Weddings are the joyful start of a new chapter in life, and on July 10th two canines who have defied death will pledge their dogged devotion to a paws cause that’s close to their hearts in a ceremony that will mark the start of the Amazing Grace Caravan’s journey, which will rescue more than 100 dogs from a high kill shelter in Hinesville, Georgia as it spreads an important message.
Forever linked by the horror of their euthanasia experiences, Grace (seen in the photo to the right)– a mixed breed who miraculously survived a Hinesville, Georgia gas chamber in 2006– and her groom Daniel (seen in the photo to the left), a beagle mix who also escaped his fate inside a gas chamber in October 2011 at an Alabama animal control facility, will be joined in ‘mutt’rimony to shine a spotlight on the need to end the cruel method of ending a life, which is still used in 31 states.
Hosted by Animal Aid USA founders Prince Lorenzo Borghese— the star of The Bachelor season nine and the president of Royal Pet Club and Royal Treatment Italian Pet Spa line of all natural grooming products– and Karen Talbot, who also founded the Making of Miracle Stories (M.O.M.S.) rescue, the wedding ‘paw’ty will include You Tube sensation Clark G. (“The maple kind, yeah?”) as the best man and his rescue sister Layla as maid of honor.
The barking bride (who will wear canine wedding wear by Manhattan-based Hec-lin Designs for Dogs) will enjoy a red carpet welcome when she arrives at the ceremony site– the Sheraton Atlantic City– at 6:45 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet with all four dogs in the wedding, which will be performed by Eli the Chihuahua. During this time Borghese and Talbot will be collecting signatures on a petition addressed to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack condemning the use of gas chambers.
YouTube sensation (and rescue dog) Clark G will serve a best man at the bow wow vows
The Amazing Grace Caravan bus ride will begin in Folsom, New Jersey and travel through Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina before arriving in Hinesville, Georgia, where Grace will meet Liberty County Animal Control Officer Linda Cordry, who discovered the dog still breathing after enduring a cycle in the county facility’s gas chamber– a miracle that prompted the immediate end of the practice and dismantling its gas chamber at the Liberty County facility and the eventual passing of Grace’s Law, which bans the use of gas chambers to euthanize animals in Georgia shelters.
The Amazing Grace Caravan will feature the caricatures by artist Ellen Streck of animals whose pet parents donated $50 to the cause.
To add emphasis to the caravan’s public service message, Davis Cosey– a member of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Companion Animal Advisory Board who was instrumental in the December 2010 passing of Grace’s Law– has donated an actual gas chamber like the one Grace was subjected to, and like those still in use in many states. Supporters will have the opportunity to sign a petition aiming to ban gas chamber use, and are invited to apply their handprint and signature in permanent paint to the gas chamber in a symbolic gesture of unending support for the humane treatment of animals.
Reality personality/animal advocate Prince Lorenzo Borghese will lead the caravan from New Jersey to Georgia
Daily stops are scheduled to raise awareness for animal advocacy, spay and neuter programs, and animal adoption:
July 12, Maryland House I-95 mile marker 82, Aberdeen, Maryland
July 12, Gander Mountain Store at 10150 Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland, Virginia
July 13, Arrives in Hinesville Liberty County, Georgia (approximately 5 p.m.)
July 14, Liberty Animal Control Animal Release/Miracle Ranch, 194 Hugh Gordon Lane, Ludowici, GA
For more information regarding the Amazing Grace Caravan:
- visit http://animalaidusa.org
The following video offers a look at a previous M.O.M.S. Rescue mission:
Photo Credit: PRWeb/ Animal Aid USA