You may have heard the story: in 2012, a twelve year old hero pit bull made headlines after he was shot in the head defending his owner during a home evasion—and lived. Dubbed Kilo the Super Dog, he survived the bullet glancing off his skull and made a full recovery. But two years later, Kilo’s owner came up on hard times and could no longer care for him; he wanted the hero dog to have the best possible life and gave him up. Mighty Mutts was able to bring him into our foster program that spring and gave him a new name to start his new life—Kiko.
Our volunteers love dogs and cats, of course, but really they love alllll animals. So in April, a group of our volunteers headed to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, a vegan farm sanctuary where one of our volunteer photographers also volunteers.
Just in time for summer, we are pleased to partner with ResQwalk, the get-fit app that donates to animal welfare organizations with every step you take, with or without a four-legged companion. It could not be easier to help our furry friends! All you do is download the free ResQwalk app (on Android or iOS), choose Mighty Mutts & Ollie’s Place as the rescue you want to support and hit the Start ResQwalk button! The app will track your activity via your phone's GPS.
On Saturday, March 5th, Justin Guarini and his charity, Random Acts, secured us a special donation of more than 2500 pounds of food for our dogs and cats by posting a “call to arms” on his social media. As part of Random Acts of Kindness day, the East Coast AMOK (Annual Melee of Kindness) team decided to partner with an animal rescue to donate goods and volunteer time. Volunteers from all over the country came out to our adoption drive to help load donations and then get to know our dogs! The dogs really appreciated the chance to make some new friends, and we did too!
It’s been a great season for adoptions here at Mighty Mutts!
Senior dogs must be really lucky this month, because puppy mill rescue Ziggyboo and her new friend Abby, our resident tripod dog, went to their forever home together with a lovely family with a passion for senior special needs dogs. Many of our other recent puppy mill rescues have also found homes: Pomeranian sisters Rita and Vita were both adopted—Rita to the family that adopted from us last year, and Vita to another local family; Precious was adopted after appearing at a single adoption drive—her new families just KNEW she was the perfect dog for them. Timmy was adopted to someone with a love for chihuahuas, and volunteer favorite Curly, aka Snuggle Monster Deluxe, went home with a family who has adopted from us before, ready to give him all the cuddles he could ever want!
by: Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM
Shelters have lovable dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages. Your chances of finding a wonderful companion who matches your lifestyle and family are excellent! About 25% of shelter dogs are purebred. The rest make up the best selection anywhere of unique, one‐of‐a‐kind mixed breeds, many of whom have already lived with families and have the basic social skills they need to become an enjoyable part of your household.
One of the best parts of adopting a shelter dog are that you are giving a deserving animal a new home and you are saving a life. It feels really good to help an animal in need, but there’s more: your adoption fee benefits other animals as well! By adopting a shelter dog, you are supporting the shelter’s good work in your community and helping to care for many homeless pets. Having a dog has scientifically proven health benefits, like lowering anxiety, warding off depression and lowering blood pressure.
Read the full guide for free here: http://www.lifestylepets.org/shelter-dog/ebook/Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-LifestylePets.pdf
The WagAware Charm is the only charm that saves dogs’ lives. When you or your dog wears a WagAware Charm, you encourage the adoption of dogs in need of loving, forever homes. Plus WagAware donates an unprecedented 50% of its profits to shelters, rescue groups and animal welfare charities. That’s $1 donated to rescue dogs for every $1 we keep as profit! From Dec. 9-18, WagAware will donate 50% of ALL SALES of WagAware and CatAware Charms to Mighty Mutts Animal Rescue. Get yours here >
AnVilEntertainment Recorders 10th Annual Holidaze Show to Benefit Mighty Mutts & Ollie's Place on December 19th
Join us for a night of indie music to benefit Mighty Mutts & Ollie’s Place Animal Rescue. Saturday, Dec. 19th, $7 cover, starting at 7 pm at Bar Matchless – 557 Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn. Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. RSVP on Facebook.
Here's the line-up:
7:30p insufficient funds
8:30p LIFE Coach
9:30p Bound and Buried
10:30p Molly Rhythm
11:30p Johnny Mellor's Bastardos
DJ Chris J
This past April, things weren’t looking too good for Ravioli, a 4 mo. old German Shepherd puppy whose only sin in his short life was that he had been born in Pennsylvania in an Amish puppy mill. The Amish breeders decided that Ravioli couldn’t make them a profit, since he had been born with two toes missing from one foot, which caused him to walk with a severe limp. They were about to cut their losses and take him out back to shoot him (which is perfectly legal in PA), when Barbara Brook, a Mighty Mutts volunteer of 21 years, came upon the scene to save his life. Mill owners usually won’t give up their dogs to anyone for free, even though they plan on killing them, and therefore to save their lives, they must be purchased.
MIGHTY MUTTS TEAMS WITH WAGGYTAIL RESCUE AND SOHO PHOTO GALLERY TO RAISE DONATIONS FOR NYC’S STRAY ANIMALS.
“IT’S A DOG’S WORLD” exhibition runs from Wed., December 2 – Sun., Jan. 2
New York, NY (November 16, 2015) – In conjunction with their exhibition, “It’s a Dog’s World”, Soho Photo Gallery has teamed with no-kill animal rescue organizations Mighty Mutts and Waggytail Rescue to raise donations for New York’s homeless and abandoned animals. The exhibition’s opening reception will be held Tuesday, December 1, 6pm-8pm.
On Sunday, December 13, from 1pm-6pm, volunteers from Mighty Mutts and Waggytail Rescue will be at the gallery with several adoptable dogs to show how loving and amazing they are. Original and handmade Christmas ornaments and dreidels will be available for donation to the organization.
