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Challenge Grant Issued for Struggling Texas Dog Farm

WHARTON, TX (March 8, 2010) – American Dog Rescue announced today the issuance of a challenge grant that will help Smiling Dog Farms, a strict no-kill animal-rescue organization, get back on its feet after a devastating financial crisis. American Dog Rescue is matching donor contributions dollar-for-dollar for up to half of the $4,000 goal.

Smiling Dog Farms is a 37-acre Texas ranch that provides refuge for dogs likely to be euthanized, even those considered unadoptable. Last month, a sizable donation to the facility fell through, leaving leaders to scramble to pay for critical operational costs, including staff payroll, dog food and insurance premiums.

“It’s a huge relief to know that American Dog Rescue will stand beside us in getting through this jam. People call and ask if we have room for another dog, and we do. But the real question is if can we afford one more. American Dog Rescue is removing the pressure that comes from wondering if we can help another animal,” said Jay Hellerich, Executive Director of Smiling Dog Farms.

“Someone needed to stand tall and support this important organization,” said Arthur Benjamin, founder and president of American Dog Rescue. “I believe that if we all work together to help Smiling Dog Farms, many more dogs will get the home and love they so desperately need.”

 Submit donations at www.American Dog Rescue/Donate website by clicking on the “Smiling Dog Farms” radial button or by calling:  801-944-3023.

American Dog Rescue ( is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to finding a home for every adoptable dog in the United States.

Smiling Dog Farms is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Smiling Dog Farms is absolutely, unequivocally NO-KILL!

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