Bear, Darwin and Lettie head off to loving foster homes thanks to the SASF Roadside Adoptions & Fosters program
Although the CDC has been reporting for weeks that there is zero evidence of pets catching or transmitting COVID-19, rescue shelters nationwide are still experiencing a lack of people willing to adopt or foster. Rescue dogs from abroad are especially vulnerable, as misinformation has made the public fearful.
To make matters worse, there is an influx of animals being brought to shelters as many Americans lose their financial stability and become unable to care for their pets. Our shelters are overwhelmed, and most do not have enough volunteers to keep things running smoothly. The unfortunate reality is that many dogs and cats will be euthanized during this time, since there are more displaced animals than there are spots at shelters.
As you send prayers to people and businesses across the globe, please remember to add homeless companion animals to your thoughts. If you or someone you know is in the position to adopt, or even foster a dog or cat temporarily, please reach out to your local rescue shelter. If you are unable to foster or adopt yourself, please consider donating to the Rescue Paw Foundation today to assist us in this critical life-saving mission.
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A Beautiful HEART November 13 2019
Gizele Oliveira, a Brazilian native, began her modeling career as a favor to her uncle, a bridalwear designer, but she was too shy to take it any further until an agent noticed her at one of his shows. Soon after, in 2014, she signed with IMG Models and moved to the U.S. to pursue that career path full time, making her fashion week debut at Dolce & Gabbana the very same year. She has since walked the runways for Elie Saab, Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch and Victoria’s Secret, among others; appeared in international editions of Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar; and was featured in ad campaigns for MAC and H&M. Now, the animal lover is partnering with No Dogs Left Behind and London Jewelers president Candy Udell’s Rescue Paw Foundation. Read on to learn more about this sweet beauty who’s on her way to becoming a top international model.
On the day of our photo shoot, you had just returned from Hawaii and were leaving the next day for a job in St. Barths. How much of the year do you spend traveling, and where do you currently consider “home”?
I feel like most of the time I’m traveling somewhere for work or vacation, which is the life I’ve always dreamed of! I consider New York City my home at the moment, but I’m always missing Brazil.
How did you meet Candy Udell and Jeffrey Beri of No Dogs Left Behind?
I was looking to work with an organization that loved animals just as much as I do, and my public relations agent connected me with Candy and Jeffrey. A partnership with the Rescue Paw Foundation and No Dogs Left Behind is truly a perfect match.
This fall, you will travel to China to help No Dogs Left Behind rescue animals from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Why did this cause speak to you?
The Yulin Dog Meat Festival was one of the main reasons why I stopped eating meat, so to me, being part of this was inevitable. I hope my work with them will bring a lot of awareness about how horribly people treat animals, especially in the meat industry. I can’t wait to bring dogs back to loving homes.
Bieber is a Havanese-Bichon mix, and I got him at an amazing time in my life. I was feeling super sad and lonely, and he brought me so much happiness! He’s the sweetest animal ever; I’m a really proud mom. I adopted him from a place in Brooklyn. He was so little and sick, but he turned out to be the best thing that has ever happened to me.
How would you describe your own style, and what were some of your favorite London Jewelers pieces that you tried on during our shoot?
My favorites were the diamond necklaces—they made me feel so glamorous! For everyday wear, I love mixing big chains with more dainty diamond pieces. London Jewelers has something for every style.
Tell us about your upcoming work. Which magazines and runways can we expect to see you on in the near future?
I’m so happy because this year I got to do a lot of magazines. I did an editorial for Harper’s Bazaar, and I’ll soon be appearing in Vogue Taiwan and also L’Officiel St. Barths.
THE PERFECT PRESENT FOR DOG LOVERS June 13 2019
As you shop for gifts for graduation, summer birthdays and other upcoming occasions, please consider pieces from the Our Cause for Paws collection. We're always adding unique new designs to our offering of pendants, earrings and stackable bracelets, and we make it easy to browse and purchase from either your desktop or mobile device. A portion of each sale benefits the Rescue Paw Foundation.
Let your loved one wear their animal-loving heart on their sleeve (or their neck or ears!) and give them the satisfaction of knowing that their new favorite piece of jewelry helped provide essential shelter and services to dogs in need.
