Adoption World and Rescue Report 1.02.12
Posted by adoptedmom
For the first post of 2012 AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog Blog is very excited to introduce you to a new group out there doing important work helping dogs in severe need. Rock & Rawhide is the brainchild of Singer/Musician Kylie Edmond and her husband Sean-Patrick M. Hillman.
Rock & Rawhide is a program developed to collect donations of toys, rawhides, treats, blankets and more for dogs and cats placed at Animal Control and other high kill shelters. Across the country, through the collection of items at concerts, local music gigs, touring bands, DJ events, art shows, chef events, direct from individuals and more, we will also work to raise awareness of adoption and the importance of quality of life for shelter animals. Many shelters do not give the animals these items as they are cash-strapped and money is often spent elsewhere. While other organizations raise funds for shelters operating costs, we want to ensure the animals directly benefit…not someone’s pocket.
Some research notes to consider:
According to the Humane Society, 6-8 million dogs and cats are placed in shelters in the US each year. Of this amount 3-4 MILLION are euthanized. The animals at these shelters suffer extreme stress from the deafening noise levels, environmental conditions and many other factors in the shelter…which makes them less appealing to potential owners.
- In a study looking at the noise levels in animal shelters they reported that noise can reach over 100db where levels over 70db are considered loud. (Coppola et al, 2006)
- Noise is a physical stressor that can lead to behavioral, physiological, and anatomical responses, including intestinal problems, and immunosuppression. (Spreng, 2000)
- The presence of these food enrichment toys stimulates appetitive behaviors and increases the level of activity (exercise). It also appears to result in lower barking frequencies (lower noise). Thereby promoting the welfare of dogs housed in kennels. (Lidewij L. et al, 2008)
- One study showed that moving the bed to the front of the cage as well as adding toys can increase the chance of that dog being adopted. (Wells and Hepper, 2000)
- The addition of a toy made the kennel environment more appealing to visitors even when the dog displayed no interest in the toy, thus improving adoption chances.(Wells et al, 2002a)
Who We Are:
Kylie Edmond, Co-Founder
Kylie is a NYC-based Singer/Songwriter (www.reverbnation.com/kylieedmond), originally from sunny Perth, Western Australia. She came to NYC in search of inspiration and adventure. New York has since become her home and muse.
As a SESAC writer, member of The Recording Academy and The Songwriters Guild of America, Kylie can be found playing in many of NYC’s famous venues. Her passion for music began early with her first vinyl bought being that of ABBA, when she was 3 year old. Hundreds of rock concerts and tour t-shirts later, Kylie began writing her own songs but didn’t pick up the guitar until years later. A moment which heavily changed and shaped her writing style.
Fusing the arts with helping shelter animals seemed like a perfect fit. Growing up with rescues, Kylie has taken in and helped to find homes for strays since she was a kid. Knowing that the arts is such a giving community, and a healing medium through which much is spoken, it was clear to Kylie that Rock & Rawhide would be able to make a difference.
Sean-Patrick M. Hillman, Co-Founder
Sean-Patrick literally grew up in the fields of advertising and public relations; with both parents having successful careers in both industries. Hillman began his career in his teens in the mailroom of his mother’s agency, Corbin-Hillman Communications, working as a nightclub promoter at night. At university, he focused on journalism, interning at The Charlie Rose Show and CNN. He was then hired, at age 19, as a business journalist for CNNfn, CNN’s financial news network, for three years.
Sean-Patrick returned to Corbin-Hillman Communications (www.corbinpr.com) full-time in 1999 and has held several positions, most recently becoming EVP and Principal; representing clients such as BACARDI, Jose Cuervo Tequila, Sephora, Shiseido, Barbie, Spice World Tour, fetish by Christina Aguilera, Supermodel Valeria Mazza, National Geographic, and Bermuda.
Sean-Patrick is married to Singer/Songwriter Kylie Edmond, and they live in Manhattan with their dog, Snickers. During the summer, Sean-Patrick can often be found at Yankee Stadium taking in America’s Favorite Pastime.
Would you like to donate items? The following are desperately needed:
Blankets & towels (clean)
Tough chew toys
Rope chew toys
$5 donation buys a bag of rawhides or cat toys
$10 donation buys a large Nylabone
$15 donation buys a large Kong or blankets
To donate online to this campaign Go To :
If you would like to help, please donate. Even $5 makes a difference!