Tractor Supply Co. awarded $25,000 on Saturday to ten animal rescues that competed in the store's national Rescue Your Rescue contest, an online competition to recognize groups working to find forever homes for adoptable animals. The Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue in Shoals, W.V. won the $10,000 grand prize.
Founded in 2008, the Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue is a nonprofit rescue helping horses, ponies and donkeys in need in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Rikki's Refuge of Orange County, Va. won the $5,000 second place prize, and the S.N.A.R.R. Animal Rescue Northeast of Westchester County, N.Y. won the $3,500 third place prize.
More than 51,000 votes were cast for the top ten finalists. The contest garnered 1,800 nominations for animal rescues and shelters across the country. The top ten finalists represented a diverse group of rescues and shelters caring for a wide variety of animals from dogs and cats to waterfowl and woodland creatures.
Tractor Supply hosted the contest as part of Pet Appreciation Week festivities. Pet Appreciation Week, or P.A.W., is the store's annual event to celebrate pets and introduce families to the joy of owning animals.
Tractor Supply will present $25,000 worth of checks to prizewinners on 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 during Pet Appreciation Week events at local Tractor Supply stores. The event will also feature pet adoptions through a partnership with Petfinder.com, demonstrations on pet nutrition, discounts on pet food and supplies, free giveaways and valuable in-store prize drawings.
All Pet Appreciation Week events are open to the public – and pets – and will take place at local Tractor Supply stores. On Saturday, attendees will receive free gifts while supplies last and can enter a drawing to win a $200 gift card, a $100 rebate on pet services or a "Doggie Bag" prize pack valued at $35.
The full list of winners:
1st Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, Inc., Shoals, W.V. — $10,000
2nd Rikki's Refuge, Orange County, Va. — $5,000
3rd S.N.A.R.R Animal Rescue Northeast, Westchester County, N.Y. — $3,500
4th Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, Charlotte, N.C. — $2,000
5th Friends Fur Change, Chickasha, Okla. — $1,500
6th It Takes a Village Canine Rescue, Evansville, Ind. — $1,000
7th Heath's Haven, Post Falls, Idaho — $800
8th Phoenix Animal Rescue Ranch, Newberry, Fla. — $650
9th Satchel's Last Resort Animal Shelter/Sanctuary, Sarasota, Fla. — $350
10th Blackhat Humane Society, Durango, Colo. — $200
The Tractor Supply team extends a heartfelt thanks to everyone who nominated and voted for the nominated rescue organizations. At Tractor Supply, pets are one of many passions, and our team is endlessly grateful to each person who helps, loves and protects animals in need.
Tractor Supply, which carries pet supplies and partners with community organizations for pet adoptions, reviewed hundreds of inspiring stories and photographs that showed people from across the country working hard to find forever homes for a variety of animals.
About the Tractor Supply Rescue Your Rescue Top Ten:
Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, INC
Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue is a 501 (c)(3) rescue helping horses, ponies and donkeys in need in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. The rescue was founded in 2008 and is located in Shoals, West Virginia. The organization will provide education regarding equine care to the public, assist governmental authorities in rescuing and rehabilitating equines who have been neglected or abused, and provide foster-care, rehabilitation and rehoming services for horses that have been abandoned, surrendered to the organization, or seized by law enforcement agencies. Heart of Pheonix was winner of Horse Illustrated and Nutrena's 2013 Rescue Contest. Since 2008, this organization has helped over 140 horses and counting.
Rikki's Refuge in Orange County, Virginia, is a 367 acre, no-kill, all species peaceful sanctuary supported solely by donations of kind and loving individuals. The refuge is home to over 1200 animals of over 20 different species, including but not limited to cats, dogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, pigs, emus, chickens, ducks, geese, a chukar, peacocks, and more. It is owned and operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc. an approved not-for profit Virginia Corporation.
S.N.A.R.R Animal Rescue Northeast
SNARR (Special Needs Animal Rescue Rehabilitation) is a 501 (c)(3) organization founded by Robin Menard in St. Martinville, Louisiana. Their Northeast Chapter, founded in 2011 and run by Courtney Bellew, is located in New York. SNARR saves the toughest dogs to place: those with serious medical conditions, deaf and blind dogs, severely emaciated dogs, the animals that nobody else wants; the dogs that would otherwise be euthanized. Their mission is "Giving Hope to the Hopeless."
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue (CWR) is a non-profit wildlife rescue organization located in Charlotte, North Carolina. CWR is run by federally-licensed migratory bird rehabilitators specializing in waterfowl. They take in over 1,000 birds per year covering close to 40 different wild bird species. CWR is an all-volunteer group that donates their time, money and expertise to helping North Carolina's birds in need. They also accept domestic or exotic ducks for placement, do nuisance referrals and offer bird, duck and goose rescue assistance.
Friends Fur Change
Friends Fur Change is located in Chickasha, Oklahoma and was founded in June 2013 to provide the Chickasha Animal Shelter extra hands and free food. Their goal is to reduce the rate of euthanasia at the animal shelter.
It Takes a Village Canine Rescue
It Takes a Village Canine Rescue, Inc. (ITV) was founded on October 29, 2010. The no-kill, mostly volunteer 501 (c)(3) dog rescue is located in Evansville, Indiana. They are dedicated to doing what it takes to find loving homes for stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals, and to keep them safe and free from further suffering. By working with committed volunteers, foster homes, veterinarians, animal control organizations, and trainers, they are able to rescue countless animals every year and provide them with loving temporary care as we work to find them well matched forever homes. Although ITV does not discriminate based on breed, size or color, they have a particular interest in bully breeds, black dogs and other hard-to-place dogs.
Heath's Haven is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization located in Post Falls, Idaho. Founded in October 2010, Heath's Haven is dedicated to rescuing and improving the lives of special needs animals in the community. The rescue specializes in the rehabilitation of animals with neurological conditions and mobility issues.
Phoenix Animal Rescue
Phoenix Animal Rescue was founded in 2003 to help save dogs and puppies from shelters in the North Central Florida area. Located in Newberry, Florida near Gainesville, their mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary and ultimately rehome stray and neglected animals. Phoenix Animal Rescue pulls animals from the Levy County Shelter in Bronson, Florida. Together with rescue groups around Florida, they have succeeded in reducing the euthanasia rate at the Levy County Shelter by 70% in 2013. They plan to further reduce intake and euthanasia at the Levy County Shelter.
Satchel's Last Resort Animal Shelter/Sanctuary
Satchel's Last Resort Animal Shelter/Sanctuary, a shelter founded in 2003 and named in honor of the founder's beloved Irish Setter, is located in Sarasota, Florida. Satchel's Last Resort is dedicated to the care of over 125 animals. It provides lifelong shelter to dogs and cats deemed unadoptable, nurtures and trains dogs, and offers temporary shelter to adoptable dogs and cats whose owners can no longer care for them.
Blackhat Humane Society
Blackhat Humane Society is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 and located in Durango, Colorado that specializes in rescuing the over 200,000 abandoned and stray animals and livestock on the Navajo Nation. Their goals include fostering abandoned and surrendered animals, acclimating them to family life, and providing the animals with medical care, including spay/neuter. Once ready, adoptable animals are found forever homes throughout the Four Corners area and beyond.
About Tractor Supply Company:
At June 28, 2014, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,331 stores in 48 states. The Company's stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.