It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mighty Mutt alum, Gia. After struggling with a very aggressive cancer over the past few weeks, she passed away on her own yesterday morning surrounded by her beloved family. Her parents were by her side at the hospital from 3am on, never leaving her side. She had her favorite yellow comforter and had her head right on her mom's leg.
This holiday season, get your animal's photo taken with Santa to benefit Mighty Mutts and Ollie's Place! Our volunteer photographer will be taking portraits at the Downtown Veterinary Medical Group's Battery Park and Tribeca/Soho locations for a donation of $5, proceeds helping out our organization. Thank you to the very talented Janet and to Downtown Veterinary Medical Group as well!
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#GivingTuesday is a globally-recognized holiday focused on the importance on giving back. We are hoping our many generous supporters will use this day to make a donation to us! On 12/2, let’s get on our social media channels and promote this day, with a special shout out to Mighty Mutts & Ollie’s Place. Spreading the word can be as easy as sharing a photo of your favorite Mighty Mutt or cat. And, you can hashtag #GivingTuesday for maximum reach. More hashtags recommended for this global event are: #payitforward and #grateful
For more info about the holiday, visit GivingTuesday.org. To donate now, click here.
On Tuesday, November 4th, The Village Underground presented a night of comedy hosted by Dave Attell, and they asked us to attend with one of our Mutts! The night featured a great line-up of comics, including: Dov Davidoff, Ari Shaffir, Ted Alexandro, Jessica Kirson, Kurt Metzger, Rich Vos and Jay Oakerson, and a raffle was held with benefits going to Mighty Mutts.
AnVilEntertainment Recorder's 9th Annual Holidaze Show To Benefit Mighty Mutts Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery
NEW YORK (November 1st, 2014) – AnVilEntertainment Recorders brings their Ninth Annual Holidaze Benefit show to Williamsburg’s Spike Hill (186 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY) on Thursday, December 4th, 2014. AnVilEntertainment Recorders is proud to present the ninth year of Holiday Music for a great local charity. This year AnVilEntertainment Recorders will be holding the show to benefit the animal rescue organization, Mighty Mutts. Local brewer Brooklyn Brewery will sponsor the event.
This Saturday, October 25th, Aveda at Columbus Circle will be doing hair styling, massages, mini-facials and make-up for donations to Mighty Mutts from 12 pm - 6 pm. Aveda's mission is to care for the world we live in. We will have t-shirts and tote bags on-site for specific donation amounts. There will also be special appearances by Mighty Mutts alumni, Pepper and Fern.
On Friday, September 12, 2014, non-for-profit organization Mighty Mutts hosted their 20th anniversary celebration at the prestigious Mercedes Club. Hundreds turned out to commemorate the all-volunteer, no-kill organization's dedication to rescuing and rehabilitating the strays of New York City.
"The 20th Anniversary Party was the best we've ever had," said Founder, John Contino. "It was incredible to see such a huge number of supporters all united for one cause. We're very fortunate to be able to celebrate this milestone and are excited about the momentum we're gaining as an organization."
The Mercedes Club played a vital role in the success of the event. By securing donations from Stecchino's Restaurant and Dyckman Beer Co, in addition to providing musical entertainment and an incredible amount of support, the luxury fitness and lifestyle club made it possible for Mighty Mutts to host an event at no cost to the small non-profit group. Additional donations from Magnolia Bakery and Clarelicious Cupcakes were also integral to the party.
"We couldn't have been more pleased with how the event turned out," said Executive Director, Michelle Marlowe. "But what is even more exciting is what is to come. We were able to raise awareness about our organization and how people can get involved through volunteering, donating, sponsoring, fostering and adopting. It's the dawn of a new era for Mighty Mutts!"
The funds raised at the celebration will help the organization to provide food, shelter and ongoing veterinary care for the rescued animals who come into the care of Mighty Mutts and Ollie's Place. To find out how to get involved with the organization, please visit www.mightymutts.org.
Mighty Mutts, Inc.
Founded in 1994 by John Contino, Mighty Mutts is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization sustained solely through donations. Mighty Mutts is an all-volunteer, no-kill organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating the strays of New York City. Each day, thousands of stray dogs and cats are forced to live in our city’s streets and alleyways, crawling about these desolate areas for refuge. Alone, starving, and in desperate need of veterinary care, these poor creatures struggle day by day for their very lives. Mighty Mutts is driven to help change all of this. To learn more about Mighty Mutts, visit http://www.mightymutts.org/.
On Friday, September 12th, 2014, hundreds turned out to celebrate 20 years of saving animals' lives with Mighty Mutts Animal Rescue and the founder. Our gracious host, The Mercedes Club, was the perfect place for mingling, dancing, winning raffle prizes and celebrating in style. Thanks to our many sponsors, including Dyckman Beer, Stecchino's Restaurant, and Magnolia Bakery.
