NEW YORK, (PRWEB) February 12, 2013
Animal Aid USA celebrated its one year anniversary Feb. 5, with a star-studded fundraising event held at the THOM Bar in New York City. Celebrities joined Animal Aid USA co-founders Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Karen Talbot to toast the organization’s achievements in its first 12 months, which included the rescue of more than 3,000 homeless and abandoned dogs facing euthanasia in Georgia. Within the past three weeks alone, Animal Aid USA volunteers have has saved 269 dogs, accomplished by a group of 100 percent volunteers.
The sold-out event featured a poignant and powerful presentation designed to give voice to the plight of shelter animals.
Animal Aid USA volunteers conduct monthly caravans from New Jersey to Georgia to rescue dogs scheduled to be euthanized, and takes them to Miracle Ranch, a temporary transfer station and quarantine facility in Long County Georgia. From there, the dogs are placed in foster homes and receiving no-kill rescues until a loving forever home can be found for each.
The February 5 celebration attracted a litany of stars and animal activists, all gathering to support Animal Aid USA’s founders Borghese and Talbot, as well as the stream of volunteers who have devoted time, energy and money to give the organization the resources necessary to save as many helpless animals as possible. Through its high profile caravans each month, Animal Aid USA has worked tirelessly to educate people on the cruelty of gas chamber euthanasia, working to end the practice in all 50 states.
Animal Aid USA is also committed to organizing and co-sponsoring free and low-cost animal spaying and neutering programs to lower the population rate of unwanted and abused animals throughout the U.S.
The February 5 event, aimed at broadening attention to Animal Aid USA’s campaigns and to raise funds for its ambitious goals, attracted an exciting group of celebrity animal lovers.
In addition to hosts Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Karen Talbot, Georgina Bloomberg and Eric Trump, stars attending the anniversary celebration included:
Bernadette Peters, Broadway legend
Amanda Hearst, Marie Claire associate editor and animal activist
James Costos, HBO executive and Humane Society board member
Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
Anna Rothschild, PR maven
Danielle Staub, former Real Housewife of New Jersey
Karen Gravano, reality TV star (Mob Wives)
Beth Ostrosky Stern, animal activist
Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue and Robert’s Cause
Emma Kinney, teen actress (Shameless)
Waka Flocka Flame, hip hop artist
Brandon Michael Vayda, actor (the new 90210)
Nana Meriwether, Miss USA 2012
Travis London, celebrity chef
Aviva Drescher, Real Housewife of New York
Amy Laurent, reality TV star (Bravo’s Miss Advised)
Tom Murro, television personality and celebrity reporter (Fox Morning Extra)
“It was an amazing event, and very encouraging to receive all the support from so many celebrities and others who deeply to care about the welfare of shelter animals,” Borghese says. “We are especially grateful to Frank Leone and Eric Trump for their very generous donations, which will go toward saving more animals and helping us finish building Miracle Ranch.”
Although this was Animal Aid USA’s first fundraiser, the group is planning to have its second event this spring. It will be sponsored by world-renowned architect Frank Leone, and Diane Hanna, owner of BeloMarcoPolo.com photo greeting card company.
Animal Aid USA was established in January 2012 to change the world for animals living in shelters.
About Animal Aid USA:
Cofounded by Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Karen Talbot (M.O.M.S. Rescue Founder) in January 2012, Animal Aid USA is comprised of a group of volunteer animal lovers who drive more than 1,600 miles each month in order to relocate animals from high-kill shelters to receiving rescues and homes. In addition to finding homes for animals facing an uncertain future, Animal Aid USA raises money to fund spay and neuter programs in low income communities, and raise awareness of the legal cruelties happening daily in the U.S., including gas chamber euthanasia. In July 2012, Animal Aid USA raised awareness of the cruelty of gas chamber euthanasia through the Amazing Grace Caravan. This caravan also saved 184 shelter dogs. To date, Animal Aid USA volunteers have rescued more than 3,100 abandoned and homeless dogs.
Borghese combines his animal advocacy commitments with his Royal Treatment products which are available on the Royal Pet Club website. He utilizes his on-air appearances to raise awareness for animal rights causes. Royal Pet Club donates five percent of its profits, plus $2 for every new customer to Animal Aid USA to fund free spay and neuter programs in low income areas. Pictures of altered dogs are then posted on Royal Pet Club’s Royal Fix Club page.