Check out photos from the event below:
On Friday, September 12th, 2014, hundreds turned out to celebrate 20 years of saving animals' lives with Mighty Mutts Animal Rescue and John Contino. 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. The event was a great success, raising almost $10,000 for Mighty Mutts and Ollie's Place.
Check out photos from the event below:
Listen to Mighty Mutts' founder, John Contino, 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 John Contino.
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.
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The Story of Sydney, The Dog Who Never Found A Home: A Christmas Tale from our founder, John T. Contino
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, John T. Contino
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.
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