FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Ross, Marketing Operations Manager
Murdock, NE, December 27, 2011 --Oxbow Animal Health, a leader in the innovative care and nutrition of small and exotic animals worldwide, has announced the recipients of its 2011 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 and Canada. Grant winners are chosen for excellence in the areas of educational outreach, public awareness, and project impact.
“We would like to congratulate the 2011 Oxbow Rescue Grant winners and thank everyone who applied this year,” said John Miller, President and Founder of Oxbow. “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 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.”
Information regarding the 2012 Oxbow Rescue Grant will be available at www.oxbowanimalhealth.com beginning January 31, 2012. Applications for the 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. 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.
2011 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grant Winners
Potter League for Animals – Middleton, RI
The Potter League for Animals is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of animals. They promote the humane treatment of all animals and provide shelter and care for lost or unwanted companion animals. Through community education and the fostering of relationships between people and animals, they enhance the animals’ future and enrich the human experience.
Rabbit Rescue Inc. – Milton, Ontario
Rabbit Rescue Inc. helps find new homes for domestic rabbits that are unwanted, abandoned, abused or neglected. Rabbit Rescue works with a number of animal controls, shelters and individual owners around the city to find these rabbits new loving homes. The objectives of Rabbit Rescue Incorporated are to develop and provide programs and services that educate the public regarding animal welfare, and to provide protection and adoption services for domestic animals under risk of cruelty.
Rocky Mountain Raptor Program – Fort Collins, CO
The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program is a raptor hospital and medical care facility, admitting injured and sick raptors, i.e. eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons, with the goal of releasing them for a Second Chance at Freedom. The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program inspires the protection and appreciation of raptors and the spaces where they live through excellence in rehabilitation, education and research.
Lowell Humane Society – Lowell, MA
Founded in 1873 with the mission of preventing cruelty, the Lowell Humane Society is one of the oldest humane organizations in the state of Massachusetts. The Lowell Humane Society works tirelessly to prevent cruelty, provide care for homeless and distressed animals and educate the public about responsible pet ownership.
Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehab & Conservation Education – Whitehouse, OH
Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education is a non-profit organization located in Whitehouse, Ohio. Their mission is to improve the well-being of Northwest Ohio wildlife populations and habitat through public education and rehabilitation of injured, ailing, and orphaned wildlife with an emphasis on coexistence.
The Rabbit Haven – Scotts Valley, CA
The Rabbit Haven rescues injured and abandoned rabbits and accepts surrendered rabbits from the general public or the SPCA in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito and Monterey Counties. They then work to place these rescued rabbits into loving permanent or foster homes. The Rabbit Haven also works in the community, at schools, and with our local SPCA shelter and other education groups to educate the public on rabbit care, feeding, grooming, medical needs, social requirements and behaviors.
Best Friends Animal Society – Kanab, UT
The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at Angel Canyon, at the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks in southern Utah, is home on any given day to about 2,000 dogs, cats, and other animals, who come from shelters and rescue groups around the country for special care they can only receive at Best Friends.
Beaver County Humane Society – Monaca, PA
The mission of the Beaver County Humane Society is to protect all domestic animals by providing shelter and care; adoption services; investigation, correction or prosecution of cruelty or abuse situations; education programs; and promotion of the concepts of kindness and respect for all living creatures throughout Beaver County.