Tanner and I wanted to take a moment to mention some animal organizations and their upcoming events that you might want to consider supporting:

The Humane Society of the United States, Genesis Awards – the equivalent of the animals Oscars they celebrate the role that the news and entertainment media and high-profile individuals play in rasing awareness of animals issue. They are being held on Saturday, March 23, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. If you have a few bucks to spare (pay, more than a few), tickets are still available at 310.440.0600. At Tanner’s urging (and with some help from our neighbor and fellow dog rescuer Gary K.) we’ve donated digital copies of GIMME SHELTER to the VIP gift bags for this year’s gala.

Operation Blankets of Love – 
an award-winning non-profit 501(c)3 public charity. They collect, transport and distribute recycled and new pet-related items to comfort stray, sick, neglected and abused homeless animals in shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries and foster groups. In addition, as an Emergency Response Team, they partner with those organizations to provide relief and comfort to animals that are displaced or endangered by catastrophe.

St. Martin’s Animal Foundation – Founded in in 1999, SMAF is committed to aleviating the suffering of animals through the power of media. They will be hosting a ‘Mad Hatter Benefit’ on Sunday, May 19, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at La Maison Lounge 11608 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA. 661-269.2164.
On a different front, as friends and readers of Gimme Shelter know I’ve been studying and teaching martial arts for over 30 years. Since 1992, I’ve had the honor to train and teach under Sensei Mel Pralgo at Conejo Family Karate where we practice traditional Okinawan GoJu Ryu karate – the “wax on, wax off” style made popular by the original Karate Kid movies starring Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio. If you know anyone who could benefit from this amazing mind-body training, check us out. And be sure to tell them Tanner sent you.

4th from left, Sensei Mel Pralgo, far right, Lou Spirito

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