April 16, 2008 08:00 ET Helps Rescue Battered Dogs From Baghdad

Partners With the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to Bring Military Mascots Home From Iraq

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) -, the first and largest Web site dedicated to live interactive video streaming, has been selected as the exclusive live streamer for Operation Baghdad Pups (OBP), a campaign developed by the SPCA to rescue animals that befriend the US military in Iraq from hostile living situations. will broadcast a series of events that will provide updates on OBP's progress, beginning today at 2:00pm PT. The first video stream will feature an interview with Terri Crisp, program manager at OBP and long-time animal rescue activist.

During today's live session, Crisp will discuss OBP's origin and the SPCA's ongoing activity in Iraq, in addition to highlighting the program's recent successes. She will also provide a personal account of her trips to Baghdad to rescue the dogs and describe their journeys back to the US. By facilitating these sessions on, OBP can more easily reach and interact with its audience, as the site allows two-way, real-time streaming on the Web. This enables the audience to participate by asking questions and contributing to the discussion.

"Rescuing an animal from a war zone is a very rewarding and rigorous process. To safely bring the dogs to the US, they need to undergo vaccination, and often long quarantine periods, as well as endure medical examinations," said Crisp. "Our efforts to provide our troops' mascots with proper homes require extensive, diligent coordination that would not be possible without the generous contributions we receive. We're excited to partner with to keep our supporters aware of our progress, while informing new audiences of what we're doing and how they can help."

OBP has rescued six animals from the harsh conditions of Iraq. These are all dogs the US military took in as their own, serving as companions and all-around morale boosters. Through its partnership with, the SPCA hopes to raise additional funds to continue reuniting these animals with their human comrades in warm and happy homes back in the United States.

"As the first and largest online community dedicated to live interactive streaming, we are pleased to partner with the SPCA to help spread the word about Operation Baghdad Pups," said Steven Fruchter, chief executive officer of "By enabling people around the world to view and participate in these live streams, as well as interact directly with the organization, we're helping to virally spread the word about a great cause."

To access today's streams and future coverage on Operation Baghdad Pups, please visit


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