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Walt Disney Pictures, DisneyToon Studios and Prana Studios present a 3D, 83 minute, PG, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Roberts Gannaway and written by Jeffrey M. Howard with a theater release date of July 18, 2014.

“Giving Animals the Gift of Tomorrow”


Who are we?

Since 1990, BrightHaven has saved over 5,000 senior (16+ years of age), sick or disabled animals, a vulnerable population that has an overwhelming need to find love and care in society. We have evolved into a unique holistic healing arts and education center. Our rescue arm helps shelter animals most at risk for euthanasia. Co-Founders Gail and Richard Pope received the prestigious Jefferson Award in July 2013 in recognition of their tireless efforts to help animals in need.

We are pioneers in our distinct approach to animal hospice: We focus on achieving a state of wellness, joy and balance whether for continued life or for transition. Our hospice care is very much aligned with hospice care for humans where love, comfort, dignity and quality of life are of the highest importance, and the spiritual aspect of the journey is deeply honored.

We are dedicated to improving the care and support of animals with a serious or end-of-life illness. We foster respect and awareness for animals as sentient beings and promote an understanding of death as a natural part of life. Gail and Richard are well-known educators in the growing animal hospice field. Gail proudly served as a founding board member of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (I.A.A.H.P.C.).

What is our mission and vision?

BrightHaven is dedicated to providing rescue and sanctuary to animals in need of specialized treatment, elderly care and hospice. We are not casual in this responsibility. We live a brand mission of providing leadership in the development and application of holistic care for senior and special-needs animals, and animal hospice and its philosophy of care.

What makes us so unique?

Our holistic approach is grounded in classical veterinary homeopathy and the feeding of a natural raw meat-based diet, including the use of nutraceuticals, and animal Reiki and other alternative healing modalities as indicated. Our goal is one of healing for body, mind and spirit. Love—and more love—is a key ingredient of our healing recipe!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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BrightHaven is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization--donations are tax-deductible

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In a unique twist to the very serious issue of puppy mills in the  United States, two puppy mill survivors, Harley and Teddy, will hit the  road this weekend with a team from National Mill Dog Rescue to rescue  puppy mill dogs. Dogs saving dogs! 

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's two tiny Chihuahuas saving dogs from puppy mills! Once again, two puppy mill survivors, Harley and Teddy, are traveling through the Midwest with 'Harley to the Rescue' to save dogs from puppy mills with National Mill Dog Rescue. They will leave April 26 on yet another rescue trip through the Midwest, planning to save more than 50 dogs.

Harley, a 13 year old Chihuahua and an iconic figure in the world of puppy mill awareness through social media, spent 10 years as a commercial breeder in a puppy mill.  His one-eyed, grizzled image is immediately recognizable, due primarily to the fact he lost an eye being power washed at the puppy mill.  Although suffering with congestive heart failure, he actively uses his Facebook page with 44,000+ followers to spread awareness about the cruel realities of puppy mills and raise funds for non-profit rescue groups.
Teddy, a newcomer to the social media world, lived his first 7 years in a puppy mill and was rescued from his cage a year ago.  As Harley's 'Team Driver', Teddy uses his page with 17,000+ followers to spread puppy mill awareness and share his experiences of learning about life outside the cage. .
'Harley to the Rescue' started out as a campaign to raise the $2,500 needed to fund one rescue of approximately 25-30 dogs.  To date, these two dogs have raised over $150,000 to rescue 265 dogs from the horrific conditions in puppy mills.
Through their social media outlets, they chronicle their journey into the world of puppy mills, all from the perspective of puppy mill survivors. Dogs Saving Dogs!  Follow the mission of these 'caped crusaders' and support their cause!
To learn more: https://www.youcaring.com/harley-to-the-rescue 

National Mill Dog Rescue is a Colorado Springs based 501(c)(3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes discarded commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills.  NMDR relies on volunteers to care for the dogs, from the moment they are surrendered to the time they are adopted and beyond.  The organization depends on the generosity of the public to provide the high level of care for our dogs and to continue to be able to save them.  
National Mill Dog Rescue started with a single sentence in an e-mail that Theresa Strader received: "50 Italian Greyhounds in need."  A large-scale breeding operation, or 'puppy mill' was going out of business and all 561 dogs were going to auction.  One of those dogs was a seven-year-old Italian Greyhound named Lily.  The moment their eyes met through the wire of Lily's tiny cage, Theresa knew her life had changed forever and that this new life would include Lily and a mission to bring about lasting change.
In honor of Lily, National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007 to give a voice to mill dogs across the country.  Since then, NMDR has rescued more than 8,700 puppy mill survivors, all while maintaining a strict no-kill policy. Every single dog that comes through the doors is spayed or neutered and given whatever additional medical care they need - without exception.  They are groomed, many of them for the very first time.  Years of filth and matted fur are removed, allowing the beautiful dog underneath to shine.  Soon they learn about all the simple pleasures that they had never previously known - clean water, toys and treats, a soft bed, and most importantly, the love of a human companion.
Harley's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/harleyfreighttraintaylor Teddy's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teddybearburchfield 