Featuring adorable paw designs, the collection is made from the finest 14K gold and sterling silver with diamonds and a beautiful array of semi-precious beads. There are over 100 different styles, so you're sure to find something for everyone on your list!
PERSONALIZED GIFTS FOR CAT LOVERS June 06 2019
There's no better way to bring a smile to the face of your favorite "cat person" than by giving her a piece of customized Our Cause for Paws jewelry.
Add a photo of Fluffy to our pave diamond locket, or request a custom engraving on one of our sterling silver dog tags. You can even create a personalized charm to add to any of our beaded bracelets, inscribing the name of a beloved pet as a constant reminder of the joy they have added to her life.
A portion of each sale goes directly to the Rescue Paw Foundation, a qualified not-for-profit corporation. Recognizing that over one million animals are put to death each year in the United States, we are committed to raising awareness and funding for no-kill animal shelters, humane education, spay and neuter services, and more.
Not only will she be the proud owner of a new and meaningful piece of fine jewelry, but she'll know that a precious life has been saved in the process.
Rosie’s Story June 04 2019
Rescue Paw continues to work closely with the Society of Companion Animals in Texas, and we are always inspired by our friend and teacher there, Tawana Couch.
She is the definition of "boots on the ground," collecting dogs from Dallas-area streets and high-kill shelters. Neglect, abuse and overpopulation are rampant, making Texas the number-one kill state in the nation.
Rescue Paw steps in by finding safe places for these dogs at no-kill shelters in the Northeast and arranging to help transport them. Together, we pull between 400 and 700 dogs each year.
One special pup we recently rescued is Rosie, a sweet pit bull. Please read on for her story, as told by Tawana Couch:
"The area where she was is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Dallas. Almost every morning for an entire year, I would drive for miles to go and feed Rosie in the woods. I would try to contain her at various places and times, but no luck. I rescued two sets of her puppies, a total of nine that she took care of.
"I took my mother late in the evening to go show her Rosie, and she fell in love. As I was feeding her, we heard six gunshots from the woods. My mother said, ‘Someone is shooting at you Tawana; they don’t won’t you around.’ On another day, just a couple of blocks away, I was sitting at a red light and a police chase happened right before my eyes. Then, a few days later, a hostage exchange with guns went on just blocks away from Rosie. On this day, I think Rosie decided she better get out of the neighborhood.
"She had begun to trust me and started to eat out of my hand. Finally, Rosie came up to the auto and climbed in and laid down. On this day we were also able to rescue her eight puppies, which she was hiding under a house.
"Rosie is now the happiest, most lovable dog I have rescued in a long time. Just two days after being rescued, she is wagging her tail, licking my face, and letting people come into her kennel and pick up her pups. She appears to be about 3 or 4 years old.
"I see a lot of dogs, and yes, lots of pit bulls. Rosie is a wonderful dog no matter her breed. She is so awesome that Carol, the owner at Boykin Kennel, agreed to keep her free of charge at her place until we find a home for her. She’s the one who named her Rosie. Please think of adopting Rosie or another pit bull in need. My mother said it well: 'She is beautiful, but will the world see it since she is a pit bull?’"
Support from Rescue Paw is vital to the mission of Society for Companion Animals, and it would not be possible without the proceeds from Our Cause for Paws jewelry. For your upcoming special occasions, consider gifting these beautiful pieces to women from ages 5 to 100 — every purchase saves a life!
MAMA MAYA & HER HAPPY PUPS January 15 2019
This cute face was saved by the bell! The adorable puppy was one of eight born under miraculous circumstances.
Her mama, Maya, was recently rescued from a high-kill shelter in Wilmer, Texas. The “shelter” is little more than a windowless, unventilated shed that takes in about 5,000 animals per year, many of whom do not make it out alive. Maya had been abused and was suffering from malnutrition, but thanks to a regular rescue transfer funded in part by the Rescue Paw Foundation, Maya and her mate were safely moved to Garden Rescues in Connecticut. Soon after arriving, she gave birth to a litter of eight. Three did not survive, but thankfully Mama, Papa and five puppy dogs are now happy and thriving.
