Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 3, 2011
When Richard Maize is not helping the homeless in LA, he can be seen assembling beds for stray dogs and cats at the Los Angeles Animal Shelter.
“My wife Rochelle and I are proud to have donated 69 beds to stray dogs and cats which are awaiting caring homes,” says Richard Maize.
“We trust that our actions here today will serve as an inspiration to many others in helping these loyal, intelligent, four legged friends of ours who are responsible for protecting our homes, making sure that they are clean and providing us and our children with an abundance of unconditional love.”
“Thousands of dogs in animal shelters across the country sleep on cold, wet, concrete floors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Cats in cages have little alternatives to sleeping in their litter pans,” says Richard Maize.
Richard Maize is a proud pet owner taking care of several dogs and cats over many years.
He owns two pets today – a Shiatsu dog and Himalayan cat. Maize recently lost a young, 4 year-old Yorkshire Terrier named Penny to brain disease that he says still brings tears to his eyes when thinking about her.
“We contacted Kuranda USA, a small manufacturing company based in Annapolis, Maryland. They provide “chewproof” designs for kennels, shelters and chewing puppies. These beds are soft, off the floor providing comfort for dogs and cats of all sizes for many years. They are easy to clean and deodorize.”
Richard Maize states: “These beautiful dogs and cats provide us and our children with protection, companionship and unconditional love. The least we can do is make sure that they are safe, comfortable and being cared for in the best and most professional manner.”
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy there are about 5,000 community animal shelters in the US that are independent; there is no national organization monitoring these shelters. The terms humane society and SPCA are generic; animal shelters using those names are not part of the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States.
Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement. Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats).
Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state.
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, less than 2 percent of cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are returned to their owners. Most of these were identified with tags, tattoos or microchips.
Twenty-five percent of dogs who enter local shelters are purebred.
Only 10 percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. About 75 percent of owned pets are neutered.
According to Ralston Purina and NCPPSP, the majority of pets are obtained from acquaintances and family members. About 15 to 20 percent of dogs are purchased from breeders, and 10 to 20 percent of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters and rescues.
More than 20 percent of people who leave dogs in shelters adopted them from a shelter.
Five out of ten dogs in shelters and seven out of ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.
“This bed for pets thing was not my idea nor was it even on my radar as possible donations for me and the Rochelle and Richard Maize Foundation. A dear friend of mine called me and asked if I would be interested in donating some money to give dogs and cats specially designed beds so that they would not have to lay on cold concrete while waiting and hoping for a good home,” says Richard Maize.
“After waiting for three weeks after the order of these special beds, they finally arrived. My friend and I couldn’t wait until we drove up to the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter to see that the caged dogs were in fact on the beds. Someone else donated blankets to be placed on these beds. Many of these dogs found the beds in their spacious cages and where happily laying there when we arrived.”
“Two of the LA animal shelter volunteers had tears in their eyes as they came over to hug me. They told me how grateful they were and what a difference it had made to the well being of the dogs and cats during these cold months.”
Bo, Sierra Leone (PRWEB) September 07, 2011
The Child Rescue Centre, a program of Helping Children Worldwide, has established a partnership with Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST), a program of World Hope International to combat child trafficking and forced child labor in Sierra Leone, West Africa. FAAST works closely with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Social Welfare and Gender Affairs and the Child Rescue Centre works in partnership with the Sierra Leone Conference of the United Methodist Church, together these organizations will have a larger impact on child trafficking. In the entire country, no long-term shelter exists for child survivors of forced labor or trafficking.
In the 18th and 19th century, Sierra Leone was a major center for the slave trade in West Africa. In the 1820s, a population of former slaves returned to Sierra Leone and named the capital Freetown. Now, in the 21st century, in Freetown and throughout Sierra Leone, slavery and trafficking have returned, exploiting the most vulnerable the children. In Sierra Leone 48% of children aged 5 to 14 are engaged in child labor, ranking third in the world (UNICEF 2009). Children in Sierra Leone are exploited in the worst forms of child labor, many of them in agriculture, mining, fishing, and domestic work (US Dept. of Labors Bureau of International Labor Affairs 2009).
Child traffickers find rural families with too many mouths to feed. They promise parents that they will take their unschooled children to the city to be educated, but instead sell or force those children into lives of servitude and suffering. In the streets of the cities, there are children everywhere. Children who should be in school are forced to sell in the streets, collect scrap metal, or break rocks at the quarries. Boys who should be playing soccer are in the mines, forced to search for diamonds for hours in the blazing heat. Girls are sold into terrible lives of child prostitution.
Sierra Leone is perpetually at the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index, ranking low in indicators such as malnutrition, infant and maternal mortality, and life expectancy.
