20 May 2011

Non-profit gets loan approval for Michael Vick’s old property

Dogs Deserve Better (DDB), the non-profit that has been attempting to purchase Michael Vick’s former home in Surrey County, Virginia, cleared a major hurdle. The bank has approved their loan request after efforts to raise the 30% down payment were successful.

The group is rightfully excited about the news.

The following announcement was made on the organization’s website:

BREAKING NEWS! Our loan has been approved by the bank! We close on this property May 27th, and we will be TRANSFORMING the Bad Newz Kennels.

DDB has big plans for the site that was once the scene of countless horrible acts of cruelty and violence. Turn the old Bad Newz Kennels into a state of the art rehab facility for chained and penned dogs.

"We are ecstatic to get on the ground and start the transformation of this property and the entire community which was brought to its knees by the brutality that occurred,” said DDB founder Tamira Thayne. “It's a new day; we are sending a message that animal abuse is out of line with what our country's citizens want. Dogs are family members, part of the pack, and we must honor and respect them as such.”

But even though one major obstacle has been cleared others still exist.

DDB has an immediate need for $8,000 for closing on May 27 and the organization is asking its fans to open up their wallets and purse strings a bit to help reach their funding goals.

Additionally, money will be required to fence the property and to build temporary housing for the dogs while the group raises funds for construction of the new rehab center.

DDB is asking its 72,000 Facebook fans to donate $5 each equaling to a whopping but needed $360,000.

"We are hopeful that having obtained the loan, even more people will step forward with financial support to make our dream for our rescued dogs come true. They deserve it,” said Thayne.

To donate to the cause click here.

TDIV wishes you the best of luck!

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

Photo credit:Facebook/DDB