This page has been consolidated to research page/
donations page and About page and inlovingmemory page. (How do I find all
the page this Help Please page was linked from?)
we are taking donations for our
own adoption store for the
dogs to find homes and to build the
KIDS RANCH where kids
who need someone to love them can come and work with dogs and horses.
One Child Can Make A Big
Difference in Dogs Lives
and the Dogs Can Change The Child's Life Forever
Nancy started fostering, training and
performing with homeless puppies at age 12. At age 14 she has helped 30
puppies that would otherwise be euthanized, or placed without proper
socialization and training and eventually returned because no one took the time
to help the new family to socialize and train their adopted dog. Our program
offers low cost training for the adoptive families to continue the necessary
socialization and training. Nancy is now an apprentice trainer for other kids.
Save A Dog & Kids
Let's teach our youth to love the
animals and the animals will teach our youth to love all unconditionally!
My Best Friend
Elizabeth felt alone until she met
DB Cooper who needed someone to care enough to train him so he could be
adoptable. Elizabeth felt needed, loved, appreciated and successful. Our kids
need to feel they have something of value to offer.
Families benefit from the love of a new puppy!
After Save A Dog & Kids gave this
new puppy 3 sets of shots/dewormings, microchip, neuter, crate training,
socialization with cats, dogs, kids, strangers and started him on obedience
training, his family told everyone it was worth flying him out to their home and
getting such a perfect family pup. His mom continued regular socialization at
doggie day care, continued obedience training for the past two years and now
feels that he would make a great Therapy Dog. Angela thinks of Tau as her son.
Congratulations Angela! Your hard work really paid off.
Kids and their foster puppies visit Homeless Kids
All kids deserve a chance to
develop a positive relationship with a dog. Our Kids Club kids visit Homeless
Kids with their trained puppies and give a little love to those that have so
Paint our Deaf Little Therapy dog
Paint would have been put down at 8
weeks by his breeder because he was deaf. We knew he was special and with
hand signal training he could bring lots of love to many. Cassie accomplished
her Baccalaureate Community Program Requirements for school, and gave Paint a
chance to learn what he would need to be safe.
Why should we provide our
youth after school activities like these?( this is the Research behind our
program's validity and to support getting Funding, where should we put this?):
2001 OJJDP Publication: Animal Abuse and Youth Violence by Frank R.
Assessment and Treatment: “As
part of the search for effective youth violence prevention and intervention
programs, animal welfare organizations have been developing educational and
therapeutic efforts that incorporate “animal assisted” or
“animal-facilitated” components.” “The underlying theme of many of these
programs is that teaching young people to train, care for, and interact in a
nurturing manner with animals will reduce any propensity they may have for
aggression and violence. These programs assume that children are more
likely to commit animal abuse when their capacity for empathy has been
undermined or compromised ( for example, by years of neglect or maltreatment
– see Bavolek, 2000). Developing a sense of empathy for animals is assumed
to be a bridge to greater empathy for fellow human beings, making violence
toward them less likely.”
COME READ THE
WHOLE BULLETIN HERE
EDUCATION TODAY, YIELDS A MORE COMPASSIONATE SOCIETY TOMORROW" ASPCA report
In our program
kids learn compassion, responsibility and service through helping train and
care for homeless puppies. They learn the benefits of positive praise and
the rewarding satisfaction of training a helpless puppy. They gain
confidence, self esteem and many more values that will help them in their
lives. What a perfect match: Kids
Click here to
"Pets trigger our 'feel good'
hormones, research suggests April 2, 2004"
Programs for Homeless and Under-priviledged kids have been cut. Federal
research on Anti-gang, Anti-drugs, Anti-violence and Anti-juvenile
delinquency states that the most successful deterants are After School
Programs with positive activities for kids. Kids commit most of the crimes
during the hours after school. Help us bring positive activities to the
underpriviledged kids Youth Programs, YMCA After School Programs, Youth
Detention Centers, schools and other youth facilities all over the US.
If you don't
believe our youth are committing horrible animal abuse, come read these
cases in 2003!
White Swan, WA: 12 and 13 year old children who tortured and sodomized pigs
April 28, 2004
(who could they harm in the future if not turned around?)
Recognize The Link
-- Prevent Violence in All Its Forms
How you can make a difference for a child or animal in need.
Ask the FBI to
report all animal/child abuse cases
of Human/Animal Abuse 2004
San Antonio animal
cruelty investigator Eddie Wright says his office received 5,920 animal
cruelty calls in fiscal 2003, up from 3,629 in 2002.
