Call Mutts and Moms (even at home) and tell them to give Ellen's dog back!
This is a rare situation where I can voice my opinion about something I truly believe in while doing my job covering entertainment news.
Today, I want to send out a message to the Mutts and Moms "animal rescue" to give that dog back to Ellen Degeneres' friends who were obviously stable enough to house this poor homeless animal.
For those of you who aren't up to date on the story, talk show host Ellen Degeneres adopted a dog named "Iggy," but soon realized he didn't fit in at their house. Instead of returning the dog back to the rescue, Ellen and her partner Portia de Rossi gave it to their hair dresser who they knew could take very good care of the dog. They are a stable family with kids who really love "Iggy."
When Mutts and Moms got word of Iggy's relocation, they yanked the dog out of his new home without considering Ellen's hair dresser as a possible family to adopt him. Since Ellen didn't go by the fine print on the adoption application, Mutts and Moms flexed their muscle by making Iggy homeless again.
If Mutts and Moms truly cares about the animals they are trying to place, they need to give that dog back to that family. Ellen is pleading, and she has proven that the family meets the requirements to adopt the dog. Instead of just giving the dog to a deserving home, the selfish people behind Mutts and Moms (Marina Baktis and Vanessa Chekroun) have decided to put the dog back in a cage without anyone to love him.
Now, Baktis and Chekroun have pulled their organization off of Petfinder.blog, a website used to locate homeless animals, and say they are afraid to place anymore dogs.
Mutts and Mom has chosen to temporarily inactivate their website on Petfinder.blog because their email inbox and voice mail are overwhelmed. Petfinder has 11,000 shelters and rescue groups posting over 260,000 pets that need homes. We do not dictate the adoption policies of our members. We do work with them to educate their volunteers and hope to professionalize the industry as a whole, providing a positive experience for adopters. Petfinder advocates for all parties: the pets, the adopters, and the shelter and rescue group workers and volunteers.
Baktis and Chekroun also say they are flooded with calls and e-mails even getting death threats.
So why don't they just give the dog back?! Because they're "crazy dog people," and I can call them that because I'm a crazy dog person myself.
I ask that you please try to call and e-mail Mutts and Moms and nicely ask them to return the dog to the family.
Mutts and Moms
523 S Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
On the Web: www.muttsandmoms.org
I also found the home phone number for co-owner of Mutts and Moms, Vanessa Chekroun, on Yahoo People Search. Please call her home at this number: (323) 848-9108, and ask her to do the right thing and give that dog back to the family that loves it.