Planning Underway for the Big Grand Opening - With Love From Russia

The JABCECC is starting to plan for the grand opening weekend party. We are hoping to schedule the party for the end of summer.

The weekend, while still in the beginning planning phase, will be full of fun canid centered activities, entertainment, education, food, drinks, and outstanding guests!!

As we begin the planning process, we are reaching out to all of our friends and supporters to ask you how would you like to be involved?

We need help with the following:

1) Food/Drinks coordinator: reaching out to local venues to explore who can donate/cater for the events

2) Design coordinator - this place needs to look fantabulous!!! We will need local party companies and a super canid theme

3) Event coordinator

4) Hotel/transportation Coordinator: Securing local hotel rooms and shuttle service for folks

5) Sponsorship Coordinator: Reach out to see which companies would like to sponsor/advertise for the event

6) Volunteer Coordinator: Organize the volunteers

7) Guest speaker coordinator: Reach out to experts in canid conservation, genetics to provide guest lecture during the event

8) Entertainment Coordinator: We need some good music!!!

9: PR/Social Media Coordinator

10) Film/Photography

11) Items for Auction

Photo by Dandelion Dreams Photography

Photo by Dandelion Dreams Photography


If interested, contact Amy at

The Verge Science

The center had the privilege of being interviewed for a piece on the Russian Domesticated foxes.  The short documentary came out on 9/11 and we defiantly have gotten some visibility!!! We are currently adding encounter dates at the center to accommodate the demand.... we are so excited to be able to share the Belyaev foxes with so many people!!

What we also really need are some sponsorship of the foxes, donations, and construction help.   

If you are looking for an amazing chance to be part of a nonprofit or to support a nonprofit from the beginning, let us know!!



BONNIE - Our latest RESCUE!! She needs your help


Bonnie needs our love and support to help her heal after years of neglect!!!  She needs EMERGENCY VETERINARY CARE!!!

Bonnie was obtained by a "dog breeder" who traded a pair of her "dogs" for a pair of New Guinea Singing dogs.  She thought she could make a lot of money breeding and selling these rare dogs... but the male was ill and they never had a litter. The male died and the lady listed the female on Craig's List!!!!

She was unwanted, unloved, and not cared for! She was useless because she couldn’t be used as a puppy mill for this lady!! Look at her nails!!! This “breeder” wanted to exploit the fact that she was rare to sell her puppies for a lot of $$- but once she couldn’t have puppies, she figured she would try to sell an 8 year old female for $500!!! Of course, she said she would only take CASH!!!  But we convinced her to take receipt through Paypal, because we are a non-profit (501c3) and needed the paper trail!!!   We required a Health Certificate and requested confirmation of her health and that she was up to date on all of her shots/vaccinations!!  She confirmed she had no medical history and was up to date!!!  WELL!!!!!!

As part of our effort in the conservation of New Guinea Singing dogs and their rescue, we raised the money to purchase her from this lady and found placement in a sanctuary with another rescue Singer.

When we went to pick her up, we discovered that she was so sick that she could barely walk.  She just laid on the ground and wanted to be picked up!!

She likely has a nail bed infection from years of neglect!!

She has scars on her leg

She also has a horrible infection in her mouth, with many missing teeth- from years of poor veterinary care and even worse food!!!

The infection will definitely require she have teeth extracted, but possibly part of her bone and we don't even know if the infection has spread to other parts of her body or bone!!  

We have to take her immediately to a vet!!!  One of our team members is currently driving her through horrible storms to get her to the vet as quickly as possible.  He estimates that her veterinary care will cost a minimum of $3000 to start, plus we need to find a place for boarding and care until she is able to go to her new sanctuary!!  


Please help us make Bonnie walk and eat again by donating either through our website, the GoFundMe (see link above) we set up, or contact us directly.  If you can just donate $10 to help get her a fighting chance at life!!! We rescued her from this horrible situation, now we need to show her she matters!!!


Center updates - The Verge and all the good stuff


Clearly I have been negligent with updating the Blog... Things are definitely moving in the right direction. 

