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Get to Know the Rescue Race Runners Up: Pacific Pug, Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue, & Saving Grace

By Colleen Williams
October 22, 2018 • 2 min. read
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In August 2018, the Healthy Paws Foundation announced the third run of our grant initiative, The Healthy Paws Rescue Race, funded through our “Every Quote Gives Hope” program. Six organizations were selected to participate and “race” to the finish line, and the winner was chosen based on the number of votes they received. Healthy Paws gave a grand total of $70,000, divided among six nonprofits, and every organization received at least $5,000. Here are our three runners up, whom each won some much-needed grants to help with operations and their animals’ welfare.


Pacific Pug Rescue was awarded $10,000

Pacific Pug Rescue is a Pacific Northwest volunteer-run organization that rescues those pugs that have been surrendered or abused, regardless of age or condition. They provide foster pet parents and eventually forever homes, as well as medical care. They’ll be using their grant money to pay medical costs for the pugs already in their care.

Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue was awarded $7,500

Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue (ACDR) is a non-profit that rescues and re-homes Australian Cattle Dogs in Arizona. ACDR fully vets every rescue, including spay/neuter, vaccinations, and treatments for unique conditions or injury, so the grant money will help to cover these expenses.

Saving Grace Rescue was awarded $5,000

Saving Grace Rescue is a non-profit organization focused on rescue and adoption of special needs and neonatal kittens. One hundred percent of their intake is pulled from euthanasia lists and high-risk shelters, so the grant money will fund medical care for these incoming kitties.

Visit the Healthy Paws Rescue Race page to read more about these organizations, including their extra special rescue story.

Do you know of a companion animal rescue organization or shelter that should be considered for the next Healthy Paws Rescue Race? Introduce us (especially if that organization is yours)! Send us an email to that includes their website and a monitored email address. The funding for this grant program is made possible through the Healthy Paws Every Quote Gives Hope program, where every free quote for pet insurance results in a donation to help homeless pets. 



colleen williams
By Colleen Williams

Over the past decade, Colleen has written about health, wellness, beauty, and even pets for The New York Times, The Cut, Refinery29, xoVain, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, and Seattle Met Magazine, as well as many beauty brands. She has a BFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico and an AAS in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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