Oxbow Animal Health announced the recipients of its 2016 Oxbow Animal Health Rescue Grants. The eight recipient organizations will receive funding totaling nearly $20,000 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.
The recipients are:
- Minnesota Pocket Pet Rescue – St. Paul, Minn.
- Rabbit Haven – Scotts Valley, Calif.
- Bunny Buddies – Houston
- Arizona Humane Society – Phoenix
- Gainesville Rabbit Rescue – Williston, Fla.
- Humane Animal Welfare Society, Waukesha, Wis.
- Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue – Lewisville, Texas
- Tri County Humane Society – St. Cloud, Minn.
“On behalf of the entire Oxbow family, I would like to congratulate the 2016 Oxbow Rescue Grant recipients,” said John Miller, president and CEO of Oxbow Animal Health. “The ongoing work of small animal rescue organizations and wildlife rehabilitators is humbling, and we are proud to support these organizations. We are so impressed by the work of this year’s recipients.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to be named one of the 2016 Oxbow grant winners,” said Marit Ortega, director of philanthropy at Tri County Humane Society in St. Cloud, Minn. “We will be using the funds to purchase much-needed small animal housing units specifically made for animal shelters so that we can do away with the household cages that are cumbersome to set up, clean and store. Our great esteem of Oxbow and their fine products has just gotten greater with their generous gift in support of our work for animals.”
“All of the rabbits in the Gainesville Rabbit Rescue bunny barn will continue to enjoy a climate controlled space thanks to the Oxbow Animal Health grant,” said Betsy Duncan, president and program director at Gainesville Rabbit Rescue in Williston, Fla. “Our HVAC unit has been failing and has needed some funds that we frankly are short on, so we applied for the grant. We all sincerely appreciate this support, which allows us to continue our work of saving innocent lives that have been discarded or abandoned and just need a place to live until another long term home can be found.”
Applications for the 2017 Oxbow Rescue Grants will be accepted from June 1 to Aug. 31, 2017 for small animal rescue and rehabilitation projects throughout the U.S. and Canada.