Yesterday we had the pleasure of having the Science Team from The Verge out to film and interview us for a documentary they are doing on the Russian fox program.  We had a great time sharing our Ambassador foxes with them.  Viktor was definitely hamming it up all day and was the Super Star!!


The documentary will likely air in Sept and we will be sure to post and share with everyone. It will also include interviews by world renowned experts in canine cognition and genetics, Dr. Clive Wynne and Dr. Anna Kukekova.


If you are a news company or researcher and want to come visit our Ambassadors, let us know!

Singer Conservation Babies are HERE!!


Please join us to welcome a very important New Guinea Singing Dog conservation litter.  This litter was planned as part of our center's commitment to applying the latest technology and advances in science to ensure the genetic integrity of the NGSD captive population.  

Mama Luxxy tending to her new babies

Mama Luxxy tending to her new babies

Luxxy had 5 precious babies.  3 boys and 2 girls.  We named them after the nail polish used to distinguish them: Where's my Chauffer (m), Heavenly (m), Chanel Vernis (f), Positively hot (f), and Forget me not (m).  


Please follow us as we share their little lives with everyone!!!




The JABCECC has some super exciting news to share with the JABCECC family!  As many of you know, Amy and Dave Bassett are a part of a group of conservationists committed to ensuring the continued existence of the New Guinea Singing Dog (NGSD).   Currently, there are around 250 NGSDs in the worldwide captive population and it is unknown how many, if any, are still present in the wild.  The NGSDs provide insight into not only domestication, but they are also shedding light on human social bonding disorders. 

LUXX: The Canadian Sweetheart

About a year ago, Amy and Dave learned about a few NGSDs that needed forever homes, so they adopted Luxx and Archie.  Luxx was rescued by some amazing women from a zoo in Canada and just hadn't found her home. Through fate alone, She found her way to Amy and Dave and they fell immediately in love with her.  They were so mesmerized by her and knew immediately how special this girl was.  She was the girl that fought against all the odds in frigid temperatures in Canada to survive - and that fight didn't make this girl bitter, it made her strong, sweet, and loving. She greets people with a kindness not common these days - she melts hearts - and she mends broken souls.  Luxxy is no ordinary girl!!

Amy and Dave Bassett engrossed themselves in understanding the genetics of the singers and how to best affect the conservation efforts of the NGSDs.  They were able to bring people together from various conservation groups through the love of Luxxy to put together a plan for breeding Luxx, the Canadian Sweetheart!.  

Today we learned that Luxx is pregnant with 5 precious babies. These babies will be so full of her love, sweetness, and healing.  We cannot wait to share her journey and the countdown to the babies.  Check back for daily updates on Luxxy, the Daddy, and her babies!! 

Baby Luxx

Baby Luxx

Foundation for Healing status!!

We are so excited to have started the Foundation for Healing at the center.  We hired a contractor to build the overall structure (just the shell) -and will need to complete the interior of the center once the shell is completed.  If anyone would like to donate time, materials, or money to help finish the inside of the structure (once the shell is complete), please let us know.  It will be all hands on deck!!!  Any tradesman will be incredibly valuable to help us decrease the overall expense.  If you know of any electricians, plumbers, tillers, handymen, drywallers, etc that would like to donate their time, please let us know!!!

The bottom floor of the center

The bottom floor of the center

In the meantime, we have decided to offer encounters periodically.  This allows people to learn more about what we are doing and a chance to meet the Ambassadors.  



On-site Encounters

Next Encounter:


On-Site: Currently our on-site encounter is scheduled for Sept 10 and we only have one more reservation available.  If you are a non-profit and would like to donate the encounter to heal an underserved, sick, or in need population - please let us know.

Off-site Events:

SEPT 16: We will also be at the Hennessey's in Seal Beach on Sept 16th to share with the folks up North a little bit about us!!  The event is hosted by A Dog Named Snowy.

Oct 1:  Oktoberfest Encinitas.  The JABCECC will have a booth at the Oktoberfest!  Stop on by!!




NPR Colin McEnroe Show features the RDFs and interview with the Founders of JABCECC

The Founders of the JABCECC were interviewed by Colin McEnroe from NPR on their experience with the Russian domesticated foxes.  The show airs today (July 26th) at 1 PM ET. 

