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As part of a larger initiative to educate dog owners on proper nutrition, effective training, and other ways to raise a happy and healthy dog, the Dogington Post is reviewing products, toys, foods, treats, and rescue organizations in our first annual Dogington Post Awards Program!
Each week, we’ll present the nominees in a particular category. And, YOU, our readers, will have an opportunity to weigh-in on your favorites, to help us choose a winner!
Nominees from each category for the Dogington Post Award have been selected based on strict criteria including dedication to animal welfare, educating the public on responsible pet ownership, and nationwide initiatives to end the homelessness of animals.
This week, we’re presenting the nominees for Best Dog Rescue in 2012!
It was virtually impossible to narrow this list down to a precious few nominees. Each and every single rescue organization from every corner of the world deserves recognition for the desperately needed work that they do, for every life that they have saved, for every dog that, because of them, has a loving family to snuggle up to, and for every minute of time spent tirelessly devoted to animal welfare. If it was possible to give an award to every rescue organization on the planet, we would. You are all SO deserving.
Our nominees have shown widespread reach, developed national education programs, and have saved the lives of thousands of dogs around the globe.
Dogington Post’s Best Dog Rescue nominees are:
Founded in 1984, Best Friends Animal Society works nationwide with shelters, rescue organizations, and their members to promote pet adoption, spay and neuter programs, and to educate pet owners on humane treatment, in addition to operating a sanctuary and adoption center.
The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in southwest Utah is the largest no-kill shelter in the United States, recently recognized for taking in many of the dogs that were saved from Michael Vick’s infamous pitbull fighting ring. Many of the former Vick dogs are legally unable to be adopted out, and will spend the remainder of their lives living at the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is home to nearly 1,700 animals receiving special care, medical procedures, or simply taking time to heal emotionally before finding their forever homes.
Best Friends’ mission is to end the senseless euthanization of nearly 4 million healthy (or treatable) and adoptable homeless pets across the country each year. When they began their no-kill initiative, the number of homeless pets killed in shelters around the country was peaking at 17 million per year. Their hope is to get to get that figure down to zero.
To learn more about Best Friends Animal Society or to make a tax-deductible donation, click here.
Established in 2007, the National Mill Dog Rescue is dedicated to rescuing puppy mill dogs and putting an end to the puppy mill industry. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder and Executive Director, rescued Lily from a dog auction in Missouri. Prior to that day, Lily had spent the first seven years of her life as a commercial breeding dog, a puppy mill mom. Determined that her years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country.
Through nationwide efforts, the National Mill Dog Rescue is educating Americans on the cruelty of puppy mills, encouraging them to adopt animals only from shelters and rescue groups or reputable breeders, and rescuing, rehabilitating, and re-homing former mill dogs.
Located in Peyton, Colorado, the National Mill Dog Rescue is run almost entirely by a devoted team of over 1,300 volunteers nationwide. The organization has rescued nearly 7,000 puppy mill dogs since their launch, with over 200 in their care, looking for new homes, at any given time. Through rescue and education, NMDR continues their life-saving work while educating the public about the truth of pet store puppies.
For more information about the National Mill Dog Rescue or to make a tax-deductible donation, click here.
The Beagle Freedom Project began in December 2010 when Shannon Keith received information that Beagles who were used for animal experiments in a research lab were to be given a chance at freedom.
Testing done on beagles in universities and other research facilities includes medical/pharmaceutical, household products and cosmetics. When they are no longer wanted for research purposes, some labs attempt to find homes for adoptable, healthy beagles. Working directly with these laboratories, Beagle Freedom Project is able to remove and transport Beagles and place them in loving homes. All rescues are done legally with the cooperation of the facility. With time, patience, play, companionship, love – and most of all, freedom – these dogs learn how to just be dogs, and their transformations are amazing.
While former research Beagles can pose challenges, understandably, as they have never had the chance to just be a dog, they have proven to quickly adjust to life outside of a cage to be exceptional companions.
To learn more about the Beagle Freedom Project or to make a tax-deductible donation, click here.
North Shore Animal League America, headquartered in Port Washington, New York, is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. Since 1944, The League’s mission has been saving the lives of pets through adoption, rescue, spay/neuter and advocacy initiatives.
Every year, the League reaches across the country to rescue, nurture and adopt nearly 20,000 homeless pets. To date, the League has placed close to one million puppies, kittens, cats and dogs into carefully screened homes. One of the first animal rescue agencies on the ground in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Sandy, the League rescued thousands of pets abandoned and displaced by the storms.
The North Shore Animal League is also dedicated to elevating the acceptance of mixed breed dogs. Through education and advocacy, they’ve virtually eliminated the former stigma attached to non-purebred dogs.
To learn more about the North Shore Animal League or to make a tax-deductible donation, click here.
Yes, these amazing organizations are all deserving of the title of Best Dog Rescue. However, there can only be one winner! Please leave a comment below, letting us know which one YOU think best deserves our award!