The Humane Society of the United States celebrated the life-saving work of its Animal Rescue Programs on Friday November 15th in NYC with its "To The Rescue!" Benefit. The HSUS is responsible for saving and rehabilitating thousands of animals, and travels across the country to help animals in need from puppy mills, dog fighting, neglect and natural disasters. Thanks to the generous donators and supporters of the evening, the HSUS will have the funds to work even more of their animal saving magic.
As the nation's largest and most powerful animal protection organization, The HSUS has been saving thousands of animal lives every year since 1954. They use equipment, expertise, and financial resources to assist law enforcement with investigations, evidence and animal seizure, as well as coordinate animal care, sheltering, and final relocation. Cruelty is prevented with a multi-pronged approach, which includes advocacy, outreach, and policy reform.
The night was supported by Friends of Finn, a committee founded by Amanda Hearst, who also served as the event co-chair with Georgina Bloomberg and Kimberly Ovitz, as well as HSUS president Wayne Pacelle. Friends of Finn is made up of next-generation leaders and is dedicated to working with The HSUS to stop the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills. They raise funds for educational and public awareness initiatives as well as rescue efforts.
Amanda Hearst was inspired to start Friends of Finn because with the help of the USUS she found out her dog, Finn, was from a puppy mill, and also for her general love of animals. Amanda said that if Finn were a celeb, he would be Will Ferrell because he is really funny and has same hair color! Maybe Finn will get the chance to meet his hilarious human twin someday!
Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was honored to be involved with such a great cause. She explained that a lot of people don't know about the majority of animal cruelty that goes on, so she feels educating people on not only spaying and neutering animals but also to not buy pets from pet stores is very important. To be a true animal person, you have to be actively doing something to help them. Georgina has 5 rescue dogs and a smart and sweet rescue pig, Wilbur. How oink-tastic is that!?
The evening included a special live performance by singer/songwriter and The HSUS' Stop Puppy Mills Campaign spokesperson, Colbie Caillat. Colbie believes that the HUSU helps a gigantic cause. They are there to help every kind of animal species and to inform people about the torture that is going on around the world to all of these gorgeous animals. They also educate people on what changes we should make to help. She has always been a supporter of dogs and cats, and stopped eating meat 3 ½ years ago. She explained she can't even believe she ever ate meat before. She comes to these events and learns about horse slaughter, elephants being killed for their ivory tusks, and shark finn soup (just to name a few) and many other things that people are not aware of. She says people do not want to listen because they do not want to change their lifestyle. Colbie slowly started changing her lifestyle, and so can you if you truly want to be an animal supporter and advocate! This amazing animal rescue advocate (who adopted her own golden retriever from Taiwan) does the best she can to inform her family, friends, and anyone she can about these important causes. Colbie auctioned off two of her precious guitars to help support the HSUS and their animal rescue missions! How sweet is she?!
Ali Wentworth was a flawless and hilarious host for the evening's festivities. She believes if human beings treat animals better, they will ultimately treat humans better.
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