Visit National Mill Dog Rescue's website: http://milldogrescue.org 



DENVER (March 14, 2014)—The following is a statement from Kitty Block, vice president of Humane Society International, the global affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, on the successful transport of four dogs rescued from the streets of Sochi, Russia by Winter Olympian Gus Kenworthy.

“We are excited to bring Jake, Mom, Stryder and Mishka safely to the United States, thanks to the efforts of Winter Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy. The dogs were saved from almost certain doom during the city’s campaign to rid itself of street dogs ahead of the Olympic Games. We know the dogs are now in the safe, loving hands of Gus and wish them a lifetime of happiness in their new home.

“We also know so many more dogs remain in Sochi and throughout Russia who are in need of humane care. One year ago, Humane Society International urged the International Olympic Committee and the Russian government to work with us to humanely address street dog populations in Sochi. We received no response but the offer stood then as it does now. We urge the IOC to consider humane values in the future when selecting host cities and countries.

“We remain committed to helping more Sochi dogs find loving homes in the U.S. But to help these dogs in any meaningful way, Russia needs to establish spay/neuter and vaccination programs. HSI works around the globe to better the lives of street dogs. To learn more, visit hsi.org/sochidogs.”

Malibu, CA – February 23, 2104 –  American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) (www.tortoise.com), a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is sponsoring its 14th annual World Turtle Day™ on May 23rd.  The day was created as an observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.  Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, founders of ATR, advocate humane treatment of all animals, including reptiles.  Since 1990, ATR has placed about 3,000 tortoises and turtles in caring homes.  ATR assists law enforcement when undersized or endangered turtles are confiscated and provides helpful information and referrals to persons with sick, neglected or abandoned turtles.

“We launched World Turtle Day to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures,” said Tellem. “These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of smuggling, the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming and the cruel pet trade,” says Tellem. “We are seeing smaller turtles coming into the rescue meaning that older adults are disappearing from the wild thanks to the pet trade, and the breeding stock is drastically reduced.  It is a very sad time for turtles and tortoises of the world.”  (See slide show here.)

Tellem added, “We are thrilled to learn that organizations and individuals throughout the world now are observing World Turtle Day, including those in Pakistan, Borneo, India, Australia, the UK and many other countries.”

Tellem notes that biologists and other experts predict the disappearance of turtles and tortoises within the next 50 years.  She recommends that adults and children do a few small things

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that can help to save turtles and tortoises for future generations:

  • Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
  • Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
  • If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.
  • Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles, and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to endangered sea turtle deaths.
  • Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
  • Report the use of tiny turtles as prizes at carnivals and other events.  It’s illegal.
  • Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches.  This is illegal to buy and sell them throughout the U.S.

“Our ultimate goal is to stop the illegal trade in turtles and tortoises around the world.  Our first priority here in the U.S. is to ask pet stores and reptile shows to stop the sale of hatchling tortoises and turtles without proper information for the buyer,” says Thompson.  “For example, many people buy sulcata tortoises as an impulse buy because they are so adorable when they are tiny.  The breeders and pet stores frequently do not tell the buyers that this tortoise can grow to 100 pounds or more and needs constant heat throughout the year since they do not hibernate.”

He added, “We also need to educate people and schools about the real risk of contracting salmonella from water turtles.  Wash your hands thoroughly every time you touch a turtle or its water, and do not bring turtles into homes where children are under the age of 12.”

For answers to questions and other information visit American Tortoise Rescue online at www.tortoise.com or send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; on Twitter @tortoiserescue; “Like” American Tortoise Rescue on Facebook; and follow World Turtle Day on Facebook.

Suggested Tweet:  Celebrate #WorldTurtleDay on May 23 with @TortoiseRescue

Kick Off Westminster Weekend, Fashion Week & Valentines Day with the

Largest Pet Fashion Event in the World

The 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show featuring "The Crown Jewel's Of Fashion & Rescue"
We invite you to cover the event of the season.  View the most expensive items ever on the runway including

The "Lumieres" Dog Couture Dress $25,000 - The Diamond Dog Collar $xxx,000 Priceless - The "Queen's Crown" - $3,000  - The "Papillon" - $2,500
Over  $400,000 of outfits, accessories, and jewelry displayed on the runway!

