If you look, you will find them. All we had to do was take a drive down “cereal city’s” Main Street in the historical Post Addition neighborhood of Battle Creek, Michigan in 2001 to find dogs sitting hopelessly on the ends of chains attached to rickety wooden doghouses without even the basic comforts of straw insulation in the middle of winter. There they sat, as permanent lawn ornaments.
These were dogs of underserved neighborhoods; animals were just an ill-fated extension to multiple struggles faced by their humans, and historically no attention was given to them by anyone. They were disregarded, overlooked and labeled as “fighting” dogs sitting on guard at “drug houses” “owned” by “unteachable” people. All Species Kinship (A.S.K.) set out to break stereotypes and change lives.
A.S.K. was born, and promises were made to those dogs that we would make their lives better. And we have done just that.
In 2003 the organization was recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity and services expanded to include both underserved dogs of Calhoun County, and also to other “under dogs” too: farm animals and wildlife throughout the state of Michigan.
Kathe and I have traveled the streets with a tenacious team of volunteers to save and transform the lives of innumerable animals, while serving countless people since day one, and we are committed to continuing this tradition of proactive compassion so long as there is a need.
Fueled by vegan cupcakes and passion, we hope you’ll join us on our journey serving the disregarded families and animals of Michigan, and beyond.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
Sophia DiPietro Executive Director & cofounder