Models n Mutts: Jasmine Dustin Interview
Jasmine Dustin is the founder of Models and Mutts, two things we’re big fans of, though for very different reasons. Her rescue organization helps save animals from an early and unnecessary death, and from mistreatment at the hands of bad owners, by supplementing costs of no-kill shelters and connecting pets with loving owners to adopt them. We think that’s really spiffy, so we asked the ubiquitous model/actress more about it.
Man Cave Daily: So Models and Mutts just started last fall, but you had a previous charity called Red Carpet Rescue?
Jasmine Dustin: It wasn’t a charity, it was an animal rescue…I rescued pups right before they were going to be killed at the shelters. I saved 15 on my own last year from being killed.
MCD: Nice. So Models n Mutts is that same rescue work plus raising awareness? And the fundraising is for food/transport…
JD: We do events throughout the year that benefit a different charity each time. Our launch party was for the animals of Hurricane Sandy. We donated the profits to two different organizations that were taking care of the animals that were affected.
JD: We just partned with A Home 4 Ever Rescue and did a 12 Days of Christmas dog adoption event. We brought a bunch of models out to help get over 40 homeless dogs a home for Christmas
MCD: Sounds like a success already.
JD: Yeah..so far its taking off really well. We also went down to a rescue here in Southern California and donated food
MCD: As a dog owner yourself: have you always had dogs, or was there a moment when you became a dog lover?
JD: Ive always had dogs..but it didnt come until a few years ago that i had such a huge passion for them. I started rescuing and after that I couldnt stop. I have four rescues at home.
MCD: That’s a lot of pups!
JD: I know! I started to foster, but then you fall in love. They’re all tiny.
MCD: Four is the magic number. If you have five, you’d better either own a dogsled or get ready for a Hoarders episode.
JD: (laughs) So true
MCD: They’re all chihuahuas, right? Are they jealous of each other?
JD: I’ve had my oldest for 12 years…and he’s not too happy that I started bringing in these newbies.
MCD: That’s the good thing about little dogs — they live a lot longer.
JD: Yeah…usually not long enough. My senior dog is really getting old…so sad to watch
MCD: The other good thing is by the time they’re too old to get around, the little breeds are used to being carried. So what events and charities do you have lined up for 2013?
JD: I’m planning one right now for March to bring awarness about the NO KILL LA campaign. We’re planning on doing 3-4 big events this year and a monthly model night.
MCD: What goes on at one of those?
JD: We’ll be getting a group of models to come out to a different lounge or venue and a percentage of the profits go to a charity.
MCD: Sounds a lot like our Man Cave Daily monthly model nights, except all that happens in our head while we eat an entire pizza. Do you plan to expand the organization or its scope?
JD: Yeah this is our year to grow. We definitely plan on expanding the brand
MCD: What would you tell someone who had never had a dog before, but was on the fence about getting one?
JD: That they’re a mans best friend!
MCD: Every man needs a friend who can get a bunch of models to come out to the lounge.