Bad Newz Kennels May Become Good Newz Rehab

Central Bark Doggy Day Care is raising funds to help turn Michael Vick's former compound and kennels into a rehab facility for neglected and injured dogs.


That is the amount a non-profit organization named Dogs Deserve Better needs to raise by next week to transform what had been Michael Vick's Bad Newz Kennels where dogs were chained and trained for dog fighting into the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs.

NFL quarterback Vick, who formerly played with the Atlanta Falcons, was implicated in an illegal interstate dog fighting ring that had operated over five years, according to published reports. He pleaded guilty in 2007 to federal felony charges and served nearly two years in prison, followed by a period of home confinement. He is now playing with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dogs Deserve Better wants to purchase Vick's vacant compound in Surry County, Va., to take in and rehabilitate dogs from throughout the country. The organization aims to transform Vick's former property from a place where dogs had been hurt to a place where injured dogs go to heal.

Time is, however, running out. The organization is on its last extension to secure the loan and needs to raise the remaining $30,000 to secure the property by April 25. Central Bark Doggy Day Care is trying to help.

"All of the Central Bark stores will be raising money through April 25 to help them achieve this goal," said Laura Gielow, owner of the Central Bark in Grayslake. "This is an incredible opportunity for us to help build a piece of rehabilitation hope, safety and rescue for dogs in need."

There are several ways people can help make the Good Newz Rehab Center a reality:

  • Sign your dog up for an extra play day at Central Bark. They are donating a percentage of the daily daycare revenue to the cause.
  • All $10 doggy nail trims will go directly towards the goal.
  • Buy a $10 raffle ticket for a chance to win a goodie basket, valued at over $300.
  • Spread the word to friends, family and co-workers about the fundraiser. Donations can be made at any Central Bark location. They have sites in Chicago, Grayslake, Gurnee and Oswego in Illinois, as well as sites in Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

"Our hope is to help Dogs Deserve Better reach their goal and continue to help them raise the funds to transform a place of tragedy into a place of hope and rescue," Gielow said. "The amount of good a facility like this could do for rescue efforts all over the U.S. is incredible. We are proud to be part of this incredible effort."

WeHoOne April 21, 2011 at 04:18 PM
There are so many people to whom 30,000 is not enought to cover a week end party, wo could contribute 10 times this much and not miss it. Come on Streisand, Speilberg, Hanks, Oprah, Schwarzenegger, Elizabeth Taylor's estate, Prince Frederic who spent 10 time that much on his stupid failed run for Calif governor, Kennedys, Jack Nicholson, and sooo many other people in Hollywood and Washington and state politics can make this happen and make such a difference.
romanxp47 April 21, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Why isn't Mr. Vick paying for this? It seems the least he could do. I would think it would be a factor in his probation.
Linda April 21, 2011 at 06:04 PM
I totally do not understand why Mr Vick is even playing football again..its like all they did was slap him on the wrist and then say "its ok Vick..they were only animals."..what he did was reprehensible and he should have been given a tougher punishment. They should have froze at least part of his assets...to be used for the benefit of the dogs..and he should pay for that property purchase.. Im sure that he has put all that has happened out of his mind..and is now living the good life as he did before..He has never been made to realize all the pain he has caused those dogs..over the five years he ran that business..and I dont think he ever will. He should have been punished more severely
dennis cashato April 21, 2011 at 06:45 PM
I'm curious to know if anyone asked Mr Vick for the money. I would think 30,00 would be easy for him and something he would want to do.
Joan Strough April 21, 2011 at 06:52 PM
I think he should have to DONATE the property as well as make a substantial donation. Just sayin...
Brenda McCauley April 21, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Being a dog lover I hope this idea goes full steam ahead. Maybe if someone would contact Michael he would be glad to give the money that is needed. Yes what he did in the past was so very wrong but he paid his time and I have faith that he learned that you don't treat any animal that way. I raised Pit Bulls back in the 70's and they are very sweet dogs. Never had any trouble with them at all. I do believe that if you would harm an animal what would you do to a child? Brenda M
Sue Devanie April 26, 2011 at 03:49 PM
this would be a super awesome outcome for a super horrible beginning! i read the book "the lost dogs", the story of the vick dogs. it was inspiring the work that many many people accomplished by taking an enormous amount of time to rehabilitate the dogs; several acually became therapy dogs, some will never be re-homed but still have a beautiful life in utah at the "best friends animal society"! GREAT IDEA!!


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