Professionals & Animal Lovers Show

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Facebook Live Video from 2021/09/01 - Puppy Mill Thugs

Facebook Live Video from 2021/09/01 - Puppy Mill Thugs


2021/09/01 - Puppy Mill Thugs

[PREMIERE] Puppy Mill Thugs

Regina Mendoza became involved in rescue in 2014 after I read about how they barbarically euthanize dogs in overcrowded, underfunded, under-staffed shelters across the country.  In particular how a pregnant mama dog was euthanized via heartstick, unable to protect her unborn babies, then thrown into a trash bag and discarded.I knew that if I wasn't part of the solution, I was part of the problem. Aside from running Camp Happy Tails NYC, I am a single mother of a beautiful 23 year old daughter, a licensed massage therapist, and certified animal aromatherapy specialist.

Camp Happy Tails NYC Rescue is NYS recognized 501c3 non profit dog rescue organization.  At CampHappy Tails NYC Rescue, we work tirelessly to provide a safe haven for rescued puppies and adult dogs, some requiring extra love, healing and care.

Rino DiMaria - The rescue I help out is Camp Happy Tails NYC.  It is the most amazingly run rescue I've ever seen

Joannes Gourmet Pizza: We get asked all the time, "Who's Joanne?" The simplest answer is that she's our mother. She was and always will be the inspiration behind our success as the matriarch of la famiglia.

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Show Notes

Segment 1

In the premiere episode of Professionals & Animal Lovers Show one of the co-hosts Tommy D, explains what the show is about, and how the focus will be on the advocacy of animals and the non-profits and professionals that work with them. The other co-host, Valerie Heffron, continues the discussion of the themes behind the show as well, and thanks the sponsors of the podcast. Valerie explains the journey through working with animals, and how she was raised as an animal lover, and gives the example of as a child, her father renting records of bird recordings so she would be able to tell the different bird songs apart. She continues to explain how animals and animal advocacy has been such a large part of her life, and she has met many of her closest friends through protests and many other events. Valerie continues to explain that animal lovers are a huge community, and that animal lovers love to help each other help animals. She then introduces one of the guests of the episode, Rino DiMario. Rino volunteers at the Camp Happy Tails NYC animal rescue, and had met Valerie at a protest against a puppy mill. Rino tells his story about how he got assaulted by the “puppy mill thugs” as he was recording the puppy mill vans in an attempt to expose the company that was operating the puppy mill, as well as what about the vans tipped him off that they were puppy mill vans. Regina Mendoza, the other guest of today’s episode explains what puppy mills are for anyone who is unaware, as well as puppy mill statistics for the United States.

Segment 2

Rino continues retelling his story of when he was assaulted trying to expose a puppy mill, and how the employers and owner of the pet store that was making use of the puppy mill was encouraging Rino’s attackers to continue to assault him. Rino continues to explain how the pet store was shut down shortly after his assault, and explains that he would do it all again if it would shut down another store that makes use of puppy mills. Valerie discusses the anti-puppy mill bill that has been progressing through the government, as it made it to committee on the assembly floor in New York and everyone is waiting for the next session to see if the bill goes through. She continues to explain that the anti-puppy mill bill is not a party issue, it's a right or wrong issue and everyone from across all parties and political beliefs need to come together to get this bill to go through and ban puppy mills in New York. Rino discusses his personal experiences with rescue animals and how he often utilizes Facebook to post adoptions, and continues saying that Facebook has done so much for the animal rescue community. Rino details the different types of Facebook groups people can go to learn about animal rescue and animal advocacy. Rino introduces Regina and how the two of them met.

Segment 3

The four discuss Camp Happy Tails NYC, the animal rescue that Regina operates, with Valerie bringing up how difficult it is to run a rescue complimenting Regina on how well she operates Camp Happy Tails NYC. Regina discusses the issue of euthanization among shelter animals, as well as animals in homelesses, and abused animals. Regina retells a story she reaw on Facebook that got her into animal advocacy. The story was about a pregnant dog that was euthanized in an incredibly cruel way, which is a common way of euthanization among rescue shelters. Regina then continues to explain her journey through animal advocacy, and how she got into fostering animals. Valerie discusses fostering animals, and how fostering an animal works, specifically foster based rescues. Regina gives a quick overview of her rescue operations and gives a tour of her grounds. Regina also explains how many dogs she is able to foster in her rescue at a time, saying she can hold about twenty at a time.

Segment 4

Regina gives a detailed history of several of the dogs present in her rescue, as well as how she came across each of the dogs. Valerie discusses how important it is to adopt animals through rescues, and how this is one of the messages she wants to get out through this show. She explains how when someone buys an animal from a pet store they are supporting a horrendous industry, and are actually supporting people who genuinely care about animals when adopting through a rescue. The four discuss Rino’s restaurant, and Rino gives an anecdote about how he was challenged to create a pickle pizza. The four end the episode with giving their messages to the listeners that they want them to take away from the show.


00:00:41.640 --> 00:00:46.980 Tommy D: I love that new music, that is our theme song that is super exciting Valerie when we did it.

00:00:47.970 --> 00:00:55.800 Tommy D: pounds welcome the pals I am Tommy D I call myself the nonprofit sector connector i'm jazzed about this show Valerie and I.

00:00:56.220 --> 00:01:00.840 Tommy D: Look, this is all you Valerie have fun, you came up with this idea we'll talk about where it came from, but.

00:01:01.410 --> 00:01:10.800 Tommy D: Look, this show professionals and animal lovers show, which is the first episode, it is September 1 2021 and we are live Facebook.

00:01:11.130 --> 00:01:20.940 Tommy D: Talking alternative broadcasting, you can always find us there and live on talk radio dot nyc thought I heard my voice crackle and i'm always ready for maybe a little anxious today this is episode.

00:01:20.940 --> 00:01:26.790 Tommy D: One it is episode one all right here's what I want to tell you all first so so you understand what our show is about.

00:01:27.090 --> 00:01:34.740 Tommy D: i'm going to read from the script because it's the first show, so we want to amplify the message that the bond between animal lovers is incredibly strong.

00:01:35.370 --> 00:01:41.190 Tommy D: We want to support one another in business and by building and compassionate network together everyone wins.

00:01:41.520 --> 00:01:56.610 Tommy D: Especially the animals will achieve this through creating a Community and hosting this weekly program that was spotlight professionals who are animal lovers and nonprofits that are focused on protecting sheltering and advocating for these animals.

00:01:57.000 --> 00:02:12.720 Tommy D: At this point, i'm going to introduce my buddy my comrade my friend my Pal Valerie Valerie have fun i'm coming to you from my attic on long island to wherever you are in the southeast and this country what's up man what's going on.

00:02:14.100 --> 00:02:21.480 Valerie Heffron: it's really thrilled to be here, and of course I got my buddy my best friend, this is jovi.

00:02:21.570 --> 00:02:22.140 Okay.

00:02:24.330 --> 00:02:25.380 Valerie Heffron: See oh gee.

00:02:27.300 --> 00:02:28.320 Tommy D: What did you name him after.

00:02:29.340 --> 00:02:30.120 Valerie Heffron: llandovery.

00:02:30.150 --> 00:02:31.230 Tommy D: All job okay.

00:02:31.290 --> 00:02:44.760 Valerie Heffron: yeah actually i've been trying to i've been trying to kind of make the case for why we should get another dog to name it bond bond the bond bon jovi just saying i'll find any reason to get another animal.

00:02:47.880 --> 00:02:48.660 Tommy D: lover bell right.

00:02:49.320 --> 00:02:56.190 Valerie Heffron: Huge yeah huge and I actually just want to before I forget I need to mention that.

00:02:57.270 --> 00:03:12.840 Valerie Heffron: So our new company work be done is proudly co sponsoring this podcast and we do donate 10% of net profits to local shelters rescue reputable rescues that's an important distinct distinction.

00:03:13.200 --> 00:03:18.270 Valerie Heffron: And there you go so i'm talking about and other advocacy groups so.

