started as a crusade and developed into a passion! Such
was the beginning of the Big Benz Akitas legacy!
Lynny Benzinger began her career as a animal caretaker
at a local college's research facility. When a gorgeous
Akita came in, she saw her inner beauty and regal nature
and decided this was not to be the final home for such a
majestic soul! So with her first Akita rescued, her path
towards the birth of Big Benz Akitas was started.
Lynny still takes an active interest in rescue and is a
founding member and the current President of the Akita
Rescue of Western New York, Inc. ARWNY has transitioned
to a new national senior surrender prevention program
called Akita-S.O.S. Akita-S.O.S. will help these older
Akitas remain in their homes where they belong, or if a
new, permanent home is available that may not be able to
afford extraordinary medical care, SOS can assist. Sort
of like offering a spare bedroom to grandma—you may need
a little outside help to keep her there until it is her
time. We are that outside help to our Akitas. We have
already helped a few of these dogs and know this program
can work. Senior Akitas with health problems will
receive veterinary care, funds paid directly to the
veterinarians. Those that are hungry will receive food
shipped directly to their owner. Medicines, supplements,
and most importantly, advice and support will be
available to their owners.
ARWNY continues to assist unwanted, abused, and neglected Akitas,
just not doing physical hands-on rescue and instead
through education -- assisting owners with problem
solving so their Akita does not loose its home, and
about health and guidance and training.
ARWNY is a family affair for the Benzingers and even
Dave (AKA Big Daddy) has been known to carry boxes, set
up tents, and do whatever is required. Jolene and even
Mandy participate as often as they can.
Lynny models the newest Akita-S.O.S. shirt. Then two
pictures of "Kimmy's
Haven" -- the rescue kennel built at the Benzinger's by
the Benzinger's and ARWNY! The kennel is dedicated to
Lynny's first Akita Kimmy who is buried right next to
the kennel and watches over all rescues fostered there!
(LEFT) Lynny with Opi, a rescue dog who captured Lynny's
heart and stayed with her until his passing. Opi was near death when
pulled from the puppymill but the Benzinger's renewed
his will to live! (RIGHT) Lynny with Breezie, another rescue
she helped save from near death and who never left her
are interested in finding a nice companion and want to
consider a rescue dog, please visit the ARWNY site at:
OR consider a donation as ARWNY is a not-for-profit and
donations are tax deductible and ALL donations go
exclusively to the welfare of the dogs in ARWNY's care.
(LEFT) Mikasa and
Lynny -- a bond strengthened through her rescue!
(CENTER) The ARWNY girls -- sisters in rescue! (RIGHT)
Lynny proudly walks her Opi through the rescue parade at
the ARWNY Fun Match!