Job Openings at Animal Rescue Bar


Do you want to join a growing team of dedicated people making a difference in the world? Does your dream job include promoting plant-based food and compassion for animals?

Animal Rescue Bar is searching for experienced Sales Reps. to sell our nutrition bars to retailers in the U.S. The company’s mission is to provide financial support to non-profit and volunteer animal rescue and advocacy organizations while promoting healthy, eco-friendly, plant-based food. To learn more, visit Please send cover letter and resume to Andrew Kirschner at 

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Vegan Chocolate Smoothie

kirschners korner smoothie

3 tbls. Cacao
1 tbls. Maca
2-3 Frozen Bananas
2 cups Almond Milk
1 tbls. Almond Butter
1 tbls. Chia Seed

In a high powered blender, blend all ingredients and enjoy this chocolate smoothie.

It’s delicious and refreshing and it’s always a more compassionate and healthier choice than eating eggs and bacon. Please consider giving it a try. Thank you.

Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D. is the founder and CEO of Animal Rescue Bar, a delicious plant-based snack for health-conscious people that donates 50% of its proceeds to animal rescue organizations, providing compassionate people a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of abused, injured, neglected, confined, and abandoned animals.

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Easy Vegan High Protein Breakfast Burrito

breakfast burrito

Sprouted super firm tofu (2/3 cup)
yellow onion
green pepper
black beans (8 oz.)
burritos (2)

Directions (Serves 2)
1. Cut up tofu in small pieces. Stir on medium heat until water from tofu is evaporated or tofu is cooked slightly. Drain water if necessary. Add splashes of coriander, turmeric, and cumin and stir for one minute.

2. Add finely chopped onion, pepper, beans, and cilantro. Stir on medium heat for two minutes.

3. Heat burritos in oven on 350 degrees for 30 seconds.

4. Place mix on burritos and add salsa. Enjoy this delicious and healthy breakfast.

Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D. is the founder and CEO of Animal Rescue Bar, a delicious plant-based snack for health-conscious people that donates 50% of its proceeds to animal rescue organizations, providing compassionate people a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of abused, injured, neglected, confined, and abandoned animals.

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One Last Kiss


I wasn’t ready to rescue a dog but
I learned of a puppy in need of a home
so I decided to visit him on a whim.


A miniature white Schnauzer,
he was only two months old
and just a few pounds, mostly ears.
When they opened his cage,
he burst out of it with all his might
and jumped up on my lap.

pretzel and andrew hugs

His uncropped ears were bigger than his head,
his skin was still pink, his fur soft,
and he was pure love from the first moment we met.
He kissed my face and wagged his tail at light speed.


He was adorable but the time wasn’t right.
I put him back down and prepared to leave.
He jumped back on my lap.
I hugged him and set him back down.
He looked up at me, tilted his head, and cried.


I said, “I’m sorry, I can’t bring you home,”
and he barked and refused to let me leave without him.
I picked him up again,
he pushed his head into my chest,
and I knew we were meant to be together.

andrew and pretzel

Our bond began with a very special encounter.
We were connected from the first time we met.
It was in that moment that I knew
I couldn’t leave without him.
I took him home that day
named him Pretzel after my favorite childhood snack,
and for the next 14 years,
we were inseparable –
as good of friends as any man and animal
that have ever lived.

andrew and pretzel hug

Have you ever loved an animal so much
that the feeling fills you with incomparable joy?
I could hug and kiss him all day
and I would feel like I hadn’t loved him enough.
We used to play a game, “I kiss you, you kiss me.”
It always ended in a tie.



Through the early years of his life,
he became an ambassador for other dogs,
visiting thousands of children in schools
and attending events to teach people
about the rewards of rescuing animals.
He became loved by so many people,
earning him the nickname “everyone’s dog.”

A reminder from my dog Pretzel

What did this gentle soul mean to me?
In every moment of my life,
when I needed someone to cheer me up,
to hug after a difficult day,
to make me smile during life’s most challenging times,
or to remind me of the importance of helping all animals,
Pretzel was always there.


He gave me purpose in my life,
and he always made me feel better.
If I was sick or sad, he always knew,
and he would push his head into my chest,
and lick my face.
He also made me laugh every day –
whether running around with one of my socks,
or putting the UPS man on notice.