The recently released U.S. State Departments Trafficking in Persons Report 2011 assesses efforts by 184 governments worldwide to fight sexual exploitation, forced labor, and modern-day slavery. In that report, the previous paradigm for addressing child trafficking was the 3Ps: prosecution, protection, and prevention. The 2011 report recommends a fourth P: partnership. The problem of trafficking is so great that it is essential for agencies to coordinate their programs and capitalize on combined resources.
Through the Child Rescue Centres partnership with FAAST to implement anti-trafficking interventions in Sierra Leone the organizations will provide the help children need to be rehabilitated and reintegrate into society. Communities will be educated about identifying signs of trafficking. Efforts will be made to prevent trafficking before it starts, identifying desperate families and providing assistance before they are forced to place their children into trafficking situations.
The Child Rescue Centres mission is to help the most vulnerable children in Sierra Leone. Children who are victims of trafficking and forced labor are in desperate need of protection and trauma/behavioral care. The vision is to transform the existing Child Rescue Centre in Bo, Sierra Leone into a replicable and sustainable centre of excellence, designed to rescue child survivors of forced labor and trafficking, gradually restoring and reunify children to nurturing local families.
The Child Rescue Centre, which was established in 2000 during the brutal 10 year civil war in Sierra Leone, has become a nationally recognized model for bringing up at-risk children to become leaders. The CRC has a long-standing partnership with the Sierra Leone Conference of the United Methodist Church. Today the CRC provides safety and hope to nearly 300 children who have been rescued from desperate situations.
The CRC provides children with nutritious meals, clothing, education, healthcare, and a safe, nurturing environment. CRC children are trained to become strong leaders in their homes, communities, and in their country. The CRC consists of a residential program, foster care, a child support program which helps children and families in the wider community, and a post secondary scholarship program.
The Child Rescue Centre is a program of Helping Children Worldwide, an umbrella organization that capitalizes on the power of partnerships to holistically address the needs of vulnerable children in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and in Herndon, Virginia.
Long Beach, NY (PRWEB) June 05, 2012
RESCUE INK, an animal rescue and protection organization whos tag line is We are the army for animals, today announced that it has been in hot pursuit of alleged murderer Luka Magnotta from as early as October, 2010. In 2010, a video surfaced on YouTube, of Magnotta torturing and killing two kittens. He was dubbed the KITTEN KILLER among animal rights and activist groups. Photos of Magnotta holding various terrified animals as well as a list of his aliases made the rounds of social media sites, as advocates from RESCUE INK, including Joe Panz, Big Ant, Jonny O and Big Mike, who is a law enforcement professional, searched for leads to his identity and location.
RESCUE INK warned authorities in late 2010 that Magnottas activities would escalate and he would take his abuse addiction to another level. Joe Panz of RESCUE INK stated “It is very important to the public to find this person as soon as possible. 100% of all the serial killers, rapists and pedophiles all started off abusing animals at one time or another. They practice on the animals until they can’t get the excitement anymore or they feel confident and move on to something else they deem to be helpless like a small child, a women or an elderly person. Anyone caught abusing an animal in this way should be made to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and be put on a list for the authorities”.
During its two year investigation, RESCUE INK offered various cash rewards for information leading to Magnottas identity and through various undercover, internet based initiatives, were able to positively identify, connect and even communicate directly with bisexual porn star and model Luka Magnotta. As the investigation of the KITTEN KILLER progressed the RESCUE INK investigation revealed that Magnotta had committed more heinous crimes against animals. Working with other animal activist groups, RESCUE INK and animal activists, the Barbi Twins, developed a plan to lure Magnotta into the U.S. with the hopes to capture Magnotta and take him to the authorities. Magnotta backed out of the deal. RESCUE INK continued to pursue extradition inquiries with both the FBI and Interpol but were told that instances of animal abuse did not warrant such measures and that they would have to wait until Magnotta committed a crime against a human.
RESCUE INK has supported the current investigation and provided Canadian Authorities with the information they gathered leading to Magnottas identification and capture by the German authorities. RESCUE INK works to rally support and encourage government officials to require psychological evaluations for any animal abuser before releasing them into the public.
RESCUE INK actively seeks to put an end to the cycle of violence and abuse and continues its efforts to prevent animal abuse by investigation, education and intervention. The group has been credited with countless rescues nationwide, has won numerous awards for its service to the communities in which it operates, and wants you to know..if you are an animal abuser and hear the roar of Harley Davidsons in the distance.you better run.
About RESCUE INK
Rescue Ink formed its animal-rescue group based in New York to help fight against animal abuse and neglect. The group focuses on confronting and educating the abusers to stop the cycle of violence. Their efforts have caught the attention of media across the county and the group has been featured on their own reality television show. They are tough-talking, tattooed bikers that have a soft spot for animals but a rough side for the ones causing the abuse. They utilize their nationwide network to identify the most heinous cases and then they take upon the task of rescuing and rehabilitating the animals and dealing with the abusers head on.
For more information on Rescue Ink, visit the organizations website at http://www.rescueink.org
Source: Rescue Ink