In the spirit of the Holidays, several artists have generously agreed to donate proceeds from the sale of their work to Mighty Mutts & Waggytail. The artwork will be on silent auction from Wednesday, December 2 – Saturday, January 2.
The exhibition, “It’s a Dog’s World,” features work by George Grubb, Mark Santos, Paul Stetzer, and Pernille Westh. Many of the photographs document the plight of homeless dogs.
Mighty Mutts & Ollie’s Place Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2016 United Airlines NYC Half Set for Sunday, March 20
Kevin Behan, the author of Natural Dog Training and Your Dog is Your Mirror, is giving a lecture on his dog behavior theories at this event in NYC on 10/29. He is a supporter of Mighty Mutts and all proceeds of the event will go to us as a donation! It's a great way to learn more about rescue dogs and help Mighty Mutts. Hope to see you there!
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BROADWAY’S BIGGEST LITTLE MUSICAL
STARRING JOHN BOLTON, MARA DAVI, DANNY GARDNER, ELOISE KROPP, LESLI MARGHERITA AND CARY TEDDER
IN PREVIEW PERFORMANCES NOW OPENING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015
SETTING SAIL AT BROADWAY’S HELEN HAYES THEATRE
BOOK AND LYRICS BY: GEORGE HAIMSOHN AND ROBIN MILLER
MUSIC BY: JIM WISE
DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY: RANDY SKINNER
Mighty Mutts & Ollie's Place Animal Rescue has been saving dogs and cats in New York City since 1994. We want to continue the good work we're doing for NYC's neediest animals, but we can't do it without your help. Mighty Mutts & Ollie's Place have many animals in our care and even financially support some of our "special case" adopted animals for their whole lives! In addition, we do nightly feeding runs around the city to help feed the many stray and feral cats that cannot be immediately rescued. A recent loss of our food sponsor has put us in an urgent situation, we have a lot of animals that depend on us and as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we depend on supporters like you to keep us going.
By Caitlin Jill Anders
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes — including canine. A dog named Kiko took a bullet for his owner, lost his home and is now looking for his second chance.
Kiko made the news in 2012, when he saved his owner from a home invasion. A man masquerading as a UPS delivery driver tried to break into Kiko's home on Staten Island, New York. When Kiko tried to stop him, he was shot in the head. Luckily for Kiko, the bullet ricocheted off his skull, and he was miraculously able to make a full recovery, even though he is a senior dog.
That would have been the perfect happy ending, but, unfortunately, Kiko's owner ran into some hard times about two years ago. He was forced to move and couldn't take Kiko with him. Kiko saved his owner's life and home, and then suddenly found himself without a home at all.
Mighty Mutts learned of Kiko's plight, and in late 2014 Kiko was transferred into their care. "The first few weeks of adoption drives, it was obvious that Kiko was very confused, and just seemed to be looking for his owner," Jill Haynes of Mighty Mutts told The Dodo. "Initially we thought he was a little shut down, but after a bit of time we realized he was actually just completely deaf."
Mighty Mutts/Ollie's Place is in dire need of a food donor or corporate sponsor for our rescue cats. In addition to the many rescue kitties we have at Ollie's Place and in foster homes, Mighty Mutts feeds hundreds of cats yearly on a nightly feeding route as we work to get them to safety.
If you work for a pet food company, pet food distributor, pet retailer, corporate sponsor or are an individual that would like to financially sponsor our food program, please contact Michelle at 875-7538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I’m Kalsang de Medici Rigas formerly known as Tex aka Dallas and I’m a 6 year old Boxer. My name Kalsang (pronounced Kal-sung) was suggested by a Tibetan lama as a good darma name for a pet. My human initially wanted to name me Gunther (battle warrior). At first it seemed appropriate as I do come from a robust German lineage. I am a warrior but certainly not into any kind of battle except when I have to visit a vet. So out went Gunther and in came Kalsang (meaning good fortune in Tibetan)...
by Jordan Walker
Jordan Walker is a regular contributor at the Coops And Cages blog where he shares his expertise about a wide range of pets including the ever loyal dogs. In this article, he explores the wonderful benefits of having your pet dog as your exercise bud.
by Amber Kingsley
Getting a new dog is an exciting time. With all the preparations and plans that come with adding a new dog to your home, it’s important to be organized and aware of all the areas to address as you introduce your dog to your family and your lifestyle.
Decide how you want your dog to fit into your home, from behavior to physical space. If he isn’t to be allowed on the furniture, be sure everyone in the family knows to shoo him off of the sofa. Figure out where you want your pup to sleep, and furnish the area with a dog bed or pillow. Some dog owners crate their new animal at first, both when they are not at home and at night. This may be a good way to ensure that your new dog knows where to sleep.
About a dozen new cats just arrived at Ollie's, all are friendly and ready for their forever homes. Stop in during open hours and get to know them! Updates and bios will be posted as we get more information.
Sugar is a 4yr old pit bull mix. She last was seen at 210 East 26th Street on Monday, February 23. Please visit the Facebook page that has been set up to help reunite Sugar with her owners.
Aveda at Columbus Circle graciously opened their doors to Mighty Mutts for a third time on Sunday, February 8th from 12:30-5:30 pm. The high-end beauty company offered free services in exchange for donations to Mighty Mutts.
Susie's Senior Dogs stopped by one of our adoption drives to learn about Dallas, our 6 year old boxer mix rescued from an abusive home. The feature helped Dallas gain some exposure, but he is still on the hunt for his forever home.
Check it out the post here >
Thank you to Kelly Ford and NASH-FM 94.7 for interviewing our Executive Director, Michelle Marlowe, on air about Mighty Mutts! The interview will air on NASH Matters this Sunday, Jan. 25th at 5:00AM on NASH-FM 94.7! If you are unable to listen at that time, the interview will be posted on the website as early as this afternoon!
Check it out here!
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