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Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Favorite Shelter or Rescue
Winner of free private screening of Hotel for Dogs to be announced soon

(Update: Thanks to everyone who nominated a deserving shelter and rescue organization. It's been inspiring to hear about all the wonderful efforts to help companion animals around the country. The contest is now closed to entries. We'll announce the winner of the Hotel for Dogs screening soon.)

Thanks In the new movie Hotel for Dogs, a couple of street-smart siblings in a foster home with a strict no-pets policy hide a feisty Jack Russell Terrier in an abandoned hotel. With the help of a few friends, they are soon providing love and shelter to a motley assortment of city strays, keeping them happy, healthy and well fed with some truly ingenious inventions. (Go behind the scenes with Alysia Gray Painter in the Jan/Feb '09 issue.)

While vending machines that spit out shoes for chewers and automatic ball launchers aren’t available in most shelters or foster homes, Hotel for Dogs celebrates something very real—the heart, hard work and creativity behind every successful rescue effort. That’s what Bark loves about this movie, and why we’re thrilled to share it with folks who know all about fighting the good fight for dogs.

In partnership with Bark, Paramount Pictures is offering a free private screening of Hotel for Dogs to a shelter organization or rescue group (and its choice of employees, volunteers and supporters) at a local movie theater. From humane societies to small grass-roots networks, all are welcome. Entries should be posted as comments below,  so that we can all read about these inspiring programs to help homeless companion animals.

HOW TO ENTER: Nominate your favorite shelter or rescue in 100 words or less as a comment below by February 15, 2009. No phone calls. A winning organization will be selected at random from all qualified nominations and announced on TheBark.com. Please note: Multiple entries from the same address or duplicate entries will be disqualified. Screening can be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, excluding holidays, in a 200-seat theater. Theater location based upon availability.

Important fine print: This film is rated PG. All federal, state and local regulations apply. A recipient of prizes assumes any and all risks related to use of prizes and accepts any restrictions required by prize provider. Paramount Pictures, Terry Hines and Associates, Bark Magazine and their affiliates accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any loss or accident incurred in connection with use of a prize. Prizes cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part. We are not responsible if, for any reason, winner is unable to use his/her prizes in whole or in part. Not responsible for lost, delayed or misdirected entries. All federal and local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Participating sponsors their employees and family members and their agencies are not eligible.

 

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Submitted by The Ross Family | January 2 2009 |

We are the Ross Family. We have one rescue mutt (Foster), a Boston Terrier (Miss Biggsby) and a Chihuahua (Friday). We love animals. For Jonathan and Elisbeth's birthday party one year they asked instead of gifts that folks bring something for a local rescue group...Little Victories. Little Victories Animal Rescue Group is great...and they need alot of money. Please check out their site and please consider them as your winner. www.littlevictories.org

EVERY LIFE WE SAVE IS A LITTLE VICTORY.

The Ross Family
Jim, Jill, Jonathan (11) and Elisabeth (8)

Submitted by The Kaplan Family | January 3 2009 |

We are the happy owners of Bella Reena, a maybe six year old JRT. She came into our lives from a Russell Refuge when she was about three years. Her litter was adopted very quickly, but after 17 years with our last Jack (Rascal) we wanted an older dog. Bella works as a reading therapy dog in an elementay school where she is loved by all. We want to nominate Dale Mountain and the Russell Refuge of Rhinebeck, New York (even though Bella now lives in Colorado with us).
Judy and Hank Kaplan

Submitted by Tiffani | January 3 2009 |

My family consists of myself, my husband Tim, my daughter Kiera(14), my dogs Milkshake(10 year old Border Collie mix) & Daisy (4year old Yorkie mix), and my cats George(5), Neffie(6), and Cooper (1&1/2). The cats are all mutts too! I would like to nominate our local humane society( The Humane Society of the Harrisbiurg area in PA). They are full to the max with homeless pets. They currently have them up and down all of the hallways and in all of the offices. They even take in bunnies, rats, and parrots too. My daughter attended their summer camp program three years in a row and she can attest to the hard work these volunteers do evey day. When we were adopting our cat last summer there was an incident with a man provoking a dog. All of the volunteers stood up to the man and forced him to leave. They were very brave in what could have been a dangerous situation.

Submitted by MELINDA SMITH | January 3 2009 |

I work with a wonderful rescue in Irvine,CA. Coastal German Shepherd RESCUE. We rescue German Shepherds mainly but as you can guess, if you send most of us to a shelter to pick up a dog, we usually come home with 2 or 3 dogs. And not always GSD!! We have a history of pulling Dachshunds, 3 legged Rotties, Dalmations, Huskys, and well just about anything that pulls at our heartstrings. We have taken some dogs with severe medical problems....i.e. Faith that needed complete reconstruction of both hind legs, Gideon that was found with his skin gone from his side and infested with maggots due to a hit and run, and Benson who needed not one but two total hips!! This year alone we took in at least, 5 Moms with pups and made sure they all had healthy happy lives and Mom did too....after being spayed of course!!So, it would be nice to have a night out to relax and watch a great movie on our favorite subject....DOGS!!!! Thank you and check out our website Coastalgsr.org

Submitted by Melissa | January 3 2009 |

I nominate the PAWS shelter in Anna, IL. It is where I adopted my best friend Luna. They are a no-kill shelter, and operate on a shoe-string budget. Anna is a very small town, and they provide a badly-needed service there.

There are so many shelters that could use some extra money- I hope they will do more than one screening!