00:03:18.600 --> 00:03:33.930 Valerie Heffron: You know, look I don't I don't know how everyone else got involved with animals, I was raised an animal lover you know my dad was probably the biggest animal lover to date that i've ever met he had me joined the audubon society both times like in third grade and.

00:03:34.500 --> 00:03:43.590 Valerie Heffron: You know other kids were doing like stuff with their parents let's let's say they were going to you know games, you know baseball games, or whatever my dad was.

00:03:44.040 --> 00:03:57.600 Valerie Heffron: Having these sit home and like listen to borrow records from the library to learn the different types of bird songs like to identify the difference between like an oral and a cardinal and a parakeet.

00:03:59.670 --> 00:04:00.930 Tommy D: Wild parakeets you got to be.

00:04:01.350 --> 00:04:03.900 Valerie Heffron: Aware yeah well we ended up getting hurt us but.

00:04:04.380 --> 00:04:18.180 Valerie Heffron: You know little little not common but that's Okay, because you know we really grew this level of compassion in me for animals that I don't I don't know if I would have had that are not naturally you know nurture is a big part of it um but anyway.

00:04:19.200 --> 00:04:31.170 Valerie Heffron: I have met some phenomenal people through animal advocacy and some of my closest friends back through a protest or something and i'm by.

00:04:31.980 --> 00:04:42.480 Valerie Heffron: really get lost in my history, I want to mention that I actually let me know at an animal protests a puppy mill an Anti puppy mill demonstration.

00:04:43.140 --> 00:05:03.060 Valerie Heffron: And I really think that's important because rena I just want to let you know that we have some people already interested in following this some subjects and right one someone here locally to me was really good looking at what a cute guy and.

00:05:03.210 --> 00:05:05.430 Valerie Heffron: Know an animal lover and she's saying.

00:05:05.610 --> 00:05:05.970 she's like.

00:05:07.410 --> 00:05:10.350 Valerie Heffron: Is the single we should go get some pizza no.

00:05:10.860 --> 00:05:11.160 No.

00:05:12.180 --> 00:05:12.750 Valerie Heffron: yeah.

00:05:12.960 --> 00:05:14.970 Valerie Heffron: All right, we're gonna now we're coming.

00:05:15.300 --> 00:05:16.650 Tommy D: To this Val I thought you.

00:05:19.230 --> 00:05:22.260 Tommy D: weren't kidding about creating Community man you're not kidding with this whole thing.

00:05:22.290 --> 00:05:24.000 Valerie Heffron: i'm all about it, but we all see.

00:05:24.000 --> 00:05:24.810 Valerie Heffron: that's the thing.

00:05:24.960 --> 00:05:35.100 Valerie Heffron: Knowing that he's an animal lover she was instantly like who's this guy you know what I mean, because it is a true bond and that's why we wanted to bring this together.

00:05:36.000 --> 00:05:55.830 Valerie Heffron: Because animal lovers want to support other animal lovers in so many ways donations sharing events attending things go on a protest and I really I don't want to take too much away, I want to have time I really want Reno to get into his story because it's one of the most riveting.

00:05:57.030 --> 00:06:10.710 Valerie Heffron: and appalling stories i've ever heard so the name of our episode today is probably build thugs and I think we should get started with Joanne squirmy pizza Reno.

00:06:10.860 --> 00:06:17.550 Rino Dimaria: Quite quite fitting name Valerie I met you in front of pups for love.

00:06:18.600 --> 00:06:26.310 Rino Dimaria: wish I might say that literally one month to the one year to the week.

00:06:27.780 --> 00:06:33.480 Rino Dimaria: of me getting beat up in their parking lot we had that store closed down so.

00:06:34.260 --> 00:06:35.220 Valerie Heffron: All right.

00:06:35.250 --> 00:06:43.110 Rino Dimaria: One year it was literally the same by that happened in January, and the next January, they were closed down.

00:06:43.920 --> 00:06:44.760 Valerie Heffron: My you know.

00:06:45.090 --> 00:06:54.690 Rino Dimaria: I met you at that protest found that protest was feeding off of an unfortunate event that happened to me.

00:06:56.100 --> 00:06:59.340 Rino Dimaria: In in that I had been going through this.

00:07:00.540 --> 00:07:07.950 Rino Dimaria: dry cleaners forever to 20 years laundromat to get my clothes don't don't anyone come down and I don't wash my clothes.

00:07:10.080 --> 00:07:11.400 Rino Dimaria: I do the washing folds.

00:07:14.430 --> 00:07:28.050 Rino Dimaria: And I pulled up this one day and I saw two vans and I saw now now granted those vans probably most definitely had been there in the past, maybe I just didn't catch them that time.

00:07:28.500 --> 00:07:38.400 Rino Dimaria: But I saw Missouri and Arkansas plates, and I was like holy crap these a puppy mill Vance right here, feeding the store puppies.

00:07:39.030 --> 00:07:40.530 Rino Dimaria: um so.

00:07:40.680 --> 00:08:00.630 Rino Dimaria: I did naturally what's in me and that's pushed the envelope a little bit and I started videoing from my car and the guy walked over to my car the guy who's driving on this NGO put that effort in camera down, I was like no i'm, then the sleazy old owner came out.

00:08:02.580 --> 00:08:18.900 Rino Dimaria: And he made some sleazy comments and I still wasn't going to take the camera down, I wanted to expose this, and so you know within a matter of a couple minutes there's two guys pulling me out of my truck and.

00:08:20.610 --> 00:08:25.800 Rino Dimaria: And you know it was it was a roll let's roll, and we were fighting.

00:08:27.180 --> 00:08:28.650 Valerie Heffron: hold on one second I.

00:08:31.230 --> 00:08:34.980 Valerie Heffron: Was the owner, one of the people that was that assaulted you.

00:08:35.400 --> 00:08:40.890 Rino Dimaria: know that one of the people in a song to me the owner was the man who instigated.

00:08:41.760 --> 00:08:43.650 Rino Dimaria: The van drivers to assault me.

00:08:44.070 --> 00:08:44.820 Rino Dimaria: I mean, I saw him.

00:08:44.910 --> 00:08:53.220 Rino Dimaria: He pulled them side and mentioned something to them and then they came out my trucks and started and pulled me out he started giving me a beat down.

00:08:53.490 --> 00:08:53.760 Rino Dimaria: You know.

00:08:54.330 --> 00:08:55.890 Tommy D: Let me ask you a quick question you know because.

00:08:55.950 --> 00:09:04.530 Tommy D: For for for you three Regina yourself and Valerie you guys are very in tuned to this Community, and what goes on, but i'm going to be honest, this is going to be this whole.

00:09:05.250 --> 00:09:18.630 Tommy D: Show is going to be a learning experience I don't mean today, I mean every week for me somebody who's outside of this this advocacy world and just not aware of it, so share with me like what What did you see that you knew that this was something something was was a rye.

00:09:18.930 --> 00:09:22.230 Tommy D: You know, with a white guy he wouldn't set set the stage, so people might not be.

00:09:23.430 --> 00:09:25.920 Rino Dimaria: Not so I pulled up and normally I would.

00:09:25.920 --> 00:09:36.840 Rino Dimaria: just get out of my car and bring my laundry and this day I pulled up to true white vans parallel parked along the building.

00:09:37.800 --> 00:09:53.100 Rino Dimaria: And when I saw those license plates now okay so i'm pulling into a parking lot of the puppy store and then i'm seeing two white jan's with the license plate Missouri and Arkansas Now I know there's a big puppy most states.

00:09:55.140 --> 00:10:04.680 Rino Dimaria: So I knew what they were they didn't have to be as me I knew exactly what they were so I started filming and.

00:10:06.630 --> 00:10:10.740 Rino Dimaria: To to them, they got very, very defensive.

00:10:13.380 --> 00:10:23.070 Rino Dimaria: Obviously they knew what was inside their vans better than what I knew I didn't get up to the vans and I was just video in from the outside, hoping I would catch them bring them some dogs out.

