Written with LA songwriter/producer Rich Jacques, the song represents a departure for her. Most of her songs, she says, are “thematically intense.”
“I wanted to create something light, fun, and feel-good for the holidays,” she said.
For the video, Foster, who has a dog named Bug, invited submissions of photos of pets celebrating the holidays.
“Mom always told me I should write a Christmas song,” she notes on her website (where the song can be purchased and downloaded). “At the time, being a little younger, I thought that seemed cheesy … like something Barbra Streisand or Kenny Rogers would do.
“But as I get a little older, and hopefully wiser, I am very clear that ‘cheese’ is good. It’s endearing, in fact, and it makes people FEEL good. I love cheese!!!”
Foster says she and Jacques worked on the song at her home, finishing up at 2 a.m. on Dec. 5, which, she notes, was her mother’s birthday.
“It would have been Mom’s 74th birthday. I hadn’t planned that out or even thought about it. Pretty sweet… ”
Posted by jwoestendiek December 28th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: christmas, christmas time is here, donation, downloads, fundraising, funds, hope for paws, jen foster, profits, rescue, singer, song, songwriter
A Chicago-area man has left $1.5 million to local animal shelters, specifying that the money go only to those that have no-kill policies.
Sylvester Czopek died in October of last year at age 84 in a hospice in Joliet.
Before his death, he set up a trust directing that his estate’s assets be distributed among local animal shelters that — though the definition of “no-kill” can vary — strive to avoid euthanizing pets who don’t get adopted.
Czopek, according to WLS, was the last of five brothers from Lemont, all of whom never married.
WLS reported that the $1.5 million will be split between five no-kill shelters:
- Will County Humane Society in Shorewood
- West Suburban Humane Society in Downers Grove
- Naperville Area Humane Society
- Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge
- PAWS Chicago Adoption Center
Posted by jwoestendiek December 28th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animal, animal welfare, Animal Welfare League, bequeath, chicago, dogs, donation, euthanasia, Naperville Area Humane Society, no-kill no kill, PAWS Chicago Adoption Center, pets, shelters, Sylvester Czopek, trust, West Suburban Humane Society, will, Will County Humane Society
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever attacked a pit bull mix with an ax in Bradenton, Florida is up to $13,600 — thanks to a big donation from the co-creator of “The Simpsons.”
Hollywood writer, producer and director Sam Simon pledged $10,000 to the reward created to help find those responsible for leaving a 2-year-old red and white pit bull mix named Axel with a two-inch-deep gash in his head, apparently inflicted by an ax.
Simon is founder of the Sam Simon Foundation, which adopts dogs from shelters and trains them as hearing dogs for the deaf, and runs a variety of other programs aimed at saving the lives of dogs and enriching the lives of humans.
Simon announced the contribution Friday morning on the nationally syndicated radio show of Bubba The Love Sponge. (Bubba kicked in $1,000 as well.)
The donations brought the reward to over $13,000, according to the Bradenton Herald.
The veterinarian’s office reports that, except when under anesthesia, Axel’s tail has been wagging constantly.
The wound damaged the dog’s sinus cavity and while pieces of his skull had to be removed during the operation, he is expected to make a full recovery, veterinarian Luke Berglund said.
The $13,600 reward, which will be given to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved
Axel is being given pain medicine and antibiotics, and will undergo treatment for heartworms this week. Based on his other scars, it’s possible he was used in dogfights or as a bait dog.
Anyone with information about the incident, or interested in fostering Axel, can call Manatee County Animal Services at 941-742-5933 ext. 8314. Tips can also be reported to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-TIPS(8477).
Posted by jwoestendiek December 3rd, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abuse, animal cruelty, animals, ax, axel, bradenton, cruelty to animals, dog fighting, dogfighting, dogs, donation, florida, head, manatee county, mix, pets, pit bull, reward, sam simon, sam simon foundation, surgery, the simpsons, wound
Rachael Ray is donating $500,000 to the ASPCA to help pets who were displaced, hurt or lost during Superstorm Sandy.