Submitted by Stef Strosky | January 3 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Buffalo Humane Shelter of Buffalo, NY. This is a small shelter that is always in need of funds and volunteers. Like many shelters they are over run with animals that need good homes. I personally have rescued one dog from there, but wish I was able to do so much more to help everyone there. I feel that winning this screening would help people notice this small shelter as it is overshadowed by the new and improved facilities of the Erie County ASPCA main shelter.

Submitted by Mary | January 4 2009 |

I would like to nominate the RAINBOW ANIMAL RESCUE INC. of Norfolk Virginia. Their motto is to rescue and save one dog at a time. They work out of their home and depend on fosters to help with animals. Rainbow is very big on rescuing older animals. Their animals are vetted up immediately with no question to cost and work hard to find deals for what an animal needs! They take in all animals and addres their needs with lots of love. Thank you for this opportunity. it would be nice if you were able to have more than one screening.

Submitted by Anonymous | January 4 2009 |

I nominate the Hearing Dog Program of San Francisco.
They rescue unwanted dogs from shelters all over California and train them to be Hearing Dogs for deaf/hard of hearing people...which changes the lives of both the dogs and the people!

http://www.hearingdogprogram.org/

Submitted by Paul Hoogenboom | January 4 2009 |

The Humane Society of Greater Akron (HSGA), Ohio is in desperate need of a new facility. Much progress has been made in the last 3 years to improve operations, acquire land, and get required permits. Small problem: raising capital in today's economy seems insurmountable. An HSGA-hosted Hotel for Dogs showing would be such a lucky break for an organization that so very much needs one, a special opportunity to share it's story with the community it serves. As an additional personal plea, until this new facility is built the love of my life thinks our house is a solution to the current facility woes. If another dog comes to live with us either we need a bigger bed or there is no longer room for both of us in it! Please help. (...and then there are the cats...like I said, help!)

p.s. Why limit such a terrific event to only one deserving entry when they are all so very deserving? Why not have a special opening night event for every community / organization that wants to host one? It can happen.

Submitted by Angela Schuch | January 5 2009 |

I'd like to nominate the Humane Society for Hamilton County, Indiana.(http://www.hamiltonhumane.com/)
Run primarily by volunteers, this humane society has a great percentage of placing pets with loving homes. But they are always over capacity.
I adopted my dog from them last year, and she has definitely changed my life for the better. Because of the incredible impact my dog has had on my life, I decided to give back by volunteering at the humane society as well. I can't adopt them all, but helping out in a small way means a huge difference in the life of each animal.

Submitted by Deb Nelson | January 5 2009 |

I would like to nominate Northwoods Humane Society of Wyoming, MN. While many other local shelters are closing, they struggle to continue their work in tough financial times. So many pets are being surrendered or abandoned, and for many this shelter is the only remaining option.

Submitted by dog boarding ne... | January 5 2009 |

We would like to recommend Animal Haven Shelter!

Submitted by Lindsey Reece | January 5 2009 |

I nominate SmallDog Rescue & Humane Society. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. I volunteer with this rescue, and we are a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization who rely on families to adopt one of our dogs. We only adopt in the Metro-Atlanta area.

Submitted by David PEkrol | January 5 2009 |

I would like to nominate Idyllwild Animal Rescue Friends in the beautiful San Jacinto mountains above Palm SPrings, CA.
This organization is run solely by volunteers -no paid employees. It was started 14 years ago by one lone woman named Jane Stonehill who saw a need and came to the rescue (no pun intended).
ARF is a no-kill rescue organization run mostly by donations from like minded citizens of our mountain town.
The organization takes in all types of animals and fosters them to homes of our volunteers. They spay and neuter them , give vaccinations , etc to get them back to supreme health before adopting them out. Spay/neuter is their main goal in this age of unwanted births.
They bring a vet up here once a month to help those who can not travel for vet care. They will also take the animal to the vet in an emergency if the owner can't bring them themselves (mostly the elderly).They also will bear the cost of the vet care if someone cannot afford it. The animals always come first, no questions asked and no one is made to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed by their inability to pay.

Temporary foster homes are also found if someone needs to enter the hospital or just needs time to get well again. There is no charge for this. Our community looks out for each other.

ARF office operates out of an old cabin of approx 600 sq ft. Most of the time there are cats sprawled out or roaming for a hug or rub while waiting to be adopted. They do not have a kennel and operate solely with foster homes.

Submitted by David PEkrol | January 6 2009 |

I meant to mention they are a 501(c)3 non profit organization as well.

Submitted by Hella Grams | January 5 2009 |

I would like to recommend the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, a 501-C3 non-profit organization. We do not receive funding from any government agencies and rely solely on donations from the community. Our organization exists to provide shelter and care to sick, homeless, abused and unwanted animals. It is our goal to provide good homes for all these precious animals.

We strive to accomplish this goal in one of the worst economies in the US through the efforts of a small dedicated staff and an enthusiastic, committed volunteer base.

Submitted by Barbara Masi | January 5 2009 |

Greyhound Pets of America FL / SE Coast Chapter would like to win the contest to assist us with awareness of these magnificent animals for adoption once their racing career is over. There is such a need for homes as we have very restrictive condo and homeowner association rules that don't allow the larger dogs such as Greyhounds -- if they only knew how peaceful and quiet these couch potatoes are when they find their forever homes -- then we would be able to place more dogs. We need awareness -- donations and adoptions. Greyhoundpetsfl.org

Submitted by Robyn Fedor | January 5 2009 |

I nominate the Humane Society of SW Michigan. It is a 501-C3 non-profit organization, funded only by donations from the community. Because of their location, more than 50% of the dogs they take in are Pit Bulls and Pit/Terrier Mixes making it difficult to find appropriate and enthusiastic adopters. The staff and volunteers work very hard to find a home for every dog and cat and to ensure that each pet's transition into their forever home is successful. They also work tirelessly to encourage spaying/neutering. Three cheers for HSSWM!