00:10:24.420 --> 00:10:35.130 Valerie Heffron: i'm sorry to interrupt you have to realize, and this is for the rest of the world to that piece the pet stores that sell puppies and kittens and rabbits.

00:10:35.760 --> 00:10:49.140 Valerie Heffron: They perpetuate stories that are not true that they don't bring in animals from puppy mills they don't support puppy mills they don't buy from puppy mills, so this is an important moment and that's why.

00:10:49.320 --> 00:10:49.770 Right.

00:10:51.390 --> 00:10:52.470 Rino Dimaria: Right, so it was a big.

00:10:53.070 --> 00:10:54.000 Regina Mendoza: We cannot yeah.

00:10:54.030 --> 00:10:55.530 Regina Mendoza: Can I just interject.

00:10:55.620 --> 00:11:05.070 Regina Mendoza: yeah those of you who don't understand what the puppy mill situation is there are approximately 10,000 registered puppy mills in the US.

00:11:05.340 --> 00:11:16.890 Regina Mendoza: This is not include puppy Mills that are not registered and backyard breeders, there are about 168,000 breeding dogs in facilities licensed by the usda.

00:11:17.160 --> 00:11:29.310 Regina Mendoza: A staggering 2.4 million puppies are produced by licensed and unlicensed puppy mills and are sold each year most are sold to brokers for 50 to 150.

00:11:29.610 --> 00:11:37.980 Regina Mendoza: Then marked up into the thousands at pet shops now i'm just going to continue really quickly animals and puppy mills are treated like cash crops.

00:11:38.190 --> 00:11:47.010 Regina Mendoza: They are confined to squalid overcrowded cages with minimal shelter from extreme weather and no choice but to sit and sleep in their own excrement.

00:11:47.310 --> 00:12:05.040 Regina Mendoza: Animals suffer from malnutrition or starvation due to inadequate and unsanitary food and water sick or dying animals receive little or no veterinary care adult animals are continuously bred until they can no longer produce then destroyed or discarded so.

00:12:05.100 --> 00:12:06.360 Rino Dimaria: literally in the dumpster.

00:12:06.780 --> 00:12:09.030 Regina Mendoza: In a dumpster garbage bag just.

00:12:09.030 --> 00:12:09.750 Regina Mendoza: thrown out.

00:12:09.990 --> 00:12:10.650 Valerie Heffron: Or, they should.

00:12:10.710 --> 00:12:17.640 Regina Mendoza: have used and then dumped and that's why what Reno is talking about and the POP female to a.

00:12:19.110 --> 00:12:20.940 Regina Mendoza: store chain.

00:12:20.970 --> 00:12:22.500 Regina Mendoza: needs to be destroyed.

00:12:22.710 --> 00:12:32.790 Tommy D: So Regina if I can ask me so you guys see that, and you know that and you're aware that's Regina Mendoza happy tales nyc I can't happy tells him why to use our other guests here today Regina so.

00:12:33.810 --> 00:12:42.810 Tommy D: Again i'm not used to a lot of this I am and I bet a lot of our listeners are because if they're if they're not already part of this Community then they're just not aware, so a puppy mill obviously.

00:12:43.200 --> 00:12:48.960 Tommy D: sounds tragic but tell I mean it's just there they're forced to reproduce is that what's going on.

00:12:49.350 --> 00:12:57.360 Regina Mendoza: So puppy mills are usually just big huge farms or sheds, if you will, and they're.

00:12:58.770 --> 00:13:04.140 Regina Mendoza: Like crates and crates and crates and crates and crates stacked one on top of each other.

00:13:04.710 --> 00:13:19.740 Regina Mendoza: They don't even have pans underneath them, so a lot of these dogs don't even have like ground to stand on and their waist and their excrement just goes down into the dogs underneath them they're not vaccinated they're not cared for there.

00:13:19.920 --> 00:13:20.520 Valerie Heffron: they're not.

00:13:21.750 --> 00:13:22.500 they're not.

00:13:24.660 --> 00:13:25.020 Regina Mendoza: Doing.

00:13:25.290 --> 00:13:30.330 Tommy D: It sounds like a sorry to cut you down, it sounds like you're standing on the bottom of the cage you're saying there's no flat there's no.

00:13:31.080 --> 00:13:31.530 Tommy D: you're not even.

00:13:32.610 --> 00:13:33.180 Tommy D: On easy.

00:13:33.540 --> 00:13:34.620 Tommy D: On solid ground.

00:13:35.010 --> 00:13:35.400 Right.

00:13:37.290 --> 00:13:38.070 Tommy D: In the match yeah.

00:13:38.160 --> 00:13:40.860 Regina Mendoza: Right, the wire they're all their own wire grading.

00:13:40.890 --> 00:13:42.240 Valerie Heffron: And it's horrible it's.

00:13:43.230 --> 00:13:51.990 Regina Mendoza: Never touch the ground, some of them felt grass under their feet and you know what you don't even know if they're inbreeding or not.

00:13:52.500 --> 00:13:57.270 Valerie Heffron: So let me just jump in real quick, because we do have to go to break shortly, but I just want to let you know that.

00:13:57.420 --> 00:14:11.280 Valerie Heffron: what's sad about this is that the puppy mills the pet stores, are able to perpetuate this this farce and they say you know all of our dogs from from usda approved facilities that's the problem.

00:14:11.370 --> 00:14:12.720 Rino Dimaria: Those are joke.

00:14:13.080 --> 00:14:19.680 Valerie Heffron: we're gonna go to break and when we come back we're gonna let me know finish this crazy true story.

00:16:26.340 --> 00:16:32.730 Valerie Heffron: Okay, I think we're back yep hi everybody reminder to our guests to unmute themselves and.

00:16:33.000 --> 00:16:34.110 Valerie Heffron: We are picking it up.

00:16:34.140 --> 00:16:51.570 Valerie Heffron: From not only the definition and examples of what a puppy mill is but I as Regina it's so impactful about what Reno did the guts it took to keep up with his camera and then go ahead Reno.

00:16:53.220 --> 00:16:56.310 Rino Dimaria: So the two guys pulled me out of my van.

00:16:58.020 --> 00:17:03.690 Rino Dimaria: I had some wrestling history and background, so I was doing okay against the two guys.

00:17:05.670 --> 00:17:21.030 Rino Dimaria: And when the third guy got out of the van and he came running and he basically punted me kick me in the ribs when I went over from that that's when it was no holds barred they just beat the hell out of me um you know they got me down and really doing number on me.

00:17:22.320 --> 00:17:41.640 Rino Dimaria: I did get back up to keep trying to defend myself, and then they just were backing off, so it was a nightmare there was not one single person in the parking lot, aside from the owner of the pet store and a couple employees of the pet store.

00:17:42.510 --> 00:17:43.380 Valerie Heffron: What did they do.

00:17:44.700 --> 00:17:50.250 Rino Dimaria: They encouraged the fighting and they said break as far as steal his phone.

00:17:51.360 --> 00:17:56.220 Rino Dimaria: get his phone beat the shit out of the sky, you know I don't know if I can curse or not.

00:17:57.480 --> 00:18:00.630 Rino Dimaria: And yeah they encouraged it so we're.

00:18:03.960 --> 00:18:17.370 Valerie Heffron: right there is so grotesque to me because, even if you are the owner of this pet store and in your mind, you are compliant with the laws and therefore not doing anything wrong.

00:18:17.790 --> 00:18:30.570 Valerie Heffron: Who sins by and just watching somebody be outnumbered and physically assaulted and encourage it and that's another reason why I use the word thug on this issue.

00:18:30.600 --> 00:18:31.140 Valerie Heffron: Because a lot of.

00:18:31.350 --> 00:18:38.760 Valerie Heffron: People don't realize it is a group of thugs that start at the puppy mills themselves you've got to be part was person.

00:18:38.790 --> 00:18:42.960 Valerie Heffron: To be able to allow animals to live like that companion animals.

