Handsome Dan's Programs

Our Programs

We help with the placement, care and the overall wellbeing of dogs in local shelters, rescues, and other facilities throughout the state of Rhode Island. While trying to achieve this, we pay special attention to ensuring the equal treatment of all dogs, regardless of breed.

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Handsome Dan

Handsome Dan

Handsome Dan is one of the 22 dogs who came to Best Friends Animal Society from the estate of NFL quarterback, Michael Vick after he was arrested and charged with, “conspiracy to engage in dog fighting in violation of the animal welfare act.”

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A great organization is only as great as its team – Handsome Dan’s Rescue is fortunate that many of the most talented individuals in pit bull rescue call HDR home.

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Partners in Rescue

Partnerships with outstanding organizations create powerful results for the dogs in our care. A number of businesses and organizations have partnered with us to help us further our mission.

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In August 2013, law enforcement and dog advocacy agents rescued 367 dogs in the second largest dog-fighting raid in U.S. history which spanned across Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. Tillie is one of the lucky survivors. 

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