Check out photos from the event below:
Listen to Mighty Mutts' founder speak at the event in the video below (skip ahead to 17:10):
To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we have partnered with local photographer Jamie Hildebrandt of Dogs of Manhattan on a Happy Tails project. She has interviewed many of our happy families and will be posting their stories over the course of 20 days (leading up to our 20th Anniversary Party). Check out some of the photos below, visit our Happy Tails page, and then head over to Dogs of Manhattan to see more of Jamie's work.
URGENT - HELP US GET A NEW VAN
Our Mighty Mutts van died. The gas tank exploded
and (thankfully) no one was hurt. This means we can't transport our dogs or collect food donations at our weekly adoption drives in Union Square.
We're turning 20! To celebrate this exciting milestone and 20 years of happy tails, we are throwing a party on Friday, September 12th, from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. But it wouldn't be a party without all of our friends and supporters, so we want you to come celebrate with us at the beautiful Mercedes Club in midtown Manhattan. Come mingle with fellow volunteers, supporters, general animal lovers, and Mighty Mutts alumni families, with a special guest appearance from our founder.
Meet Kiko, the newest Mighty Mutt. Unlike most of our homeless pets, we do know Kiko's backstory, and it is quite impressive! Two years ago, 12-year old Kiko (then named Kilo), was at home with his dad when a man posing as a delivery person attempted to break in. When Kiko's dad tried to keep the man out, Kiko sprung into action to help, and the man shot him in the head.
Amazingly, he survived, earning the title "Hero Dog". His story was all over the news, and as huge pit bull fans, it caught Mighty Mutts' attention.
2013 was definitely the year of the pit bull. We are so encouraged by the positive groundswell that is taking place around this wonderful breed. All over the country, breed specific legislation is being overturned in favor of more general dangerous dog laws that place accountability on dog owners. And over the past year, we have seen lots of positive headlines featuring heroic pit bulls, putting their lives on the line to save their owners or even perfect strangers. Take a look at some of our favorite hero pit bulls from 2013:
Baby, the 10-year old pit bull who saved humans and dogs from a house fire
When a house fire broke out overnight, Baby was the only one to smell the smoke. After waking up her humans and leading them to safety, she went back in to help with her dog-siblings. One dog was hiding under a bed, and she dragged it to safety.
Read the full story >
For this joyous holiday season, Mighty Mutts would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all of your support throughout the years.
'Tis the season to be jolly for giving and for showing compassion for the innocent creatures in our society. Although Mighty Mutts makes every effort to find forever, loving homes for all of our precious rescued friends, for a few, sometimes this is not always accomplished. This is the time of year which brings to mind more vividly the story of one of them in particular, one that we would like to share with all of you.
The Story of Sydney, The Dog Who Never Found A Home:
A Christmas Tale from our founder.
The first time I saw Sydney, it was on a snowy Christmas Eve before midnight, as he walked the streets of Coney Island searching for morsels of food in the garbage pails in from of Nathan's Famous Restaurant. As I remember, it was 15 degrees that night as I followed him for hours through the desolate streets and windswept alleys of this God-forsaken neighborhood. As people were beginning to celebrate Christmas, there was no celebrating for Sydney. As cars blew their horns at him and people chased him away, I couldn't help but notice that he was freezing as he kept walking with all of his ribs showing–scared, tired, with his tail between his legs and his head down to keep the snow from blowing into his eyes. As I looked at his weary face and into his hopeless eyes, I got the sad feeling he knew that he was alone in this cruel world and that no one cared.
Nikki and Dan Call are Mighty Mutts supporters who have been instrumental in the betterment of the lives of many of our animals. Their generous donations have helped us to save many dogs and cats.
Apart from their work with Mighty Mutts, Dan is a talented musician who performs with the band The Villains. Please support those who support us by checking out The Villains on their website, Facebook page and their Youtube channel.
About the band:
The Villains are an Atlanta based band whose second record 'Velocity' was released last year on Toucan Cove/ Universal Records. Their American rock/country style has been compared to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, The Eagles, and The Band. The song '(My) Rainy Day Girl' recently broke the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart reaching #24. Their second single 'Don't Know A Thing' is currently moving up the charts.
The members of the The Villains share a mutual passion for the welfare of all animals, especially of the one's that need human care the most. They discovered Mighty Mutts and Ollie's Place through a mutual friend and were impressed with the dedication and drive they put forth everyday for the abused and neglected in New York City. A very tall order but, they are up for the challenge. The Villains endorse and fully support their efforts and want to continue their affiliation with this great organization.
Great News! Pedro's family has found a new home and is staying together! Thank you so much to all the supporters who donated to help this family. It is amazing to see the community come together and raise $3500 for this family.