For a Special Private Preview and Video Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cover the Super Bowl & Olympics of Fashion & Rescue!

Our tenth anniversary show kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday February 7th 2014 at the Hotel Pennsylvania and benefits our Gems of Animal Rescue in support of the Mayor's Alliance

for NYC's Animals and 150 participating shelters and rescue groups www.animalalliancenyc.org.

Join us for a royal evening of Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, The Tudors, The Medici's and the elegance and style of Marie Antoinette. The top pet designers in the country are creating outfits for our canine and human models.  See who is crowned "Rescue Dog Of The Year".  The winner will walk the runway in our exclusive "Diamond Dog Collar" designed by Candy Udell from London Jeweler's, creator and designer of the famous 2.5 million dollar bra for the Victoria's Secret Angels on the Runway CBS show.  

This event is being filmed for TV and features Three Special runway shows:

"Gems Of Rescue" This runway segment presents 12 dogs representing one of the rescue/shelter groups from the  Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, outfitted in the

Jewels of the Crown with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, pearls, ruby's, crystals and so much more.  The "Rescue Dog of the Year" will be crowned immediately following this runway show. The winner will be presented with $5,000 in cash and prizes, including $1,000 from Trupanion.

"Age Of Enlightenment" Siecle des Lumieres of Marie Antoinette. This segment represents the fusion of  "fashion and technology", Featuring Age of Enlightenment Couture by Ada Nieves and Gladys Garced and  The Lumieres, a $25,000 cutting edge canine dress adorned with 150 LED lights and Swarovski Crystals powered by two mini computers and 10 programmed animations ... Priceless!

"Crown Jewels of Fashion"  The Royalty Costume Contest for Dogs and Humans on the runway.  Judges will choose the King or Queen of the Show, and the Pet Designer of the Year from custom one-of-a-kind outfits created by the top pet designers in the country. 

Additional Award Presentations Include: 

"Humanitarian of The Year” Jill Rappaport NBC’s Award Winning Animal Advocate & Best Selling Author.

"Corporate Excellence" Award  Candy Udell of London Jewelers'/Rescue Paw Foundation

"Ambassador of Rescue"  Prince Lorenzo Borghese

"Animal Welfare Organization of the Year”  Mayor's Alliance for NYC’s Animals

"Rescue Dog of The Year"  to be announced February 1st.

"Forever Home Award"   to the pet parent/adopter and adopting shelter/rescue group.

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TICKETS:  $40 in advance/$50 at the door

ADDRESS:  401 Seventh Ave, 33rd Street, New York, NY. 10001

WHERE:  Hotel Pennsylvania 18th Fl. Penntop Ballroom

WHEN:  Friday February 7th, 2014 from 6 p.m. - 11

* Cash Bar, complimentary food, music and vendors selling some of the best and coolest pet products in the market today.

2014 New York Pet Fashion Event Sponsors

(Los Angeles, Ca.)  Dogs are not only a man’s best friend for this Irish-Boston canine lover in TLC’s new special BOSTON UNDERDOGS. Stacia Gorgone is Boston’s spunkiest and most passionate dog lover. After losing her spotted, four-legged best friend, Stacia decided to dedicate her blood, sweat, and tears into rescuing dogs. As owner of her own dog rescue, KickAss K9, and with the help of her three best friends, Stacia is completely determined to rescue every dog and will not stop until all of her four-legged furry friends find a loving home. BOSTON UNDERDOGS premieres in a one-hour special Monday, August 12 at 10 PM (ET/PT).
Stacia will stop at nothing when it comes to saving dogs.  But while her dog rescue, KickAss K9, is growing by leaps and bounds, so are her life's problems.  With almost no financial funding, Stacia's inability to say no to a dog in need continually lands her in hot water - putting relationships with her boyfriend, family, and life-long friends in jeopardy.  Stacia believes she has found the man of her dreams, but does her heart belong to him or the dogs? Although Stacia believes working with dogs brings nothing but happiness to people’s lives, it seems that theory doesn’t apply in a female brawl between two of her closest friends as they allow past high school drama get in between them.  With Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade just around the corner, Stacia has an opportunity to make things right with those closest to her, while raising enough money to save more dogs – but her tendency to act with her heart, instead of her head, puts all of this at risk.


Congressional Animal Protection Caucus helps celebrate shelter animals and rescue groups

WHAT: The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) yesterday joined the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus in hosting “Paws for Love,” an animal adoption event to honor shelter animals and rescue organizations across the country.

