Friday, December 30, 2011



I am so thankful to all of you who have helped us the whole 2011 to make life easier for hundreds of strays or abandone dogs. We couldn´t have done it without your help.

Mitchell Foundation Grant 2012 to be able to have a spay and neuter program. Our first!

Kleber Challange MAtch Grant 5000$, Tracey and Craig thank you for making our clients content and safe.

All you who helped make it possible, a news letter will come with report and statistik.

AWL Volunteers, you amaze me with all your hard work. Thank you all, you are Amore!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Any support you send to AWL now through midnight, December 31 can be claimed on your 2011 taxes, For 60 euro we can spay a female stray, 50 euro a male, 20 euro we can vaccinate/de worm a stray, for 10 euro we can buy medecine for one stray. 5 euro we can feed one client at the hospice for five days.
We need your support, that´s our Amore wish!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Dumped at the hospice by an Italian person. Fostered now in volunteer Martina´s home.
Thank´s to AWL Spay and Neuter project 2011, Bice could be sterilized for free. That´s prevention amore.

Monday, December 26, 2011


Two sisters has been spayed sponsored by AWL Spay & Neuter Grant Project 2011
This is Amore prevention.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Remember earlier on our blog about MAX who was abandoned by his family when they went back home? To re-fresh your memory, click here.

The foster-mom waited for her husband Steve to come back after a short trip, Steve was eager to meet MAX. When Steve returned he fell head over heals in love with MAX.

The neighbors had complained over MAX howling when being home alone, MAX suffered from big seperation anxiety. But Steve went over and talked to them re-assure that they were working to help MAX to become better.
Days went by, Steve and MAX adore each other, out running every day. I got a message "they wanted to adopt MAX."

Of course, we got very happy at this news. I had the pleasure to meet Steve, a lovely man who spoke highly about his best friend and all his tricks. MAX sat content next to his best friend´s side, calm and content.

Steve told me that they still worked on the seperation anxiety but Max had become much better already.

A family abandonen him, AWL volunteers helped MAX to get healthier and find someone for him, and a wonderful family fostered then adopted him. It shows that whatever nation we are from, there are bad and good people. But focusing on the good, That´s Amore!

MAX was castrated thanks to AWL´s Spay and Neuter Project 2011.

Thank you Stephen and Susi Marty.

Saturday, December 24, 2011


I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from AWL´s Hospice Cassa dellÁmore in Italy. All our beautiful clients that make us smile and makes us human wish you many blessings this season too.
I want to thank all the wonderful volunteers for all their time and efforts. You, who make the hospice go for our clients to feel secure and safe (with a full stomach.)
Marty, Pio, Chiara, Angy, Jim, Grazia, Sandra. All the volunteers that help drive food donations, drive clients to the veterinarian and you, who help us by fostering dogs.
To all our sponsors, we couldn´t make it without you! You are our biggest help to keep a good standard at the hospice, and to give very sick dogs a humane, eternal sleep. Also your donations help to pay for x-rays so we can udnerstand what is going on inside a client´s body and not have to guess when things are not quite right. And of course the medication to help the very sick getting better, to be able to find them a furever home. And of course our Spay and Neuter Grant project 2011.

To our wonderful veterianarians that with dedicated skill help us understand what is going on with the clients. And their patience with my 100 hundred questions. Dr. Damiani and Dr. Fransesco, thank you so much.

Lega ProAnimale for their Spay and Neuter Foundation; we would never be able to spay and neuter so many dogs without your clinic.

Dr. Vittorio, your kindness to take time and come and visit the hospice and examine all the clients to make sure they are doing fine.
To all the moms and dads that are patiently waiting for their furkid to come home to their furever home, the New Year will reward your patience.

It is some of the hardest work to rescue animals, it sometimes eats your heart up. Enormous hours working 24/7 around the clock, arguing with people to get them to do the right thing, and to feel let down many times. But when you see their eyes when you walk in the door, their tail "thump- thump- thumping" their thankfulness for you only standing in the door...That is Amore!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE--even to the back-stabbers, you make us grow!

