FOLSOM, New Jersey, (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
Under the leadership of Animal Aid USA co-founders Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Karen Talbot, the Amazing Grace Caravan will travel from New Jersey to Georgia July 12-15 to advocate legislation outlawing the use of gas chamber euthanasia in the U.S., and to rescue more than 100 adoptable dogs from the Liberty Animal Control facility in Hinesville, Georgia.
The nightmarish reality of a dog or cat’s death by gas chamber is about to become a rolling public service message as a large group of animal lovers leaves Folsom New Jersey together July 12 and heads for the Liberty Animal Control Facility in Hinesville, Georgia in a multi-state rescue caravan honoring one survivor of the gruesome fate.
The Amazing Grace Caravan is named for Grace, an aging mixed breed pooch and poster child for the anti-gas chamber movement, who in 2006 survived a harrowing near death experience in the Liberty facility’s gas chamber. This will mark the first time Grace has returned to Liberty Animal Control since 2006, when her own experience with the gas chamber changed Georgia law on animal euthanasia.
Led by animal rights activists Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Karen Talbot, as well as broad network of pet lovers from across the U.S., the Amazing Grace Caravan will facilitate the rescue of more than 100 adoptable animals from the Liberty Animal Control facility in Hinesville. In the process, they plan to raise awareness of the cruelty that death by gas chamber inflicts on its victims and boost efforts to outlaw the practice, still being performed in 31 states.
Grace’s traumatic experience back in 2006 quickly made national news, and was life-changing for many, particularly Liberty County Animal Control Officer Linda Cordry. Cordry was among those who had ushered Grace into the gas chamber with other dogs scheduled to be euthanized that day, and she was the one to discover Grace alive in the horrific aftermath. Liberty County ended the practice and dismantled its gas chamber immediately following Grace’s rescue.
Cordry will greet Grace at the Liberty County Animal Control facility for the first time since the harrowing event.
Grace will be accompanied by her owner Phil Draughon and Davis Cosey, a member of the Georgia Department of Agriculture‘s Companion Animal Advisory Board and an animal rights crusader who committed himself to the passage of Grace’s Law in the Georgia General Assembly. Grace’s Law, which bans the use of gas chambers to euthanize animals in Georgia shelters, was passed in December 2010. To add emphasis to the caravan’s public service message, Cosey has donated an actual gas chamber like the one Grace was subjected to, and like those still in use in 31 states. This gas chamber will travel with the caravan as a symbol of change and solidarity behind Grace’s Law. 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.
Talbot, founder of the animal aid organization Making of Miracle Stories (MOMS), along with Borghese, co-founder of Animal Aid USA and an ambassador to the American Humane Association, are spearheading the caravan rescue that will take them, Grace, Draughon, Cosey, and their supporters through New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, with daily stops scheduled to raise awareness for animal advocacy, spay and neuter programs, and animal adoption.
American Humane Association President and CEO Robin Ganzert, Ph.D. will make an appearance in support of the caravan and its lifesaving mission. Clark G, the famous talking dog from Youtube and recipient of more than 100 million “views” will also be in attendance.
To make a donation and have your pet’s caricature included on the Amazing Grace Caravan bus, please go to the Animal Aid “Paint That Bus” web page. To find out more about Grace’s amazing story and how Animal Aid USA is working to make the planet safer for all animals, visit AnimalAidUSA.org.
About the Amazing Grace Caravan:
In addition to raising awareness of the cruelty of gas chambers used to euthanize animals, the caravan aims to spread information on low cost and free spay and neuter programs, the dangers of pet overpopulation, and the importance of adopting shelter animals as pets.
The Amazing Grace Caravan will be making stops and participating in events at the following locations:
For information on participating in the Amazing Grace Caravan, which is open to the public, please visit http://www.animalaidusa.org.
About Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Royal Pet Club:
Prince Lorenzo Borghese, founder and president of Royal Pet Club and Royal Treatment Italian Pet Spa, is passionate about the well-being of animals everywhere. His line of pet-friendly, organic products was originally created for his beloved black lab, Belle. For nine consecutive years, Royal Treatment has been the most successful pet line on the HSN shopping channel. A vocal advocate of spaying and neutering programs, Borghese donates five percent of Royal Pet Club profits plus $2 for every new customer to Animal Aid USA to support spay and neuter programs across the U.S. Through this program, families unable to afford the cost of having their dog spayed or neutered will be able to have the procedure done for free by a top veterinarian in their community.
Borghese’s line of Royal Treatment products were developed to support pet wellness with premium, natural dog shampoos, conditioners and other organic pet grooming supplies.
Borghese’s Royal Pet Club is the online destination for the Royal Treatment line’s of natural pet spa and wellness products. Made from the finest organic ingredients and fragrance oils, Royal Treatment’s pet grooming products have been developed with the help of leading cosmetics manufacturers, world-renowned veterinarians, and other pet experts from around the world. Formulated in a cosmetics laboratory on the outskirts of Tuscany, Italy, all Royal Treatment pet grooming products are pH balanced for pet’s sensitive skin.
Borghese has worked with numerous animal welfare organizations including North Shore Animal League, the ASPCA and Animal Care and Control of NYC. He is co-founder of NYC4ACC, a group of young professionals who organize fundraisers for this city shelter, and an ambassador to the American Humane Association.
For more information, visit the Royal Pet Club website, or Email John Falkenberg.
About Karen Talbot:
Former SJCG Director of Occupational Health in Philadelphia Karen Talbot ended her 15 year career to devote herself full time to volunteer work. Talbot founded the St. Joseph Elementary School’s “Paws for a Cause,” the Making of Miracle Stories (MOMS) rescue organization, Georgia Puppy Caravans, the Miracle Ranch and the Amazing Grace Caravan. Talbot and her husband Dante share their passion for animal welfare with son Matthew, also active in animal rescue efforts.
The Talbots travel from their New Jersey home to Liberty County, Georgia every 30 days to rescue animals and deliver them to the doorsteps of receiving team members, creating a first-of-its-kind rescue model that incorporates both rescue and receiving on a team basis. Talbot, whose organization rescues an average of 70 animals monthly, co-founded Animal Aid USA with Lorenzo Borghese.