00:18:43.170 --> 00:19:05.010 Rino Dimaria: But one of the things that I did say, as I was typing and i'm holding the camera on video and and the guy keeps coming over to try swatted out of my hand and I kept saying if you're not doing anything wrong, why do you have a problem with me getting this video footage what the problem.

00:19:05.460 --> 00:19:10.260 Rino Dimaria: Is that some to entice them even more and made them angrier and angrier.

00:19:11.940 --> 00:19:25.110 Rino Dimaria: So you know once they did they're beating on me one of them got up and got in the van and pulled away the other guy blocked his truck is van with my car so hop shop there the last one of them up.

00:19:26.790 --> 00:19:27.420 Rino Dimaria: and

00:19:29.100 --> 00:19:35.880 Rino Dimaria: You know what gender, they are separate is truly just going to be like a slap on the wrist you know that's that's really.

00:19:36.480 --> 00:19:48.150 Rino Dimaria: Not much going to come out of this whole thing which you said, and I would take I would take that beating seven days a week, if I knew with each meeting like to close the puppy store I do it again.

00:19:50.250 --> 00:20:01.890 Valerie Heffron: I know you would me know, and I thank you for that I, and I, this is another reason why you know what Regina was touching on before, is that there is this pipeline so.

00:20:02.460 --> 00:20:10.320 Valerie Heffron: For example, these guys they didn't even work at the store they don't even work at the puppy mills these guys are transporters all the.

00:20:11.040 --> 00:20:32.160 Valerie Heffron: Drivers, but if you look at the the types of people, the mentalities of the personas that they employ to keep this ring going where they can take abused animals so and broker them for cheap and get paid to drive across the country to do it, I mean it's a sad state of affairs but.

00:20:33.210 --> 00:20:52.620 Valerie Heffron: But on a on a high note that that store, at least, is closed, and this is where I need to mention something about the anti puppy mill bill The anti puppy mill bill has been gradually making its way it's progressed through the years and it's.

00:20:52.770 --> 00:20:54.000 Rino Dimaria: A little by little by.

00:20:54.000 --> 00:20:55.350 Valerie Heffron: Little by little right.

00:20:55.650 --> 00:21:07.020 Valerie Heffron: So a couple years ago it finally was co sponsored by an assembly woman and Senator and it made it through the Assembly and then this year, I made it.

00:21:07.710 --> 00:21:18.540 Valerie Heffron: On two out of senate into committee that transferred from one Community to another committee and now we wait until the next session we're hopefully it will pass the Senate floor.

00:21:19.290 --> 00:21:29.910 Valerie Heffron: So we you know part of this message is, and this is, if you notice i'm not mentioning parties Okay, because I believe very strongly that animal welfare is not a right or wrong issue.

00:21:30.810 --> 00:21:42.510 Valerie Heffron: Excuse me it's not a Left or Right issue it's a right or wrong issue, so what we need people to do is is get involved on both sides of the aisle all sides, or no party and.

00:21:43.260 --> 00:21:52.830 Valerie Heffron: just stand for what's right these anti puppy mill bills need to pass they've passed in other states Illinois was the most recent as of last week, this has to.

00:21:53.670 --> 00:22:00.000 Tommy D: know how to how to our listeners out of the people that are plugging in whether they're here live listening in on Facebook or talk radio.

00:22:00.390 --> 00:22:08.430 Tommy D: Or you know our show is going to be on podcast platform so somebody finds this down the road, how do they find out about these bills, where they go to a website is certainly.

00:22:08.910 --> 00:22:18.000 Valerie Heffron: what's yeah i'm honestly on this specific issue and everyone can chime in if they have a different resource, but I believe that.

00:22:18.390 --> 00:22:31.230 Valerie Heffron: The, the best thing to do is if you're on Facebook go to puppy bill free and why this puppy mill free New York, because this particular bill is going through the New York process right now.

00:22:31.830 --> 00:22:45.360 Valerie Heffron: And and or if you're just going to Google, something you can Google puppy mill bill, and why so you know this will bring you up with everything the history, it will help you find your.

00:22:45.930 --> 00:22:58.350 Valerie Heffron: assembly person because, again, right now, the bills and assembly, so if you want to reach out specifically as a constituent to your Assembly person that's a great thing to do and.

00:22:58.980 --> 00:23:04.680 Valerie Heffron: And you can also get involved, you know I mean there's so many groups that are out there again, I met Reno at a.

00:23:05.520 --> 00:23:18.840 Valerie Heffron: Anti puppy mills demonstration because of activist groups, there is a great nationwide resource called united against puppy mills and you know, anyway, those are those are my suggestions.

00:23:19.980 --> 00:23:40.500 Valerie Heffron: But so Reno I also have to thank you, I see Reno all the time posting animals for adoption posting animals that are posting fundraisers for charities in need of help and support, and you know you do so much every single day I love, how much you love the animals and I.

00:23:40.500 --> 00:23:40.770 Think.

00:23:42.150 --> 00:23:52.620 Rino Dimaria: it's a simple matter of pressing the button sharing something, and you know I just you know every day in the neighborhood here when I see a lost dog.

00:23:53.100 --> 00:24:04.170 Rino Dimaria: And then you said just last week my neighbor found a dog in the street, she brought it to my house, I went on Facebook, I have, I kept a little puppy dog might have been.

00:24:04.710 --> 00:24:14.460 Rino Dimaria: No joke 18 to 20 years old completely counteracted blind, deaf no teeth and this poor little little.

00:24:14.970 --> 00:24:31.470 Rino Dimaria: pup came to give birth to my house and I went on Facebook and and within an hour, we found this owner like it's just that little sharing that that share, you know you don't realize the REACH that it extends through.

00:24:31.920 --> 00:24:44.070 Rino Dimaria: yeah and and and Facebook, I mean I just can't you know, look at some some good some bad with certain things, but in the animal world it's really open some eyes it's.

00:24:44.610 --> 00:24:46.020 Valerie Heffron: priceless yeah.

00:24:47.400 --> 00:24:47.940 Valerie Heffron: yeah.

00:24:49.200 --> 00:24:52.860 Tommy D: On that note, as far as Facebook goes I do want to just kind of acknowledge that.

00:24:54.270 --> 00:25:03.570 Tommy D: There are a lot of folks checking in on the Facebook, which is super exciting some guy named Barry heffron he's saying doesn't valid beautiful today so shout out to be well what's he doing.

00:25:04.590 --> 00:25:14.460 Tommy D: Christine Kathleen says alone and then Regina Juliet oppenheimer's telling us thanks for explaining how these dogs living these puppy mills and the horrible situation thanks for checking in Juliet.

00:25:14.910 --> 00:25:22.830 Tommy D: And Alec JASMINE is also checking so appreciate that, what about you guys, where are the Facebook groups to your earlier point we don't because again i'm not the guy.

00:25:23.190 --> 00:25:32.940 Tommy D: Who knows, to find those goods So where are the Communities on Facebook if somebody wants to learn more about animal advocacy just kind of trade off or, for that group where did you post that you put that.

00:25:33.030 --> 00:25:33.840 Rino Dimaria: Last okay.

00:25:33.990 --> 00:25:34.650 Tommy D: Like where do you go.

00:25:35.460 --> 00:25:42.360 Rino Dimaria: So when you find the dog, and this was a local situation most neighborhoods having moms and dads page.

00:25:42.720 --> 00:26:00.360 Rino Dimaria: And this neighborhood I posted on the rosin moms and dads the glenwood when the moms and dads the Glen cove moms that so I hit like five or six moms and dads pages and literally Lo and behold within an hour, you know oh that's my neighbor's dog boom boom.

00:26:01.710 --> 00:26:08.670 Rino Dimaria: delivered the dog, you know, and I found I made sure I asked some questions when I got the owner on the phone.

00:26:09.120 --> 00:26:24.990 Rino Dimaria: Finally, I wanted to know who you know I needed them to answer a few particular questions that only the owner could answer, because I, you know, I was not gonna let the dog just go into the hands of a stranger so I got some answers there and it all worked out well for this dog.

