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December 27, 2012

HSI Thanks Big Dogs for Corporate Sponsorship

Humane Society International

Humane Society International thanks Big Dog Sportswear for its generous corporate sponsorship providing a $3,000 in-kind gift donation of 200 customized T-shirts for use in HSI programs in Haiti.

“The shirts are a symbol of Humane Society International’s long-term commitment to helping care for the people and animals of Haiti,” said Amelia Muccio, a certified emergency manager and HSI’s director, Haiti Project and Disaster Operations. “On behalf of our HSI veterinarians and volunteers, we sincerely thank Big Dog Sportswear for helping us be a visible symbol of the ongoing determination to help Haiti, and we look forward to working together in the future.” “Big Dogs has a long-standing tradition of supporting dogs, children and dogs helping people,” said Steve Dawson, director of Big Dog Sportswear. “By supporting Humane Society International, we continue the tradition.”

About HSI's Haiti Project:

  • HSI came to Haiti in January 2010 after the 7.0 earthquake razed Port-au-Prince, killing hundreds of thousands of people and displacing millions. Since then, HSI has operated several key projects in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, including the only modernized animal care clinic in Croix-des-Bouquets that serves all types of animals, regardless of the owner’s ability to pay. HSI also provides field clinics for dogs, cats and working equines.
  • HSI works with humanitarian NGOs due to the interdependencies of animal and human health. HSI has begun a parasitology and zoonotic disease program and is examining the link between human and animal health. By improving the health of animals, the health of humans will also improve. Humans and animals share a tight space in Port-au-Prince and throughout Haiti — they struggle to survive together.
  • HSI has begun a community- and school-based humane education program that helps to establish improved relations between animals and humans. The curriculum covers issues of prevention of dog bites, animal behavior, rabies exposure and animal welfare.


Media Contacts: Rebecca Basu, The HSUS: +1 (240-753-4875), rbasu@humanesociety.org. Dinah Erasmus, Big Dogs Sportswear: (805) 496-3005, dinahe@bigdogs.com

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Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute the world’s largest animal protection organization. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide—on the Web at hsi.org.

About Big Dogs

Big Dogs Sportswear® produces high quality, reasonably priced active wear and accessories for men, women, and children of all ages. Created at our headquarters in Santa Barbara, California, our collection of graphic tees, lifestyle apparel and accessories reflects the activities and sports popular in California and across the country. Based on the recipe Quality-Value-Fun, Big Dogs' unique products are exclusively available in Big Dogs retail locations and online at www.bigdogs.com.

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