Washington, DC, Sept. 1: American Humane Association brings its national spokesdog, RIN TIN TIN, to NYC to ring the closing bell of the Stock Exchange on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. The highly trained canine icon will do the honors as board members and guests of the national charity call attention to how heroic dogs have worked to protect and comfort people for generations. Press is invited to come and photograph the bell ringing before, during, and after.
This RIN TIN TIN is a 12th-generation relative of the original puppy found on the battlefields of France during World War I. That puppy evolved into the model for a military training program for search and rescue dogs at Camp Hahn in California in the 1930s. A subsequent RIN TIN TIN became the most highly paid TV actor in America during the 1960s in a children’s show. It featured the dog and his owner, a boy named Rusty, who depended on the dog’s search and rescue skills. The current RIN TIN TIN continues that tradition by serving as a member of an elite search and recovery unit in Arkansas.
"RIN TIN TIN is a magnificent symbol for the heroic work of American Humane Association’s Red Star™ Animal Emergency Services, which, like RIN TIN TIN, began its life on the battlefields of World War I," says American Humane Association President and CEO Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D. "At the federal government’s request, the Red Star program became the ‘Red Cross for animals’ when many of the half million American horses shipped to World War I cavalry units in Europe suffered grievous wounds."
Today, highly trained Red Star teams rush to rescue and shelter animals caught in the path of natural disasters. Red Star teams recently mobilized to help with animals in Hurricane Irene’s path in North Carolina.
Can RIN TIN TIN help lift the stock market’s drooping tail? Yo, Rinty, we hope so.
Learn more about American Humane Association, the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals since 1877 at www.americanhumane.org.