Submitted by Kelly Dally | January 5 2009 |

I would like to nominate Northwest Animal Companions in Boise, Idaho. Their vision is that every animal is treated responsibly with compassion and respect, and that society no longer accepts euthanasia as a form of population control. They are working very hard to start construction on a no-kill animal sanctuary that will include education, spay and neuter services, and adoptions.

Submitted by Kelley Lynch | January 6 2009 |

I would like to enter the Humane Society of SW Michigan for the screening prize. This is a wonderful organization that is not funded by the government or tax dollars. We are a mostly volunteer organization that is made up of a team of true animal lover. The few paid staff members are the most giving people in the world. They go above and beyond to help re-home these pets as well as provide medical care and a clean, safe environment. Our shelter is an older one, but we make it work for the good of the animals.

Submitted by Chris L'Abbé | January 6 2009 |

Coastal Maine Great Dane Rescue is located in Topsham, Maine. CMGDR was started by a very dedicated husband and wife who are passionate about saving Great Danes who are abandoned, abused, or just need a new home. They started from scratch, grew the organization and have saved over 2 dozen dogs. The organization is just over a year old. The couple researches all the information they can get on the incoming dog. They make home visits to make sure the new home is a match before the dog is placed. Currently they have 4 great danes~all rescue dogs at their home. The dogs are in a great home and all the dogs they have are spoiled! I can't think of a better organization to be honored. I am truly inspired by the work they do with the animals. Good luck Coastal Great Dane Rescue!

Submitted by Brenda VanLunen | January 6 2009 |

My favorite shelter is the SPCA of Wake County (NC) because that's where we got our puppy Dixie, the singing hound dog.

Submitted by Janis | January 6 2009 |

Sheltered Paws of Cincinnati, OH (http://www.shelteredpaws.com/), an all-volunteer organization, goes that extra step so many dogs need: it rescues dogs from the local SPCA and takes all the time needed to find these animals loving homes. Many dogs are given long stretches of foster care to keep them safe, and dogs are placed locally, or nationwide, through the Petfinder network. I know from personal experience that it's often just a matter of great timing to find that dog who steals one's heart, and Sheltered Paws makes sure these dogs are at the right place until the right time.

Submitted by Meggan Holzer | January 6 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. This group of amazing people works tirelessly for the animals of Las Vegas.

Submitted by Michelle Mullins | January 6 2009 |

The Richmond S.P.C.A. is a stellar facility. The educational opportunites they offer the staff, volunteers and community in the areas of animal care, behavior and training are invaluable in saving the lives of animals in the Richmond, VA area. They go beyond providing the medical care and clean facility and provide the love and affection the animals so desperately need.

Submitted by PJ Niemeyer & M... | January 6 2009 |

We would like to nominate the Animal Friends Rescue Project located in Pacific Grove, California. They have an extensive network of volunteer foster homes to take in animals at the request of animal shelters that have not been able to adopt them out due to age, medical issues, personality issues, space constraints or random acts of nature such as hurricanes. They have a lifetime commitment to ANY animal that comes into their care until they are adopted. They do not put animals down because they have been with them too long or need medical attention. The AFRP is also committed to education with regards to spaying and neutering animals as well as running a feral cat program. In ten years they have over 10,000 adoptions and counting...that says it all!! We should know; two of those adoptions are ours'!

Submitted by Keith & Marybet... | January 6 2009 |

We nominate ** Mackenzie's Animal Sanctuary **
(Mackinac says "woof")
Nestled in Lake Odessa, Michigan - Mackenzie's is a TRUE Sanctuary,
(no kill) Dog rescue - that supports, and gets support, from the
Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team! The pride of HockeyTown West!

Submitted by Joyce | January 6 2009 |

I have been a volunteer with ARNI www.thearnifoundation.org since 2000. I am just amazed at the dedication and love that has helped keep ARNI running. Even after they had to leave one location and through many trying times of raising monies to begin building the sanctuary that is scheduled to open this year. During that time they still continued to rescue animals in need from euthanasia and cruel living conditions. When there was no facility to house the animals, there were caring people that fostered them and helped find them forever homes. Now, soon the sanctuary that we have waited so long for, will be ready. I feel this would be such a happy occasion to have a special screening for "Hotel for Dogs" for everyone that has help ARNI come a reality. I feel, that ARNI has, in fact, started as a 'hotel for animals' from that first day I walked in their door with boxes of old towels and blankets for them to use, when I read of their need in the Daytona News Journal in 2000. Please consider ARNI for a screening. I know everyone would be so happy and proud.
Sincerely,
Joyce M. Aycock
5939 Brandon Lane
Port Orange FL 32127
jma31254@yahoo.com

Submitted by Michelee Unger | January 6 2009 |

I would like to nominate The Beltrami Humane Society (http://www.beltramihumane.com/)located in Bemidji, MN. They work very hard to rescue and find loving homes for abandoned animals of northern Minnesota. They are a NO KILL shelter and they are where I found my precious dog, Chopper. They struggle with funds, and we the people of Bemidji step up and help out whenever possible. They sponser lots of activites for awareness and donations. THEY ROCK!
Michelee Unger
Bemidji, MN

Submitted by Anonymous | January 6 2009 |

I proudly nominate Animal Rescue Foundation located in Mobile, Al. website: animalrescuefoundationmobile.org. This a dedicated all breed, no-kill , all volunteer rescue . They take in animal other rescues deem not placeable: the seniors, dogs with manage, pit bulls, ones no teeth, skin problems, get them the medical attention they need and find them forever homes.

