No-Kill Dog and Cat Shelter Wins “Fueling Good” Grand Prize

Maine-based Ark Animal Sanctuary recognized for finding loving homes for rescued cats and dogs.

The Ark Animal Sanctuary in Houlton, Maine, has won a year’s supply of fuel and a case of motor oil from the Fueling Good program, presented by CITGO Petroleum Corp. The non-profit, no-kill animal shelter is dedicated to rescuing lost, injured and unwanted cats and dogs and connecting them with loving families across the community. It was named the Fueling Good Grand Prize winner in a nationwide online vote. The fuel prize will help in the rescue and care of more vulnerable animals.

The Ark Animal Sanctuary has rescued animals in need and connected them with loving families that can provide the care they need since 2009. More than 200 animals, mostly dogs and cats, have been rescued, given necessary medical care and adopted by families across the Northeast and as far away as Oklahoma. Many pets are cared for by dog and cat foster families. The Ark dog and cat shelter has been particularly active in the current economic downturn as many families simply cannot afford to care for their pets.

“The Fueling Good Grand Prize means the world to the volunteers of The Ark and it will make a major impact on our operations,” said Lorraine Monfils, founder of The Ark Animal Sanctuary. “The fuel prize will help cover the costs of transporting sick and injured animals to veterinary appointments and will allow us to focus more money on rescuing animals and expanding our facilities. We plan to build a facility to care for more animals, including expanding our reach to help horses, pigs and a variety of other animals in need.”

Launched in June 2010, the Fueling Good Get & Give campaign recognizes and rewards the efforts of organizations across the country that go above and beyond to provide a positive impact on the lives of others in their community. Also included in the 2010 campaign was an opportunity for consumers to win CITGO Gift Cards by voting for charities that best illustrated “doing good.” More than $10,000 in prizes have been awarded to charities and individuals.

Fueling Good was open to charities that support a range of causes, including the environment, education, safety, and health and wellness. Based on online votes, however, all of the winning Get & Give charities are involved in helping animals. In addition to The Ark Animal Sanctuary, All Creatures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, a volunteer organization in Branson, Mo., that is committed to rescuing and finding homes for pets, and The Humane Society of Amherst County, Virginia, which has been supporting local animals since 1974, were also awarded CITGO gift cards and motor oil to help their organizations stretch their budgets and continue their good work.

“It’s an honor to help recognize and reward Lorraine Monfils and The Ark Animal Sanctuary team for rescuing needy animals across our community,” said David Frazier, division manager with local CITGO marketer Daigle Oil Company. “No animal deserves to be mistreated and the efforts of The Ark and their local volunteers show how much our community cares for all creatures, great and small. There are many loving families out there looking for that special companion and it’s a pleasure to work with The Ark to help expand their reach in support of our community.” 

Fueling Good continues to recognize and reward more charities and individuals committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Charities and individuals are invited to submit their story for a chance to win a share of $10,000 in prizes as part of the latest “100 Days of Get & Give” Fueling Good program. Additional prizes will be awarded on Facebook.

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