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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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Hurricane Katrina – We Remember and We Learned

08/29/11 by Scotlund Haisley

Hurricane Irene has passed and though the extent of the damage is still being assessed, we know many thousands have been affected by flooding, wind damage, power outages, mass evacuations and more.  There has been loss of human and animal …

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A Mid-Year Update from ARC President Scotlund Haisley – July 2011

07/19/11 by Scotlund Haisley

To the Corps: As I’m writing to you from the Taking Action for Animals Conference here in Washington, D.C., I could not be more proud of the direct action we have been taking together for animals all year – the …

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Listen to ARC President Scotlund Haisley’s Interview

07/07/11 by admin

Click on the link below to hear Scotlund’s Interview with Nick Sacco, host of “Pet Talk Radio”. During the interview, Scotlund provided exciting information on the mission and goals of ARC and gave sound advice on how to make an …

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Remembering Mill Mothers this Mother’s Day

05/08/11 by Scotlund Haisley

This Mother’s Day has a particularly special meaning to my team. This week in Texas, we carried 49 dogs, including four new mothers and their puppies, to freedom. It was the second time I and some other members of my …

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From Hell on Earth to the Arms of Compassion

04/29/11 by Scotlund Haisley

Our work at Animal Rescue Corps takes us behind the scenes of some of the worst animal abuse in the country. I often find myself walking into puppy mills, hoarding situations, fighting animal confines and other cases of large-scale cruelty …

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A Half Century of Suffering Ends

04/12/11 by Scotlund Haisley

Warren County, TN Puppy Mill I always know when I’m close to a puppy mill because I can literally smell the suffering, but the puppy mill epidemic is a sly one. I estimate there is a puppy mill within 20 …

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Pit Bull Prejudice Part Two: The Solution

02/08/11 by Scotlund Haisley

As discussed in my last blog, breed-specific legislation (BSL) seeks to ban specific dog breeds that are assumed to be dangerous to society. Some municipalities and even entire countries are initiating and imposing dog breed bans while others are repealing …

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