Pretzel loved to play with other dogs,
to snuggle,
dig up his blanket,
run around with his food in his mouth
and look for places to hide it,
and smell flowers.


Pretzel flowers

We sat on this bench hundreds of times.
It was our bench.
I would scratch his head as
we watched the boats sail by,
and the pelicans fly overhead
as we absorbed the fresh ocean air.


Pretzel loved belly rubs,
to hide under blankets,
to watch birds,
to feel the breeze blow his beard,
and to kiss children’s faces.

pretzel with aiden

He loved my friends and family,
and he loved to love everyone
and everyone loved him.

I wish I could have my dog s life

He taught me to slow down,
to enjoy the simple pleasures in life,
and to be kind.
Sometimes I would just watch him sleep –
such a peaceful sight.


He was a constant inspiration and reminder
to advocate for all animals
as I saw the eyes of every helpless animal
in his eyes.

Pretzel play date

During the past year,
I nursed him through several medical conditions,
and he always persevered.
When he developed trouble walking,
we used a stroller.
As we faced each challenge,
I pulled out every stop
to ensure a quality life for him
always promising him I would never let him suffer.
This was the last photo of Pretzel enjoying his life –
one of thousands of walks we took together –
taken the day before he suddenly and tragically
passed away.
I miss him so much.

pretzel in stroller

The void is deep now,
every day.
I hear noises
and I think it’s Pretzel
eating his food,
asking me to take him outside,
digging his blanket,
or coming for a hug,
and then I remember.


One night, he came to me in a dream
as vivid and real as any I’ve ever had.
He was walking down the hallway,
beautifully brushed,
looking healthy,
and he barked.

I come home and still expect to see him
and he’s not there.
His bowls still remain on the floor
as I’ve been unable to put them away.
It marks an end
that I still can’t face.
The finality of his passing
hurts my heart every day.

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Our bond began with the most beautiful moment
and it ended much the same way it began.
As I held him in the hospital
in our final minutes together,
and gently petted him
and kissed his forehead
and our years together raced through my mind,
I couldn’t believe
it was coming to an end.
We had survived so many close calls
through the years.
I did everything I could to save him.

No matter how prepared I thought I might be
to say goodbye to this gentle and beautiful soul,
I realized I was not.
If he had lived to be 100,
it would not have been long enough.

Right before my best friend passed away,
through the hardest tears I’ve ever cried,
I sang him a song
I used to sing him as a baby.

His eyes were closed.
I said to him,
“Pretzel, please don’t leave me.
Please give Daddy a kiss.”
He was very weak and making a groaning sound,
clearly now in discomfort and exhausted.
With all of the strength he had left,
he opened his eyes,
looked at me,
and gave me one last kiss.
It was the most heart-breaking
and beautiful moment of my life.


I don’t know what will happen to me when I die
but if there is any chance I can find my dog again,
I will spend all of my time searching for him.
I would do anything for one more hug
and one more kiss –
to take him to smell the flowers,
and feel the breeze again.
What a run we had.

Pretzel swim ocean

Our lives together ended the same way they began,
with a kiss.
That is how I will remember this sweet little dog
that brightened every day of my life for so many years.
I visit our bench sometimes
and remember our lives together
as the birds fly overhead and the ships sail by.
I’ll never be the same person without him
but I’ll always try to live a meaningful life in his memory.

Pretzel at beach

Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D. is the founder and CEO of Animal Rescue Bar, a delicious plant-based snack for health-conscious people that donates 50% of its proceeds to animal rescue organizations, providing compassionate people a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of abused, injured, neglected, confined, and abandoned animals.

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10 Difficult Questions Every Animal Advocate Should Ask Themselves

As animal advocates, we try to inspire others to show compassion for all animals. We may also serve animals well if we reflect on our own decisions since there is always more we can do. I hope these questions cause you to think critically about your advocacy and motivate you to continue to explore ways you can most effectively impact change.

1. How much money do I donate to support non-profit animal rescue and advocacy organizations every year and does it reflect the sense of urgency I feel to save animals’ lives? (If you donate $100 per year and you earn $40,000 per year, you are donating .25% of your annual salary.)

