Kinship Circle: Vick’s Dogs/ YOU Helped Save Their Lives

December 7th, 2007 3:52 pm by Kelly Garbato

Update, 12/8/07:

See also: Best Friends: Vick dogs cleared to come to Best Friends.

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Keep reading after this alert for an important appeal from Kinship Circle…

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 6, 2007 5:19 PM
Subject: Vick’s Dogs/ YOU Helped Save Their Lives

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER RELIEF – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

COMPANION ANIMAL CAMPAIGNS
12/6/07: UPDATE – Vick’s Dogs… YOU Helped Save Their Lives

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From: Wayne Johnson – seiku [at] tmail.com
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2007

—–Original Message—–
From: Shaermedia [at] aol.com

To all of you who wrote and called, thank you. 47 pits will have a good holiday, thanks to you.

EDITED FOR LENGTH
For immediate release: December 4, 2007

ALL BUT ONE OF THE REMAINING AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS IN VICK CASE ARE RECOMMENDED FOR PLACEMENT

VALPARAISO, IND. – Of the 48 remaining American Pit Bull Terriers in the Michael Vick civil forfeiture case, 47 have been recommended for placement with rescue organizations, with many likely eligible for future adoption by the public. The recommendations were made by Valparaiso University School of Law Professor Rebecca J. Huss, court appointed Guardian/Special Master of the dogs. One dog has been euthanized for medical reasons.

…Professor Huss recommended the dogs be placed with eight organizations. Those receiving the most dogs are Best Friends Animal Society, with 22, and Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls (BAD RAP), with ten. The US Attorney late this afternoon filed a motion in U.S. District Court containing the report and urging the Court to adopt its recommendations. The Court will now determine whether to accept or deny the motion.

The Summary Report details Professor Huss’ work, including travel to Virginia on multiple occasions to interact with dogs and their caretakers as well as speaking with animal control officers and numerous rescue organizations… Several dogs had previously been moved to interim foster care for training and assessment. Other dogs were transferred to facilitate their continued evaluation and dogs from one Virginia shelter were later taken to a Washington, D.C. shelter due to an unexpected staffing shortage.

Professor Huss stated: “While in the foster home, each dog must continue to exhibit behavior indicating it would be safe to the public prior to being adopted. For the dogs that may need to remain in a sanctuary environment, although there will certainly be a period of adjustment, I believe that these dogs may not just survive, but thrive in that environment…”

In July, the United States filed a civil forfeiture action relating to approximately 53 American Pit Bull Terriers located on Mr. Vick’s property. On October 15, the court appointed Professor Huss Guardian/Special Master of the 48 surviving Pit Bulls. Due to the ongoing criminal case, the rescue organizations and Professor Huss are unable to disclose information about the dogs until at least January 25, 2008. The eight organizations are:

Best Friends Animal Society, Kaneb, Utah (22 dogs)
BAD RAP, Oakland, California (10 dogs)
Richmond Animal League, Richmond VA (4 dogs)
Georgia S.P.C.A., Suwanee, GA (3 dogs)
SPCA of Monterey County, CA (3 dogs)
Recycled Love, Inc., Baltimore, MD (3 dogs)
Animal Rescue of Tidewater, Chesapeake, VA (1 dog)
Our Pack, Inc. (1 dog)

For more information, please contact: Tom Shaer, Tom Shaer Media, Inc.
Telephone: 224-305-2551 * Email: shaermedia [at] aol.com

Valparaiso University School of Law: http://www.valpo.edu/law

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KINSHIP CIRCLE LETTER CAMPAIGNS & REFERENCES:

10/29/07: KC DIGEST – Ensure Vick’s Dogs Are Spared, As Promised
(not yet available on Kinship Circle website)

10/2/07: Vick’s Dogs – Clemency For All But One
(not yet available on Kinship Circle website)

8/28/07: Salvation For Vick’s Dogs?
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1676&seriesfirst=true

[RELIEF GLOBAL] Sick Vick Updates & Feedback
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters/relief/07-08-21.html#7

8/19/07: No Deal For Sick Vick’s Dogfighting Crimes
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1672&seriesfirst=true

8/2/07: Michael Vick Dogfighting Files: Action & Updates
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1668&seriesfirst=true

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Dec 6, 2007 12:31 PM
Subject: STRENGTH IN NUMBERS – Please read, Kinship Circle
To: “3) KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY”

KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY – PERMISSION TO CROSS-POST

12/6/07: Strength In Numbers – Can You Help Kinship Circle Grow?
An important message from Kinship Circle president Brenda Shoss

We Need More Subscribers Like You!
Simple math: The more who call, email, fax, and send letters — the louder we become. For the animals, we need a viable voice. Focused and unrelenting.

