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Operation Tennessee Waltz Parts One and Two

08/24/16 by Scotlund Haisley

(Written early hours August 23rd) Friends, I’m writing this note from Animal Rescue Corps’ mobile command center. It’s 4:30 am, we left Operation Tennessee Waltz Part Two over two hours ago and we have another two and a half hours until …

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A Tribute and Best Wishes!

05/06/16 by Scotlund Haisley

It has been my intention for some time to share with you, Animal Rescue Corps’ supporters, the stories and to describe the roles and responsibilities of ARC’s team members, whose work is vital to the success of this organization during …

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A Film That Aspires to Fix America’s Companion Animal Crisis

03/04/16 by Scotlund Haisley

In November 2014, while shutting down a Middle Tennessee puppy mill in a rescue dubbed Operation Home for the Holidays, Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) joined up with filmmakers Michael Samstag and Josh Gildre, of Rescue Docs Media. They wanted ARC …

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A Lasting Solution at Long Last: My Experience with Tony and His 31 Dogs

02/04/16 by Scotlund Haisley

His story has gone global – the “Mountain Man”, the “Wild Man”, the “Man in the Woods” who had been living deep in the woods of Natchez Trace State Park in Tennessee, about 120 miles northeast of Memphis, with dozens …

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Animal Rescue Corps Celebrating Five Years of Saving Lives and Inspiring Compassion

01/11/16 by Scotlund Haisley

Wow! That went fast! We’ve been on the road for 5 years in nearly all corners of North America, ending the suffering of thousands and preventing the suffering of countless others. I promised YOU – our small staff, volunteers, donors, …

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The Mantle of Compassion

07/21/15 by Scotlund Haisley

Deploying the Animal Rescue Corps rescue team—our staff, volunteers, vehicles, equipment, and supplies—to a distant location, where we work with law enforcement agencies to end situations of large-scale animal suffering, is a complicated and demanding process. We pride ourselves on …

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The Answer is Compassion

06/05/15 by Scotlund Haisley

When Animal Rescue Corps posts images and videos on social media that document our rescue operations, it creates a strong emotional response. People who are distressed by pictures of suffering animals being rescued from horrible conditions often direct angry, derogatory …

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“Waiting” – Honoring the Compassion of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

11/01/14 by Scotlund Haisley

Last week, Canadian soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, was murdered in an act of terrorism in that nation’s capital of Ottawa. A country lost a soldier, father, son, and hero. One part of the story that particularly touched me is that …

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Celebrating Extraordinary People Doing Extraordinary Work

04/12/14 by Scotlund Haisley

National Volunteer Week: April 6-12, 2014 When I founded Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) in 2010 I had been in the field of animal protection for more than 20 years –working for seven different organizations at local, national, and international levels …

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The Gas Chamber

03/11/14 by Scotlund Haisley

Having been in the field of animal protection for more than two decades and having visited hundreds of shelters around the world, I have often seen the remnants of antiquated sheltering. I was recently at a municipal animal shelter in …

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Operation Mending Hearts

02/27/14 by Scotlund Haisley

Just before 6 p.m. on Friday, February 14, Animal Rescue Corps received a call from officials in Morristown in Hamblen County, Tennessee, asking for help with an urgent situation. The Morristown Hamblen Humane Society had discovered more than 70 animals …

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Reining In Cruelty At Last

02/12/14 by Scotlund Haisley

“I’m truly sorry man’s dominion Has broken nature’s social union…”  – Robert Burns  January 31 marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, honoring an animal that Chinese folklore admirably regards as strong, noble, loving, …

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They Are Not Voiceless

11/08/13 by Scotlund Haisley

We as individuals and a society are constantly confronted with issues of injustice, intolerance, and abuse; sometimes it is directed at our fellow humans and even more commonly towards non-human animals.  It is often said that the victims of these …

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The State of the Cat

09/06/13 by Scotlund Haisley

The Problem: There is an elephant in the room in the animal rescue and sheltering world… an issue so vast and pervasive, yet simply not often enough discussed or targeted within the animal protection community to have adequately addressed it. …

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A New Year’s Message to the Corps

01/01/13 by Scotlund Haisley

Dear Corps Member, Together, we are making the change we wish to see… As Animal Rescue Corps’ ranks of compassion soldiers continue to swell, I am very proud of what we are creating together and you should be as well. …

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Breaking the Chains of Suffering

12/13/12 by Scotlund Haisley

Late Thanksgiving night, local authorities in Cheatham County, Tennessee uncovered what is believed to be the largest dog fighting rescue operation in the state’s history. Responding to a call for help, Animal Rescue Corps was on the ground in Tennessee …

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The Course of Freedom

08/14/12 by Scotlund Haisley

To the Corps: As most of you know, Animal Rescue Corps spent all of July in Tennessee saving nearly 200 animals in two large-scale rescue missions – Operation Freedom Parts 1 and 2 – and we’ve since been proudly sharing …

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Compassion in Action on Film

06/15/12 by Scotlund Haisley

The last seven years have produced several high-impact, feature-length documentaries about the plight of animals, such as The Cove, Earthlings, Born to be Wild, Dealing Dogs, and Death on a Factory Farm. Each of these films has had a major impact …

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Speaking Compassionately and Honestly

04/20/12 by Scotlund Haisley

As we progress past old stereotypes and antiquated practices in animal protection, our language must also evolve. It is one of our most powerful tools but too often we use words that create division between ourselves and those who could …

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Open Letter to the Corps, December 27, 2011

12/28/11 by Scotlund Haisley

Dear Corps Members, On January 11th 2011, I promised a year of compassion. Together, we have made good on that promise. Whether you are one of the ARC board or staff members, an ARC Liaison, a volunteer or partner for …

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