00:26:26.790 --> 00:26:32.010 Rino Dimaria: doesn't work out well but gosh i'm telling you Facebook really saves a lot of animals.

00:26:32.490 --> 00:26:32.910 Tommy D: Really all.

00:26:33.060 --> 00:26:40.740 Valerie Heffron: It does it does and to your point me know because I know look you're busy business owner, you know you're running a restaurant you do a bunch of other things.

00:26:41.040 --> 00:26:48.210 Valerie Heffron: And the truth is that there's so many ways, for example with splits go to the flip side of a transporter.

00:26:48.630 --> 00:26:51.270 Valerie Heffron: someone wants to be a transporter for a rescue.

00:26:51.630 --> 00:27:03.480 Valerie Heffron: You know I know there are rescues that are even out of state and sometimes the perfect owner lives in you know Vermont or something like that, and there are people who volunteer their time their car and they'll.

00:27:03.870 --> 00:27:26.310 Valerie Heffron: Transport a dog a cat to their new owners so that's a needed thing or like he's talking about you can just you can share stuff you can be across poster and literally just switches to all different platforms and all different, you know areas in the country, so we can always do more right.

00:27:26.370 --> 00:27:26.610 Rino Dimaria: Then.

00:27:26.760 --> 00:27:28.170 Valerie Heffron: The show, hence the show.

00:27:29.370 --> 00:27:29.760 Valerie Heffron: yep.

00:27:31.050 --> 00:27:32.010 Valerie Heffron: um so.

00:27:33.210 --> 00:27:36.780 Valerie Heffron: I believe actually just want to double check how much until our our next break.

00:27:37.050 --> 00:27:38.250 Tommy D: Take a break in about two minutes five.

00:27:38.400 --> 00:27:39.120 Valerie Heffron: minutes perfect.

00:27:39.180 --> 00:27:39.450 Okay.

00:27:42.240 --> 00:27:56.520 Valerie Heffron: um I wanted to actually let him introduce Regina because Regina you should hear how we spoke about you and your rescue when I was like hey what rescue, would you like to have on board with you so Reno why don't you take it away introduce your buddy Regina Mendoza.

00:27:56.880 --> 00:28:02.760 Rino Dimaria: Absolutely I I met Regina through a dear friend of mine marcy manger and marcy.

00:28:04.980 --> 00:28:25.290 Rino Dimaria: Volunteers on draft virginia's rescue group and we actually rescue the puppies from there for my daughter last year, but when I got the opportunity to go over there and to see how this woman so selflessly I mean she does this to her home so.

00:28:26.370 --> 00:28:35.160 Rino Dimaria: it's her life, you know when you're doing something in your home it just becomes your life and Regina dedicates her whole.

00:28:35.490 --> 00:28:49.860 Rino Dimaria: LIFE to this, you know not going on vacations every year, like other people do she grabs a dinner here and there, when she kind of she's got the right volunteers at the shelter at the rescue but I met her through.

00:28:51.570 --> 00:28:53.100 Rino Dimaria: Like I said when I went there.

00:28:58.680 --> 00:28:59.550 Rino Dimaria: militantly.

00:29:00.090 --> 00:29:01.260 Valerie Heffron: And Dallas Emily.

00:29:02.130 --> 00:29:04.320 Rino Dimaria: Miller typically I.

00:29:05.610 --> 00:29:22.170 Rino Dimaria: Like that when when when the time comes to the dogs to switch from outdoors to interest Regina is going on at 10 987 you know down to one count and the volunteers are hustling it's literally militants and.

00:29:22.560 --> 00:29:29.820 Rino Dimaria: I believe this is the way that you prevent any mishaps you prevent any bites.

00:29:32.490 --> 00:29:36.810 Valerie Heffron: You breaking up a little bit now Reno i'm really sorry to cut you off I think we're.

00:29:37.230 --> 00:29:38.730 Valerie Heffron: you're freezing up for a second.

00:29:38.760 --> 00:29:40.680 Valerie Heffron: But that's okay we're going to go to commercial break we're going to.

00:29:40.680 --> 00:29:47.130 Valerie Heffron: fix and we're going to be bad Mendoza of Camp happy tales nyc Thank you.

00:32:24.930 --> 00:32:36.690 Valerie Heffron: Okay we're back sorry about that guys Reno I think you're back now, but we, we definitely got it like so, in other words Regina is like a sergeant but you know.

00:32:37.140 --> 00:32:47.250 Valerie Heffron: Something else that is definitely worth bringing to light is that, and this is just an unfortunate occurrence that does happen, other like shelters and rescues is that.

00:32:47.790 --> 00:32:58.830 Valerie Heffron: Volunteers or people that are in charge of the animals bill have favorites they'll have their favorites it's quite common to bond with a specific animal, but sometimes what happens is.

00:32:59.280 --> 00:33:08.850 Valerie Heffron: The less popular ones, if you will, or the ones that haven't bonded with a specific person will not get the same amount of of exercise or attention.

00:33:09.390 --> 00:33:23.190 Valerie Heffron: it treats you know enrichment toys etc so running a system like that is, I feel, not only imperative, but brilliant so without any further ado, I want to.

00:33:23.670 --> 00:33:38.220 Valerie Heffron: Get her her talking time and thank you for all the great work that you do Regina and I want you to take it away tell us how you get started tell us what you do show us your beautiful backyard here with us.

00:33:39.000 --> 00:33:50.760 Regina Mendoza: Okay, so I just before I get into why I started, I just want to tell everybody what the real problem is here, aside from, of course, the problem of the puppy mills.

00:33:51.060 --> 00:34:01.710 Regina Mendoza: Each year approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized that's an average of about 670,000 dogs and 860,000.

00:34:01.980 --> 00:34:09.420 Regina Mendoza: cats, this does not include the 10s of thousands of dogs that are living on the streets dogs that are in fighting rings.

00:34:09.720 --> 00:34:21.630 Regina Mendoza: dogs that are used as bait dogs dogs in hoarding situations dogs chained up in yards without proper food, water or shelter dogs in homes being neglected abused and even raped by their humans.

00:34:22.110 --> 00:34:27.150 Regina Mendoza: I know it's disgusting and I know it happens, and it is horrific so.

00:34:27.870 --> 00:34:38.970 Regina Mendoza: One day i'm on Facebook and i'm reading the story about how they are euthanizing all of these dogs in shelters and one of these dogs is a pregnant mama dog.

00:34:39.210 --> 00:34:51.420 Regina Mendoza: And all she wants to do is protect her unborn babies and she's in this noisy crowded cold shelter she doesn't have a quiet place she doesn't have anything to nest on or nest in.

00:34:51.750 --> 00:35:00.720 Regina Mendoza: And one day they're pulling her out of her kennel they're holding her down and she's terrified and she knows something bad is going to happen.

00:35:01.050 --> 00:35:09.840 Regina Mendoza: At that point, they take what's called a heart stick and for those of you out there who don't know what that is, that is a syringe with a big thick needle.

00:35:10.200 --> 00:35:21.870 Regina Mendoza: They hold her down and they drive it through her chest wall which is highly innovative so she is feeling every bit of that pain, terror and fear.

00:35:22.590 --> 00:35:39.360 Regina Mendoza: They then inject the sodium penta fall into her heart which burns like how and then she dies a barbaric painful death, there is no time no funding no resources, no staff to.

00:35:40.290 --> 00:35:51.930 Regina Mendoza: Give that mama dog some something to help her relax something to help her sleep, something you know, taking the time to love her and so she doesn't leave this earth.

00:35:52.560 --> 00:36:01.620 Regina Mendoza: feeling love feeling that she cared feeling that she mattered and also she's feeling like she failed at protecting her unborn babies.

00:36:02.310 --> 00:36:18.930 Regina Mendoza: At that point, she is now discarded like yesterday's trash and it is over, so as a mother, as a person who loves animals I cried and cried and cried for about three days straight.

00:36:19.440 --> 00:36:20.910 Regina Mendoza: And then I.

