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, John Contino. “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."
FAVS announces, "Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists (FAVS) is very excited about the development of a new partnership with Mighty Mutts to promote the health of adopted pets in New York City. FAVS has been providing 24-hour emergency and specialty care in Manhattan since 2003. Our team of specialists provides services in the areas of emergency and critical care, surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, internal medicine, and cardiology. We are continuously expanding the array of specialties provided full-time by our team of caring and passionate doctors.
We provide round-the-clock emergency care to meet the needs of
your pets 365 days a year. We work closely with your primary care veterinarian to ensure that you and your pet have constant access to veterinary care. Our goal in partnering with Mighty Mutts is to provide high-quality medical care for your adopted pet and serve as a neighborhood –friendly 24-hour Emergency Care & Specialty Hospital. Any questions, please contact us at FAVS, 212-924-3311."
Today's fundraiser at Ruff Club, the dog-friendly social club in the East Village, was quite a success. Lots of attendees, both the 2-legged and 4-legged variety, came out to enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, cupcakes, and more.
Thank you to Ruff Club for generously hosting this event and helping with event coordination and preparation! Check out the pictures from this event below.
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