Nat Geo Presents: Rescue Ink Unleashed!

More than 1,700 pounds of muscle. Over 80 tattoos. One unlikely mission: to rescue helpless, abandoned and abused animals. 

This fall, starting September 21st on National Geographic Channel, ride along with Rescue Ink -- tough guys not afraid to go anywhere or confront anyone to save animals in danger. 

(WASHINGTON, D.C. -- AUGUST 18, 2009) In New York's war on animal abuse, some of the worst offenders are pursued by a group of tattooed motorcycle-riding tough guys on a mission to save animals in danger.  They call themselves Rescue Ink, and these are their stories.


In a metropolitan area with more than 20 million residents, thousands of animals -- dogs, cats, and even chickens and piranhas -- are neglected, abused, hoarded or housed illegally.  A few years ago, eight tough guys from the mean streets, who frequented hot rod shows and tattoo parlors, discovered their strongest bond was actually a passion for animals -- and they formed a rescue organization like no other.  Some have violent and turbulent pasts, complete with run-ins with the law, but all are seeking redemption and solace in their mission to save animals from human abuse.

On Friday, September 25, 2009, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) premieres RESCUE INK UNLEASHED, a new weekly series that documents this unlikely group of animal activists on their crusade to save helpless, abandoned and abused animals.  Featured on "Ellen" and in The New York Times, this eclectic band of brothers -- composed of club bouncers, security guards and even a retired New York Police Department (NYPD) detective -- is on call 24/7 to take on cases no one else will.  They're not cops, animal experts or even animal control.  They're just big guys with even bigger hearts and a desire to save animals from deplorable living conditions and abusive or simply misguided owners.

Each one-hour episode of RESCUE INK UNLEASHED takes viewers on "ride-alongs" as members follow up on leads in the New York metro area.  Taking an average of 100 calls a week at their headquarters on Long Island, they jump into their cars -- or on their "hogs" -- and confront alleged animal abusers, rescue fighting dogs, investigate stolen animals and (firmly) encourage owners to give up their pets if it is in the best interest of the animals.

"We are the Army for animals," comments Big Ant, one of the group's leaders.  With 1,700 pounds of muscle and more than 80 tattoos, the men of Rescue Ink use their size, street smarts and courage to tackle jobs other groups wouldn't touch.  Neither the dangerous nor the disgusting will deter them.  Their motto is "Abusers Are Losers!" and they are working hard to establish themselves as a nationally recognized animal welfare organization. 

After responding to a call, they assess a situation and, if necessary, foster animals or rely on a network of local experts who share their no-kill philosophy.  They have established relationships with the NYPD; Animal Care & Control of New York City; and various experts, veterinarians, organizations and fellow rescue groups with experience in caring for and training distressed, aggressive and skittish animals.

They also make it a priority to bring animals to whatever medical or training facility they need for the best care, especially when it comes to spaying and neutering pets -- a cause the guys are very passionate about.  And they won't hesitate to confront people others might be afraid of -- such as talking to the neighborhood bully with a loud barking dog or even entering the projects to rescue a hospitalized man's abandoned pit bulls -- to bring peace to a neighborhood and, more importantly, the animal.

RESCUE INK UNLEASHED episodes this season will feature:
  • Joe Panz's fiery, umpire-like confrontation with a Long Island man accused of shooting stray cats on his lawn with a pellet gun.  On their first visit, the man seems open to the Rescue Ink team's help, but when the guys return unannounced, the man calls the police.  At the end of the day, the team has to walk away from this situation without any resolution -- this time around!
  • The team chasing hens and a rooster in a suburban Queens neighborhood ("These guys are flying around everywhere!") and transporting them to a no-kill facility in upstate New York.
  • The group's biggest rescue and adoption effort to date when they encounter a hoarder housing more than 100 cats!
  • Relocating an entire school of illegal "pet" piranhas from a Bronx apartment to a new, legal home at an accredited Long Island aquarium.
  • Big Ant making a wheelchair out of spare parts for Brownie, a 6-year-old Dachshund with a slipped disc and medical costs that are taking a toll on her loving family.
  • And the story of "Zeus" -- a "boxer mix" puppy that his owner kept in a basement filled with the dog's feces.  Big Ant challenges the man on the spot:  "Clean it up, go 'head.  'Cause you know why?  If you do it now, I know it's done."  But despite the tense beginning, Zeus' owner learns to become a responsible dog owner, and follow-up visits from the Rescue Ink guys show he is making progress!
-press release

6 Comments

My friends & family from animal rescue are really looking forward to watching these dog angels in action!! Thank you for creating a TV series about them!

i love nat geo tv- but cant wait for rescue ink- about time we got some muscle and intimidation into those that bring it to animals. bring it on guys- i want to see you rescue these poor animals and put the fear of god into the people who abused them. these people need to have their bowel and bladder muscles release in thier pants- just as they have done to animals- let them be treated like they treated the animal!!!!!!!!!!!!these people have brains but they themselves are only animals too.
god bless america and rescue ink!!!!!!!

Dear Sirs,
Im's writing about the animals in China-they are skinning the cats, dogs and other animals alive and electro cution in their rectums plus much more to get their skins to sell. This is outrageous-please contact PETA for the videos-you will not believe your eyes!! Please ask Rescue Ink Unleased if there is something they can help do about this. Those poor animals are suffering everyday-something needs to be done immediately. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. PETA really needs your help. Vogue mag.editor in chief Anna Wintour in Sept issue is wearing fur around her neck-Iwonder if she knows where it is coming from and who had to suffer so that she can look beautiful.

i tell you this 1st. and foremost.,God Bless all of you my brothers!!we need more folks like you all in every major city!!!id darn sure would join the battle!!!!and 1 more thing do yall adopt to folks outta state?im in florida and i woulda love to of had nikey the rotti. please let me know i dont miss a show and im sure there will be another!!!!well keep up the good work!!!stay safe!and God bless!!!!

what a great show. will there be a hew season on tv in 2010

Dear guys hi i saw your programe and i would like to know if you have rebbel still as your mascott as , since i saw HIS, story ive been slowly knittng him , his own personal blanket ,as i would like to put his name on it, as well as RESCUE INK in red , black and white team colours,as it made me cry to see men like yourselves with such BIG HEARTS ,as my dad was a prison officer use to bring home queens and their kittens from the jails ,when i was a kid ,so he passed on His love and respect of ALL ANIMALS to me, so would you please let me know as soon as possible about REBBLE ,and how he,s going ,and i also would like to know if you caught that ****** that tied up that young bitch ,and beat her to death ,please tell me you got that **** and hes now suffering in one way or another any thank you guys for making me cry of both happy and sad tears ,as to me i think all animals have the right to a happy life no matter what bread of animal it is .thank you hope to here from you all,soon as i call my self MRS M JACKSON ,yes i believe hes alive he,s my true heart ,n soul no matter how far away we are . also keep WILL YOU BE THERE song from FREE WILLY 2 in your hearts when you go out doing what you do, and please REMEMBER GOD IS ON OURSIDE(now ive started to believe in GOD because of MICHAEL JOESPH JACKSON .)yours assie fan MRS JANET JACKSON (ADELAIDE ) THANKS GUYS.

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