FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Ross, Marketing Operations Manager
Murdock, NE, January 9, 2012 --Oxbow Animal Health, a leader in the innovative care and nutrition of small and exotic animals worldwide, has announced the recipients of its 2012 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grants. The ten 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.
“On behalf of everyone at Oxbow, I would like to congratulate the 2012 Oxbow Rescue Grant recipients,” said John Miller, President and CEO of Oxbow Animal Health. “We are humbled by the work of these groups, as well as that of so many other similar organizations. The tireless efforts of rescue organizations ensure the health and wellbeing of countless small animals each and every day. For their ongoing labor of love and compassion, we commend them.”
"We are immensely grateful to Oxbow Animal Health for its generosity,” said Joy Gioia, President of the House Rabbit Society of Missouri/St. Louis – a 2012 Oxbow grant recipient. “With the grant, we will be able to revitalize our shelter by repainting the floor, building special tables to hold our housing (some of the older tables are feeling the strain) and replacing the worst crates in our shelter - a huge improvement that we could not have afforded ourselves. We thank Oxbow for supporting ordinary citizens who value animals, volunteer to help them, and work hard to give them the quality lives they deserve."
Heather Bechtel, Director of The Rabbit Haven in Scotts Valley, California, expressed similar gratitude for the grant awarded to her organization. “We are honored and very grateful to have been selected to receive a grant from Oxbow Animal Health for 2013 to support our largest education event of the year, BunnyFest. BunnyFest is the only major event for the rabbit community in the greater Bay Area of California. The Oxbow grant will be used to cover the printing costs associated with the event, including postcards, flyers, educational materials, event banners and signage, and most importantly, “The Earful” magazine.”
Information regarding the 2013 Oxbow Rescue Grant will be available at www.oxbowanimalhealth.com beginning January 31, 2013. Applications for the 2013 Oxbow Rescue Grant will be accepted from June 1, 2013, through August 31, 2013, for small animal rescue and rehabilitation projects throughout the United States and Canada. 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.
2012 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grant Winners
Addison County Humane Society – Middlebury, VT
As the only animal shelter in the county, the Addison County Humane Society provides temporary shelter for lost, abandoned, abused or surrendered animals. Their programs and services meet a wide array of critical animal welfare needs and they provide them without funding from any other organization or any county, state or federal.
Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter – Chambersburg, PA
The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, Inc. is an independent, non-profit, community-supported animal shelter that provides humane services for animals in need. The mission of the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter is to protect, shelter and adopt homeless animals in the northern Franklin and parts of southern Cumberland county service area.
Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue – Scottsdale, AZ
Founded in 1986, Brambley Hedge Rabbit Rescue is a non-profit 501c3, no-kill rescue, rehabilitation and shelter for domestic rabbits in Phoenix, Arizona. They provide volunteer opportunities to the general public, their adopters, and schools involved with community service.
Bird TLC – Anchorage AK
The Bird Treatment and Learning Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating sick, injured or orphaned wild birds and providing avian education programs to the public. In addition to medical care, Bird TLC provides a variety of educational programs to increase people's awareness of the wild birds around them and to encourage preservation of their habitat.
Peace River Wildlife Center – Punta Gorda FL
The mission of the Peace River Wildlife Center is to treat and rehabilitate injured and orphaned native Florida wildlife (except venomous snakes) and, if possible, to return them to the wild. If they cannot be returned to their natural habitat due to sustained non life-threatening physical limitations, a permanent home shall be provided by the Center. They also seek to inform the public about native Florida wildlife and how to co-exist with these beautiful creatures successfully through formal educational outreach activities.
Baltimore Humane Society – Reisterstown, MD
The Baltimore Humane Society provides a temporary home, a safe refuge, and care for unwanted and homeless animals. They work aggressively to place each animal that comes to the shelter in a loving, permanent home. They advance the cause of the humane treatment of animals and increase awareness of animal issues through public education. The BHS additionally ensures a peaceful final resting place for beloved pets through the operation of a beautiful and well-maintained cemetery for companion animals.
SPCA of Texas – Dallas, TX
The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. It’s the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas with two shelters and two spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and serves as an active resource center providing an array of programs and services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives.
Humane Society of West Michigan – Grand Rapids, MI
For nearly 125 years, Humane Society of West Michigan has operated under a seemingly simple mission, to promote the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement and protection.
Humane Society of Missouri/St. Louis – Fenton MO
Utilizing foster homes as rescue "shelters," Humane Society of Missouri/St. Louis volunteers provide appropriate care and socialization opportunities to rabbits so that they may be adopted into loving, permanent, indoor homes. Their educators assist the public, humane societies, and local shelters through publications on rabbit care, phone and e-mail consultations, and classes upon request. The House Rabbit Society of Missouri, St. Louis directs their rescue efforts towards saving the lives of bunnies in threatening situations, those scheduled for euthanasia at local shelters, or rescue referrals from area shelters and veterinarians.
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 their local SPCA shelter and other education groups to educate the public on rabbit care, feeding, grooming, medical needs, social requirements and behaviors.