Law Enforcement Report Finds:
California's After-School Programs Leave Out High School Students During
Prime Crime Hours
Only 3% of California High Schools Get Federal After-School Support
2-page summary (PDF)
Thanks for drawing my attention to your program. I've heard great
about relying on pets to work with kids or the elderly. If you run
any specific, fairly scientific studies of this particular approach
kids we'd love to see that because it might be what we'd need to
our very short write-ups of what is proven to work. Unfortunately we
advise folks around the country on what they should try, so for
makers we need typically more hard data to justify more funding.
I think you are on the right track with your work so keep up the good
Co-Director of Research
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
More than 2,000 police chiefs,
sheriffs, prosecutors and
crime survivors dedicated to preventing crime and violence
Feb. 23, 2004
Local law enforcement fight for greater child care investments
View full report
Jan. 29, 2004
View full report
Youth Violence Prevention Plan
Law enforcement leaders from across the country have come together to
produce a 4-step plan to close the nation's crime-prevention gap through
investments in programs proven to keep kids on the right track.
America's Child Care Crisis
"America's Child Care Crisis: A Crime Prevention Tragedy," shows that
quality school-readiness child care programs can reduce crime and
Head Start bill, passed in the House, could lead to more crime
America's After-School Choice: The
Prime Time for Juvenile Crime, or Youth Enrichment and Achievement,
shows that the peak hours for juvenile crime are 3 to 6 p.m.
Congress Rejects Cuts to After-School Programs
Come read how you
can get involved
THE BEST AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
In a world of growing violence and
self-indulgence, more and more of our youth are becoming
desensitized to the suffering of others. Save A Dog & Kids,
Inc. gives our youth and their families an opportunity to give the
care needed by helpless, innocent and loving creatures, and feel the
joy and satisfaction of giving
of themselves. The
program teaches our youth responsibility, appreciation for living
creations, and unconditional love. Our society throws away pets by
the millions every year into shelters that are forced to euthanize
the majority of them. By showing our younger generation that it is
acceptable to walk away from the responsibility of a dependent life,
and that it is acceptable as a nation to continue
breeding, selling, buying, throwing away and
killing these creatures, we are telling our youth there is no
value to Living Things. The most dangerous consequence of these
kinds of behaviors is that we are teaching our youth to have no
regard for life. Research into America's abuse problem supports this
in a frightening way. Our program can prevent this chain of abuse.
Save A Dog & Kids, Inc. has been able to find loving homes for
over 650 discarded dogs since its establishment in July of 1999 as a
501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with the help of volunteer foster
families, volunteer trainers who worked for a discount, volunteers to
help at adoptions, teens earning scouting badges, teens doing
community service hours and teens who just love helping animals and
wanted to participate in our Kids Program. We have not only
saved wonderful pets that would have been euthanized senselessly, but
we have given over 600 families who adopted these loving dogs, and
all the hundreds of kids and volunteers who helped care for,
train and place them, the gift of love and appreciation for helpless
but valuable life. What better way to teach compassion to our
children? Save A Dog & Kids Inc. has plans to expand our program
into schools, kids' programs that need positive activities and other
facilities for kids. There is much to be done if we are to slow down
this wasteful killing of these beautiful creations of God, to teach
our youth the value of life, and to slow down the growing
acceptance of violence. Save A Dog & Kids Inc. has many plans for
programs that will give our youth opportunities to want to save lives
instead of senselessly taking them.
Save A Dog & Kids Inc. proposes to set up a
Kids Ranch, a 20 year dream of founder Denise De Vynck: a natural
place away from the hustle and bustle of the city where kids and
animals can feel safe, loved and valued; a place where kids are
given the opportunity to find a sense of self-worth where they can
learn compassion for all of God's creatures. These are just a few
of the descriptions of the Save A Dog and Kids Ranch. What
better way to teach our kids the value of life, giving and hard
work than by having them care for, gain the trust of, and save
innocent animals. All of us have felt the wonderful feeling
created by movies like Where the Red Fern Grows, Lassie, Born
Free, The Black Stallion and so many more -- a feeling of love,
deep happiness and caring for animals. Our young generations are
losing this appreciation of the innocence, helplessness and
suffering animals and children experience as well as the joy,
satisfaction and beauty of life. They're not learning about the
wonderful relationships that can develop between a human being and
a loving "best friend."
Our farming communities are disappearing, and our natural
habitats are fighting for survival against human consumption and
technology. As we lose the farming way of life, we also lose the
old-fashioned values like a hard work ethic and appreciation for
the the simple things that are most valuable: life, love,
sacrifice, responsibility, honor, morality, and the miracle of
God's creations. We hope to give these values back to our young
generation as well as remind our older generation of their
existence. By working with animals that need special care, love
and training, the kids will learn the value of hard work,
patience and giving all they can for results that are more
rewarding than anything else they could have done for
themselves. No virtual reality man can create can compare to
the experience, joy and satisfaction nature gives us
unconditionally, free of charge and so wisely. Let's give this
great gift to our children by giving them this beautiful,
peaceful and loving place to go.