Thursday, December 22, 2011


A couple of days ago I was down working at our hospice in Southern Italy. My last day, I took some clients with me to Dr Damiani´s clinic. Dr Francesco examined our Amica since she seemed to be in pain. Amica previously had been a very happy stray with her friend outside a food store named CONAD for many years. People knew and fed them and kept an eye on them, too. I remember three years ago when AWL started in Italy, a veterinarian and I stopped to check on them because earlier had I seen a wound on one of the dog´s ears. Suddenly, out from CONAD strode the store manager holding his two arms in his side asking what we are doing? The veterinarian spoke fluent Italian and told him who we were and that we only wanted to make sure the dogs were doing fine. He nodded his head that we could go ahead but he watched every move we made.

The parking guard who watched over the dogs was very friendly. Every time I went in to the store I bought them each one dog pate. We were allowed to feed them if we walked away from the store and fed them at the parking area, he showed me where. These two dogs were chubby; well fed by many and content.

One day after XX months I received a text message from Martina, that the dogcatchers had taken Amica, the older female. Someone had reported she had cancer and had to be removed from the streets. We had to get her back!

I said yes, of course.

Pio drove to the dogcatcher and veterinarian station, and told them about the hospice. We would take care of Amica. If we assured that we would medicate and re-wrap the surgery wound on her leg she could be ours, but we had to come later and show her to them to prove that she was doing better. Pio came to the hospice with Amica and all her medications. Twice a day I wrapped Amica´s leg, it was always a struggle, she was slippery like an eel. But she never did anything to harm us, never growled. She got her own room on the second floor, and it was a victory the day she walked down by herself and out in the grass to do her business.

She was always quiet and beautiful-her squirrel-like eyes always looked at you very intensely and seemed to be questioning if we could be trusted?

Fast forward to the second weekend in December: Dr Francesco examined her and felt big lumps, he could tell she was in discomfort, just as we imagined. X rays were taken and it was with misty eyes I could see, she had big tumors and skeletal cancer. Her time had come to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Even if that is what our hospice is about ---to give them a wonderful time before they start to suffer ---it is always painful to make the decision and to say goodbye.

You need to be a certain kind of person to be able to do this type of work --- to be there when it is time, and make the tough call. But at the same time we are happy that she didn´t have to die under a car on a cold day, suffering. Or, at a dogcatcher’s shelter in a cage on cold concrete floor with a lot of desperate barking around her. Instead, two of her old friends were holding her paw when the eternal sleep was put in. Very calm and no pain, her former street friends were waiting happily for her arrival across the Rainbow Bridge, where the grass is green and lush, and no dogcatchers or concentration-camp/shelters exist. Because That´s Amore.

She will be missed by many, and those who loved and took care of her.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Chritsmas Spirit in Italy and Germany Read my column in Swedish Magazine NARA
To be able to give and recieve, is magic, let your Chritsmas spirit glow don´t forget it is about giving. That´s Amore.

For more information about the cheep project in Rexingen visit

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


We got 2 pallets of cat and dog food donation that Michael and Stephen picked up from the SS NAVY and drove unloaded at the hospice.

AWL will drive the food and donate it to 400 dog shelter in Liccola.

Thank you everyone involved That´s Amore.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


My weekly column in the Magazine NARA is a true story about the dog MAX, left by his family when leaving for America. How he tried to survive on the street not being street smart...but he was smart in another way.

He walked into the American Base and in to the vet clinic, where his medical record was.

I got a phonecall, and this story is about Susy who fostered him, her husband fell in love with him and they adopted him. AWL sponsored neutering and vaccination.

