Monday, March 07, 2011
With 14 days left on contract, group still needs $480,000 to buy the property and transform it into the Good News Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs
Tipton, PA -- March 7, 2011 -- Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the cruelty of chaining and penning dogs for life, is losing hope of turning Vick's former Bad Newz Kennels Good.
Their current 45-day contract on the property is winding down, and, with only two weeks to go, they still need $480,000 to purchase the land and house and transform it to the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs.
The property was sold by Michael Vick to an investor as soon as the heat came on, and has been sitting vacant ever since. The group wants to build a center for chained and penned dogs, as well as maintain a memorial for the dogs who lost their lives in the brutality that occurred at the Moonlight Road, Virginia location.
The organization must come up with a minimum of $595,000 within 45-days to get the center started. In thirty days, they have pledges and donation totalling $110,000.
DDB founder Tamira Thayne states "Dogs Deserve Better has worked so hard for chained and penned dogs for nine years, winning numerous awards, and fostering as many as 500 dogs per year out of our homes. With a center to call our own, we could rescue at least another 500 chained or penned dogs per year and move them on to new and better lives as members of a real, inside home and family. Dog lovers and supporters of our work could come to visit us and our rescue dogs, as well as take a moment to honor the memory of those who died there.
"With so many dog lovers agreeing that what Vick did was morally wrong, I would have thought more would be willing to step up to make something positive out of the negative. I remain grateful to the ones who have.
"I still have hope. I ask every dog lover to donate what they can and spread the word. Ask your family, friends, celebrities, company owners, everyone you can possibly think of. Supporting this center as a major donor could only be good publicity, and Dogs Deserve Better continues to be an amazing nonprofit who will not let you down."
DDB has been a frequent award-winner, including first place in the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award. The group most recently took seven spots in the 2010 American Dog Magazine Humanitarian Awards, including a first in Rescue Organization Saving Dogs and a first in Voice for Ending the Chaining of Dogs.
DDB's all-volunteer area reps, over 100 nationwide, rescue from chains and pens and rehabilitate at least 400-600 dogs per year, working only through their own homes or a network of foster homes.
The organization can provide financials as well as projected needs for the DDB Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs to all interested parties.
To see the site page dedicated to the center and 'like' the facebook page, visit the link at http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/ddbcenter.html