Submitted by Kelly Tamerlano | January 7 2009 |

I want to nominate Animal Care & Control of Charlotte/Mecklenburg County http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Animal+Control/Home.htm. Last December my husband and I first heard all about Animal Control when we adopted our one dog, Mandy from there. Since then, I have also become a volunteer and it is the most rewarding thing that I do. In addition to running the shelter, Animal Control is very involved in the community, running a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, free rabies clinic, microchip clinics, and many more.

Submitted by Melanie Hazzard | January 7 2009 |

I would like to nominate Buck's Peace, a miniature pinscher rescue and assisted living facility for elderly, abandoned and abused min pins who have been deemed unadoptable by shelters and other rescue groups. My husband and I started Buck's Peace and it is still a registered LLC in the State of Maryland. We recently loaded up the trucks and relocated to Maine where we have adequate space to continue our plight to save these dogs. The Dogs of Buck's Peace are loving their new home, and we are starting fund raising efforts here in Maine in order to be able to continue functioning as a rescue and sanctuary.

Submitted by Kathleen Jasnoch | January 7 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Rice County Humane Society in Faribault, Minnesota in this contest. We are an open door shelter and have a tiresless staff and volunteers who help serve the homeless animals of our area. New fundraising ideas are always welcome, and this one would be fantastic. We are all working towards the same goal, of protecting and sheltering those who cannont speak for themselves. Thank you for your consideration. Kathleen Jasnoch

Submitted by Razzle Dazzle D... | January 7 2009 |

We would like to enter Meals Fur Pets in Woodstock, Georgia. We collect donations for this wonderful not for profit organization and work first hand with the Executive Director. We would love to win this form Meals and have a donation the night of the screening. Our donations in 2008 were good BUT we certainly need more in 2009. Meals distributes food and other items not affordable to many families in need. We truly care and want to help these families and their pets!

Submitted by Anonymous | January 7 2009 |

I nominate the Humane Society of Missouri located in St. Louis, Missouri. Not only do they help your pets, but they help you as well. My grandma recently had her dog put to sleep at the human society before she went out of town. The humane society were so kind as to send her a card signed by many of the stsff and had her dog's paw prints on the card.

Submitted by Matt Feichter | January 7 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Angels for Animals shelter in Canfield, OH. We are fortunate enough to have a great facility, our own surgical facilities, and a vet on staff. But the doors would not open each day without the dedicated volunteers that keep the shelter functioning and the gracious donations from the community. Angels for Animals is a privately funded organization and receives no state or federal money. A contest like this is a great way to say thanks to all the volunteers and staff.

Submitted by Michelle Fulgham | January 7 2009 |

I would like to nominate Community Animal Rescue & Adoption - CARA in Jackson, MS. http://www.carams.org
CARA was founded by several wonderful ladies who still devote nearly every breath to their vision & values of this true no-kill shelter. CARA, through daily obstacles, has grown to care for nearly 400 animals waiting to be a special part of a forever happy home.

Submitted by David Shepard | January 7 2009 |

I would like to nominate SNIPPP (Spay/Neuter Intermountain Pets and Pet Placement) in Burney, Shasta County, California. Burney is rural and scenic but an economically-depressed former logging town of 3,000 souls, with only one lumber mill remaining in operation. Many of our animals are from families who cannot afford to keep them, sometimes even losing their homes; SNIPPP has built a network of volunteer foster homes, and placed about 250 pets in forever homes during 2008, an amazing number considering the population base. SNIPPP raises funds to award vouchers to help defray spay/neuter costs, and pays the costs completely in cases of dire need and when animals are taken for adoption. SNIPPP also places signs, local TV spots and newspaper ads to reunite strayed animals with their owners. It's an all-volunteer organization of truly kind, caring and dedicated persons.

Submitted by Lea Turbert | January 8 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Montgomery Humane Society in Montgomery Alabama. The great employees and volunteers work diligently everyday to care for over 12,000 animals our shelter receives on an annual basis. Our volunteers will be on site at a local movie theatre on January 16th to promote the opening of this movie and all the programs and services the Montgomery Humane Society provides for our community. If we should win, it would be a great thank you for all of our employees and volunteers.

Submitted by Amy Taute | January 8 2009 |

Homeward Bound Pet Shelter, a no-kill facility in Decatur, IL, successfully places over 350 dogs and cats each year in loving homes. The committed staff and volunteers work tirelessly to offer quality care and a safe, loving environment for pets until good homes can be found. And to top it off, Homeward Bound provides job training and therapeutic programs for people with disabilities in the community! How inspiring and wonderful is that? Homeward Bound is definitely a unique, successful rescue effort that helps people and pets!

Submitted by Michael Pellet | January 8 2009 |

I wish to nominate HART for Animals, Inc. HART was founded in 2003 in order to save animals from euthanasia. Through a vast network of individual volunteers and rescue organizations, HART has rescued over 3,000 animals by transporting them to more populous locations where they have a greater chance of adoption. In view of the growing numbers of homeless animals, HART is conducting a fundraising campaign to build an animal adoption center with a spay and neuter clinic in Garrett County. HART is a 501 (c)(3) organization.

Submitted by Kyra | January 8 2009 |

I nominate Project Pooch, an organization that pairs boys in a youth correctional facility with otherwise unadoptable dogs. The boys care for and train the dogs all the way through their Canine Good Citizen test and then the dogs are adopted out. It's an amazing program that changes lives!

Submitted by Brenda VanLunen | January 8 2009 |

My favorite shelter is the SPCA of Wake County (NC), because that's where we got our puppy Dixie.