On top of that, Ray’s pet food company, Nutrish, is sending four tons of wet and dry dog food to help feed the animals affected by Sandy. It’s the largest donation ever by the company.
Ray announced the donations Friday, and again on her television program today.
The $500,000 will be used by the ASPCA to lease a building that can be used as a central shelter for Sandy animals, provide mobile veterinary services, hand out supplies and continue searching for lost pets.
Since Sandy, the ASPCA had rescued more than 250 animals and treated or provided supplies to nearly 6,000 in New York City and Long Island.
Ray teamed up with the ASPCA earlier thisyear for its $100,000 shelter challenge, a photo contest whose winners are to be announced this week.
Ray is also donating $100,000 to City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City.
“When you make your living in food, you have to give back in the same way,” she said.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 12th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: $500000, american society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, animal welfare, animals, aspca, displaced, dog food, dogs, donation, find, half million, hurricane, lost, new york, nutrish, pets, rachael ray, rescue, sandy, shelter, storm, superstorm
Rourke, in Romania filming the thriller “Dead in Tombstone,” made the decision after finding a stray dog on the set, named Foxy, and adopting it.
According to the Bucharest Herald, Rourke said the shelter will be called The Wild Dogs of Romania Sanctuary and that it will not be a money-making operation.
He also said he will come to Romania whenever necessary to see how the project is going.
Rourke has already found several partners for the project, including two Romanian veterinarians.
The actor said the shelter will be as large as a football field and will be able to host thousands of dogs. The Herald reported that Rourke is already in contact with an investor who will sell him a plot of land south of the capital.
Rourke’s a hard core dog lover who, after receiving the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in The Wrestler, took time to acknowledge his dogs in his acceptance speech – “the ones that are here, that aren’t here anymore, because sometimes when a man’s alone, that’s all you got is your dog. And they meant the world to me.”
He credits his Chihuahua Loki, who passed away in 2009, with helping him battle years of depression.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 5th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: actor, adopt, adopted, animals, bucharest, chihuahua, dead in tombstone, dog, dogs, donation, foxy, funds, loki, mickey rourke, money, pets, raising, rescue, romania, romanian, shelter, stray, strays, street dogs, the wild dogs of romania
A dog found shot on an Indian reservation is slowly recovering, and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians has donated $2,500 to help pay his medical bills.
Chance, a retriever mix about 18 months old, is being cared for at the San Diego County Department of Animal Services Shelter after being found on the side of a road on the reservation, according to Fox 5 in San Diego
“We are very proud of the Viejas tribal family member who first discovered Chance on the side of the road and called authorities for help, the Viejas tribal firefighter who responded first and provided aid to Chance, as well as the veterinary professionals who saved this dog’s life,” tribal chairman Anthony Pico said
“This shooting goes against everything Viejas stands for and we will do everything we can to make sure Chance eventually gets to a home where he can know the safety, comfort and love that he deserves,” Pico said.
A single bullet passed through Chance’s lungs and his treatment included four days in an oxygen chamber.
The dog was found Feb. 20 by a woman who spotted him from her car. Animal Services is investigating the shooting.
The tribal contribution will go into the Animal Services Department’s Spirit Fund, which pays for veterinary care beyond what the shelter can afford. The dog’s owner was located and surrendered him to the county.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case, and San Diego Animal Advocates is offering an additional reward up to $2,000 for information leading to a conviction. Anyone with more information is urged to call county Animal Services at 619-236-2341, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.
(Photos: San Diego Department of Animal Services)
Posted by jwoestendiek March 2nd, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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We start the New Year by looking back at one of last year’s most downer dog stories (and there were many) — that of a stray pit bull who wandered into a hardware store and ended up getting euthanized, despite the efforts of rescue groups and a community to save him.
