A total of $18,000 worth of grants will be awarded by Oxbow to organizations that find adoptive homes for rabbits and other small animals or those that do wildlife rehabilitation. Foster networks, rescue organizations, animal sanctuaries, humane societies and wildlife rehabilitation groups in the U.S. and Canada may apply for the grants, which will be in cash or Oxbow products. The deadline for filing an application is August 31, 2012.
Applicants will be judged on how well they use resources in order to provide effective care, home placement, outreach to communities and education. The grant categories are: Education or Outreach Support, Capital Improvement Support and Operating Support. This means that organizations that receive grants may use the funding for the creation of training materials and leaflets, renovating existing structures or building new ones, buying equipment, or day to day operations such as veterinary and utility bills and animal feed.
The “Oxbow Cares” program of rescue support is now in its 11th year. Here is a statement from the company about their charitable work:
Oxbow Animal Health works to recognize the hard work and dedication it takes to find homes for neglected, homeless and abandoned small pets. Since the mid 1990’s, we have provided a discount on Oxbow feeds to rescue organizations through our Oxbow Cares program. Since 2001, we have awarded monetary funding through the Oxbow Rescue Grant program to organizations seeking medical support, feeding needs, educational programs, and building renovations.
In addition to the programs available to rescue organizations, we proudly supply them with product support, literature, community outreach, and professional advice on nutrition. Each day, thousands of dedicated and passionate people dedicate themselves to making a difference in the lives of small animals. We are proud to support the organizations that do this wonderful work.
Eight organizations received grants in 2011.
For more information and a grant application form, please go to http://www.oxbowanimalhealth.com/oxbow_cares/rescue_support
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