Read the whole story CLICK HERE


Picture taken December 2011 16 C Napoli
Thank you
Boy Scout Troop 007 Kyle Baldree's Eagle Project
NSA Support Site, Gricignano
Scott McClure--Scoutmaster. It was a pleasure to meet you all, you made a great face lift at AWL´s Hopsice (garden work)
It was with pleasure I returned down to Italy briefly, to the hospice to meet up with all the clients. On Saturday morning, the Scouts came and Kyle was in charge for a project helping AWL´s hospice. Weeks before on a Sunday, he and his fellow scouts had bagged in the store at Support Site, collecting $900 dollars that he later used to buy material for his planned project at the hospice.

They were a nice goup of approximatelz 10; between 10-55 years of the age.

The clients were happy to get so much attention and the garden got a nice uplift. Half the fence was painted, a new big metal shelf was brought up. And we got dog food too. They worked and cleaned very nicely the whole day, old things were thrown away.

It was a loving --- and cleaning--- Amore day.


We are sorry for the long silence. Moving office from one country to another country is wonderful new experiences but also a lot of challenges.

With a new language you don´t master it is even worse. But thanks to new fantastic German friends, Mr Jurgen and his wife Anita and friend Isabell they made it possible. THANK YOU!

A lot of things to update...stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Thank you Malin and Juan Wallin from Sweden, Tracey Kleber from Los Angeles for selling the Ricci Collection, Tracey Nettles from Texas andDI BERNARDINO ANGELA from Italy

Thank you for your donations this week.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011


We have very talented volunteers, Pio painted this on hospice wall. We just love it. His girlfriend Martina is talented also in many ways. You have seen here jewelers!
Donations from Loredana and Marina, that is so wonderful since we use a lot of cleaning detergent every day.
Rosita our Grande Lady, 18-19 years old. She has been with us now for one year at the hospice.
Blankets for the hospice guests. Thank you Loredana and Marina.
Our beautiful lady, Layla. Dumped at the Mount Vesuvius, brought to AWL and sterilized, medicated. Now she is waiting for her passport to go to her family in Sweden.
Talented Pio painted the Rainbow bridge at the Memorial Wall in the hospice.
Federica and Ivan walked many of the clients this weekend. They are super troopers every Saturday.

Pictures Martina Ricci.

Chiara, Marty, Pio, Angelina, Federica, Ivan. Weekend Amore.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


This has been haunting me the whole day.

Let us help, let this death not be meaningless.

This little one didn't get rescued.

We are having a food drive to help more shelter dogs like him to survive. (Drop off Vet clinic SS or Hospice Lago Patria)

Christmas is fast approaching. People will be going on vacation, and buying presents so individuals will have less money to donate. Yet, these dogs will still need the things they need every day. Please make a difference in their lives, donate what you can either the material items we need, or money so we can buy it ourselves. This holiday season, it will warm your heart (stomach) and theirs, to give to those without a voice. Italian bank or our PAYPAL on this site. Thank you and Bless your hearts,


IW BANK S.p.A.Via Cavriana, 2020134 Milan

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


MAX is his name and he is probably around 1-2 years old. Dr Fransesco examined him last evening. He is very skinny 40-50 kg and is now being treated for infection in his body, de wormed etc.
Max fooled the security guards and went on base, saw the vet clinic door open and went in. The receptionist called us. MAX has an American microchip number. We don't get the name or any information. That ties our hands.

Max was picked up by a volunteer Susi, that are having him short term foster home. He is lovely, follows her around, great with her small rescue dogs.

House broken, licking and loving children, he knows sit, lay and shake paw!

We are searching after a family that can give him time and love and security.

MAX have gone through a lot. I found out that he has been in a car accident as a puppy, and had lung-injery. They had to put in a chest tube. He is doing great now!

