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The Mr. Mo Project

The Mr. Mo Project

The late, great Mr. Moses, or Mr. Mo, as his owners affectionately called him, was considered a family member to Chris & Mariesa Hughes. To honor the life of their beloved dog, they created a non-profit group, called The Mr. Mo Project. It is very common for senior shelter dogs to be overlooked by adopters. So, the Hughes family thought it was important to help save these dogs.

Mr. Mo Project sponsors include:

  • Barkbox
  • Bensons Pet Center
  • HooplaHa
  • Bullinacollarshop
  • Life in the dog house
  • Nassau Vet Clinic
  • Backyard Fence
  • Pilots N Paws
  • Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
  • Shawna’s Dogs
  • Assisi Loop Circle of Care

Thanks to the support from these generous partners, the project is able to offer assistance to those who adopt senior shelter dogs. Some of these benefits include free hospital visits, discounts on other medical needs, training and dog food. The sponsors who work with the project really believe in what they are doing and think it is important that all senior dogs get the love and care they deserve. By doing this, the project feels they are making senior dogs more adoptable by assisting with the expenses associated with caring for them. (

In addition to the benefits you could receive through the Mr. Mo Project, here are some more reasons you should consider adopting an older dog:

  • You get a dog that is most likely at their full grown size
  • They are easier to train because they are more calm than younger dogs
  • They are very loving
  • They tend to be more independent and don’t require constant attention
  • They become part of your family rather quickly
  • An older dog is usually potty trained
  • Older dogs are not high energy and are usually very easy going
  • You could save a dog’s life by rescuing them from a shelter

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, older dogs are often the last to be adopted in shelters. Or they never get adopted and are the first to be euthanized. (

What age constitutes senior dog status, anyway? Well, most dogs fall into the senior category about the age of 7. It also depends on size. Smaller breeds become seniors a little later in life. To many adopters, these dogs are considered “old”. But, this isn’t true. If dogs are well cared for, they can remain active and puppy-like far into their senior years. (

If you have a senior dog and are considering taking him to a shelter because of the high cost of medical bills, you may be able to get assistance from the project. In most cases they would rather help than see another senior dog go into a shelter for the rest of his life or worse, put down.

The Mr. Mo Project also helps senior shelter dogs at risk for euthanasia. The project will remove the dog from the shelter, pay for medical bills for the rest of their lives, and transport them anywhere to make sure they find a good, permanent home. (

You can check out, Life in the Dog House on YouTube. It’s a online reality series that features Mr. Mo and his family. Portions of the proceeds from advertising are donated to the project. Any money that comes into the Mo Project goes directly into a fund to cover veterinary costs and all other costs associated with rescuing these dogs.

Uniting Shelter Dogs With Military Heros

Uniting Shelter Dogs With Military Heros

Have you heard of Stiggy’s Dogs?

Dog lovers such as ourselves know that our dogs provide so much to us.  I think we can agree that taking a dog into our family improves our overall health.  But did you know that, now more than ever, Veterans of war suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury are being paired up with rescue dogs? Yes, it’s true.  Shelter dogs, many that were slated for euthanasia, are bringing hope and healing to our Veterans.  One such organization that unites shelter dogs and veterans is Stiggy’s Dogs.

Why? Many say that service dogs are an alternative form of treatment and it’s true.  According to studies referenced by Stiggy’s Dogs, 82 percent of veterans that had the opportunity to work with a service dog showed a decrease or improvement in their overall symptoms.  This included a decrease in the need for prescription medications in 40 percent of those studied.  Fantastic, isn’t it? We think so too!

What’s cool about Stiggy’s Dogs? Well, each dog is individually trained for the veteran he’s being paired up with.  In fact, he’s trained right alongside the veteran once they are matched.  Additionally, the pairing is done at no cost to the veteran.  Win-Win! Well then, who is Stiggy? Stiggy’s Dogs was founded by Jennifer Petre in memory of her nephew, Benjamin Phillip Castiglione “Doc Stiggy”.  Doc Stiggy gave his life while serving in Afghanistan.  Doc Stiggy is remembered by his marines as determined, professional and witty.  However, his family remembers him as caring and loving towards his family and dogs.  Jennifer Petre says “I am proud to honor Ben and determined to carry on his legacy of helping others through Stiggy’s Dogs.”

Would you like to learn more about Stiggy’s Dogs? Their website provides a wealth of information.  Spread the word about this amazing organization.  You never know who might be in need of an amazing rescued, service dog.

Help a Veteran & A Shelter Dog Today!