Seven lives were saved, and proceeds from sales of the Our Cause for Paws jewelry line made this possible — every piece of jewelry sold truly does make an impact! If everyone who loves animals bought a piece for themselves and sent one as a gift, think of how many lives could be saved…
From Texas (the number-one kill-state in the U.S.), to Puerto Rico, to The Chinese Dog Meat Market, dogs all around the world are awaiting our help. We must save them — and with your generosity, we can!
Dallas Dogs January 15 2019
Thanks to our generous supporters, Rescue Paw Foundation is able to give grants to many deserving animal welfare organizations. One such organization is the Society for Companion Animals in Dallas. Almost every month, weather permitting, SFCA sends nearly 100 dogs from high-kill Dallas shelters to top-rated no-kill shelters in the New York / New Jersey area. The Rescue Paw Foundation grant allows SFCA to vet the dogs pulled from the streets, making sure they are healthy enough to travel and eventually be placed with loving families up north. Follow @SocietyForCompanionAnimals and @ourcauseforpaws on Instagram to see some of the adorable dogs that have been rescued and adopted thanks to this initiative. Please consider helping us in our mission by purchasing a piece of Our Cause for Paws jewelry, for yourself or as gifts for the animal lovers in your life. You can find the collection at londonjewelers.com/our-cause-for-paws, facebook.com/OurCauseForPaws, or at any of our six locations. Every sale helps save innocent dogs and cats from homelessness and extermination, getting them safely to shelters waiting to find them caring forever homes.
Saving Companion Animals from Inhumane Conditons October 24 2018Most people who no longer want their pets and leave them at shelters probably think they’re doing the right thing. But rescue shelters are always at capacity and there are many more animals being abandoned each day than there are homes that welcome pets in. Once a pet is left at a shelter, it has about 72 hours to be adopted before it is destroyed. The fact remains that each day in the US, around 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in shelters.
To support humane no-kill shelters, rescue efforts, spay/neuter services, veterinary work and humane education, London Jewelers has created a full line of Our Cause for Paws jewelry, with a portion of each sale going directly to deserving organizations. Established in 2010, the Rescue Paw Foundation also raises and grants funds to those whose mission is to keep companion animals alive, healthy and happy.
Candy Udell serves on the boards of HEART, providing humane education to foster compassion and respect for all living beings, and Pet Philanthropy Circle, saving and enhancing the quality of animal lives. She has also lent her support to the LIU Post College of Veterinary Medicine, which will open in fall 2019. In recognition of her work, Candy will be honored in April by Best Friends Animal Society, aiming to end the killing in America’s animal shelters by building community programs and partnerships across the nation.
While she is proud and humbled to accept this award, Candy is quick to mention the countless others with whom her successes would not have been possible. Others such as Laura Macias, working at a high-kill shelter in Wilmer, Texas and devoting her own time and resources to saving animals who would otherwise be put down; Jeffrey Beri, the founder of No Dogs Left Behind, rescuing dogs from butchers’ trucks and slaughterhouses around China to save them from becoming a part of the grisly dog meat trade; Dr. Suzanne Ravitz, a rescue vet at Dix Hills Animal Hospital, treating sick and abused pets and aiding them on their way to becoming adoptable; “The Animal Rescuer” Tawana Couch of the Society for Companion Animals and Lisa Wysocki and Suzanne Steinberg of Fido Fixers, providing no- or low cost spay/neuter services in economically distressed areas.
In the coming months, we invite you to visit ourcauseforpaws.org and facebook.com/ourcauseforpaws, where we look forward to sharing their stories and those of our other partners in the fight to find forever homes for animals in need.
And on Thursday evening, November 29th, please join us at London Jewelers Americana Manhasset for Champions for Charity, a fun-filled adoption and networking event featuring speakers on various animal welfare topics and representatives from many of our wonderful shelter partners, including ARF, Bideawee, Jake’s Rescue Ranch, Spot On and the Town of North Hempstead’s Shelter Connection. We have a long way to go in this fight, and your support could mean a great deal to a dog or cat in need of a loving home!