Well, it’s been quite a week here at Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. On May 10th I was working on putting together a recap post from our Block Party, and I fell in love with the photo of Eva and Captain Morgan. When I began showing off this photo on our social channels, I saw that people were really responding to it, so I decided to send it to BuzzFeed Animals. BuzzFeed Animals ran the photo with a couple of sentences about Eva and Cappy and we were thrilled! Giddy, we watched the views on BuzzFeed climb and enjoyed reading everyone’s comments, but we never thought that the story would go any further.
Seven days later, Badass has been covered by Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Yahoo!, The Daily News and many more outlets. When the Yahoo! story hit, donations began to stream in. Although it wasn’t mentioned in the story, people were visiting our website, clicking on donate and making their way to our YouCaring page. In the past 24 hours, we’ve raised $4,000 - a huge amount for us. We are shocked and in awe.
I’d like to tell you a little bit about where your donations go when you donate to Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue. As you may know, Badass is an all-volunteer Brooklyn-based rescue organization that saves dogs from high-kill rural shelters in the South. In March, three of our rescuers took a trip to Alabama to visit shelters in Selma and Florence and they ended up rescuing 30 dogs on that trip (including Captain Morgan!). Out of those 30 dogs, more than half of them tested positive for Heartworm.
Heartworm is easily prevented with a monthly medication that costs about $5 per dose, but actually treating an outbreak of worms costs hundreds of dollars. And, since we don’t adopt the dogs out until they have a clean bill of health, a dog with heartworm needs a longer stay in foster care, and more resources. At Badass, your donations ensure that we’ll never have to deny a dog rescue just because he’s tested positive for Heartworm.
In the past few months, we’ve also been able to save some particularly hard luck cases, and dogs that others had completely written off - like the Vermillion Seven from Vermillion, Louisiana, Ruger (now Hans Gruber), the dog left on the side of the road to die, and Axl Rose, the dog they tried to kill three times.
It is our honor and our joy to save these dogs and find them happy, loving homes with new families. If you’ve donated to Badass at any time, we thank you in a most sincere way. And if you’re considering donation, please know that your dollars go directly to saving these dogs in a very real way - we’re often dealing in cases of live and death. We promise to keep saving Badass dogs from idiot people.
All photos in the blog post by Hilary Benas. The dogs in this blog post are currently available for adoption. For more information, please email email@example.com. From top to Bottom: Miss Bagel, Rock Hudson, Taylor Dane, Carole Lombard