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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Arts & Culture

Mission: Bailing Out Benji is a non-profit organization based out of Ames, Iowa with volunteer teams in Texas, Nebraska and Pennsylvania! Bailing Out Benji is dedicated to working towards a kind and compassionate future for companion animals by giving the individual person the power and knowledge to change the world for animals around them. We provide free lectures and presentations about various humane education topics in schools, libraries, and other public venues, as well as, utilizing social media channels and the organization’s website to provide facts, statistics, and solutions to helping animals in harmful or less than ideal situations. Our programs include sending out ambassadors to raise social consciousness about these animal welfare issues on a local and national level and to hold fundraising events in order to raise awareness about said issues or to provide immediate relief to animals in need. At times, per the discretion of the board of directors, we may provide volunteer opportunities or internships, which shall provide opportunities for involvement in said outreach events, activities and programs, in order to have a greater impact for change. Bailing Out Benji will endeavor to maximize the percentage of its operating budget, which directly benefits the outreach events that the organization is able to do. Fundraising to support this will be achieved through solicitation and acceptance of contributions from individuals and other methods or events as the Board of Directors of the Organization desire to utilize.

Results: -Featured in the world-wide documentary "Dog by Dog" - Featured in the January 2017 Edition of the Rolling Stone magazine and their expose on the puppy mill industry. - Named one of the top 5 organizations in the nation fighting puppy mills by "One Green Planet" in 2016. - Our founder was named the 2016 "Advocate we love" by the Humane Society of the United States-Puppy Mill Campaign.

Target demographics: the dogs trapped in puppy mills and the unsuspecting public who buys sick puppies.

Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of thousands of people learn about puppy mills.

Geographic areas served: All over the United States to combat the puppy mill issue from the heart of the problem.

Programs: Free programs to raise public awareness about animal issues, such as puppy mills.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bailing Out Benji is a local hero for taking on the task of addressing the puppy-mill issues in our area. I am grateful for their presence and enjoy seeing their positive effects on our community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Because of Bailing Out Benji, I now know the true extent of the puppy mill industry. I'll never buy from a pet store or online again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My group has been one of the lucky ones to become one of Bailing Out Benji's volunteer teams. We are located in Pittsburgh, PA. Mindi, the founder, has been a huge source of support for us in this new chapter. The amount of time and research that they put into the state maps of puppy mills is huge, but it gets people's attention. They protest every weekend in every kind of weather, and their efforts have helped to reduce the demand for mill dogs in pet stores. Their efforts have inspired so many to get involved with the cause, and, with them, we hope to reach more.

Elizabeth239

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

L♡VED having up to date #'s of puppy mills for the state of IN. I will now share this info w/ my senator, representatives & fellow dog advocates.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first contact from Bailing Out Benji happened when I was inquiring his to adopt a puppy mill dog. MIndi Callison referred me to Hearts United for Animals in Auburn NE and we adopted a beautiful, loving Cocker Spaniel that we have had for 2 years.

My husband, Craig, and I volunteered at one of the protests in front of Dyvigs Pet Store in Ames, Iowa in 2015. We found out first hand what a dedicated organization Bailing Out Benji is.

They are so compassionate and involved into educating the public to the horrors of puppy mills. In such a short time, they have grown the brand and the mission of spreading the word and now have outreach organizations in several other states besides Iowa.

There needs to be 100 more Bailing Out Benji's and 1,000 more Mindi Callisons!!

Becky Brown
Sioux Falls, SD

Taylor29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words can't describe how amazing this organization is! Hoping one day we can say goodbye to puppy mills. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into the research and knowledge. Such amazing people and doing great work!

Tara63

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this great organization. Their commitment and steadfast presence is a testament to the kind of people they are. God bless BOB. May puppy mills be a thing of the past one day.

Jamie113

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bailing Out Benji is a wonderful organization, what I've learned through an amazing who works with this organization raised awareness for me which turned into adopting a rescue dog.

1 Adalis C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about Bailing Out Benji via a local screening of the film Dog by Dog. I was so impressed by Mindi's story, her determination and her drive to put and end to the cruel industry of large scale dog breeding. Several months later, I had absolutely no hesitation when presented with the opportunity to help bring Bailing Out Benji to Texas. I knew there were puppy mills in Texas, yet I had not anticipated the extent of this horrible industry in our state. As a volunteer for Bailing Out Benji Texas, I am able to educate fellow Texans about the presence of puppy mills in our state, backed with facts and data from reputable sources. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization that is dedicated to end the suffering of so many precious lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know Dana and her 4 legged friend, Belle. They work tirelessly as spokespeople, promoting Bailing Out Benji. If Dana has their back, so do I.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing nonprofit working hard to educate people on the harsh truths of the puppy mill industry!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After months of research and documentation Bailing Out Benji started the Nebraska Chapter and we can't keep the literature stocked at our appearances. The NE Mill Map is such an incredible tool to show our communities what is happening in their own backyard. Our goal is to double the attendance at the NE Humane Lobby Day in March- and let our elected officials know that their constituents are demanding more humane laws on the books. Belle, a 6-year mill survivor and I have never been so proud to work for an organization.

2 Cody R.

Donor

Rating: 5

A group of truly compassionate and honor drive people. Rain, sleet, snow or shine they fight for what they believe in (which is one of the many things we agree on).

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful charity fighting the cruel puppymill industry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Bailing Out Benji is remarkable!!!
Their steadfast commitment and hard work amazes me!
The money raised goes towards alot of marketing, literature, banners on billboards and busses. If anyone questions this, I encourage you to look up the costs yourselves-it's not cheap!!!
They're non profit and do the best the can with what they're able to raise.

Many people have been educated across the globe and as a result have adopted at their local shelter/s and or breed specific rescues!

It takes a village! We must ALL do our part to end animal cruelty in and out of Puppy Mills. If you want change, be the change! Get out and help protest, educated, contact your legislatures and fight the good fight like BOB has .

Keep up the fantastic job Bailing Out Benji!

Donor

Rating: 1

Sadly, I haven't seen my donations fund anything but posters. Had hoped that some dogs lives would be saved through changed legislation or something of substance. Wouldn't recommend.

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bailingoutbenji 07/03/2016

While I am certain that this isn't an actual review, please feel free to contact us at bailingoutbenji@gmail.com for a full refund on your donation if you aren't satisfied.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BoB does an amazing endless job of educating the public about the horrors or puppy mills.

2 Kara B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Bailing Out Benji has helped bring to light a huge problem in the Midwest and across the nation. Puppy mills are legal places of torture for thousands of dogs, and this organization works tirelessly to educate the public about the hazards of supporting such cruelty. Many are learning each day about what it means to ignorantly, innocently make an uninformed purchase of a puppy from a pet store. Thank you B.O.B. for opening so many eyes, rescuing so many lives, and keeping up the important fight against puppy mills! I stand with this organization!

3 Pilar B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very educational and caring group, Mindi has such knowledge and passion for what she does and I'm glad to have her on our side (the dogs side :) ) oh and Dyvigs pet store SUCKS & huys from terrible puppy mills!!!

3 Melanie48

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very informative and has such an awesome goal to educate and put an end to puppy mills. Mindi does a spectacular job!