FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Ross, Marketing Operations Manager
Murdock, NE, January 8, 2014 --Oxbow Animal Health, a leader in the innovative care and nutrition of small and exotic animals worldwide, has announced the recipients of its 2013 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 2013 Oxbow Rescue Grant recipients,” said John Miller, President and CEO of Oxbow Animal Health. “Each year, we are humbled by the work of the recipients, and 2013 was no exception. For these groups’ tireless efforts in ensuring the health and wellbeing of countless small animals each and every day, we commend them.”
"Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter is very excited to have received this generous grant, but equally excited to receive this support from Oxbow,” said Gloria Morgan, representative for B.U.N.S. “Oxbow pioneered quality products such as Critical Care and set new standards that changed the industry for the care of small animals. We are huge fans of Oxbow and words cannot describe our gratitude. B.U.N.S. will be using the money to help with our spay/neuter veterinary expenses. The products we are receiving will be used with the rabbits and guinea pigs living at the shelter, as well as providing necessary supplies to our foster families caring for the animals requiring home medical care.”
Michiko Vartanian, a representative from the Orange County Cavy Haven, expressed similar gratitude for the grant awarded to her organization. “We are so thrilled that Oxbow selected us to receive a grant! In addition to helping to educate the public about guinea pig health, we were also able to use some of the grant to make sure all of our foster families have fully stocked health care kits as well! We truly can't thank Oxbow enough - not just for providing such quality products to help all of us care for our guinea pigs (and other small animals), but for supporting small organizations in the community and helping make it possible for us to continue our work.”
Information regarding the 2014 Oxbow Rescue Grants is available at www.oxbowanimalhealth.com. Applications for the 2014 Oxbow Rescue Grants will be accepted from June 1, 2014, through August 31, 2014, 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.
2013 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grant Winners
Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter – Santa Barbara, CA
B.U.N.S. is an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to the care and welfare of rabbits and guinea pigs. B.U.N.S. works to find bunnies and guinea pigs permanent homes, and educates the public on caring for their guinea pig and rabbit companion.
Chattahoochee Nature Center – Roswell, GA
The Mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is to provide unique learning experiences focused on the Chattahoochee River that connect people to the natural world and empower them to positively impact their local environments.
Colorado House Rabbit Society – Broomfield, CO
The Colorado House Rabbit Society is licensed by the National House Rabbit Society. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization made up entirely of volunteers. There are no paid positions. Every penny of all donations goes to helping the rabbits. We rescue and rehabilitate homeless, abandoned house rabbits. Affectionate, litter-trained, spayed or neutered rabbits are then available for adoption. We also provide education about rabbits.
The Bunny Bunch – Fountain Valley, CA
The Bunny Bunch is a non-profit, no kill rescue and education organization run entirely by volunteers. It is our goal to place Bunny Bunch rabbits into loving homes where they will spend the rest of their life in a happy, healthy, environment. We do this by helping people make the right choice about adopting a rabbit, by educating them about rabbits and their care, and what to expect when you have a rabbit living in your home as part of the family. We also stay up to date with the latest in health care for rabbits and work with many veterinarians across the United States and even in other countries. In December 2007 we opened our first adoption and education center in Montclair, California called the Burrow.
Tucson Wildlife Center – Tucson, AZ
Established in 1998 by Lisa Bates M.S. and Peter Lininger, the Tucson Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of injured and orphaned wild animals throughout southern Arizona. The Tucson Wildlife Center is set up to handle all of the larger animal species and is one of the only centers in the area that can handle some of the more sizable native and federally protected animals. The TWC specializes in birds of prey (hawks, owls and eagles) and javelina.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science, INC – Quechee, VT
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee State Park, features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, and ¾ miles of interpretive nature trails. VINS places a priority on making high-quality, compelling, and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities.
Orange County Cavy Haven – Fullerton, CA
The Orange County Cavy Haven is a non-profit organization dedicated to rehoming guinea pigs in Southern California. We rescue abandoned guinea pigs from shelters in Orange and Los Angeles counties. We also promote proper cavy care and adoption through community outreach. OCCH is a 501c3 non-profit pet rescue and was founded in 2003 as a rescue for guinea pigs. We are run entirely by unpaid volunteers so all funds go to the guinea pigs.
Humane Society of Utah – Murray, UT
Founded in 1960, the Humane Society of Utah is "dedicated to the elimination of pain, fear, and suffering in all animals." To that end, the organization provides many services, including shelter, care, and adoption for lost and unwanted animals; low-cost sterilization and vaccinations; a full-time certified cruelty investigator; professional humane education programs; in-house pet obedience classes; a full-time foster parent program; outreach adoptions; and much more.
Innovative Mall Pet Adoption Center of the Triangle – Cary, NC
The mission of the Innovative mall Pet Adoption Center of the Triangle is to assist rescue organizations in finding homes for adoptable pets. The organization houses adoptable cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and snakes 7 days a week, and dogs on the weekends. The Innovative Mall Pet Adoption Center of the Triangle provides space where rescues can hold adoption events, meet and greets, fundraisers, training classes, volunteer orientations and more. They work with over 30 local rescues in the AniMall Rescue Network.
Phoenix Herpetological Society – Fullerton, Scottsdale, AZ
The Phoenix Herpetological Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and is a statewide facility that includes a surrender facility, education program, summer camps and rescue and rehabilitation. The PHS provides a facility to house reptiles until forever homes can be found and educates people on responsible pet ownership and the importance of conservation and desert safety.