Save A Dog & Kids wants to bring puppies and trainers to the
schools, programs and facilities for kids as well as bring kids
to our own ranch to work extensively with the animals that need
them. We will need to house and care for the puppies at the
ranch, transport them to the Veterinary Clinics, kids in public
and private programs, events and adoption opportunities. The
costs of buying the land, building the needed facilities for the
animals, facilities for care givers and trainers, needed
supplies and food, phones and other communication mediums,
salaries for the care givers and trainers, transportation
vehicle for the animals and for the kids, and other
administrative costs could add up to $500,000 or more. We would
like to expand our program for the first Phase to at least
include the rental of a temporary facility for the housing of
the animals, transportation of the animals to schools and kids'
programs that kids cannot leave from, and funds to provide food,
supplies, costs of running the first Phase of at least
$100,000. We are in the process of making a request for a
donation of $20,000 to start the first Phase of the program
this Spring. Every little donation will make a difference and
bring us closer to providing this enriching program to more
CLICK HERE TO
GET OUR LETTER TO DONORS and Request a Copy of Our Video!
ASPCA Special Investigator Annemarie Lucas presented a
special humane education program to sixth-grade students at Atlanta's
Brown Middle School. "At the ASPCA, we uphold a fundamental belief that
kindness and empathy are key elements in a complete education," says
"these problems with animal overpopulation will never go
away unless they implement a strong, fact-based humane education program
in the schools. This is all I do know. I have the national contract to
provide PBS affiliates with humane education materials for the next three
years and I speak to students and youth groups. If this is not soon
implemented, then our great grandchildren will also be fighting this very
Randy N. Warner
21st Century Animal Resource
and Education Services
Bringing Humane Education Into
our nation's schools
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
PLEASE DONATE TO, VOLUNTEER WITH OR JUST FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAM:
Save a Dog and
Kids, Inc is a non-profit organization devoted to saving the thousands
of dogs that needlessly die in our shelters every year. At the same time
we give kids the benefit of working with dogs and thus learning
compassion, responsibility and the joy of service. We realize children
must learn the value of life for every life is precious. Started in Utah
County, our program is now growing in communities all across the United
States thanks to wonderful volunteers who have contacted Save a Dog and
Kids, Inc. Those of us who work to save dogs realize we're saving a bit of
ourselves as well. Could you ask for a better legacy to pass on
to our children - respect for the life on this planet entrusted to our
care? Please click here if you still
don't understand why you should support all rescues and kids programs.
Orem, Utah 84097
Welcome to ASPCA News
Alert, a weekly e-mail newsletter from the American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
PETFINDER HAPPY TAIL OF THE WEEK: THE
"TAU" THAT BINDS
may be the best place to look online for the perfect pooch--but did
you know that you just might find another species of friend there,
too?! Just ask the Sanscrainte family, who recently welcomed a
malamute/Lab mix puppy named Tau into their lives--and found a great
new human friend in the process. It all began when the Sanscraintes
saw Tau on
Petfinder.com, the ASPCA's online partner and searchable
database of more than 95,000 homeless pets in the
Canada . The
Sanscraintes knew immediately that Tau was the pup for them, but
there was one little problem. He was in Utah
Save a Dog and Kids, Inc., and they were in
"We spoke to the director, Denise De Vynck,"
says Angela Sanscrainte, and Denise outlined what the family would
need to complete a very thorough application process.
Denise, "I had them send letters from their veterinarian and from a
trainer, plus our completed application form. I also had a local
SPCA person do a home visit." Denise is the brain--and heart--behind
Save a Dog and Kids, which offers animals for adoption as well as
opportunities for children to care for and train canines.
Thrilled that the Sanscraintes had passed the application process
with flying colors, Denise chose them to be Tau's family, and put
the pooch on a plane to Boston
. "Our children thought we were picking up their uncle at the
airport," says Angela. "Little did they know we were getting Tau. He
has been a joy!"
story doesn't end there. Because of their good experience with Save
a Dog and Kids, the Sanscraintes decided to adopt two cats, Princess
and P.K. (Pretty Kitty), from the group. "This time Denise flew the
animals out herself," says Angela. "What a treat to meet this
Sanscraintes knew that Denise's birthday fell near the time of her
visit, so they had planned a party for her. Since then, they've kept
in touch through phone calls and e-mail, and thanks to
Petfinder--and Tau, of course--the friendship has blossomed. "They
are like family to me," Denise says, "and I also know first-hand
they give the best home to their pets!"