Tune it to learn more. 

Want to meet the Russians - schedule a private encounter on Aug 5th - or set up a separate private event with them!!!


Stay Foxy!!


We are super excited to announce that we will begin taking reservations for encounters starting July 15th.  Stay tuned for more information on the encounters, any upcoming events, and opportunities to meet our Ambassadors. 

If you are interested in scheduling a private event or encounter, or a photoshoot - please contact us at  We partner with designers, wildlife and fashion photographers, models, musicians, and artists.  In addition, we offer educational seminars for various age groups.  Let us know how you would like to partner with us to help us be the voice for these amazing animals.


SAVING LUCI AND VONN - Yes, we do more than just post cute pictures of foxes!!

Luci and Vonn, happy together, at the roadside zoo before they were sold to the exotics breeder. You see the light in their eyes.

Luci and Vonn, happy together, at the roadside zoo before they were sold to the exotics breeder. You see the light in their eyes.

Saving Luci and Vonn - New Guinea Singing Dogs

Mans' first BFF?: The Living FOSSIL The New Guinea Singing Dogs
The New Guinea Singing dog (NGSDs) is truly a living fossil.  It is though by many that these dogs are very similar the first canids to leave their home in the wild to live beside man and go on to become our best friend and companion.  In the 1950's two of these dogs were brought to the United States.  They became the founders of a captive population of these dogs created in order to ensure this valuable link in the evolution of dogs was never lost.  Due to development in New Guinea as well as the introduction on modern dogs this was, and remains a real possibility.  Unfortunately, due to the unique status of these dogs they often need our help.  People exploit their rarity as a way to make a quick buck with zero regard for their well being.  It is at these times kind souls need to step forward and rescue these animals from the wretched existence provided and give them the love and dignity they deserve.  Two NGSDs that currently need help are Luci and Von.

 The Canadian Singers: The ones left behind - THEY NEED OUR HELP TO Re-SPARK THEIR LIGHT!!

Vonn: The Stoic      
Vonn is a Senior NGSD from Canada, approx. 11 years old, and was born in a small roadside zoo in Canada to a small group of NGSD’s that called the zoo home for over 25 years. All of them were members of a NGSD legacy that stretches back for almost 30 years. They are descended from very important NGSD Founders imported to Canada from Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia.  Vonn did not have frequent interactions with people as a puppy and therefore is not socialized. It is possible Vonn could have been abused and was living in a very stressful situation.  In time we hope with trust, love, and respect he will allow us to be his friend and receive the love we wish for him. He is very handsome and special.  Vonn is the LAST full blood, remaining New Guinea Singing Dog from this very important original Canadian Line.

Luci: The Love
Luci is 5 years old, also born at  the zoo and descended from 5 Singers purchased and brought to the zoo in 2007.  Luci had puppies while at the zoo, some of which, were a rare Black and Tan coloration.  This coloration is seen in wild NGSDs but has only been seen 10-12 times in the captive population.  Luci is very gentle, social and loves to be held and snuggled.   She wants nothing more than a soft bed and unconditional love.

Luci's first time sleeping inside, on a bed, with her loving Auntie Heidi. She is a gentle soul that needs to be given the love and a chance to love in return!

Life in a roadside zoo: Harsh weather and not enough love.

Life was very, very hard for the Singers in Canada, extreme winters, interactions and high mortality rates kept their population very small.  They were isolated and ‘forgotten’ for many years until a small group of Singer Enthusiasts stepped in to try to save the Canadian Singers.  Seven Singers/pups were imported into the U.S. from Canada and placed in private homes from 2013-2015, including 3 of Luci’s own babies.  The zoo was having many issues in Canada, and was forced to close its doors and sell all of their animals, including the Singers. Vonn and Luci were sold to an exotic animal  breeder by the zoo whose intent was in making $$ from the sale of their pups. He thought they would ‘make’ rare black and tan puppies that could be sold for a lot of $$$!  Luci and Vonn did have a litter with this breeder; however he had a very hard selling/placing their puppies.  This left Vonn and Luci of little to no worth to the exotic breeder.  Little care was provided to them and both were kept in very small areas with many other dogs, becoming increasingly stressed, fighting each other and trying to fight other dogs kept by the breeder. There was no love given and the light in their eyes diminished quickly!!!  Luci was severely hurt by Vonn in early 2017 after 3 years together as a bonded pair, she has numerous permanent injuries and scarring.  Their diet consisted of the lowest quality of dog food available.  They were not under any veterinary care and it is evident Luci self-healed in pain and suffering from her injuries. It is suspected Vonn has been hit/beaten, although he retreats and cowers rather than showing aggression.   Both have been damaged mentally and physically and have a long road ahead of them.  

