1 Love 4 Animals is one of the fastest growing no-kill animal rescue organizations in the United States. We devote our lives, so they don't lose theirs.

Recently, 1 Love 4 Animals reached out to five of the best cartoonists in the business. Each cartoonist was asked to create an illustration depicting one of our programs. The results are humorous, touching, whimsical, a little harrowing, and add new voices and perspectives to our efforts on behalf of companion animals. We thank and applaud these talented men and women, who were eager to help and "draw" on their considerable talents to advance our mission: Dave Coverly, RJ Matson, Victoria Roberts, Lisa Haney, and Patrick McDonnell.

 Illustration by Dave Coverly

Illustration by Dave Coverly

1 Love 4 Animals is partnering with ElderNet to provide seniors and impoverished families in the Greater Delaware Valley with free dog and cat food. This program will keep (often older) pets in their homes and out of the shelter system. It will afford seniors the companionship so vital to their physical and mental well being. And it will free up limited financial resources so seniors can spend their money on other essentials, like soap powder, toilet paper, or a small box of animal crackers shared with a visiting grandchild. In time, we will also offer free, basic, in-home veterinary care for these dogs and cats as well. 

Our Animeals Program was inspired by Helen Woodward's wildly successful pet food pantry in San Diego and organized by the incomparable Karen Dee. If you would like to donate dog or cat food to pets belonging to seniors in your community, please email BillSmith4Animals@gmail.com

1 Love 4 Animals would like to thank cartoonist Dave Coverly for our banner illustration. If you need a lift or a laugh check out Dave's website: www.speedbump.com

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Military Dogs

 Illustration by RJ Matson

Illustration by RJ Matson

The Atlantic: Throughout the course of the long war in Afghanistan, Coalition troops have relied on thousands of military working dogs to help keep them safe, and make their jobs easier. The dogs are trained to detect explosives, to find illegal drugs, to search for missing comrades, or target enemy combatants. Not only are they active on the front lines, but behind the lines they serve as therapy dogs, service dogs, and loyal companions. They also share the same risks as the ground troops, suffering injuries and sometimes death on the battlefields.

Many people believe dogs should not be used in combat or war zones. Others feel military dogs provide critical support to our troops and are invaluable to the safety of our brave servicemen and women. One thing on which we can all agree, our service dogs should not be left behind. They should be brought home, and deserve the care and respect of any returning soldier. 

1 Love 4 Animals recently raised the funds to bring back our first military working dog from Afghanistan. Partnering with the incredible MissionK9, 1 Love 4 Animals covered "Fuli's" traveling expenses back to the States where he was reunited with his first handler, Ryan Balsly, at MissionK9's Houston facility. "Fuli" had three deployments to Afghanistan and saved countless lives. He served with the USMC and lost an eye as a result of his service. 1 Love 4 Animals hopes to continue our partnership with MissionK9 by bringing other military dogs back home, reuniting them with their former combat partners/handlers, and providing them with the comfortable retirements they deserve. Please support our efforts by making a donation today. 

RJ Matson depicts the special bond between soldier and military working dog in "Thank you for your service." RJ is an internationally syndicated editorial cartoonist, and his cartoons and illustrations have graced the pages of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Roll Call, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, MAD magazine, and our own recent brochures. www.rjmatson.com

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Adoption

 Illustration by Victoria Roberts

Illustration by Victoria Roberts

In the twenty years our team has been involved with pet adoptions, we have often thought what it would be like if shelter dogs and cats were able to interview potential adopters? What would the animals ask if they could speak?

Can we change his name? Can they be separated? Is she housebroken? Do you have anything younger? Cuter? Is he going to get much bigger? Why is she limping? How often does he need to be brushed? Is she always this shy? Can she catch a ball? How much does he eat? How much does she weigh? Has he been checked out by a doctor? Can we see his medical records? Is that her real age? Why is he scratching?  

Thankfully for us, shelter dogs and cats don't judge us the way many people judge them. They can look past our imperfections and our idiosyncrasies and love us completely and unconditionally. Their only criteria of an adoptive family is an open heart, and a patient and forgiving nature.

