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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Kudos for a South Florida Rescuer

Actress Kristin Davis - Sex and the City, The Shaggy Dog - recently presented awards to 10 animal rescuers from around the country on behalf of Purina Pro Plan. One of them was Grace Acosta, of Miami's Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue.

Said Purina: "Whether it was working around the clock and risking personal safety during the days following Hurricane Katrina to save abandoned pets, or driving more than 200 miles a day to rescue a dog or cat, America’s pet-rescue workers go to extraordinary lengths to help save man’s best friends each and every day.

"The workers’ pet rescue organizations were recognized for their exceptional efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of homeless dogs and cats and their commitment towards the Pro Plan Rally to Rescue campaign in 2005, a program dedicated to raising funds and awareness for pet rescue nationwide.

"Smaller pet rescue organizations place nearly a half-million dogs and cats in homes each year, and represent nearly 45 percent of all pet adoption groups. However, they are often overlooked by potential donors and adopters due to their more limited fundraising and marketing capabilities."

In addition to Grace Acosta, the other honorees were:

Alexandria Whitney, Guardians for Animals (Troy, Mich.)
Caroline Marie Ivey, Weimaraner Rescue of North Texas-Dallas (Dallas, Texas)
Chuck Daly, Delaware Valley Siberian Husky Rescue, Inc. (Horsham, Pa.)
Diane Roberts, Tampa Bay German Shepherd Rescue (Riverview, Fla.)
Gail Orth-Aikmus, Heartland Weimaraner Rescue (Pleasant Valley, Mo.)
Leann Zalasky, Rescued Racers (St. Ann, Mo.)
Lisa Scarbrough, Coastal Pet Rescue (Savannah, Ga.)
Mary Linda Huggins, PAWS of Northeast Louisiana, Inc. (Monroe, La.)
Sarah Webster, Noah’s Ark Foundation, Inc. (Springfield, Va.)

Congrats to all.


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