Submitted by Anonymous | January 8 2009 |

Norfolk Animal Care Center in Norfolk Virginia has undergone a complete makeover and is now a brigth, cheerul and very appealing shelter for homeless animals. The staff and volunteers are diligent in trying to adopt out as many dogs, cats, rabbits and other orphan animals as possible, and they nurture and respect the needs of each one. Each week the city runs a newspaper ad that features five pictures of current pets and urges local residents to adopt rather than buy a pet. The nacc.petfinder.com web site is an all-volunteer effort that presents bios with photos of every adoptable animal there and also encourages shelter adoptions. Norfolk Animal Care Center has become a source of pride and distinction for the city and I heartily nominate them as a deserving contender for a screening of "Hotel for Dogs"!

Submitted by Laurie Palmer | January 8 2009 |

I would like to nominate The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley in Knoxville Tennessee. My husband and I are volunteers for them. This organization is a small no kill adoption center with huge hearts for homeless animals. They take animals from surrounding kill shelters to save lives and find permanent loving homes for the abused, injured, starved and neglected. They feed, exercise, give medications, vaccinate, spay/neuter, microchip and most of all give love to all the canines and felines who enter their door. They also have a low cost spay/neuter and vaccine program. The HSTV rocks!!

Submitted by Jennifer Friend | January 8 2009 |

The Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (www.goldenrescue.com) based in Golden, Colorado is an all-volunteer organization that placed about 400 goldens in forever homes in 2008. Their volunteers are an amazing group who are always willing to take in foster dogs, drive to other states if necessary to pick up a homeless pet and spend countless hours helping to find the perfect forever home for the goldens. The wonderful volunteers deserve recognition for all that they do every day to help make needy dogs’ lives better.

Submitted by Wendy | January 8 2009 |

I would like to nominate Coastal Pet Rescue, a small network of foster families in Savannah, Georgia. I would like to be able to give something back to all of our volunteers who have selfishlessly given their time and sometimes blood, sweat and tears. 2008 proved to be hardest on the smallest, furry victims of the foreclosure crisis. We encountered countless starving, heart worm positive dogs and many, many dumped domestic cats. I would like to also express my appreciation for everyone that works and volunteers in the animal welfare realm!

Submitted by Jean Linman | January 9 2009 |

I nominate my city’s shelter, Norfolk Animal Care Center. This shelter houses all of the animals that are abandoned, lost, abused, and unwanted in Norfolk, Virginia. No animal is turned away. Of course, space is the issue worried about by concerned citizens and shelter employees. Considering that the same building has been used for years with few improvements, it is amazing that the animals are so well taken care of and loved…even if only for a moment. The shelter staff and volunteers are incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable. And yes, we indeed adopted a pit bull mix from the shelter.

Submitted by Sarah | January 9 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter in Dearborn MI(http://dearborn-animals.com/). I Volunteer there and I see how hard they work. They really care about the Animals, They are No-Kill meaning all Adoptable Animals are adopted out. They also Adopt out Pit bull/mixes while as many shelters in the area do not.

This shelter is great!

Submitted by Amber | January 9 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Dearborn Animal Shelter. I foster animals for the shelter as well as work there. All the animals seem to be as happy as they can be under the circumstances. We try to spoil and love them as much as possible until they find their forever home. Each one of them have a little piece of my heart. Every one of our animals gets a nice blanket to snuggle with and toys to play with in case they get bored. Occasionally they get kongs stuffed with canned food,peanut butter,and treats yummmm.

Submitted by Tory | January 9 2009 |

I'd like to nominate the Colorado Animal Rescue Shelter, an organization that works tirelessly to better the lives of the animals that come through its doors. With training classes and a warm and welcoming offer of help to new adoptive parents, CARE is a top-notch place to wait for your forever home.

Submitted by Annette Becker | January 9 2009 |

I am nominating Free To Live Animal Sanctuary, a non-profit, no kill sanctuary located in central Oklahoma. As room permits, we take in,
house and provide medical care and love to stray, abandoned and abused dogs and cats. We normally house about 400 animals and all are spayed or neutered, given shots and health tests before being put up for adoption.

Approximately 500 to 600 animals are adopted into good homes each year and hundreds more find homes through our pet listing referral service.

Free To Live is a true no-kill sanctuary with a staff of 15 and a volunteer base of about 250 people.

Submitted by Jane Lauter | January 9 2009 |

Norfolk Animal Care Center in Norfolk, Virginia is, by far, the most improved shelter in our area. This is a city shelter that has hired caring staff, a vet tech, a director who is an animal trainer, etc. The shelter is immaculate and the dogs and cats are loved on and walked constantly. You wouldn't even believe this is the municipal shelter!!!

Submitted by Anonymous | January 9 2009 |

What i think about this movie hotel for dogs is first off is the name of the movie.And the girls and boys rescue the dogs all around the city before they get caught by the humane society and i think the people who saved the dogs are sweet and cind and allso sensitive.I think who ever wrote this movie is vary smart and creative allso.The people who act on this movie are vary good but i whould say asome instead of good and many people should see that movie.

Submitted by Marilyn Brown | January 10 2009 |

I would like to nominate as my favorite rescue organization the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies located in Golden, Colorado. This organization has rescued and placed in their forever homes over 400 dogs in the past year. I have been a foster parent to over 20 dogs so far and have also become the permanent parent of one of them - they call us foster failures! This organization is an all volunteer group that rescues Golden Retrievers and other breeds. It is a well deserving group of volunteers!

