Oxbow Animal Health Announces 2009 Rescue Grant Winners
Fri, December 11, 2009


Contact: Melissa Ross, Marketing Operations Manager
Phone: 1-800-249-0366
Email: mross@oxbowanimalhealth.com
URL: oxbowanimalhealth.com

Murdock, NE, December 11, 2009 --Oxbow Animal Health, a leader in the innovative care and nutrition of small and exotic animals worldwide, has announced the recipients of its 2009 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grants. The eight winning organizations will receive funding for a variety of projects and programs that benefit the welfare of small animals throughout North America. Grant winners are chosen for excellence in the areas of educational outreach, public awareness, and project impact, measured by scope of volunteerism and number of animals served.

“We are pleased to announce this year’s grant recipients,” said John Miller, President and Founder of Oxbow. “The applicant pool for this year’s grant program was larger and more competitive than ever. The winning organizations represent excellence when it comes to the rehabilitation and welfare of small animals. We are honored to support their efforts.”

"Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary is honored to be chosen as a recipient of the Oxbow Rescue Grant 2009,” said Beth Randall, Director of the Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary in German Valley, Illinois. “Literally thousands of people will be enriched by the information we will now be able to provide due to the generosity of Oxbow Animal Health."

Julia Hinrichs, President of Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue, expressed similar sentiments. “The staff at Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue is thrilled to be a recipient of Oxbow’s 2009 Education/Outreach Support Grant, as this enables us to blend hands-on presentations with the latest technology to provide accurate, precise information about small animal care to various audiences,” said Hinrichs.

Information regarding the 2010 Oxbow Rescue Grant will be available at www.oxbowanimalhealth.com beginning January 31, 2010. Applications for the 2010 Oxbow Rescue Grant will be accepted from June 1, 2010, through August 31, 2010, for small animal rescue and rehabilitation projects throughout all of North America. For more information about the program and Oxbow Animal Health, visit www.oxbowanimalhealth.com.

About Oxbow Animal Health

Oxbow Animal Health is a worldwide supplier of premium life-staged feeds and supportive care products for small exotic animals. Used and recommended by top exotic animal veterinarians worldwide, Oxbow offers an extensive line of superior quality, high-fiber hay and pellet products for rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters and adult pet rats. Oxbow's mission is to provide superior-quality feed and forage products for specialized animal markets. Oxbow accomplishes this through genuine concern for animals and their caregivers; educational awareness of nutritional needs; a high standard of product excellence; research and development of new products; and highly personalized service.

2009 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grant Winners

Luna’s House

As a foster-based rescue, the primary long-term goal of Luna’s House is to establish a central facility in order to maximize rescue and education efforts. The primary day-to-day objective is to provide high quality care to each and every companion animal who is welcomed into its foster programs.

Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue

Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to the rescue and adoption of abandoned, neglected and abused guinea pigs in the DFW area and beyond. They offer a home for life to any guinea pig when a suitable permanent home is unavailable.

Ojai Raptor Center

Ojai Raptor Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned and injured raptors and wildlife, and to the education of the public surrounding native wildlife in the form of presentations to all ages, at schools and within the community. Through educational programs, they teach individuals how to preserve the wildlife native to the area.

Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue, Inc.

Leaps & Bounds Rabbit Rescue, Inc. was formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Specifically, Leaps & Bounds operates as an all volunteer, “no-kill” animal rescue for rabbits. Leaps & Bounds takes in stray and homeless rabbits in the Placer, Sacramento, and surrounding counties near Roseville, CA.

Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary

Critter Camp provides a safe, healthy, happy home to un-adoptable exotic pets. It is the only licensed 501c3 exotic pet sanctuary of its kind in the U.S., accepting a wide range of pets with long term needs.

Small Mammals Refuge/Faculty of Veterinary medecine

The objective of le Refuge for rabbits and pocket pets is to provide care and shelter for abandoned animals and place them in adoptive homes to decrease the percentage of euthanasia. As this is a project for veterinary students, it offers them a valuable opportunity to gain clinical exposure to these less familiar species that are encountered with increasing frequency in clinical practice.

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County, MD, Inc.

The mission of the SPCA shall be to serve as the leading private nonprofit organization within Anne Arundel County which exists to protect animals from acts of cruelty and neglect; to promote humane care and concern for animals by educating the public and by working to end pet overpopulation; to provide shelter and rehabilitation to animals in need; and to work for the passage and enforcement of laws which promote and provide for the humane treatment of animals.

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society

The mission of Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is to provide the most comprehensive, compassionate and educational services to enhance the lives of companion animals for families and the community, and to prevent the cruelty of all animals in the region they serve. The WPHS has made a decision to continually operate as an “open door” shelter, maintaining their commitment to never turn away an unwanted pet or homeless animal.