IN LOVING MEMORY
CLICK HERE FOR THE MOVIE
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies
that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and
play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are
warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to
health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals
are happy and content, except for one small thing: they each miss someone very
special, someone who was left behind. They all run and play together, but the
day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes
are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly, he breaks from the group,
flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when
you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion,
never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again
caress the beloved head, and you look once more into those trusting eyes, so
long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart. Then you cross the
Rainbow Bridge together...
"Grieve not, nor speak of me
with tears but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you.. I loved you so---
'twas Heaven here with you."
Isla Paschal Richardson
A RESCUED DOG'S
Denise wishes to
let everyone know of a very special Angel of a woman and the most amazing and
caring rescuer, Mickey Britton, the founder of 14 year old Utah Companion Golden
Retriever Rescue. She was Denise's mentor when she created Save A Dog & KIds and
guided her in this difficult work. 4,600 Golden Retrievers and Labrador
Retrievers were saved from being put down in shelters after their owners
abandonned them thanks to Mickey and her Husband Bill. When Mickey brought a
new Golden Retriever home from the shelter she would brush out all their knots,
make sure they were loved and felt safe in her home, and she would get the
donated blankets and treats to give to her new foster child. She and her
husband Bill helped disabled kids and people get service dogs, they showed other
rescues how 2 retired people could do so much for the dogs and the world. She
was not only the mentor for our founder, but she was a mom to her and supported
her when Denise did not think she could do this hard work of rescue. Denise
will truelly miss Mickey and the world will not be the same without her.
MAN 9 year PUrebred REd Miniature Pekingese N.M. has had to have 3 surgeries
trying to save his little front leg that had been broken and never cared for by
his previous owners. His little rear dew claws and pads had to be removed
surgically because his owners never clipped his nails and they had grown
completely into the pads. He was limping all over the place. Thanks to help
from HEEAB and Susie along with our funds, we were able to provide the $850
worth of surgeries he needed to try to repair his shattered leg. He has to be
carried outside and loves his little room with soft pillows. He sleeps with
Denise on her bed, and loves her dearly after 2 years of rehabilitation. He is
the sweetest most loving Pekingese, gentle with all humans but prefers not to be
with other dogs because he fears being knocked over. He has the most beautiful
coat. Thank you Jeff in California for helping LIttle man get his needed
surgery to remove his leg, we could not have done the $600 surgery without you.
Thank you Dr. Law at Cottonwood Animal Hospital for giving us a $400 discount
and doing such a great job. Littleman gets along great on his 3 legs.
Memory of our precious Littleman June 11, 2003. You had such a heart our
little friend. He will be so loved over Rainbow Bridge but so missed
here. Why did such a loving innocent little life have to suffer so much the
first part of his life because of the negligence of humans?
a 6 yr. S.F. Yorki/Shih Tzu tiny little girl has almost died from attacking 2
large dogs, and 3 hernias. She attacks every dog she meets and must be
protected from them. She doesn't like kids. Otherwise she loves to be carried
once you earn her trust and loves to sleep by your pillow. Still working on
house training and her medical bills to date are $600.
In Memory of our Beloved Nou
Nou, we will miss you, our precious little girl.
6 yr. N.M.
Wirehaired little Maltese mix. Loves to be with a retired man. Ok with
grandkids. Obedience class included is mandatory.
onto Rainbow Bridge last week and we will miss him very much. He had been
suffering with kidney and hip problems for a long time with his owner who
returned him to us, and yet was so loving.
Dear Dan and Jill, and so many wonderful families like
yourselves who have made me so grateful that the puppies I rescued from the Utah
County Animal Shelter that no one wanted and would have been put down, that I
used every resource I had to save, care for, provide the needed vet care and was
so fortunate to find such quality, responsible, committed and loving homes for
Getting wonderful letters and pictures like this makes me just cry. I am very
happy that I did all I could to save these and over 650 other unwanted puppies
and some cats. I have always tried to do my best to find the best permanent and
responsible homes and have been criticized by my peers in Utah for being so
strict, but homes like yours are worth waiting for and these sweet, helpless and
loving creatures deserve it.
Thank you for giving Sophie and all the other wonderful dogs such great homes
that I never have to worry about these dear angels. I love them all. All my
wonderful supporters in Utah tell me always that I love each one like they are
my own children.
Thank you all for your support. Give your angels a big hug and kiss for me.
Denise De Vynck, Save A Dog & Kids.
Quoting Dan & Jill Lykins
> Today is Sophie's (Heather) 2nd birthday and we wanted to share some
> pictures of her with you. She is doing well and really loves our two
> boys. She gets great joy out of sleeping on the bed with our older son,
> playing with our two year old and myself during the day, and her nightly
> walks with Dan.
> Enjoy the photos.
> Dan, Jill, Grant, and Noah Lykins AND Sophie of course :)
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