And we start – Happy New Year! — with what is both its latest twist and its silver lining:
A Detroit rescue group’s efforts to save that pit bull — named Ace – has moved an anonymous California woman to donate $1.5 million to build a no-kill shelter in a city that sorely needs one
Detroit Dog Rescue says the donation — in the form of stock options — came from a woman they described as “a fellow dog rescuer who is battling a life-threatening illness.”
“She just kind of nonchalanty, very humbly, just rambled off very quickly, ‘I just want you to know that we’re going to do this very fast and it’s just going to be a quick transfer of stocks to you guys. You should have the million dollars overnight,’” co-founder Daniel “Hush” Carlisle told Channel 4 News. “And I was like, ‘Excuse me? Did you just say a million dollars?’”
On November 4, the rescue learned through emails and Facebook posts that a dog had wandered into an Ace Hardware store on E. McNichols. He was emaciated, and there were wounds on his neck. DDR staff rushed to the store — knowing all stray pit bulls seized in Detroit are euthanized — but animal control had arrived there first.
“Due to Detroit Animal Control’s egregious policy of euthanizing 100 percent of dogs that they deem to be pit bulls or pit mixes, we knew that Ace would almost certainly be put down,” DDR’s account of the story on its website explains.
“Luckily, the media had gotten a hold of the story as thousands rallied together. A group of people started a “Save Ace” Facebook page, and a licensed rescue (Stray K-9 Rescue) confirmed that they would take Ace if Detroit Animal Control would release him.”
Ace’s supporters attended a city council meeting to urge the dog be released.
Despite that, city health department officials said Ace wouldn’t be released, and that if no owner came forward, he would be killed after the mandatory four-day holding period.
An owner did come forward, after seeing Ace on the news, stating the dog had been stolen from her home. But when she arrived at animal control to claim her dog, the dog she was shown wasn’t her’s. Nor was it Ace, DDR says.
The rescue group suspected animal control might have euthanized Ace the day he arrived, and that it was attempting to cover it up.
Hiring lawyers, the rescue group and the owner went to court and were granted an injunction that barred animal control from killing any dogs resembling Ace until a hearing could be held.
On Nov. 10, though, animal control reported it had euthanized Ace.
“We at Detroit Dog Rescue believe that Detroit Animal Control put the dog they tried to pass off as Ace down early rather than have to prove whether he was or was not Ace … Their preferred method is one of eradication and they believe themselves to be above the law. They bumbled, lied, tried to backtrack, and then disregarded a direct order from the judge,” the DDR website says.
While unsuccessful in saving the dog, DDR’s efforts impressed the mystery donor.
DDR spokesman David Rudolph said the donor tracked the organization’s work after seeing it on TV in May, and decided to make the donation after learning about the group’s attempt to save Ace.
Carlisle said the donation brought him to tears. “To have a donation of this size given to us in the amount of time that we’ve been up, 10 months, it’s going to be a really exciting time,” he said.
On top of that donation, DDR — whose budget had reportedly shrunk to $43 at one point — saw an influx of donations, more than $200,000, after it was featured on an NBC Nightly News segment called “Making a Difference.”
“This donation is just the beginning,” said Monica Martino, who co-founded the organization after city officials denied a Discovery Channel request to film her series “A Dog’s Life.”
“While Hush and I were working on the streets of Detroit, we saw firsthand the true scope and scale of the stray dog situation. This problem in Detroit is an epidemic and the system that is in place to control it is broken. The first step is to build a no-kill shelter.”
Posted by jwoestendiek January 1st, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: ace, ace hardware, animal control, animals, daniel carlisle, detroit, detroit animal control, detroit dog rescue, dog, dogs, donation, donor, euthanasia, euthanized, facebook, group, happy new year, hush, million, mystery, no-kill, pets, pit bull, pitbull, policy, rap artist, rapper, rescue, rescues, save ace, shelter, shelters, stray dogs, strays
The residents of a group home for developmentally disabled adults in Belleville, Ill., were distraught when their adopted dog Gigi disappeared over the Christmas holiday.
