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Founder of American Dog Rescue Helps Raise $1 Million for HSUS

Founder of American Dog Rescue Helps Raise $1 Million for HSUS


During The Humane Society’s To The Rescue Gala, philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin, founder of American Dog Rescue, helped raise $1,000,000 for HSUS. It’s no wonder people have dubbed him “the little guy with a big heart”!

The founder of American Dog Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of “No Healthy Dog Without A Home”  put his money where his mouth is! Not only did he contribute personally, with a $25,000 sponsorship, but he also bid another $25,000 in the Rescue Van bidding during the live auction, donating another $25,000. He was also able to get Cathy Kangas of PRAI Cosmetics to match his Dog Rescue bid, raising an additional $25,000 for The HSUS Animal Rescue Team and helping to save 100 more animals.

Benjamin founded American Dog Rescue in honor of his beloved five pound poodle Buddy, a rescue dog who inspired him to start the foundation and who unfortunately passed away this year. The funds that he helped raise will be used to save lives from puppy mills, animal fighting operations, hoarding and neglect and more. The Humane Society uses state of the art rescue vehicles that are ready to respond at a moment’s notice, and the HSUS Animal Rescue team uses this equipment to assist law enforcement agencies in protecting animals.

American Dog Rescue (ADR) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to finding a home for every adoptable dog in the United States. American Dog Rescue is committed to placing healthy dogs in permanent homes that are the right fit for the animal and its family. Donations can be made by visiting or calling (801) 944-3023.


Photo courtesy of American Dog Rescue.

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3:38AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

nice post

4:54PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

I'm so happy that this amount of money was raised to help The Humane Society of the United States rescue more animals in need.

4:22PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

more more. we need more money and support to help not only the dogs but also the other animals in need.

8:13PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

your a god dude!

1:21PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

There is a lot of misinformation about the HSUS in the comments, and as someone who works at the HSUS, I'd like to try to clear up some of it.

1. Mr. Benjamin's very generous donation is for our Animal Rescue Team, which works with local law enforcement and humane groups to investigate illegal animal cruelty, including puppy mills, dogfighting rings, cockfighting, hoarding, and other situations. You can read more about our Animal Rescue Team at

2. The HSUS does not run local shelters, nor are we affiliated with them. However, we do provide resources and assistance to local shelters. You can read more about our relationship with local shelters at

3. While the HSUS does not run local shelters, we provide direct care to thousands of animals per year, including those housed at our six animal care centers, which you can read about at

4. If you have other questions about our work, you can most likely find the answers at or - for questions about our financials - at

5. Be cautious of information put out by the deceptively named Center for Consumer Freedom, and its off-shoot, HumaneWatch. CC

7:12PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

Arthur E. Benjamin, founder of American Dog Rescue - From all the animals and humans who love them blessings to you and your organization.

4:54PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

i know peta is a crock of bull, heard hsus is but i believe aspca is genuine, please reply if i am wrong!

1:56PM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

God Bless people like Arthur E. Benjamin. He is a man with love in his heart. I always tell my huband, I wish I had a million dollars to give, to help animals. I give what I give what I can,but always wish I could give more. Keep up the great works Mr. Benjamin. You are a true hero in my book!

6:31AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

This is about how much the good folks at Detroit Dog Rescue need to open up the first no kill shelter in Detroit. I'm hoping and praying they are successful at raising their much needed funds and we finally see a no kill shelter in Detroit.

5:39AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

While I am thrilled to see this money going to an animal cause I am concerned with it going to the HSUS.

I would much rather see it go to local grassroot rescue groups and shelters who could desperately use that money and put it to better use than what I believe the HSUS will, if history is repeated.

I stopped sending money to the HSUS, ASPCA and PETA when I read too many horror stories about their ethics. When they support and embrace the No Kill Nation and No More Homeless Pets models then I'll reconsider.

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