The domesticated dog or canis lupus familiaris’ genetics has been extensively studied to show that they diverged from an extinct wolf-like canid from Eurasia 40,000 years ago. The dog is the oldest domesticated animal and has been long associated with humans, are quite attuned to human behavior, and therefore often referred to as “man’s best friend.” Sadly, we don’t always treat them as our best friends and, in some instances and places, we treat them as if they are our worst enemy.

People across the world use them in fighting rings, illegally breed them, use them as bait for other bigger animals, murder them for their skin, kill them for their flesh and abuse them in all sorts of horrific and unimaginable ways. We originally bred dogs to give us company and we have evolved to subjecting some of them to great pain and suffering.

To help our canine friends, I Stand With My Pack has several ongoing projects as listed below.

Please keep checking this page for updates and ways you can help:

‘OPT TO ADOPT’ Project

Millions of dogs die yearly in shelters across the United States. The overpopulation of stray dogs in the U.S. is so immense that it is impossible to determine an exact estimate.

According to the ASPCA:

  • About 13,600 animal shelters exist in the U.S.
  • Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs.
  • While 1.4 million dogs are adopted each year, about 1.2 million dogs are euthanized.
  • Only about 35% of dogs that enter shelters are adopted.

This is why ISWMP cannot stress enough the importance of not only spaying and neutering pets, but also the importance of adopting instead of buying from places that support puppy mills.

ISWMP regularly receives calls and rescues dogs wherever and whenever possible. The dogs we have rescued have come from kill shelters, found abandoned/stray dogs and from abuse situations. Last year we were able to save the lives of 105 dogs total and find all of them a loving forever home.

In addition, we have teamed up with Marley’s Mutts, Greendog Foundation and Deity Animal Rescue Foundation for rescue missions and Live Shelter Adoption Events. The “OPT TO ADOPT” event is a unique opportunity for rescues, networkers and adopters to work together, create awareness and save as many lives as possible.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

For every $400 raised, we are able to save one life. This includes the animal shelter adoption fees, transportation, veterinary needs, and foster day-to-day expenses the rescue pup may need. No donation is too small and is greatly appreciate!

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You can also donate by purchasing items from our Amazon Wish List which will help in rescuing these dogs.

Amazon Wish List →

To adopt one of our rescues, please regularly check availability on our Adoption Opportunities page which is powered by Petfinder.

Adopt →

Yulin Project

Each year on June 21st in Yulin, Guangxi, China, the Summer Solstice marks the beginning of what is commonly known as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. This gathering, which has no cultural significance having just started recently, isn’t a cause for celebration and is instead responsible for tarnishing China’s international reputation, propagating extreme and unnecessary cruelty to animals, and a source of unsafe food for the Chinese people.

The festival is held over 10 days in which about 10,000 – 15,000 dogs are consumed, including puppies and pregnant dogs. Months before the festival, dogs are transported sometimes from 1,000 miles away in cramped cages with no food and water, causing disease to spread, resulting in many to die before reaching Yulin. Once dogs reach Yulin slaughterhouses, they’re brutally tortured before they are killed- disemboweled, dismembered, mutilated, beaten with metal rods, skinned, torched and then sometimes boiled alive – all because of the claim that doing so improves the flavor of the meat. Dog restaurant owners claim that the extreme pain, trauma and fear these dogs experience in the weeks leading up to their death makes the adrenaline-rich dog meat tastier.

Many of the dogs who are killed for the annual Yulin festival are either pets who are stolen and killed still wearing their collars, or homeless dogs rounded up for the festival. As many of these animals have been vaccinated as pets, there is a high health risk associated with consuming their meat. According to the World Health Organization, the Chinese dog meat trade has been linked to cases of trichinellosis, rabies and cholera. Eating stolen pets and homeless dogs at Yulin, with no clue as to their origin or health, is worse than scavenging roadkill for unsuspecting Chinese people. While eating dog meat has ancient roots in many Asian cultures, the Yulin’s has absolutely no historical or cultural significance. According to Time Magazine, the event only started in the 1990’s to boost dog restaurant profits, as most young Chinese do not consume dog meat, and the Yulin festival isn’t even culturally considered to be ‘official’.

The fight against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is an ongoing and yearlong process. By keeping public pressure and raising awareness against the festival is what is saving lives. We’ve grown awareness by protesting in 2016 and also in 2017, in collaboration with Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, we had a successful protest in front of Chinese consulate in Los Angeles.

Also in 2017, with Marc Ching of the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, Shannen Doherty, John Sessa of Stop Yulin Forever and The Vanderpump Dog Foundation and Shaun Monson director and producer of Earthlings, among other esteemed animal activists, we partook in a very successful press conference where we discussed the dog meat trade issue and HR 1406 – The Anti Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act. Here is a video of that conference:

ISWMP also raised funds to help get dogs that Marc Ching and his team at Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation have rescued from slaughter back to the U.S. and into fosters or forever homes.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

We plan on continuing the fight until this horrific festival is put to an end. Leading up to this year’s festival, we will update this page with our Yulin campaign. In the meantime you can sign our petition here. Please add your signature to the over 15K (and counting!) that have already signed and stand with animals that go through this horrific torture.

Sign the Petition →

You can also see Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation’s anti Dog Meat Trade Programs and follow their initiatives to End Yulin forever.

See Animal Hope and Wellness’s Programs →

Puerto Rico Project

In 2017, we were called by the Founder and Executive Director of Puerto Rico Dog Fund to help rescue stray dogs in Puerto Rico. We accepted to help and then soon after realized the massive heartbreaking number of dumped, tortured and homeless dogs in Puerto Rico. It is currently estimated that Puerto Rico’s homeless dog population is at a crisis level, with an estimated 500,000 unwanted and abused stray dogs roaming the island looking for food and shelter, who instead are commonly run over by cars, beat, burned, or simply left to starve to death. In one lifetime, an unspayed female dog can produce 67,000 puppies, so you can imagine how desperate this situation is for these dogs who are unfixed and uncared for.

It is sadly a very common sight in Puerto Rico to see dog carcasses littering beaches and roadways, and this is how the otherwise beautiful U.S. territory island of Puerto Rico has come to be known as ‘Dead Dog Island,’ but I Stand With My Pack is working to change this. We came up with the idea to create a mass spay and neuter clinic for low income families as well as stray dogs we rescue off the streets. Soon after our idea inspired others to do the same.

Since March 2017 we have rescued or participated in the rescue of 78 dogs and cats and brought them back to Los Angeles as well as found them the best possible forever homes. We now collaborate with Compassion Kind organization who has a shelter in San Juan.

During hurricane Maria, we also provided relief for many animals as well as people. We sent 200 bags of dog food, 40 Dog beds, cleaning supplies, batteries, and clothing.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Each dog rescued is vaccinated, spayed and neutered, and we facilitate making these dogs adoptable. We also pay their flights to where they will be adopted.

The cost for one dog is approximately $403-$512 and the breakdown is as follows:

  • $25 health certificate for flight
  • $75 spay and neuter
  • $160 vaccinations
  • $73-$185 flight
  • $70 crate

If you would like to sponsor Puerto Rico don’t please consider making a donation or contact aleksandra@iswmp.org.

Donate →

You can also donate by purchasing items from our Amazon Wish List which will help in rescuing these dogs.

Amazon Wish List →

To adopt one of our rescues, please regularly check availability on our Adoption Opportunities page which is powered by Petfinder.

Adopt →

Here are images of our rescued dogs from Puerto Rico…