CAN YOU HELP BRING NEW PEOPLE INTO KINSHIP CIRCLE?
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Do you know a grassroots or regional animal group that could print out our sample letters to give to their members? Ask a representative of that group to subscribe to Kinship Circle now: subscribe [at] kinshipcircle.org

Do you participate in animal advocacy lists, blogs or message boards? If so, please CROSS-POST Kinship Circle alerts regularly and convince others to subscribe to Kinship Circle now: subscribe [at] kinshipcircle.org

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Broke But Determined…

In September 2007, I closed my freelance graphic design/writing business of 15+ years to run Kinship Circle full time. Our printed literature, website, research/campaigns, educational outreach, animal disaster aid networking and other projects were mostly paid for with my “real job” earnings. Now, there is no income. But there is a stubborn will to expand our activist circle, educational materials, websites…and IMPACT…for animals.

FUNDING

Over the next several years, much time will go to exploring grant opportunities and other forms of funding. Your personal donations are our “life source” right now: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation/

KINSHIP CIRCLE’S BOARD
Brenda Shoss, founder/president
Janet Enoch, vice president
Bridget Soeder, secretary/research
Cara Shoss, director
Grady Ballard, director

We are a “cyber-board” from around the country that communicate via email and teleconference. Do you have energy and ideas to help make Kinship Circle an even stronger voice for animals than it is now?

ANYONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A KINSHIP CIRCLE BOARD MEMBER, CONTACT:
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We Don’t Click/Send Letters For You. Here’s Why:
People have asked why Kinship Circle doesn’t feature pre-written letters on its website that we send for you. Many are familiar with this format on well-funded national groups’ websites: The sample letter is typed inside a box. You do not see the letter recipient’s contact information, only his or her name. Click submit…and the website sends your letter for you.

SOFTWARE THAT POWERS SELF-SENDING WEB LETTERS IS EXPENSIVE.
Kinship Circle cannot afford restructuring our entire website in this format. However, have you checked out our LETTER LIBRARY?
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Letter campaigns are organized by topic and date. Simple options to download/view letters in Microsoft Word, PDF, or Printer-Friendly are on every sample-letter page. You can easily personalize letters, copy/paste them into emails, or print out to fax or mail.

RECENT POLLS SHOW EMAILS SENT FROM WEBSITES ARE IGNORED!
FULL STORY: Flood of e-mails to government weakens impact

– Identical, anti-merger emails [prewritten web letters] raise questions… Are the hundreds of millions of narrow-interest emails a useful measure of public sentiment? Are they even sent by real people?

– The torrent, made possible by Web lobbying techniques, is subverting the process it was meant to influence, some experts said.

– A poll of 350 congressional staffers conducted by the Congressional Management Institute in 2005 indicated that half of them did not believe form-letter messages [SENT FROM WEBSITES, NOT PERSONALLY SENT EMAILS] were sent with the knowledge or approval of constituents.

– Lawmakers are so frustrated with the volume of…emails produced through interest group websites…that many are placing obstacles in the way of emails not written personally by constituents.

You are overwhelmed with pleas to help animals. Signing an e-petition or letting a website send a generic letter for you are fast and easy. You feel as if you’ve done SOMETHING. But does it really help animals?

Use Kinship Circle’s Stuff. It’s There For You:

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Kinship Circle is this: People who take action for animals. Everyday. Every week. As often as they can. When I founded Kinship Circle my goal was to empower YOU to communicate — speak, write, present — influentially to lawmakers, businesses, decision-makers. As a growing circle of individuals, we can prompt legislative, social and ethical reforms for animals. Let’s do it!

Thank you for helping us grow,
Brenda Shoss, founder/president, Kinship Circle

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Kinship Circle is a nonprofit organization serving the animal advocacy community. Donations fund the literature, website, research/campaigns, educational outreach, and animal disaster aid networking — that let YOU take action for animals. Your support keeps our voice for animals alive!

DONATE: http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation/

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