1 Love 4 Animals includes our adoption efforts as one of our 5 current program because it's what we do, and what we do best - find homes for homeless animals. This program will be ongoing (unfortunately) as long as there are companion animals hoping to be adopted in big city shelters, dogs rescued from our nation's puppy mills, cats surrendered due to an unexpected death, or pets escaping lives of neglect and abuse through cruelty investigations. Each dog or cat is actually a program/project onto itself, with individual needs that must be met. 1 Love 4 Animals excels at meeting these needs. What would our animals say if they could talk? They would say, "Thank you."

Victoria Roberts is a critically acclaimed illustrator, author, and stage performer. Since 1988, her unique cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker. Victoria generously provided the cartoon for our ADOPTION page. www.victoriaroberts.net

 Photos by Kirsten Kline

Photos by Kirsten Kline

 Photo by Kirsten Kline

Photo by Kirsten Kline

Daring Rescues

 Illustration by Lisa Haney

Illustration by Lisa Haney

Bermuda was once known as "Devil's Island." Pirates plundered the island and robbed the islanders of their most precious possessions. Little has changed.

The authorities in Bermuda would have you believe that today's devils are certain breeds of dogs. But in fact, the true devils may be the animal wardens who rip dogs from their families and kill them for no reason. In January, Bermuda's Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown admitted: "The animal wardens spend an inordinate amount of time confiscating and euthanizing dogs that have committed no acts of aggression." A ban on certain breeds of dogs resulted in household pets being randomly targeted and killed. Minister Brown deserves much credit for recognizing the need to change Bermuda's dog laws and promoting more humane policies regarding the island's canine companions. We will provide updates on Minister Brown's progress. 

Recently, several breeds of dogs were moved from the "banned" list to "restricted," but this downgrade still places costly and unrealistic requirements on families who have behaved responsibly in the past, but are now penalized and risk losing their beloved pets. Bermuda restricts the following breeds of dogs: Akita, Australian Cattle Dog, Belgian Malinois, Bouvier des Flandres, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue de Bordeaux, German Shepherd, English Mastiff, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or, and this is significant, any mix of the aforementioned breeds. So a person with a Shepherd Mix is required by law to construct a pen on their property that resembles an enclosure for a zoo animal! With 23% of Bermuda's residents living below the poverty line, many responsible pet owners can ill afford to build these structures and face having their dogs confiscated.  

In the past six months, 1 Love 4 Animals has partnered with Angels Saving Helpless Animals and helped transport dogs from Bermuda's notorious animal control facility to homes in Massachusetts. Many dogs on the island are improperly identified as banned breeds and tragically lose their homes and their lives. One of the dogs 1 Love 4 Animals met at the Newark Airport and housed for a short time is a 26 lbs. Beagle Mix. She was confiscated from her family in Bermuda and almost euthanized until Angels Saving Helpless Animals (ASHA) stepped in and saved her life. 1 Love 4 Animals provides critical support to rescue organizations throughout the country. A donation to 1 Love will have transport at-risk animals to safety. 

We'd like to thank artist Lisa Haney for creating the art for this page. More of Lisa's distinctive, thought-provoking illustrations can be seen by visiting: www.lisahaney.com.

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"Minnie" was seized by authorities in Bermuda. A Pit Mix, this sweet dog was slated to be euthanized until our rescue partner, Angels Saving Helpless Animals arranged to have her transported to the US (along with other dogs). 1 Love 4 Animals met the dogs at the Newark Airport and housed the dogs in DE until homes in MA could be found. Here "Minnie" is shown with her new dad in Martha's Vineyard. The dogs had to be spayed/neutered before leaving for their new homes. Help us cover the cost of their vet care by making a donation today.

Pet Therapy

 Illustration by Patrick McDonnell

Illustration by Patrick McDonnell

1 Love 4 Animals' core volunteers have a twenty year history of participating in pet therapy programs. In 2009, Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters honored Bill Smith at their annual event in NYC, Broadway Barks. This led to a partnership which included BB volunteer Charlene Sloan and provided thousands of books about animals in braille to schools for the blind throughout the country, free of charge. The collaboration will soon continue under the name Braille Barks (www.braillebarks.com). 

1 Love 4 Animals wishes to thank Mutts' creator Patrick McDonnell and his wife and partner, Karen, for providing us with the above cartoon. Patrick and Karen have a long history of supporting non-profit animal welfare organizations. And because his work is a never-ending celebration of the animals in our lives, Patrick is one of the most celebrated cartoonists in the world.