Gigi had been rescued from the flooded Mississippi River in southeastern Missouri this summer and adopted from a humane society by residents of the group home.
The arrangement was working out well for all, according to Trudy Baxter, director of programs and services for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois.
“We are one of just a couple of agencies that actually have a pet for the individuals with disabilities who live in our homes,” she said. “Gigi has been a wonderful pet. The residents have participated in petting her, bathing her and walking her. She has been a big part of the successful program.”
But according to the Belleville News Democrat, Gigi slipped outside and disappeared over Christmas. Despite a search of the neighborhood, and a $50 reward, no one could find her.
Hearing about what happened, a couple in Florissant, Mo., offered to donate their dog, Lily, a beagle mix who suffers from seizures, to the group home.
But then Gigi was found and returned safely, the News Democrat reported yesterday.
The couple plans to follow through with the donation, anyway, and give Lily to another group home operated by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 29th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, beagle, belleville, developmentally disabled, disabilities, dog, dogs, donation, epilepsy foundation, found, gigi, group home, home, illinois, lily, lost, offer, pet, pets, return
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and Golden Retriever Foundation (GRF) have joined together to offer $1 million to a canine cancer research project.
The foundations are partnering to solicit, review and select one canine cancer research project that, while focusing on golden retrievers, will potentially benefit the health of all dogs.
“Cancer is the number one cause of death in golden retrievers, so it’s important for us to support this type of research,” says David Kinghorn, GRF president. “With the help of golden retriever enthusiasts, we have donated more than $340,000 to CHF over the last 10 years, and we’re excited to make our largest donation yet.”
All applications will be reviewed by both foundations and at least three peer reviewers. In addition, each foundation’s board of directors must approve funding before a distinct project is awarded. A final project is expected to be approved by Dec. 31, 2013.
“Cancer plagues and takes the lives of many of our canine companions each year,” said Terry Warren, CHF chief executive officer and general counsel. “We’re happy to partner with GRF in this large funding initiative that may help all dogs live longer, healthier lives.”
Official announcements of the partnership will be made this week.
CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Since its inception, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 26th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: akc, animals, cancer, canine, canine cancer, canine health foundation, dogs, donation, foundations, fudning, golden retriever foundation, golden retrievers, grant, initiative, partnership, pets, research
Lisa Ison was going through a rough time four years ago when she met Bella, a Pekingese-Pomeranian mix, at an animal shelter in Denver.
“I was depressed. I was lonely. It was a real hard time and she saved my life,” said Ison, who was recovering from a back injury, a divorce and getting laid off. “I live alone, so having her there, she is always happy to see me and she is so loving. My life would not be the same without her.”
So when Bella became severely ill earlier this week after eating a ham bone, Ison was understandably distraught when a vet told her that trying to save her dog was going to cost around $1,800, half of which would be required up front.
“She was dehydrated, vomiting and not eating,” Dr. Jeff Steen at the Alameda Vet Hospital told 9 News in Denver. “She could have gotten septic and died.”
Ison didn’t have that kind of money. “I live paycheck to paycheck … I was hysterical. I was crying,” she said.
Ison stepped into the rest room to compose herself, and when she came out, a middle-aged couple she had met in the lobby gave her a hug and told her not to worry.
When she went to the front desk, the $900 had been paid.
After a few days, Bella pulled through. Ison still has the other half of her bill to pay, which she plans to do over time. Her donors remain anonymous.
“I was so touched and so moved that somebody would randomly do something so kind and so giving in these hard times. It restored my belief in human kindness,” Ison said.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 9th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alameda veterinary hospital, bella, bill, costs, denver, donation, donors, emergency, ham bone, health, illness, kindness, lisa ison, mystery, pekingese, pomeranian, strangers, vet, veterinarian, veterinary