The nasty conditions they lived in at the exotic breeders and the light disappearing from their eyes!
Luci was living in a small box with poop everywhere. Her scars are visible on her face and the loving girl is scared and without hope!

It only took a very short time with this exotics breeder and the stress of their conditions severed the love they had for each other.  Vonn would turn on Luci and they would have very nasty fights. 
Vonn living in filth.

Restoring their light
One of the NGSD enthusiast, Gayle Person,  never gave up looking for Luci and Vonn - she never gave up hope that she would find them and bring them into love and light.  She has been their biggest advocate and has spent a better part of 6 years devoted to saving the Canadian Singers (with the help of others).  Her tenacity and love for these babies was tireless and SHE FOUND THEM!!!!
Luci Safe in Gayle's loving arms!!

Two months ago it was discovered the exotic breeder was selling ‘his breeding pair’, Vonn & Luci.  Inquiries were made, photos exchanged and it was apparent both were in immediate need of rescue!!  The photos were heartbreaking and neither one looked like the same singers he purchased 2 years ago!  They had lost their light, their hope and the hard life they were enduring showed in their eyes!! Through the joint efforts of the JAB Canid Education and Conservation Center (a non-profit organization), the New Guinea Singing Dog Conservation Society (NGSDCS), Don Ehrlich; long time Singer Conservationist & Historian, and a small group of private Singer Conservationists, Vonn and Luci were purchased from the Exotic Breeder,  thanks to a generous donation from the NGSDCS and a generous donation from White Label Juice Co. After what seemed like a very long 30 day wait for rabies quarantine they were quietly shipped to the U.S.

Three amazing and beautiful souls, Gayle Person (the Canadian Singer Mama Bear), Heidi Ann (we call her the Auntie Heidi), and Matt Person (the fearless animal advocate) stopped their lives and drove to get these babies and bring them into the loving care of Don Ehrlich, Singer expert. After 20 hours road trip,  that included a hotel stay and for Luci, the first time ever sleeping in a bed, or indoors, they made it to a private facility to start their healing process. 

They are housed in separate spacious pens with enrichments next to each other and a diet of supplemented meat to help them heal.

Singing again!!!

We need your help to bring the light back into Luci and Vonn's eyes and for them to learn to trust again!

Their story is far from over, their story is just beginning and with your help they can have the happiest ending imaginable!  After a few months in private care they will be transported to the JABCECC in San Diego, CA (a non-profit organization).  Urgently needed is funding for ongoing care, veterinarian expenses, transport and enclosures to be built at JABCECC.  These 2 have become icons to the Singer Community and their story needs to be shared and told. They have endured more than any animal should ever have to, from the day they were born until they day they were rescued, and  now  have opportunities never thought possible or imagined. They DESERVE this and hope you can support them….

Any amount will help to support their ongoing care at their sanctuary for healing and help them come to their forever home in San Diego - where they can be loved by so many!!
If you want to Sponsor them: We are asking for $300 a month.  You can support for as many months as you can!!  We are also looking for donations or support in providing food, enclosures, beautiful loving homes for them at the center, and veterinary care.  PLEASE, SHARE THIS with all your friends and please any amount will help!
You can also provide direct tax deductible donations to the JABCECC ( Tax ID 81-3848496. for direct message.

BE LOVE, LIFE, and LIGHT for those needing a voice!

Luci sleeping in a bed with a human for the first time. She is LOVE!

Luci sleeping in a bed with a human for the first time. She is LOVE!

Vonn in his temporary home, starting to heal!

Vonn in his temporary home, starting to heal!

We have a gofundme as well as donations possible through our website and we accept checks!!