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Employee Giving Tree: Vote for Your Favorite Rescue to Give $244

For the giving season, the Healthy Paws Foundation is sponsoring an employee giving tree for homeless pets. The rescues featured have all applied for a grant from the foundation. All employees can choose one rescue to support. If every employee votes, each vote is worth about $244 to the rescue you select. We will be donating a total of $30,000.

You must vote before midnight on Dec. 24.

Here are brief descriptions of each rescue or shelter:

 Classroom Canines – Emory, TX – dogs

This rescue asks classrooms to choose one dog to sponsor, and they raise money. This is a fun program designed to teach the importance of being kind to companion animals. Pulls senior dogs from death row and they have an outreach program to assist with food and vet care for low-income people.

Licking County TNR – Heath, Ohio – cats

Licking County TNR works to improve the welfare of community cats and the people who live near them. They help with trapping, neuter/spay and release back to the cats’ colony. They are trying to raise enough money to equip a mobile van.

Bitter Root Humane Association – Hamilton, Montana – both dogs and cats

The mission is to provide caring, compassionate shelter and enrichment for homeless companion animals, find loving lifelong homes, reunite pets and owners, promote population control and advocate for all animals. Has pet pantry, spay and neuter clinic.

Crescent Cottage Cats Inc – Jonesborough, TN – cats

A shelter that looks after stray and abandoned cats. They aim to rescue as many homeless, sick, and injured cats as possible. They take a cat into their care, and give them a thorough check-up and provide essential veterinary care if needed.

LOVEPAWS – Rockville, MD – both dogs/cats

LOVEPAWS was founded to help keep pets in homes and out of shelters. To do this, they offer various types of assistance to pet owners, including our pet food pantry. They offer these services to the entire DC Metro area. They also pull dogs and cats from open-admission, high-intake shelters in MD, VA and other Southern states.

Dog Orphans Inc. – Douglas, MA – dog

Dog Orphans, Inc., houses stray, homeless and unwanted dogs until suitable permanent homes are found. They teach and promote the importance of responsible dog ownership, including spaying and neutering. They are located on three acres of woodlands and have accommodations such as indoor playroom, a comfy dog friendly office, spacious indoor/outdoor runs, and a fenced-in play yard.

Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter – East Hanover, NJ – both dogs/cats

The priority is to save abandoned animals within the community; however, they also partner with shelters around the country to save at-risk animals from being euthanized. Adoptable animals reside there until they find their forever home.

The Community Cat Alliance – Danville, Ill. – cat

The Community Cat Alliance is an all-volunteer, charitable organization. Our life-saving TNR, or Trap-Neuter-Return programs are the only humane and effective way to manage the population and welfare of community cats.

Northern Lakes Rescue – Pequot Lakes, MN – dogs

NLR is an organization run by several volunteers that work every day to help save dogs in Minnesota shelters, but also in Texas, including strays on the streets of Houston. Also focuses on helping people in need, donating food and supplies to low-income shelters, and assisting owners that need help keeping their dogs.

 PA Pitstop, Shillington, PA – dogs

PA Pit Stop is an independent rescue where animals can come for comfort, healing or just a place to stay along their journey to find a forever home. They re-home all breeds of dogs.