Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Home at last!

Gentle Ben, a ten-year-old, blind Akita rescued from a puppy mill in Logan County, Arkansas on March 23, just completed a 1,200-mile road trip to a new foster home with an Akita rescuer in New Jersey. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offered to transport Ben from Arkansas to New Jersey, and Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) regional director Diann Wellman joined the ride as his "handler."

Joan Willoughby of HSUS reports that Ben met his foster family on Tuesday afternoon, April 14. Joann and Matt, Akita rescuers in New Jersey, promptly fell in love with this gentle giant! Ben is already getting settled into his foster home, and even has a kitty named Ziggy to pal around with.


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the many, many folks that made this happy ending so extraordinarily happy. I, like everyone else, fell in love with him while caring for him at the temporary shelter and it has been such a wonderful opportunity to watch his journey. I am so amazed, impressed, astounded and thoroughly grateful that so many people are willing to go to such great lengths for this phenomenal dog. Thank you!


  2. yeah for BEN! What a great story and thanks to all those who made this possible.

    from tula-- another rescued Akita!

  3. Way to go Ben! Being a gentle giant pays off.


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