“Paws for Celebration invites Republicans and Democrats to come together to celebrate the millions of lovable homeless dogs and cats currently waiting to be adopted,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “Animal welfare is a bi-partisan issue, and we stand united in our appreciation of the vital services provided by the thousands of community animal shelters nationwide.”

WHO: Photo 1: Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) and Richard Patch, vice president of federal affairs for the ASPCA
Photo 2: Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations
Photo 3: Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), holding “Butter,” an adoptable dog available at Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
Photo 4: Congressional staffers greet an adoptable dog at “Paws for Celebration”
Photo 5: A puppy enjoying “Paws for Celebration”

ALL CAPTIONS SHOULD READ: “ASPCA Paws for Celebration Adoption Event on Capitol Hill”



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.


SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK (March 19, 2013) – Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to help animals, will be headed to Fort Bragg, N.C. on March 25, 2013, to pick up a group of rescued dogs. The group will be working with their Soldier-to-Soldier program to help place the dogs with veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as with other Soldiers. They will rescue the dogs from the Ft. Bragg Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, which is located on Ft. Bragg, home of more than 56,000 Soldiers.

“We are ready to help rescue these dogs and place them with as many veterans as we can, to assist with their therapy,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “We will place as many of the dogs as possible with vets, and beyond that will work to find good homes for the rest.”

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.

Guardians of Rescue has a program called “Soldier to Soldier,” where they pair up shelter dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD or other psychological conditions. Veteran Army Corporal John Wallace heads up this program to help the soldiers. He teamed up with the organization after they sent him “Tommy,” a dog who the soldiers cared for during the war in Afghanistan known as “Operation Enduring Freedom”. Together, they have helped transport 10 dogs from Afghanistan to the United States and have reunited them with the U.S. soldiers who cared for them during combat.

“Many times, soldiers rely on the dogs during war time and create special bonds with them,” explains John Wallace. “But when the troops finally leave, the animals are just left to fend for themselves, and often become targeted. Reuniting these soldiers with the dogs they had while deployed is therapeutic.”

The Soldier to Soldier program that the group is implementing helps those who must leave their pet behind. They find homes with other soldiers, so that one military member is helping another one out. All of the dogs rescued from the base will be placed in homes.

“We want to do all we can to help rescue these dogs, as well as help the veterans of this country,” added Misseri. “Our trek down to Fort Bragg will bring a lot of good to both sides, as we make good matches. Fort Bragg has been very supportive of our efforts and organization.”

“Working with Guardians of Rescue is a win-win-win for all parties, the service members suffering with PTSD, the animals we have rescued and our Animal Control and Adoption Center,” said Colonel Jeffrey M. Sanborn, the Fort Bragg garrison commander. ”This is a great example of how our Soldiers are being supported by communities nation-wide.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster home placement. Many families are still struggling to recover from the storm, making it difficult to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto www.guardiansofrescue.org, Facebook page www.facebook.com/guardiansofrescueor the charity auction can be found here: http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/guardians-of-rescue/76791/.

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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Dear OBOL Friends and Supporters!

We are having a fundraiser Wednesday, October 17th from 5-9 PM at T.G.I. Fridays in Porter Ranch (Northridge). Bring the flyer below and 20% of your dinner will be donated to Operation Blankets of Love.

Enjoy a great meal and help us save and comfort homeless animals!

Click here to open the flyer!!

You must bring the flyer for OBOL to receive the 20% donation!
Ask your friends and family to join you. Everyone needs to eat. Why not help a good cause at the same time?

Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) is the only non-profit organization in the country that provides aid and comfort to 1,000 stray, sick, abused and neglected homeless animals every month.


This includes blankets, pet beds, towels, toys, treats, grooming supplies and more. We give these items to:


Shelters - Rescue groups - Animals on death row that are rescued and transported to loving homes - Homeless people and their pets - Fosters of shelter animals - Farm and wildlife sanctuaries.

T.G.I. Fridays
19855 Rinaldi Ave
Porter Ranch, CA 91326
(818) 831-2324
In the Porter Ranch Town Center
(Section of Northridge)

No Reservations Are Needed. Just Come!!

OBOL is supported entirely from private donations from individuals and businesses. We depend upon the generosity of caring people like you to continue our life-saving work.


If you aren't available that night, we would appreciate it if you could donate via Paypal. Or send a check payable to:

Operation Blankets of Love
11862 Balboa Blvd. PMB 187
Granada Hills, CA 91344.

We appreciate your helping us continue our mission to save and comfort as many homeless animals as we can!!

If you need more info call 818-402-6586. Check out our website: www.operationblanketsoflove.org

Eileen Smulson, Founder and President
Ginger, Mascot and PR Director

Operation Blankets of Love


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