: 4x3 / Stereo
Format:  DVD Only
Running Time:  Approx. 93 ½ Hours (Plus Approx. 29 Hours Special Features/Limited Edition Only)

 

Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series

Landmark TV Series Set Entertainment Standard
Was Groundbreaking in Its Impact on Women’s Issues

Marking 30th Anniversary of Iconic Show’s Premiere, Complete Series Run
Starring Tyne Daly & Sharon Gless (93+ Hours) to be Released for the
1st Time in Any Home Entertainment Format in Special Collector’s Set
Shooting Onto DVD in Stores Across the U.S., Oct. 16th

TORONTO — Sept. 4, 2012 — For Immediate Release — Long before Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU) or Catherine Willows (Marge Helgenberger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) eschewed feminine wiles and employed their smarts to break barriers and muscle their way onto the elite, male-dominated detective squad, there was Cagney & Lacey, the landmark show that paved the way.

Now, for the 30th anniversary celebration of the hit show’s television premiere, the complete series starring
Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless (seasons two through seven) will be released for the first time in any home entertainment format in a special collector’s set, Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series (32 discs, 119 episodes, 93+ Hours). Iconic television at its best, available in stores across the U.S. Oct. 16 with an SRP of $139.99

Also Available: Limited-Edition Collector’s Set
With an Additional 29 Hours of Special Features
Online Only at www.cagneyandlacey.com

Also available, online only, with a $169.99 SRP is a special 30th anniversary limited-edition collector’s set
(36 discs), with an additional 29 hours (approx.) of special features, including: the feature-length, made-for-television, 1981 film of the same name, starring Loretta Swit as Cagney and with Daly originating the role of Lacey, from which the series was spun off  •  the series’ premiere season (six episodes) with Meg Foster as Cagney  •  four made-for-TV films, which aired after the series finale, The Return (1994), Together Again (1995), The View Through the Glass Ceiling (1995) and True Convictions (1996) •  exclusive, personal interviews with Gless (who assumed the role of Cagney in season two), Daly and series’ producer, two-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Barney Rosenzweig  •  footage from the British Film Institute’s recent 30th anniversary celebration event  •  the audiobook (12 hours) of Rosenzweig’s book, Cagney & Lacey … and Me: An Inside Hollywood Story OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blonde. Additionally, enclosed is a fan photo personally autographed by Daly and Gless.

Cagney & Lacey – which aired on CBS for seven seasons (1981-88) – was not only an enormously popular series that set entertainment industry standards and broke records, but was groundbreaking in its impact on women’s issues and other provocative topics (off-limits on most shows of the day) such as sexuality, equal pay, workplace ethics and politics, sexual harassment, domestic violence, date rape, incest, breast cancer, abortion, illegal immigration, addiction and other complex social/personal themes. Frequently controversial, the show fought a virtually ongoing battle with the network’s standards and practices office.

Featuring two women as the central characters was a pretty “far-out” concept in 1981 … But the iconic crime drama hit a nerve, becoming so much a part of the era’s lexicon that it was utilized to illustrate liberal, feminist stories on such hard-hitting news shows as 60 Minutes, Nightline and CBS Reports. The characters were so engrained in pop culture that, years after the show’s finale, the  international media even referred to political mavericks Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) as “Senate’s Cagney & Lacey.”

Although CBS announced plans to cancel the show – not once but three times –  fiercely loyal fans’ letter  campaign protests (an effort promoted by the National Organization for Women, among others) prompted the network to reconsider … But with Gless then joining the cast as Cagney.  The series went on to draw 30 million viewers a week and garnered 36 Emmy Award nominations and 14 wins – including two for “Best Drama Series” and  combined “Best Actress” wins for six years in a row, a streak unmatched to this day in any major category – as well as two Golden Globe Awards and a host of other honors.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications called it “… deservedly, one of the most widely discussed programs in television history.” Wrote the London Telegraph about a reunion celebration last year in the U.K. (where the show was equally popular), “The near-hysteria and deep affection are testament to the success of the series. It was, and remains, quite something: One of the very few popular shows on television ever to show real women living real lives and coping with real problems.”

In Cagney & Lacey, Christine Cagney (Gless) and Mary Beth Lacey (Daly) are New York City police detectives who lead very different lives. Both are tough and street smart, but Gless is a single, career-minded woman, while Lacey (who has a softer side) is a married mother, juggling family and work, along with the resulting guilt. Set in Manhattan’s 14th Precinct (Midtown South) the crime-solving duo maintain a close camaraderie both on and off the job. As they track down clues – despite obstacles imposed on women of the era – the series also tackles social and/or personal issues each episode that were considered taboo on other shows of the day and were frequently controversial.

The Cagney & Lacey: 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition Collector’s Set was curated by Rosenzweig, who laughs, “Without Cagney and Lacey, there never would have been a Thelma and Louise, Kate and Allie or Murphy Brown. There is no truth to the rumor that I once claimed that without this dynamic duo there never would have been an Eleanor Roosevelt, but still ... Well, I’m just sayin’ ...”

About Visual Entertainment, Inc:
Visual Entertainment, Inc. (VEI) releases contemporary and classic television programming, across a wide variety of genres, on DVD and Blu-ray. Launched in 2004 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, VEI boasts a library of 80 titles, licensed from Universal/NBC, MGM, CBS and ITV, among others. VEI serves the collectible, fan marketplace with contemporary hit series (Hell’s Kitchen), popular classic series (Cagney & Lacey, McMillan & Wife, Diagnosis Murder), hard-to-find television (The Invisible Man), cult (Earthworm Jim); and more. Visit us online at: www.visualentertainment.tv

Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series (32 Discs)
Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series Limited Edition (36 Discs)
Visual Entertainment, Inc.
Genre:  Classic TV/Police Drama
Original Production (1981-1996)
Not Rated
Full Screen / Aspect Ratio: 4x3 / Stereo
Format:  DVD Only
Running Time:  Approx. 93 ½ Hours (Plus Approx. 29 Hours Special Features/Limited Edition Only)

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Screen Gems and Rainforest Films present a PG-13, approximately 120 minute comedy directed by Tim Story, written by Steve Harvey, David A. Newman and Keith Merryman with a theatre release date of April 20, 2012.

20th Century Fox, Contrafilm, Modern VideoFilm and New Regency Pictures present an R rated, 106 minute comedy directed by Mark Mylod, written by Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden with a theatre release of September 30, 2011.

TouchStone Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment and 1492 Pictures present a PG-13 drama with a running time over two hours directed by Tate Taylor, screenplay by Tate Taylor and based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett with a release date of August 10, 2011.