Submitted by Cathy Murphy | January 10 2009 |

I would like to nominate MCPAWS of McCall Idaho. The staff and volunteers are a great group of people dedicated to helping homeless animals. Prior to 1998 McCall did not have a "animal shelter". Now the lost and homelss animals have a safe and warm place to stay until they find a new home. Thank you MCPAWS.

Submitted by Caroline | January 10 2009 |

I'd like to nominate Rocket Dog rescue in San Francisco. Pali Boucher and her team do such a great job placing dogs, with very few resources. Pali puts everything she has into saving lives because, as she will tell you, the dogs saved her live. She is truly a hero.

http://www.rocketdogrescue.org/

Submitted by Anonymous | January 10 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Adams County SPCA located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. They are truly a voice for the voiceless. The staff are so dedicated to the mission for the animals. They believe in all aspects of the need for care and education for those lost, abandoned, and neglected souls. They are highly involved personally as well as professionally. The staff there deserve a great big high five. I would love to see them have an extra special treat for a job well done !!!

Submitted by Rebecca Seedorf | January 10 2009 |

The Norfolk Animal Care Center is a city animal control that actually cares about each animal they receive. Employees try very hard to ensure that all animals get adopted into forever homes, but the work never ends. More people need to become aware of this center in order to save more lives. We have improved conditions for the animals, expanded our volunteer base, and are now in need of resources to help spread the word about our center. Choosing the NACC will allow us to show the public we are open for pet adoptions and that we actually care.

Submitted by Karen L. | January 10 2009 |

Norfolk Animal Care Center received some very negative press in the summer of 2007, but since then has used more than its share of elbow grease to hugely improve operations and staffing. The result has been a clean shelter with friendly, knowledgeable staff and volunteers. However, the shelter continues to suffer from identity deficiency, as too many people in our city know the Norfolk SPCA, but not our city-operated facility. The screening would present an ideal opportunity to introduce more of our community to the “new and much improved” NACC.

Submitted by Linda | January 10 2009 |

When I moved to McCall, Idaho in 1995, lost dogs were incarcerated in a tiny concrete-block shed. The police could not take adequate care of the dogs and no cats were rescued at all. A group of concerned citizens created an organization named MCPAWS. These angels cared for the dogs and lobbied for better treatment and facilities. They raised funds and awareness,finally getting a facility donated. Today MCPAWS has a beautiful shelter housing dogs and cats from the entire county. All adoptees are neutereed and a cadre of dedicated volunteers socialize the animals prior to adoption. MCPAWS deserves my nomination.

Submitted by Nick Beaven | January 10 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter in Dearborn, MI. They do amazing work! Visit them at www.dearborn-animals.com

Submitted by Juli | January 10 2009 |

I adopted my two cats from the Dearborn (MI) Animal Shelter; their community cat trailers are a great way to showcase felines in a friendly, stress free (and cage free!) environment.
Visit them at www.dearborn-animals.com

Submitted by Debora | January 10 2009 |

I would like to nominate NorCal Collie Rescue because of the fantastic work they have done in placing collies and finding foster homes over the last few years. They also put out a very informative newsletter with pictures of dogs who have gone to Rainbow Bridge, dogs who have been placed and information on how to take care of rescue dogs. http://www.calcollierescue.org

Submitted by Copper | January 10 2009 |

Without a doubt, I think Animal Rescue, Inc. should win this contest.
Animal Rescue, Inc., is a non-profit, no-kill Sanctuary for Life. It's located at the MD/PA Line and has been in existance for over 34 years. They are a shelter for the homeless, abused and abandoned dogs & cats from Maryland & Pennsylvania and the number of animals they have helped for over three decades needs to be recognized. In addition, they offer low-cost spay/neuter services, TNR programs and Rabies clinics, etc. They're open 7days a week and seldom take time to do anything for themselves since some creature is always in need of their help. Please give them a night off to enjoy a movie. You can see the good work they do at http://www.animalrescueinc.org.
By the way, I'm a Beagle who lived in a puppymill before Animal Rescue, Inc. saved me. They have helped hundreds of other puppymill dogs and, after repairing our wounds & healing our hearts & minds, make it possible for us to find our own forever homes where people love us....just like I did. Thank you to Animal Rescue, Inc. and all the other shelters & rescues who care about animals like me.

Submitted by Debra Tackett | January 10 2009 |

I would love to nominate the dearborn animal shelter! I am proud to say that I volunteer there and the experience is absolutely AMAZING. They have inspired so many people and have helped SO many animals!

Submitted by Kathy | January 11 2009 |

My vote is for Animal Rescue, Inc., in New Freedom, Pa. They are a no-kill shelter and have tirelessly cared for thousands of animals for, gosh, must be over 25 years now. The older ones, or the animals with disabilities are cared for at the shelter for life. They take in dogs that have been rescued from horrific puppy mills and work endlessly to get them proper homes. They work every day to promote animal welfare and are well known for their wonderful works. Their website is www.animalrescueinc.org

Submitted by Mimi | January 11 2009 |

I nominate Pets in Distress, (http://www.petsindistress.org), an all volunteer, no-kill rescue group & foster network in Broward County, Florida. My husband and I adopted our dog Chi-Chi from them 3 years ago after finding them on Petfinder.com and they are extremely friendly, well organized, and kind. They are true animal lovers. They paid for Chi-Chi to have eye surgery and be spayed before we ever even met her.

Adopting our dog was one of the best things that has ever happened to us. I am so grateful to them for bringing her into our lives.

