Prince Lorenzo Borghese Launches Animal Aid USA’s New Year Caravan

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Former reality personality and President of Animal Aid USA Prince Lorenzo Borghese helped to create a better reality for dogs in danger as he launched the organization’s first animal rescue caravan of 2013.

On January 18th the New Year Caravan began a journey to put 175 shelter dogs on the road to a brighter tomorrow. The vehicle’s journey is part of a trek repeated every 30 days by Animal Aid USA volunteers who travel 1,600 miles from New Jersey to Liberty County, Georgia to rescue shelter animals from rural Georgia communities. The dogs have been pulled from animal control facilities across Georgia to be rescued, and most have been brought to Animal Aid USA’s Miracle Ranch (a temporary transfer station and quarantine facility in Long County) for care and treatment before forever homes can be found for each of them.

“Each moment an animal is about to be euthanized due to its inability to find a loving home is an emergency situation to our group of volunteers. I’m so happy to be a part of our first caravan in the new year in which 175 lives will be saved,” said the season nine star of The Bachelor, who also donates five percent of the profits from his Royal Pet Club line of pet products and $2 for every new Royal Pet Club customer to help Animal Aid USA’s efforts.

When volunteers on the caravan arrive at Miracle Ranch, they will be met by a dog who is a living testament to the care that canines receive thanks to Animal Aid USA. Currently fostered by an Animal Aid USA volunteer, Asher– an injured dog suffering from a gangrenous wound to his neck– was rescued from the streets of Warne County, Georgia by the Okefenokee Humane Society and is now on the mend due to the diligence of the staff at Cedar Animal Hospital in Richmond Hills.

A photo of Asher following treatment for his injuries:

Steve Dash of the Humane Society of Atlantic County in Atlantic City, New Jersey, an Advisory Board member for Animal Aid USA, will travel with the New Year Caravan to join the many volunteers who came together to save Asher when they meet the lucky miracle pup at Miracle Ranch. The Humane Society of Atlantic County will be taking Asher into its program once he is medically cleared for travel, which is expected to take a few months.

Also traveling with the Animal Aid USA New Year Caravan will be seven Miracle Ranch board members, five cargo vans (in addition to Animal Aid USA’s customized transport rig), and four participating receiving rescue partners: Denise McCann, founder of Almost Home Dog Rescue, New Jersey; Dana Smith Edwards and Kathleen Schaefer; Shelly Michener and Jennifer Bailey from The Animal Orphanage, Voorhees New Jersey; Alyssa Jones of WAGS Rescue, Horsham, Pennsylvania, and Lorie Wus of Finally Home Farm Rescue, Williamstown, New Jersey.

Additional participating rescue groups and shelters in Georgia include:

Randy Durrence, Liberty Animal Control, Hinesville, Georgia
Sissy Haskell, STARS of GA Rescue, Statesboro, Georgia
Friends of Screven County Animals (FOSCA), Sylvania, Georgia
Hannah Tostensen, Humane Animal Resource Team (HART), Darien, Georgia
Ben Hood, Okefenokee Humane Society, Waycross, Georgia

Special guests participating in the 2013 Animal Aid USA New Year’s Caravan will be (Amazing) Grace, Animal Aid USA’s canine hero and her pet parent, Phil Draughon of Chicago, as well as members of the Guardians of Rescue organization, which has chapters in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California. A special reunion between Karen Talbot and Robert Misseri of the Guardians of Rescue is planned to commemorate their co-founding of the Georgia Puppy Caravan in 2009, then the largest rescue mission in Georgia State history.

For more information regarding Animal Aid USA, which has rescued more than 3,000 homeless and abandoned dogs since its founding by Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Karen Talbot (M.O.M.S. Rescue founder) in January 2012:

Photo Credit: Animal Aid USA

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