We will post photos and updates as they get settled in.
NEW YORK, NY --- On Friday, September 12, 2014, not-for-profit organization Mighty Mutts will be hosting their 20th anniversary celebration at the renowned Mercedes Club. The event will commemorate the all-volunteer, no-kill organization’s dedication to rescuing and rehabilitating the strays of New York City. “As a non-profit organization, every year has been a struggle,” said Founder. “It’s a miracle that we’re still here, and we’re very fortunate to be able to celebrate this milestone and recognize those who have been with us through the years.”
"It's really wonderful to see all the support that has come in for Pedro and his family. What a special dog!" - Pedro Supporter
Only one week into our month-long fundraiser to help former Mighty Mutt Pedro and his family stay together, and we have already raised $1100!
Things are starting looking up for this sickly little puppy who found a loving and caring home with his adoptive parents, Sam and Bryan–but we still have a long way to go! With an overall goal of $5000 to help rehome this happy family, we are at about 20%.
Learn about the situation this family has found itself in on our fundraiser page–here.
Please spread the word and help out by donating to our cause.
This is Pedro and his wonderful new family. Many of you know about Pedro and have been following his long journey to health and happiness. For those who don't, I will explain. Mighty Mutts Rescue Organization saved Pedro from an upstate kill shelter about 18 months ago. We were lied to about his state of being both mentally and physically. He was literally at death's door. He had no hair and was covered in bloody scabs. He had hookworm, mange and giardia. He had to live at the vet's office for a month. He also was completely fearful with other animals. Mighty Mutts amassed a team of supporters to help him gain confidence and help with his medical treatments. He was living at our cat adoption center Ollie's Place and learned to live in harmony with the cats. Although he was improving on many fronts, finding a home for him seemed nearly impossible based on his special needs. Well, a miracle happened when one of our dog walkers named Bryan and his girlfriend Samantha decided to take him in with their 3-legged rescue kitty. Mighty Mutts agreed to continue to pay the medical bills since they are costly.
by April Lang, LCSW
If anybody has any doubt that we are living in an ageist society, just turn on the television or peruse a fashion or gossip magazine. Youth is glamorized. Youth is glorified. Unfortunately, this attitude also extends to our companion animals as people clamor for the puppies and kittens at shelters and rescue groups, mostly oblivious to the seniors in their midst. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with being entranced by a young one’s oversized paws or outsized energy. It’s just that the seniors end up languishing in shelters and boarding facilities, not being given a fair shake. Sure, maybe their fur is no longer thick and lustrous, but it still craves a warm caress. And yes, their eyes may be a little less clear and shiny, but they’re still capable of gazing at you with love. If you’re willing to give a senior animal that fair shake, you’ll soon find that your new pal isn’t the only one reaping benefits.
By: Megan Eaton
I don’t remember when I went from being scared of dogs to loving them. As a young child, I preferred my pet parakeet, Perry. He knew his own name, gave me kisses, rode around on my shoulder, and said “Birds can’t talk.” (Really.) A fear of dogs developed seemingly out of nowhere. By age 9, on a family trip to Finland, I cowered when a Newfoundland tied up at a gas station barked from across the street, and clung to the wall in the airport stairwell when I passed a drug-sniffing Labrador. The fear eased over time, and eventually I met the first dog I remember truly loving: my dad’s 2-year-old rescued Sheltie named Keksi (Finnish for “biscuit”).
Anna with Gia, her current foster dog
We first featured one of our foster parents last summer with our interview of Robert Herskovitz, current foster dad to Mighty Mutt Dinah. At the time, he was fostering Mighty Mutt alumnus Zach, who was soon adopted. Next, he fostered Gabe, another Mighty Mutt who was also adopted. Robert is definitely a Mighty Mutts
all-star, but he's not the only one...we are "Mighty" after all!
For this edition of "Serial Fosters", we caught up with Anna, foster mom to senior Mighty Mutt, Gia. Anna first fostered with another rescue group, and has fostered two Mighty Mutts since then. We took this opportunity to ask Anna many of the questions we get about fostering, in order to get a real foster mom's take on them.
How did you get involved with Mighty Mutts?
I have been with Mighty Mutts for about a year now! I cannot even remember how many years I passed by Mighty Mutts at Union Square and said to myself - "I want to volunteer for them, but I am too busy..." In October of 2011, we decided to foster through another rescue group. After 7 months with our first foster dog, and after finding him an amazing home, I walked by Mighty Mutts again. That time I said - "I want to volunteer for them...and it does not matter how busy I am...I am doing it!" And I took my first Saturday shift.
"I walked by Mighty Mutts again. That time I said - "I want to volunteer for them...and it does not matter how busy I am...I am doing it!" And I took my first Saturday shift."
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