Submitted by Daisy | January 11 2009 |

I want to nominate Second Chance Dobe Rescue in
Clinton, Mich.. Founded by Arda Barber in 1981
she rescues/rehabs & finds "Forever Homes" for
100's of dogs a yr. She works 24-7 to help save
as many dobes needing new homes as she can. Her
volunteers help with transport/vet appointments
& helping at the kennel. All monetary donations
go toward the care/rehabilitation of the dogs.
Arda & her angel volunteer group are wonderful
& caring people who deserve all the help they can
get..
www.secondchancedobes.com

Submitted by catherine | January 11 2009 |

I nominate the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter in Dearborn, MI. My life has changed since I've volunteered there. I have adopted three beautiful animals from there ( one poodle--Lebowski and two cats--Marigold & Sylvia.

Submitted by KimG | January 11 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue Inc. of New Freedom, PA. Since 1976, this rescue has vowed no animal to pass through its doors will ever be homeless again and this promise has not been broken. Animal Rescue ensures a home even if it means keeping that animal on their farm until the end of its days - at times, this has meant up to 9 years - and they wouldn't have it any other way. Not only do I admire the rescue efforts of Animal Rescue but their continuous fight for animal rights. It is their goal to not only give all animals a home but also a voice in this world and their efforts are tireless. While the people who keep this place running 7 days a week do not expect recognition for their dedication they are absolutely deserving. http://www.animalrescueinc.org

Submitted by Mary Dixon | January 11 2009 |

I would like to nominate the NorCal Aussie Rescue. Words cannot express the great work that the founder (Kim) does. She takes dogs from all different scenarios (shelters, puppy mills, abandoned on the street, etc) and dedicates whatever time is needed to help the dog(s) become adoptable.

When I visited the rescue I fell lin love with it. It was something I had always dreamed of doing myself, but have not had the means to do so.

Her website is one of the best I have seen (the other is the Border Collie Rescue in Northern California). It has alot of helpful information for everyone.

Submitted by Stacey | January 11 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue Inc in New Freedom, PA. They are a no-kill shelter that houses hundreds of animals throughout their locations. Animals who are misunderstood, ill, or abandoned live here. I have been a volunteer for almost a year now and it has been a life change. Every person cares so much about all the animals and work extremely hard everyday they are there. They have been working since 1976 to save animals, find homes for them, and create awareness about pet safety and the importance of spaying and neuturing your pet. Their website is www.animalrescueinc.org

Submitted by Kichigai Mom | January 11 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Hawaii Dog Foundation, a no-kill dog rescue organization from Oahu, Hawaii with the motto "No More Homeless Dogs". I adopted two wonderful dogs from them in 2008 and it was a really great experience for all of us - humans and doggies. HDF does not have a shelter - all of the dogs live with foster families until they can find a forever family. The foster families, like everyone at HDF, are dedicated volunteers who generously give their time, talents and finances to care for these dogs. For a majority of the HDF dogs, the foster home is the first time in a long time they have known a life other than abuse, neglect or abandonment. It would be great to show the foster families and the other HDF volunteers how much they are appreciated with a screening of Hotel for Dogs.

Submitted by Christine Exley | January 11 2009 |

For the past ten years, I have spent weekends (and now holidays since I moved away for college) at the Norfolk Animal Care Center. Located in the inner city of Norfolk, Virginia, there is no doubt that the shelter is overpopulated and underfunded. Yet, in the decade since I started volunteering, other volunteers and workers have joined in the fight to improve and save the lives of the thousands of animals that find shelter at the NACC. Perhaps best demonstrated by my rescued pit bull, all these animals need is a chance and they will thrive as man’s best friend.

Submitted by Anonymous | January 11 2009 |

I would like to nominate Santa Barbara Humane society here in santa Barbara Ca. I volunteer there.
The dogs I work with have come from abusive families or families that have move away. The Santa Barbara does have a lot of volunteers. I feel really lucky to be a volunteer there. It makes very sad to see a dog come in and is really scared and skittish . All the years I have worked there many dogs have been adopted and it is really great . The Humane Society works really hard to find great homes. I like working with the dogs. Our shelter is a no kill shelter. I feel this way the word can get out about all the dogs that need a good home. Where i volunteer the staff also use the dogs for therapy and go to different schools to teach the classes with kids. Santa Barbara has taught me to know the different tempers and how they adapt to different people.

Submitted by Lucy | January 12 2009 |

I want to nominate Animal Rescue Inc (http://www.animalrescueinc.org) on the Maryland/Pennsylvania line. They are a no-kill shelter who actively participates in puppy mill rescues, neglect rescues, natural disaster rescues (for example, Katrina victims), and stray animal rescues, to name a few. They are involved in animal rights/legislation issues, and they want to make the world a better place for my "furry" friends who need and deserve a "forever" home. If the animals are not adopted, they live their lives at Animal Rescue, each day hoping for a new Mom or Dad. My name is Lucy, and I came to Animal Rescue along with some of my lab/shepherd mix siblings at the tender age of 4 days old when my "furry" mom could not take care of us. I was placed in a foster home and bottle fed by my foster mom to give me a good start in life. I was later adopted by my new mom and am fortunate to live in my "forever" home. Where would I be without Animal Rescue, Inc?

Submitted by Bridget Keast | January 12 2009 |

Free to Live has provided love, care and homes for thousands of dogs in Central Oklahoma since 1984. They have a full time staff with one on campus 24/7. They spay/neuter and vaccinate and closely screen for disease. There is a promise of no euthanasia. They have a wonderful auction each year that is one of the "Gala events" of the season in Oklahoma City. Each lovable critter has their own distinct name and feature stories of many are included in their flier that comes out regularly. See freetoliveok.com. You will be impressed!

Submitted by Anonymous | January 12 2009 |

I nominate Coastal Pet Rescue, out of Savannah GA.

