Last week, Cesar visited Gilda’s Club Quad-Cities in Davenport, Iowa, as part of their “Intimate Conversations” series. Pictures of his luncheon, talk, and visits with the people who came to see him are below.
Named for Gilda Radner, who died in 1989 at the age of 42 after a battle with cancer, Gilda’s Clubs were founded to create welcoming communities of support for everyone living with cancer — men, women, teens and children — along with their families and friends, all free of charge.
Their motto is “No One Should Face Cancer Alone.” This is in keeping with Cesar’s belief that dogs can also be very important to human health, particularly among cancer patients.
According to Cesar, dogs “don’t focus on what’s wrong with you. They’re focused on ‘How can I help you arrive to this happy state?’”
We’ve all heard the expression “In the right place at the right time.” This past week, a man named Kai Lawrence became famous for exactly that. He was just a hitchhiker, homefree (do not call him “homeless”) and trying to get from one place to another by catching rides with strangers.
One of those strangers turned out to have mental issues and assaulted a couple of people. Kai jumped in and disabled the attacker. The TV news report of the incident went viral – to no surprise.
Not only was Kai in the right place at the right time; he did the right thing. That made all the difference.
Six years ago this Thursday, which is also Valentine’s Day, I found myself in the right place at the right time to do my right thing, so I started the Cesar Millan Foundation to promote animal welfare by supporting the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused and abandoned dogs; to establish and fortify community human education programs and curricula; and to build a balance between dogs and people.
The problem of abandoned and homeless dogs is a world-wide phenomenon. There are six hundred million unwanted dogs on the planet, and over six million dogs and cats are destroyed every year in the United States alone. One of the Foundation’s primary missions is to raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering pets and its direct impact on overpopulation.
In the past six years, the Foundation has done a lot for animal welfare. We have donated over $1 million to support Humane Education, including over $ 250,000 in direct grants, and we support more than 3,000 no-kill shelter affiliates, saving thousands of animals suffering from abuse and neglect.
The Mutt-i-grees Program has reached nearly 100,000 students in 2,000 schools, and Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue (DEAR) Fund has aided dogs affected by hurricane Katrina, the Fukushima earthquake, and last year’s wildfires in Colorado. We have also aided dogs rescued from fighting rings in the Philippines, and are constantly working toward the passage of stronger laws to protect animals and punish abusers.
Our Second Annual National Family Pack Walk brought together 10,000 people and 5,000 dogs on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., raising awareness of the plight of abandoned, abused, and neglected dogs internationally.
I see all of these accomplishments and am very proud to be a part of them. There is still so much more to do, but I believe that we can do it. Whether it involves donating money to the Foundation, donating your time to a shelter, or opening your home to a rescue dog doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we work together toward the goal of raising awareness and creating a humane planet for our canine friends.
We are fortunate in that we can put ourselves in the right place at the right time when it comes to helping dogs, but we need to take that extra step and also do the right thing — and keep doing it until the abandoned, abused, and homeless dogs of the world are all home free.
Pack Leaders, this is heartbreaking. There are no words... Wicca and owner saying a final good-bye
WICCA ALERT: We have just received very sad news from one of our pack that Wicca has been euthanized in Montreal. A notice from her owner is posted on “Save Wicca”. He writes “R.I.P. my little girl. Please forgive me…I really thought we would grow old together…” You can read the entire posting on the page. We send his family our deepest condolences.
If you would like to help Cesar and the Cesar Millan Foundation to continue to fight for dogs like Wicca, like Lennox, like Shadow, like Captain and thousands of countless others to prevent cruelty and misuse of the laws.
If you want us to be able to continue to FIGHT to SAVE the LIVES of ANIMALS please make a donation today in honor of all the animals that need our help. RIP Wicca.
Take a look at this big, handsome goofball! His name is Jiggy and he’s this week’s Cesar Millan Foundation #AdoptMeThursday dog, with the most adorable wonky ear!
Jiggy is a 3-4 year-old Pit Bull available for adoption through Friends to the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue (@FTTFPitBull) located just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He loves going for walks and cuddling up with people. Jiggy currently lives in foster care with a 13 year-old male lab and 2 cats, and he’s great with them both! He can be excitable, but he actually spends a lot of time lounging and snoozing. Jiggy is housebroken, crate-trained, neutered, current on vaccines, dewormed, heartworm negative and microchipped.
For information on adopting Jiggy, please contact Holly Nelson at 678-939-6981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. #rescue #pitbullweek