00:36:21.990 --> 00:36:33.300 Regina Mendoza: walked into the gym and I ran into one of the trainers and instructors Pam policy know who I knew was a rescue advocate and advocate for dogs.

00:36:33.990 --> 00:36:48.990 Regina Mendoza: pities in general I knew she volunteered and I came to her crying and I said, this is what I read and she said it's true and I said, I have to do something, because if i'm not part of the solution, then i'm part of the problem.

00:36:50.070 --> 00:37:01.920 Regina Mendoza: And she said Okay, you need to start volunteering and that's what I did I started volunteering I started doing transport, as you said, though, I started doing home checks I started.

00:37:02.610 --> 00:37:09.720 Regina Mendoza: walking dogs that other rescues had in boarding either in vets offices or in boarding facilities.

00:37:10.050 --> 00:37:25.950 Regina Mendoza: And then, one day, I said I need to foster a dog, why is this cute little dog sitting in a vet's office in boarding, let me take this dog home and foster and that became foster number one his name is baloney that was about in 2014.

00:37:26.250 --> 00:37:45.600 Regina Mendoza: I had him for about six weeks and on the day that I had to transport him to as a doctor, I was a mass I sobbing like by the time I handed him over to as a doctor, I had mucus pouring from everywhere, doing the ugly cry like.

00:37:47.730 --> 00:37:49.890 Regina Mendoza: And she's like fine.

00:37:50.280 --> 00:37:50.820 yeah.

00:37:52.530 --> 00:37:56.760 Regina Mendoza: So hardest things yeah it became up.

00:37:56.790 --> 00:38:00.300 Regina Mendoza: So understanding the circle of foster life.

00:38:00.330 --> 00:38:05.400 Regina Mendoza: You know you bring them in you care for them until you find they're just right forever family.

00:38:05.580 --> 00:38:16.680 Regina Mendoza: They know him over and then you open the door for another and then it became one of them, then became two puppies and then became three puppies and then it became six puppies and one day I blinked and I had 28 dogs in my house.

00:38:18.720 --> 00:38:19.380 Regina Mendoza: So.

00:38:20.220 --> 00:38:21.540 Regina Mendoza: They had to gain.

00:38:22.260 --> 00:38:34.920 Regina Mendoza: Know like I had a backyard that had dirt and grass and trees and a swing set for my daughter, and that became a mud pit and it became dig holes and it became unsanitary.

00:38:35.280 --> 00:38:54.750 Regina Mendoza: And so little by little, we had to totally reevaluate how we live in this House, and how we live with rescue in this House what part of my home do I want to clean for myself and what part of my home do I want to give to rescue, because it is all consuming and all encompassing.

00:38:55.470 --> 00:38:59.580 Regina Mendoza: By the way, I do want to say hi to my friend tanya diebold of joeys PA.

00:38:59.940 --> 00:39:11.940 Regina Mendoza: vs was one of my rescues one of my foster's he tragically had his rear paws chopped off and was left to die on the side of a road, he was rescued.

00:39:12.420 --> 00:39:23.670 Regina Mendoza: And then eventually brought to Camp we care for him we brought him to rehab therapy, we got him fitted for prosthetics and then wonderful tanya and her husband Charlie.

00:39:24.420 --> 00:39:37.680 Regina Mendoza: Who only adopt and taken dogs, with special needs, adopted baby joey and tanya went on to start her own foundation called joey's Paul.

00:39:38.040 --> 00:39:53.160 Regina Mendoza: Paul stands for prosthetics and wheels and tonya along with Reno is one of my favorite people, she is one of the people with so much integrity, she says, I want to do something, this is what I want to do.

00:39:53.400 --> 00:40:05.130 Regina Mendoza: And yeah by blink and it's done and I, I understand that tanya is going to be a guest on one of your future shows so hey tanya, thank you for for tuning in.

00:40:07.500 --> 00:40:09.780 Tommy D: On your right have we scheduled with tanya or elsewhere.

00:40:09.780 --> 00:40:11.190 Valerie Heffron: Tony have scheduled.

00:40:11.220 --> 00:40:11.790 Tommy D: Yes.

00:40:12.120 --> 00:40:23.970 Valerie Heffron: Do you have scheduled for late later October I think it's the 27 ish or something and I cannot wait, but I actually wanted to just get back to the forester.

00:40:25.170 --> 00:40:38.280 Valerie Heffron: The fostering thing Regina because a lot of people may not know or understand that there are foster based rescues I think primarily is what you are Regina Bradley.

00:40:38.580 --> 00:40:38.940 Regina Mendoza: Right.

00:40:39.000 --> 00:40:46.950 Regina Mendoza: The only difference that cluster based rescues usually foster out my foster every single dog in home.

00:40:47.610 --> 00:40:54.300 Valerie Heffron: Right and that's incredible I mean honestly foster base is my favorite kind of rescue because you're really giving them.

00:40:54.660 --> 00:41:09.390 Valerie Heffron: A sense of home and and a home environment, as opposed to like a kennel environment, and you know they tend to really flourish and get comfortable around people and other dogs and it's beautiful win, win for everybody, usually i'm.

00:41:09.870 --> 00:41:20.700 Valerie Heffron: So Regina I have to ask you to show us your beautiful grounds because we haven't seen before, but i've seen many rescues and I, this one is impressive, this is impressive.

00:41:21.780 --> 00:41:22.980 Regina Mendoza: let's see let's see.

00:41:25.980 --> 00:41:26.490 Rino Dimaria: surgical room.

00:41:27.420 --> 00:41:29.130 Tommy D: You know, while you're walking around i'm just going to.

00:41:29.130 --> 00:41:42.120 Tommy D: Read off your website really quick, so people know what's going on, so you situated so camp happy tales is where you're going to find the source, with organizations and 501 C three foster homes sanctuary.

00:41:43.170 --> 00:41:44.130 Tommy D: And that's what we're seeing right.

00:41:44.160 --> 00:41:49.980 Tommy D: Now, and they give these 234 434 right Regina.

00:41:51.000 --> 00:41:51.450 Regina Mendoza: today.

00:41:51.780 --> 00:41:52.350 Tommy D: take it away.

00:41:53.730 --> 00:41:57.060 Regina Mendoza: Here we go, we have, can you see guys Is this a good.

00:41:57.570 --> 00:41:58.410 Tommy D: it's a great deal.

00:41:58.740 --> 00:42:19.740 Regina Mendoza: Okay, so right now there is a gem on she is actually a supervisor of Camp operations and playing with bonnie and ace bonnie was actually found in Jamaica New York wandering the streets and a cat rescue or happened to find her and then reach out to.

00:42:20.970 --> 00:42:26.520 Regina Mendoza: A whiny clapper who is actually our.

00:42:27.990 --> 00:42:28.920 Regina Mendoza: Our attorney.

00:42:29.100 --> 00:42:29.520 Valerie Heffron: And she.

00:42:29.820 --> 00:42:37.320 Regina Mendoza: got to me and said, you need to take this dog so she was brought to Camp late at night and she's been here since May.

00:42:38.370 --> 00:42:45.690 Regina Mendoza: ace who is playing tug with divine he was brought to us about a year or so ago and.

00:42:46.170 --> 00:43:01.260 Regina Mendoza: idiopathic epilepsy so hero camp we don't just take dogs that are easily adoptable we take dogs have any breed any size and also with special needs, I believe any Milo who's our wheelchair boy he's paralyzed.

00:43:01.620 --> 00:43:06.600 Regina Mendoza: he's out on a walk and blondie the one that's laying in the grass there can you guys see.

00:43:06.600 --> 00:43:07.590 Valerie Heffron: Her yeah.

00:43:08.070 --> 00:43:22.380 Regina Mendoza: So blondie was on owned by a woman who became ill and then died last November and then her son was caring for her, and he was abusing her.

00:43:22.920 --> 00:43:38.160 Regina Mendoza: So he extended family blondie to me, and she was truly shut down she was extremely overweight, he has five mammary tumors.

00:43:39.240 --> 00:43:50.610 Regina Mendoza: we've had her speed and we removed to have the memory tumors and she scheduled for the end of the month, to have the other three removed on a slide.