Their tireless efforts should be applauded. They conduct microchip clinics, work hard to push spaying and neutering, and they even have a feral cat part (The Milton Project) where they catch, neuter, and release feral cats in our area. I know that that isn't something that everyone does. They have loyal volunteers that help out as much as they can, whether its fostering animals, helping out at "The Ranch" or whatever they can do, they do it and do it well. The personalities on each and every person just make them an honor to deal with. Lisa, you and your crew are genuine, and absolutely amazing. Don't forget that.

Submitted by Reina | January 12 2009 |

The Dearborn Animal Shelter in Dearborn, MI is a great because they help animals and we adopted our dog from there.

Submitted by Nikki Morey | January 12 2009 |

Planned Pethood, Inc of Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan would like to be considered for this honor.

As a no-kill organization, PPI provides treatment and rehabilitation for animals, offering adoptable animals (gotten from pounds, strays, surrender, puppy mill) to the public. We work reactively through its creative adoption program by bringing spayed and neutered animals.

To proactively solve this problem, we work with fifteen area veterinarians to provide affordable or free spay/neuter services.

We have saved more animals than any other area rescues with 100% volunteers- no paid staff.

Submitted by Jay | January 12 2009 |

First of all,congratulations to all these organizations for doing such wonderful work! I'm nominating PAWS Chicago,which since 1997 has been instrumental in cutting the city's killing of homeless pets by over half through adoptions,free and low-cost spay/neuter services and community education! PAWS Chicago is recognized as one of the best-run charities in the country,and its legion of dedicated staff members and volunteers share the ultimate goal of making Chicago a completely no-kill city! www.pawschicago.org

Submitted by DogsloveSeattle | January 12 2009 |

I nominate the wonderful Ginger's Pet Rescue, based near Seattle Washington.

http://www.gingerspetrescue.org/

Ginger Luke, owner of the non-profit organization, specializes in rescuing death row dogs, and fostering them out and finding forever homes.

Ginger's dream is to purchase a small plot of land (20-30 acres) so she can help even more death row dogs find homes.

Few people have the passion and commitment that Ginger has, and I really hope she and her rockin volunteers win!

BTW I am not an employee or volunteer at the organization, just a local dog industry biz who thinks they do awesome work. I can think of no dog more deserving than one who is slated for certain death. And the people who dedicate themselves to saving them deserve not only to be recognized, but also to have a bit of levity mixed in their days of sacrifice and hard work. They would LOVE this! Oh I hope they win!

Submitted by Labagogo | January 13 2009 |

I nominate the Michigan Humane Society. Having been a volunteer in the animal care center I have come to learn how desperate these times are for animal centers. In the Detroit area people are having trouble feeding themselves, much less their pets. The animal care centers are needed more than ever. Like all the other places like this they could really use the contribution.

Submitted by Marie | January 13 2009 |

Norfolk Animal Care Center in VA is so deserving. The staff works above and beyond the call of duty to ensure all the animals receive the best care. They are exercised, groomed, loved and some even trained to ensure they put their best paw forward for adoption. Volunteers and supporters add to the caring individuals that help make the shelter inviting for potential adopters. Local rescue groups also help when they can. Everyone who works there is so proud when one is adopted or rescued…the call goes out and so do cheers. But not heard is the heartbreak for those who do not go home.

Submitted by Debbie W | January 14 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue, Inc in New Freedom, PA http://www.animalrescueinc.org/ Animal Rescue, Inc. is a no-kill facility and they have a clear cut, ever demanding mission to care for and rehabilitate rescued animals and find new and loving homes for these animals. They provide a low cost spay and neuter clinic weekly at their facility for cats. They also provide volunteer opportunities for folks like me that are looking for a way to help.

Submitted by Jen | January 14 2009 |

Circle Tail, Inc. (www.circletail.org) provides Assistance Dogs to people with mobility, hearing, neurological, and psychiatric disabilities, and promotes the human-canine bond by providing dog adoptions, affordable obedience training, behavior management, and boarding services. Circle Tail does not charge recipients for their dogs, and does not have a breeding program. Since millions of dogs are euthanized each year, carefully selected puppies and/or dogs provide purpose to homeless dogs' lives, and help people with disabilities. Those not suitable for service work are adopted; all dogs and puppies are spayed/neutered before adoption, ensuring none will contribute to the pet overpopulation problem.

Submitted by Silvia | January 14 2009 |

I would like to nominate SHELTER HELPERS ON WHEELS (SHOW) www.shelterhelpersonwheels.com.

Mission Statement: The role of Shelter
Helpers On Wheels is to provide
temporary, voluntary assistance to non-
profit animal welfare organizations and
non-profit animal welfare rescue groups.
Shelter Helpers On Wheels supports
animal welfare and works to encourage
and promote spay/neuter, humane
education, the human-animal bond and
the prevention of animal cruelty.

All volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) Always there to lend a Helping Paw to rescue groups in Northern NJ. From food donations, to fundraisers.

Submitted by Barb P | January 14 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue, Inc in New Freedom, PA http://www.animalrescueinc.org/ Animal Rescue, Inc. is a no-kill facility with dedicated employees and volunteers who make it their mission to care for and rehabilitate rescued animals and find new and loving homes for these animals. They provide a low cost spay and neuter clinic weekly at their facility for cats.

Submitted by Susan Robinson | January 14 2009 |

http://www.animalrescueinc.org/ New Freedom, PA Shelter for cats and their associated dog shelter get my vote. I donate money to them and I'm knitting Snugglies. As an apartment dweller who used to own a "found" dog and several "found" cats, I deeply appreciate how well this shelter looks after animals. The no-kill policy is so admirable, even if it taxes resources. They are most deserving of an award!

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