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November 7, 2013

To The Rescue! Florida to Benefit The Humane Society of the United States’ Life-Saving Stop Puppy Mills Campaign

The Humane Society of the United States presents To the Rescue! Florida on Jan. 23, 2014, to benefit and celebrate the life-saving work of its Stop Puppy Mills Campaign. Responsible for saving thousands of dogs and puppies, The HSUS travels across the country to help animals in need from deplorable conditions at puppy mills.

The first annual Florida gala will gather social, business, entertainment and political leaders to support one cause vital to animal welfare in the United States at Club Colette, in Palm Beach, Fla. The evening will include dinner, exclusively created by Sublime’s Nanci Alexander, entertainment and an award ceremony.

The award will be presented to Paige Rense Noland for her dedication to stopping puppy mills, including her help to establish The HSUS Puppy Mill Tip Line Reward Fund to help law enforcement catch illegal mill operators. Paige was the driving force behind the Breeder Surrender Fund, which helps with the rescue, medical care and placement of discarded mill dogs.

The event is co-hosted by James Berwind, member of The HSUS National Council, and Therese Mersentes, member of The HSUS Florida State Council. The event’s leadership committee includes, Jeffrey Arciniaco, Arthur Benjamin, Anthony Cummings, Kristen Kelly Fisher, Frances Hayward, Deborah Robinson, Ardath Rosengarden, Wendy Safchik, Leslie Sardinia, Richard Schechter and Jolene and Larry Shapiro.

Puppy mills contribute to pet overpopulation and condemn countless dogs to a lifetime of suffering in squalid living conditions. Over the past five years, The Humane Society of the United States has partnered with law enforcement to help rescue 10,000 dogs and shut down 50 mills. The HSUS works to inform consumers of dangers of buying puppy mill dogs, though its investigations and educational and outreach campaigns, and also works for stronger policy reforms at the state and federal levels, including new U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations on commercial dog breeders who had previously escaped oversight by selling to consumers using the Internet, mail or phone.

 

For more information and tickets visit humanesociety.org/totherescue.

 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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