00:43:51.180 --> 00:44:05.670 Regina Mendoza: There he has idiopathic epilepsy, and he is on three different meds three times a day and when he has a seizure he needs to be hospitalized because his seizures tend to cluster.

00:44:05.910 --> 00:44:21.390 Regina Mendoza: And he needs to be how supplies with our neurologist in New Jersey, to break the seizure cycle so here's our yard and we have a couple of smaller puppies in the back end.

00:44:21.630 --> 00:44:22.680 Regina Mendoza: So we don't know how many.

00:44:22.770 --> 00:44:26.550 Tommy D: How many can you have how many puppies can you have that campaign and to give me time.

00:44:26.850 --> 00:44:34.440 Regina Mendoza: Well, like I said earlier, i've had as many as 28 but currently that's a real push I try not to have more than 20.

00:44:35.490 --> 00:44:45.150 Regina Mendoza: Combined puppies adult dogs small dogs we we only rescue dogs, a lot of people reach out to me for cats, but we don't do cats.

00:44:45.210 --> 00:44:48.810 Tommy D: you're in Queens so those of us who know Queens right you're in Queens directly.

00:44:49.260 --> 00:44:50.970 Tommy D: And those of us who know Queens.

00:44:51.090 --> 00:44:55.980 Tommy D: it's probably not a big piece of dirt that you got all these dogs running around on i'm assuming right.

00:44:56.340 --> 00:45:03.570 Regina Mendoza: it's not bad at all, but we make it work, so our dogs what makes us different from shelters.

00:45:04.110 --> 00:45:15.060 Regina Mendoza: Our dogs are out from eight in the morning to 11 in the morning, they go in for a two hour nap they come back out together to play from one to four.

00:45:15.960 --> 00:45:20.790 Regina Mendoza: They go in for a three hour nap and then they're back out again from seven at night to 10 at night.

00:45:21.420 --> 00:45:28.680 Regina Mendoza: While they are out here, we have one staff member always supervising and then we have another staff member or volunteer.

00:45:29.040 --> 00:45:45.990 Regina Mendoza: walking them around the neighborhood or going inside to do inside clean up dishes laundry crates so that every time these jobs go back inside their crates of freshly made and they always have a nice treat waiting for them so think of a nice hotel which.

00:45:47.310 --> 00:45:49.140 Tommy D: sounds like a five star hotel Virginia.

00:45:50.220 --> 00:45:51.690 Tommy D: I think I want to stay over one day.

00:45:51.990 --> 00:45:52.230 So.

00:45:53.310 --> 00:45:55.230 Tommy D: Really quick, we got to go to a quick break so.

00:45:55.830 --> 00:46:04.170 Tommy D: You know, for those you listening and not watching on Facebook and I would encourage you to watch on Facebook going forward gang but if you're listening Regina has been showing us that the camp.

00:46:04.440 --> 00:46:11.580 Tommy D: virgina other than you know going to Camp happy tells nyc is there a Facebook, is there a YouTube how do they, how can they see what we're seeing.

00:46:12.510 --> 00:46:20.190 Regina Mendoza: We have a really strong presence on Facebook can't copy tells nyc Oh, please abby nyc at the end um.

00:46:21.480 --> 00:46:30.000 Regina Mendoza: that's a that's county barking barking barking and then we are also on instagram so if you're interested in finding a dog that is.

00:46:30.270 --> 00:46:41.220 Regina Mendoza: Perhaps your new best buddy or your newest family member, please check us out on Facebook or instagram that's what's most up to date, and you can check out or available dogs and puppies.

00:46:41.700 --> 00:46:56.520 Regina Mendoza: um you can email me at Camp happy tales nyc at gmail COM, let me know what dog you're interested in, and I will send you an application, we are in New York state recognized 501 C three nonprofit organization.

00:46:56.850 --> 00:47:05.640 Regina Mendoza: And we survive on donations, you can donate through DEMO or pay Pal camp happy trails nyc or directly through our Facebook page donate.

00:47:07.350 --> 00:47:13.560 Tommy D: we're going to do gina just like keep it there we're gonna come back and i'll let you let you wrap up with that information at the end, but thanks for the tour.

00:47:13.800 --> 00:47:21.990 Tommy D: we're gonna go to a quick break we're bit over deal will be back in 90 seconds pounds professionals, an animal lover show me know Regina Tommy and Val will be right back.

00:49:25.140 --> 00:49:25.980 Tommy D: Welcome back.

00:49:27.210 --> 00:49:28.620 Valerie Heffron: I really love the song we show.

00:49:28.920 --> 00:49:34.560 Tommy D: You picked it out it's like it's so mellow man like you know my show on Fridays, just like i'm like bouncing around.

00:49:36.600 --> 00:49:37.230 Tommy D: And then, this is.

00:49:38.280 --> 00:49:41.070 Tommy D: Very serene I feel very mellow thanks for picking.

00:49:41.130 --> 00:49:44.010 Tommy D: That song it's Tommy D that's Valerie have front.

00:49:46.380 --> 00:49:47.610 Tommy D: end now.

00:49:48.270 --> 00:49:50.310 Regina Mendoza: that's eddie Milo in the wheelchair.

00:49:50.550 --> 00:49:50.880 I.

00:49:53.160 --> 00:49:54.420 Tommy D: can tell you, we.

00:49:54.720 --> 00:49:57.150 Tommy D: Love right on wheels.

00:49:58.770 --> 00:50:00.420 Regina Mendoza: eddie Milo so he hails from.

00:50:00.420 --> 00:50:15.570 Regina Mendoza: Texas, and in 2016 he was running around leaving his property like he always does, and always came back for his meals, but one day he didn't come back and then owners found him, you know.

00:50:16.200 --> 00:50:25.860 Regina Mendoza: Unable to use his legs and in a lot of pain, they didn't have the means for vet care so they held on to him, hoping, he would get better on his own.

00:50:26.130 --> 00:50:36.780 Regina Mendoza: Unfortunately, the first 48 hours in any kind of spinal injury is the most critical and trying to reverse any kind of damage when he didn't heal on his own they brought him to a shelter in Texas.

00:50:37.230 --> 00:50:44.190 Regina Mendoza: where he sat hoping to get adopted on the day he was going to be euthanized because honestly who's going to adopt.

00:50:44.190 --> 00:50:46.020 Tommy D: The home can.

00:50:46.830 --> 00:50:47.130 Tommy D: You say.

00:50:47.970 --> 00:50:54.120 Regina Mendoza: He is amazing he truly lives his best life is what we call our happiest camper.

00:50:55.710 --> 00:51:01.710 Regina Mendoza: On the day he was going to be euthanized they reached out to a rescue him and brought him to me and he's been with me, ever since.

00:51:02.160 --> 00:51:17.040 Regina Mendoza: He still goes to rehab therapy at water for dogs in the city, we want to make sure that you know he doesn't atrophy any further in the back end and since he uses his front end for everything he does he want to make sure that that stays loosen supple and doesn't overtight and.

00:51:18.210 --> 00:51:18.420 Tommy D: that's.

00:51:18.870 --> 00:51:19.530 Valerie Heffron: Something.

00:51:19.560 --> 00:51:35.310 Valerie Heffron: You know these stories are I mean and there's so many, and especially the one that you told me about with the dog that was pregnant, you know it's it's just endless, and this is the part that I just really want to just.

00:51:35.610 --> 00:51:38.310 Valerie Heffron: Get out there you have to.

00:51:38.310 --> 00:51:49.170 Valerie Heffron: adapt I know people it's it's like adopt don't shop is kind of you know, to trend it's a great hashtag, but this is why there are so many great animals.

00:51:50.040 --> 00:52:02.400 Valerie Heffron: Whether it's dogs, cats rabbits ferrets turtles, whatever it is, you know when you pay the retail price you more than likely supporting a hideous industry riddled.