And now...his family left back to the States and MAX has been on the street for some time since he is skinny (that happens with former pets they don't know how to get food left out, it has been served frequently when he had a home)

His face have scares from dog attacks (Max is a former pet and doesn't understand street talk and becomes an easy target for fights)

He is a goof with a big heart. Help him find home!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Olivia and me were walking around in the city. Olivia was amazed that there were both abandon people and dogs (homeless with their dogs)
We got a garden uplift at the hospice this weekend. Pio cut the hedge and Ivan cut the grass. Ivan's other half Fransesca walked all the young dogs. We are so thankful for that and I know the young ones loves it. Also it is for a good cause for them who have adopted them and waiting for them knows that their dogs are taken well cared off.
And Chiara and Melania had AWL Charity in‎"Festa d'Inverno" Centro cinotecnico Campano e banketto AWL

Thank you both for raising money for AWL at the "Festa d'Inverno"

You all are grande Amore!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Bagheera is neutered and pampered by his owners that adopted him, Ivan and Frederica.

AWL spay and neuter project 2011

That's preventing Amore!


Rita Schneider came to the hospice today with 300 euro and a lot of food. You Rock!
Thank you Vet clinic on base for letting people drop off donations. THANK YOU ALL (and Olivia Bedoya for driving the items to our hospice)
Cleaning equipment, we are desperate in need every day. 80% of our days we clean.

Lynn Wodall, we are grateful for dropping off more cleaning detergent...
Tatiana and Michael Mc Guire the feeder is brilliant. Athena loves it.

Thank you for thinking and supporting AWL Hospice. It means the world for us and our four legged clients. You all ROCK!


An anonymous person is challenging us again and we need your help!

For every person you can get to join us on FB we will get 1 euro (1 friend=1euro) please tell your friends.

Please go to our FB page and become our friend. That's helpful Amore.


AWL is happy to still be able to sponsor spay and neuter grant to Campania clients.
That's Meow Amore!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Cruelty to animals should never be accepted anywhere, and therefore, we, the Swedish animal organizations, has joined together in a fight for the animals in Europe. We want that this movie will make people more aware of the reality that many, many animals experience every day. They are the members in EU without a voice, they need ours!

Join us!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Matching the Kleber $5000 Grant Challenge"

We will never know how to thank the Kleber's from Brentwood, Tracey and Craig

They donated 5000 dollar to AWL Hospice. They challenged every one to match each dollar, and we succeeded. What a roller coast and outcome=lovely of course.

We want to thank everyone who joined the race, Swedes, Americans, Italians and German's

The one year anniversary at Casa dell'Amore gave 932 euro.

Lynn and Trine were having raffles at the last bbq evening at Hotel Agora, (as always thank you Jennifer for supporting AWL) and Lynn and Trine decided to donate the money to AWL.
667 euro (donations from Steve 350 euro)

Silpada Designs Jewelry for her generous check 380 dollar

Debra D Soto, The Mercer Family, Anonymous in Lago Patria

Angela Di Bernadino, Eva & Mario Scala, Roberta Vianello Amelia Luigia, Alberta Camillo, Alessandra Rochas, Raffaella Cremonini, Stefania Romano, Anna-Maria Errico, Biancarisa Lamacchia, Anna Maria Nizzola, Antonella Manotti, Alessandra Rochas, Anonymous Italian, Cinzia Acampora, Roberto Turra, Raffaela Baldas, Anna Maria Nizzola

Ulla Linders, China Platou, Maria Svergard, AWL Sweden, Ricci Jewerly Collection, Tanya Killborn,

Elisabeth Kruse emptying pockets from co-workers (what a great idea)

More names to come!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Rosita is one of the oldest clients and have been with us for one year. She is doing great even if she turns 19 years old.
Sometimes you need help to be washed, the volunteers washed her in warm water but the sun was wonderful so they washed outside. Warm and Sunny.
Garden, house cleaning, washing, medicating and loving up on the four legged. That is the purpose for our clients.

Dog walks for the younger one's. They are lucky but we are luckiest

A good day for Chiara, Martina, Lynn, Frederica and Ivan. with a lot of Amore.

(Thank you Grazia, Angy, Sondra)

Pictures Chiara Ricci 2011