2. When I advocate on social media, am I looking for attention or am I taking steps to make a real difference in the lives of animals?

3. Does the way I spend my time in my personal life reflect how much I care about animals?

4. Am I recognizing the work of others and do I help other advocates and non-profit animal rescue organizations achieve their goals?

5. Do I represent the cause of animal advocacy with dignity in the way I conduct myself and treat others?

6. Do I advocate to make myself feel better or to help animals?

7. How do I evaluate whether or not my advocacy is effective?

8. Am I committed to learning by attending workshops and conferences, reading books, watching videos, and asking for feedback?

9. Do I have a full understanding of the decisions I still make that harm animals and am I taking steps to reduce my negative impact?

10. Do I take initiative to accomplish victories for animals by leading the way or do I mainly surround myself with like-minded people and hope someone else will make the changes we need?

For the horse forced to pull people in a carriage in extreme temperatures, the dog tethered in a backyard, the whale swimming in circles of boredom in a tank, the circus elephant being jabbed with a bullhook and transported across the country in a truck, the rabbit enduring ghastly experiments in a lab, the pig wondering why she has been caged, the fox about to be skinned for her fur, the polar bear trapped in the zoo, and the turkey about to be scalded alive, everything we do matters. We owe it to them to consider these questions. We are their only hope.

pig preserve kirschner's korner

Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D. is the founder and CEO of Animal Rescue Bar, a delicious plant-based snack for health-conscious people that donates 50% of its proceeds to animal rescue organizations, providing compassionate people a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of abused, injured, neglected, confined, and abandoned animals. To receive new articles via email, enter your email in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.

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Animal Rescue Bar Launches New Website; Begins Selling in Stores

Animal Rescue Bar Debuts First Plant-Based Nutrition Bar

Grassroots Food Company To Donate Fifty Percent of All Proceeds to Animal Rescue Causes

BOCA RATON, FL – April 27, 2014 – Animal Rescue Bar, a company that makes plant-based nutrition bars for humans and encourages people to be kind to animals, announces it began sales on April 24 with the Peanut Crunch Animal Rescue Bar. The company will donate 50% of all proceeds to animal rescue organizations that save dogs, rabbits, cats, horses, monkeys, pigs, cows, chickens, pelicans, turtles, hawks, and many other animals.

Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D., Founder and CEO, said, “The goal of Animal Rescue Bar is to inspire people to show compassion for animals, to provide financial support to the organizations that rescue them, and to offer a healthy snack for people. We want to raise awareness about the institutional and individual cruelty perpetrated against animals around the globe to encourage more people to take action in their community to oppose cruelty and make humane decisions in their daily lives. Animal Rescue Bar is uniquely positioned in the $1.8 billion per year nutrition bar market as it is the only bar donating half of its proceeds to benefit non-profit organizations. We believe people will gravitate to the bar because it tastes so good and serves such a meaningful purpose.”

Peanut Crunch Animal Rescue Bars are non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, and contain organic ingredients. The perfect snack for work or the gym, these healthy bars do not contain any oils, refined sugar, syrups, or acids typically found in other bars and yet the customer reviews have been spectacular.

About Animal Rescue Bar, Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO, The Humane Society of the United States, said “Animal Rescue Bars are a delicious way to help fuel your body while also fueling great work to protect animals.”

“Animal Rescue Bars are fantastic and they serve such a worthwhile cause,” said Ingrid Newkirk, President and Co-Founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “They’re a big hit in the PETA office and they are my favorite on-the-road snack!”

Animal Rescue Bars are available online and will be sold in grocery stores, gyms, drug stores, and many other locations nationwide. Customers can also submit a food product request form to request Animal Rescue Bars be sold at a location near them.

For more information about Animal Rescue Bar, including how to become a retailer, visit:


About Animal Rescue Bar
Animal Rescue Bar provides a delicious snack for health-conscious people. Since 50% of the proceeds benefit animal rescue organizations, Animal Rescue Bar also provides people an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of abused, neglected, and abandoned animals while shopping at the grocery store, gym, online, or drug store where Animal Rescue Bars are sold.

