What do you get when you combine an above-and-beyond commitment to saving dogs and amazing musical talent? Country music recording artist Craig Moritz.
Craig Moritz (http://www.facebook.com/craigmoritzmusic) is one of country music’s rising stars. With sassy lyrics and catchy melodies, he rocks the stage in Canada and the U.S. But there is another side to this handsome and personable young man. During his free time, he travels to Mexico to save street dogs. WOW!
And if that wasn’t enough, he is the official celebrity spokesperson for CANDi-Cats and Dogs International, a U.S. registered nonprofit organization, helping CANDi raise money for their programs that save the lives of cats and dogs near international resort destinations. In fact, Craig has donated a portion of his latest CD, “Only When You’re Lonely,” and ALL of the proceeds from the sale of his song, “Christmas Down in Mexico,” when you download it from CANDi’s website: www.candiinternational.org.
Why Craig Became a Hero for Stray Dogs
Craig was drawn to CANDi after he witnessed first-hand the suffering of a starving street dog while on vacation in Cuba. In the spring of 2011, he saw CANDi founder, Darci Galati, being interviewed on a news program and immediately contacted her to ask how he could help. That, as they say, Ladies and Gentlemen, was the beginning of a wonderful new partnership. After talking to Craig, Darci knew that he was the real deal and asked him to become CANDi’s official celebrity spokesperson. One of Craig’s first projects was the following public service announcement for tv and radio stations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6r50ZbFoRs
Then in April 2011, Craig traveled to Cancun, MX, to volunteer at a CANDi dog and cat sterilization clinic. His passion was immediately evident to everyone by his willingness to do anything to help—set up the facility, clean messy kennels, tote dogs and cats from surgery to recovery, and give his love to even the mangiest dog found in the streets or at the local dump. He even took one of the dogs he found at the Cancun dump home!
Here’s a video from that clinic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hhpxua-vIU
Ms. Humane Advisor became a number one Craig Moritz fan after she witnessed Craig in action at the next CANDi sterilization clinic in October 2011, again in Cancun, MX. I saw the love on Craig’s face as he treated each animal with tenderness.
And Craig wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty—or his heart broken, as some of the animals brought in were so sick that the only humane option for them was euthanization. Real men cry, folks, because there were tears in Craig’s eyes many times, especially as he spent time with 2 very sick dogs, holding each of them in his arms for a long time so they knew that they were loved before they peacefully went to sleep forever. And he took YET another dog that he found at the Cancun dump home with him!
A Celebrity Hero Who Truly Walks His Talk
How Craig finds time to help save stray dogs with his music career is downright amazing. Writing, recording, and touring constantly and he recently shot 3 music videos to support new songs that he will be releasing soon! But somehow he makes the time every day to remind his fans on Facebook and on stage about CANDi and the millions of stray dogs who need homes. And of course, travel to Mexico to help. Craig has already committed to volunteering at the next sterilization clinic that CANDi has organized in January 2012. He’s also raising money for the next clinic in April 2012.
Many of us view celebrities with a skeptical eye. And rightfully so. The Paris Hiltons/Kim Kardashians/Lindsay Lohans of recent media fame have taken shameless self-promotion and self-centeredness down to new lows.
But rest assured—future Country Music Hall of Famer Craig Moritz will always play his music and take care of stray dogs with commitment, generosity, and humility. That’s what heroes do.