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Bailing Out Benji’s 2nd Annual State-wide Puppy Mill Awareness Event

Last year, we introduced to Iowa the first ever state-wide puppy mill awareness event! Over 20 different events were held during the month of September by shelters, rescues and other businesses/groups- and it was a huge success!  We are SO pleased to announce that this year, we have done it again! With the help of participating animal welfare organizations, we… Read more »

Vote with your Money– Help Stop Puppy Mills TODAY!

According to the Animal Rescue Corps, there are an estimated 15,000 puppy mills in the U.S. alone. I wanted to take a second and share with you one of the most important ways to combat puppy mills here in the United States and it is pretty simple…. DON’T SHOP AT PET STORES THAT SELL PUPPIES!!! Ask that your family, friends and… Read more »

IDALS isn’t Ideal for the Animals

When it comes to animal protection laws, the state of Iowa comes in almost last out of the whole nation, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund at the end of 2012.  Ranking 48th out of the 50 states, Iowa has a lot of room for improvement, with no one in the government willing to make that happen. Since Iowa… Read more »

Pet Store Protests across the United States

Something I value above almost everything else is education… One amazing way to educate others about the plight of the dogs trapped in puppy mills is to join in on one of the many pet store protests going on in the country. These protests are peaceful, with the intent on educating the citizens in the community about the pet store/puppy… Read more »

Critter Nation– Where their pups REALLY come from.

During the summer of 2013, Bailing Out Benji assisted a small group with weekly protests in front of Critter Nation in Webster City, Iowa after we found out that he is using the same two breeders that Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe in Ames, Iowa uses.  In retaliation to the weekly protests, the store decided to post this very professional statement on… Read more »

Through the Eyes of a Child

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I will admit, the muse that sparked this latest article was none other than my subscription to Netflix. I happened to be browsing my watch instantly options and was inundated with options for children’s movies, although it isn’t my particular genre of choice. As I am scrolling through all of these movies, I kept thinking to myself, “too sad” and… Read more »

You Are What You Eat

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The decision on what to feed our pets is always a tough one- especially with the pet food companies telling you anything you want to hear. Your dog or cat will be happier/ healthier /live longer.  There are cheap foods, all-natural and foods with “meat chunks”.  In all reality, we should be just as picky with what goes into their… Read more »

Life After the Loss of a pet

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Many of you know that I have recently taken in a 14 year old, deaf black lab named Abby. She lived her entire life outside on a farm, where many of her illnesses went untreated. She had an ear infection that had gone on for over 8 years without treatment, resulting in the worst case of cauliflower ear that my… Read more »

Going All Natural for the Animals

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Since I have started Bailing Out Benji, many people have asked about natural methods for fighting fleas, as they feel uncomfortable “poisoning” their dogs to protect them. It turns out that one of my friends and a huge supporter of Bailing Out Benji has some answers for us! Cindy Manning, of DoTerra Essential Oils, has written a little article for… Read more »

The Insanity of the Iditarod

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Every winter since March of 1973, sled dogs have been forced to train and suffer for the “last great race” of our time- The Iditarod. Animal advocates all over the world cringe when they hear the term. What many everyday citizens don’t see is the intense cruelty that goes on behind the scenes. The breeding, the abuse, the intense training,… Read more »