00:52:03.090 --> 00:52:19.110 Valerie Heffron: With abuse cruelty and neglect look at the great care that these beautiful animals are are you know faithfully receiving, and this is the type of entity, these are the people that you want to support because they care about the animals.

00:52:19.920 --> 00:52:26.850 Valerie Heffron: Now, and they look how much they sacrifice me Regina was boasting about the fact that she got to take a day off the other day.

00:52:28.230 --> 00:52:28.920 Valerie Heffron: he's feeling.

00:52:29.100 --> 00:52:32.010 Regina Mendoza: Oh no weekend, it was like the best.

00:52:32.070 --> 00:52:38.910 Valerie Heffron: Ever yeah so she's averaging a day and a half off the year I mean how many of us, you know, say that it's.

00:52:38.940 --> 00:52:50.100 Valerie Heffron: it's doable and real, for all that you do too, and I want to also recognize, you know reno's pizzeria it's a family business it's been around for like 60 years on camera and.

00:52:50.670 --> 00:52:59.760 Valerie Heffron: Hearing the call from animal lovers there's there's more and more of a song about trends, people are becoming vegetarian, people are becoming more plant based, even if they're.

00:53:00.330 --> 00:53:06.570 Valerie Heffron: Trying things like meatless Monday, you know as a business owner Reno creative space, so that if.

00:53:06.870 --> 00:53:23.490 Valerie Heffron: You have a vegan friend or family member that they're not going out to dinner and just basically getting a side salad or a slice of lettuce and tomato he has an entire vegan menu available in his place of business, these are the kinds of people we really want to support all right.

00:53:24.510 --> 00:53:30.840 Tommy D: I got it so here's the deal, you know couple last week we had a conversation we're going to bring the show to a close, but last week we had a conversation.

00:53:31.320 --> 00:53:42.000 Tommy D: With our friend Regina Mendoza and I took a video out front of your store last week, not a bad deal not like I don't beat me up like you got beat off I wish it was a good video that I took out from.

00:53:42.300 --> 00:53:51.630 Tommy D: Where I live, I live in the next town over with neighbors so Regina told me about a pickle slice what I it was too early in the morning it was like 10 o'clock.

00:53:51.750 --> 00:53:53.880 Rino Dimaria: 1015 today nice strategy.

00:53:53.970 --> 00:53:54.330 Tommy D: what's the.

00:53:56.220 --> 00:54:04.170 Rino Dimaria: Typical size what's this slice was a challenge i'm Dean Miller from if you live here long island.

00:54:04.380 --> 00:54:05.370 Valerie Heffron: I know Dean.

00:54:06.540 --> 00:54:21.210 Rino Dimaria: Dean, created a page if you live here long island and he reaches out to local business owners to give everyone a boost, he asked me to create a pickle pizza so I contacted a friend of mine who's.

00:54:22.320 --> 00:54:27.630 Rino Dimaria: An award winning chef and we created something special it's really fantastic yes.

00:54:27.960 --> 00:54:31.170 Tommy D: Can I can I will I look down the road literally i'm a mile or two away from.

00:54:31.500 --> 00:54:32.100 Rino Dimaria: You could call it.

00:54:32.490 --> 00:54:38.160 Tommy D: On a personal regular usually it's not like a special you always have Pickles in House I guess that's like.

00:54:38.190 --> 00:54:41.010 Rino Dimaria: yeah, but you have to you can't do it by a slice.

00:54:43.290 --> 00:54:44.400 Rino Dimaria: Personal size you're like.

00:54:45.450 --> 00:54:45.870 Tommy D: All right, well.

00:54:46.890 --> 00:54:48.000 Valerie Heffron: With a small country.

00:54:48.000 --> 00:54:48.420 So.

00:54:49.680 --> 00:54:51.840 Rino Dimaria: There is a pie is fantastic.

00:54:52.830 --> 00:54:59.400 Tommy D: i'm excited i've been Valerie when your backup here on long island, the four of us meet for well will not call for typical party data right there.

00:54:59.490 --> 00:55:02.190 Valerie Heffron: And I also gotta bring my single friends not.

00:55:03.330 --> 00:55:05.700 Tommy D: sure what they say I understand right.

00:55:07.740 --> 00:55:08.220 Tommy D: So we're going.

00:55:08.430 --> 00:55:09.240 Tommy D: To close, Reno.

00:55:09.270 --> 00:55:12.690 Tommy D: And then Regina give us one last thing you want to say before Valerie and I bring it to a.

00:55:12.690 --> 00:55:12.990 Close.

00:55:16.140 --> 00:55:17.340 Regina Mendoza: Oh MIA Reno I didn't sorry.

00:55:18.240 --> 00:55:19.200 Rino Dimaria: Ladies first.

00:55:19.770 --> 00:55:31.440 Regina Mendoza: All right, so listen if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem, what can you do, you can adopt don't shop is valued said earlier, you can foster you can.

00:55:31.980 --> 00:55:44.610 Regina Mendoza: donate your time, you can donate we have wishlist Wednesday every posted every day on Facebook and on instagram with our much needed items that we need to run camp.

00:55:45.150 --> 00:55:53.160 Regina Mendoza: You can donate like I said earlier, camp happy tales nyc on DEMO camp happy tales nyc at gmail on PayPal or directly.

00:55:53.550 --> 00:56:01.560 Regina Mendoza: Through our Facebook page donate link, I just want to say that executives administrators and board members of Camp happy tales nyc.

00:56:01.770 --> 00:56:15.480 Regina Mendoza: have never and will never take a salary, unlike many of the big rescues that take thousands and thousands and 10s of thousands of dollars and salaries every dollar that you donate to Camp goes to the care of these campers.

00:56:16.080 --> 00:56:16.590 Regina Mendoza: Thank you.

00:56:17.040 --> 00:56:18.210 Regina Mendoza: Valerie me.

00:56:18.300 --> 00:56:19.320 Regina Mendoza: for having me on.

00:56:19.410 --> 00:56:29.550 Tommy D: appreciate you being here and i'm threaten you with a day of service hashtag 60 days of service my son and I are coming out to these days service we'll talk about that later on Reno real quick before valor and I take us home.

00:56:30.150 --> 00:56:49.170 Rino Dimaria: hey I can only sum it up by saying keep on sharing share share share share share it that's the minimum you can do it's going to wind up working one of those shares will put you, together with the right person to get the right dog to save a life Thank you guys.

00:56:50.700 --> 00:56:56.700 Tommy D: Thank you for what you do Regina, thank you for what you do now, thank you for being my friend and coming up with this incredible idea of this program.

00:56:57.090 --> 00:57:07.620 Tommy D: I just want to tell you were looking for guests, we are looking for sponsors we're on social media pals professionals i'm sure we're on Facebook instagram linkedin we got a YouTube page tick tock coming soon.

00:57:08.220 --> 00:57:14.520 Tommy D: I reno's dancer we're both dancing already I should get you on my show man, we dance we sing for my song ah Valerie.

00:57:14.880 --> 00:57:15.510 Valerie Heffron: take over.

00:57:15.690 --> 00:57:18.660 Tommy D: what's going on well there's a quote but also next week's guest.

00:57:19.350 --> 00:57:35.940 Valerie Heffron: Oh nice nice so everybody tune in please be Tina trapster executive producer of catnip nation and award winning independent documentary film which i'm actually having I had a cameo in the quote we really want to leave you with every week is Tommy to be so take it away.

00:57:36.000 --> 00:57:42.510 Tommy D: All the greatness of a nation and it's more progress can be judged by the way, it's animals are treated.

00:57:42.930 --> 00:57:43.440 Tommy D: amen.

00:57:44.250 --> 00:57:46.290 Rino Dimaria: Gandhi so we'll leave you with that Gandhi.

00:57:46.830 --> 00:57:47.880 Tommy D: yeah yep.

00:57:49.110 --> 00:57:51.030 Valerie Heffron: Thank you everyone Thank you so much.

00:57:51.120 --> 00:57:52.320 Regina Mendoza: Thank you.

00:57:52.710 --> 00:57:54.090 Rino Dimaria: bye everybody, thank you.

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