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Take a Bite Out of Cruelty — Eat Animal Rescue Bars!

Since debuting last month, Animal Rescue Bars have been flying off the shelves as compassionate people throughout the world have jumped at the opportunity to provide financial support to organizations such as Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over KillingSouth Florida Wildlife Center, Primarily PrimatesCJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm, The Pig Preserve, Triangle Chance for All, GREY2K USA, and additional non-profit animal rescue organizations while enjoying a healthy, delicious, vegan nutrition bar. Here is a sampling of reviews posted on Kirschner’s Korner.


Animal Rescue Bars are absolutely wonderful!! Not only am I proud to be making such a worthwhile purchase, but I have an easy delicious breakfast/snack to grab on the go. Most importantly, but handing them out to a friend here, friend there, it sparks a wonderful dialogue that I’m confident will have a ripple effect. KUDOS, 5 stars for sure! Thank you!!

Great Tasting! Great Cause!

These bars are soooo delicious you won’t believe they are also healthy & VEGAN! But, the best part has been sharing them with friends. It feels great to pass them out knowing you are helping spread the word about how we can all play a role in helping so many animals. I highly recommend these bars and they are great to just keep a box in the car for a quick snack or to pass out to anybody on the streets who may be hungry. Thank you Andrew and Pretzel for all your wonderful work. I am about to put in another order for two more boxes! :-)

Absolutely delicious and fresh! Highly recommended!

These bars were absolutely delicious…better than any I’ve bought in the past in terms of freshness and flavor. My husband commented on the taste of dates and some of the other ingredients which are often unrecognizable in other bars. Andrew, thank you for coming up with these, and we know you will be successful on all fronts. The work you do on behalf of animals is awe inspiring, and that 50% of the proceeds will go to other organizations. May more follow in your footsteps!


Ordered a box to sell at my business. They are delicious and taste SO good– all of my customers have loved them!!! It’s a great way to start a conversation about animals!

Super Delicious!

I wasn’t expecting much. Like most people, I’ve been disappointed more than my fair share by energy bars, snack bars, protein bars, or whatever you want to call them. Still, I was excited to try these since they are for such a great cause and made by such an amazing advocate whom I admire greatly.

When I tried the bars, I was pleasantly surprised. They are WONDERFUL! Not only do they have a great crunchy crispiness to them, the flavor is amazing. LOVE THEM and highly recommend them!!

Thanks Pretzel and Andrew!!

A Winning Combination!

I just received my first box yesterday, and they’re delicious! My husband, who doesn’t usually care for energy bars, loves them. I’ve found most energy bars to be too sweet and dessert-like to my taste, but these have just the right amount of sweetness, and a wonderful crunch. I’m happy they’re GMO-free, and contain only healthy ingredients. Enjoying a tasty, nutritious snack and helping animals at the same time is a winning combination!


They taste great! Like a homemade peanut butter cookie! There’s nothing in them that isn’t good for you. So many similar bars are still filled with unhealthy ingredients and almost all of them have soy and/or palm sugar. This seems to be entirely sweetened with dates, which I adore! AND, he’s donating money for every purchase to animal welfare groups? I mean… Talk about responsible eating!!! It’s like… You literally don’t get better than this.

Great packaging; delicious to eat!

These bars are irresistibly packaged with such a personal touch, I could not help but order a couple of boxes. I was not disappointed. They are exactly the kind of bar you could hand out to friends and feel good about sharing your interest in animal rescue and good health. But the goodness goes way beyond the packaging. I am not a fan of bars that may be healthy but do not taste good. These are excellent, tasting like a great combination of fruits (dates-YUM!) and nuts. They are filling and make you feel as if you have done something good for yourself and for others on the planet. Great new product from the inside out.

Click here to watch my video with Pretzel and order Animal Rescue Bars! Thank you for your support.

Andrew Kirschner, Ed.D., the CEO and founder of Animal Rescue BarKirschner’s Korner, and  March Against Cruelty, provides financial support to non-profit animal rescue organizations and aims to inspire people to show compassion for all animals, people, and the planet. To receive new articles via email, enter your email address in the “Follow Blog Via Email” link at the top right of the blog.

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