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Handsome Dan - The Ripple Effect of Rescue

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It takes a village to accomplish great things for animals, but sometimes just one person can have a positive ripple effect that spreads light outward into the dark corners of our beautiful, but often sad world. And sometimes that person can be a dog.


                        Photo courtesy of Handsome Dan's Rescue

Handsome Dan is one of the survivors from Michael Vick's notorious dog fighting operation that was busted in 2007. After a long journey through many caring hands, Dan found his way home to Rhode Island, where his life and the life of his new family wouldn't be the only ones to change...

Dan's family was inspired - inspired by the needs of homeless, neglected, and abused dogs and by the dogs' potential. Realizing their own capabilities and motivation to make a bigger difference, to create a ripple effect, they founded Handsome Dan's Rescue for pit bull type dogs. This organization saves lives by fostering dogs and helping them find their forever families, supports their local shelters with placement, enrichment, and training, raising funds to assist with veterinary care and spay/neuter assistance for dogs who may not otherwise obtain such treatment, and raising awareness on the equal treatment of all dogs, regardless of breed.

In April 2014, Handsome Dan's ripple effect reached a pit bull from Mississippi. Lady Maybelline, just like Dan, was rescued from a dog fighter. Cut from her chain by HDR partner Animal Rescue Corps, Lady Maybelline needed placement with an organization that could continue her rehabilitative care and adopt her into a loving home.


    Photo by Amiee Stubbs for Animal Rescue Corps

Off to Rhode Island she went, and, thanks to a team of people who wanted to give her every chance to fulfill her potential as a beloved member of a family, she was soon in the comfort and safety of her foster family's loving arms.


Photo courtesy of Handsome Dan's Rescue / Lady Maybelline's foster mom

Remarkably, this special girl is still waiting to be adopted. Please share Lady Maybelline's story! Her forever family needs to find her! Dan's ripple effect, and the love of this amazing survivor will surely change that lucky family's life forever!

To learn more about Handsome Dan's Rescue and see the profile of Lady Maybelline and their other adoptable dogs (and one rabbit!), please visit

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