Oxbow Animal Health 2011 Rescue Grant Winners

Two rabbit rescue organizations and two humane societies are among the winners of the 2011 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grant Program.

After 11 years, the Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grant program is going strong. Last month, Oxbow Animal Health announced the recipients of its 2011 grants. The winning organizations applied for the grant between June and August of 2011. The eight winning organizations receive funding for a variety of projects and programs that benefit the welfare of small animals throughout North America and Canada. Grant winners are chosen for excellence in the areas of educational outreach, public awareness and project impact.

John Miller, president and founder of Oxbow, congratulated the winners and thanked all who applied. “The daily challenges of working on behalf of small animals are great, and the work performed by these groups is commendable year-round. We feel honored to support this year’s winners and look forward to seeing the support in action in 2012.”

The eight Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grant winners are:
Potter League for Animals – Middleton, Rhode Island
Rabbit Rescue Inc. – Milton, Ontario, Canada
Rocky Mountain Raptor Program – Fort Collins, Colorado
Lowell Humane Society – Lowell, Massachusetts
Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehab & Conservation Education – Whitehouse, Ohio
The Rabbit Haven – Scotts Valley, California
Best Friends Animal Society – Kanab, Utah
Beaver County Humane Society – Monaca, Pennsylvania

“The Potter League for Animals is thrilled to receive a grant from Oxbow Animal Health,” said Ginny Hanbridge, director of development for the Potter League for Animals in Newport, Rhode Island. “We have seen a sharp increase in small animal surrenders to our shelter this past year and receiving assistance to care for these sweet critters is greatly needed. Making sure we provide the highest standard of care for all our animals is a critical part of our mission. Oxbow Animal Health’s grant will help us meet that commitment to the animals.”

Delbert Lemmon, associate director of the Beaver County Humane Society, echoed Hanbridge’s sentiments in referencing the impact of an Oxbow grant to fund a small animal room. “No longer will small animals be relegated to occupying a cage in between or immediately adjacent to those harboring cats because that was the only space available for them,” Lemmon said. “With the help of the Oxbow Animal Rescue grant, small animals will now be showcased in a highly visible, small animal-only room in our new shelter. This room will be a special space with a safe, nurturing, healthier environment where their individual needs can be met. We are truly excited about the comfort and possibilities this room will offer for this generally forgotten segment of homeless shelter pets.”

“This was our second time applying for the Oxbow grant,” said Haviva Lush, executive director of Rabbit Rescue Inc. in Ontario, Canada. “We thought it was good timing as we were involved in a large-scale rescue this summer.” She added that she is very thankful Rabbit Rescue Inc., a Canadian charity, received a grant. “It is always nice to see a Canadian charity receive support! It felt like validation of our very hard work for the last 10+ years, plus in particular for this [large-scale rescue] we were involved in. We literally worked around-the-clock for many months in helping these poor rabbits, and it’s so wonderful that this was recognized by a company that really understands these small animals.”

Applications for 2012 Oxbow Rescue Grant will be accepted from June 1, 2012, through August 31, 2012, for small animal rescue and rehabilitation projects throughout all of North America.

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