Arthur Benjamin, founder of American Dog Rescue Foundation (Dallas, Texas 75218-3423), is passionate about animal welfare – locally, nationally and globally. He is equally passionate about nurturing the involvement of others, as individuals or through the support of accredited nonprofits that use the highest percentage of funds to effect substantive rescue and advocacy outcomes.
To that end, his own foundation – American Dog Rescue Foundation – is an all-volunteer organization for which Arthur underwrites administrative costs. That means 100% of ADR proceeds go to animal welfare and projects to save and protect animals. Thus, contributors are assured their $5 and $10 donations, or $5,000 or $50,000 challenge grants will have maximum impact on the issues faced by ADR’s animal constituency. Most recently, the foundation’s areas of focus have been:
• Saving and expanding animal shelters
• Rescuing abandoned pets and live stock in the aftermath of recent disasters in Haiti, New Orleans and Joplin, MO.
• Providing special funding for specific animals in dire need, such as eye and heart surgeries that would be otherwise cost-prohibitive for the rescue organization or adoptive family involved.
• Closing down puppy mills nationwide
• Putting an end to the clubbing of baby seals for their pelts in Canada, Namibia, Greenland, Norway and Russia
• Saving the Canadian seal habitat, the loss of which is forcing females to abort their pups at sea
• Rescuing abandoned circus and theme park animals
• Cracking down on the inhumane practice of penning wild foxes and coyotes to be torn apart by hunting dogs
• Visiting and supporting sanctuaries and animal welfare organizations globally from China to South Africa
• Putting an end to dog fighting
• Helping Veterans with PTSD by connecting them with service dogs