Posted: Dec. 18, 2012, 4:25 p.m. EST
National Mill Dog Rescue of Peyton, Colo., won the $10,000 grand prize in the Pets Add Life Help a Shelter Out contest, the American Pet Products Association reported today.
Facebook users were asked to “like” the Pets Add Life page and vote for their favorite shelter.
National Mill Dog Rescue received 12,520 of the 42,000 votes cast. Second-place finisher Rocky Ridge Refuge of Midway, Ark., got 9,177 votes and a $3,000 prize, while third-place Animal Aid for Vermilion Area in Scott, La., garnered 3,258 votes and $2,000.
Ninety-three shelters were entered in the national contest.
National Mill rehabilitates breeder dogs and has helped more than 7,000 dogs find new homes since its founding in 2007.
A former pediatric nurse, Theresa Strader wears several hats at National Mill Dog Rescue, including rescue coordinator, organizational liaison, public speaker and medical team member.
The $10,000 prize will be used to provide 80 dogs with complete veterinary care before they are ready for adoption, founder Theresa Strader noted.
The organization each day assists seven to eight dogs with spay/neuter
surgery, heartworm testing, vaccinations, dental care and microchipping. The veterinary care costs about $1,000 a day, Strader said.
“The greatest expense for our dogs is the teeth,” she reported. “Their mouths are a nightmare, and many 5- to 7-year-old dogs lose all their teeth.”
Some breeder dogs are kept in wire cages, which they chew, and drink from water bottles rather than water bowls, she said.
Strader credited her organization’s victory to the social media efforts of volunteers Michele Burchfield and Rudi Taylor.
“We have an extremely active and worldwide social media presence thanks to the undying work of these two ladies,” Strader said.
“It is a real giant blessing for us to get this kind of money,” she added.
Greenwich, Conn.-based APPA, the contest’s sponsor, was encouraged “to see so many shelters
rally their local communities in support of the ultimate mission: to provide deserving animals with great homes,” said Bob Vetere
, the organization’s president and CEO.
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