Volunteer animal rescue groups in the Indianapolis area are invited to enter the 2011-2012 Rescue Rally and compete for much-needed funds while rescuing homeless animals from Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. The Rally supports and celebrates the efforts of small volunteer groups that get animals into foster care and find them permanent homes. Such groups often operate on a shoestring budget.
The competition runs from October 15, 2011 to January 15,
2012. Any all-volunteer rescue group within a 50-mile radius of Indianapolis that is an
approved IACC rescue partner may enter at the Rally’s website, http://rescuerally.org/ . Monetary and
product prizes will be awarded for the most animals rescued from IACC in eight
New this year are prizes for saving the most animals who are
sight-impaired or physically challenged. “Physical impairments are another
barrier to adoption,” notes Warren Patitz of Move to ACT, which sponsors the
Rally. “Last year, IACC received 16,933 animals and less than half of those
survived. Small rescue groups play a huge part in saving lives, and they incur
some major expenses that come from volunteers’ pockets.”
A prize will also be awarded for the most dogs pulled and
selected for the CanINE Express project. This service transports adoptable dogs
from overcrowded, high-kill shelters in south-central Indiana
to shelter partners in New England, where
their chances of being adopted are much greater. Since it began in 2004, the
CanINE Express has offered more than 7,200 dogs a chance for a new life.
Also new this year are prizes for the most black cats and
black dogs rescued. “Statistically, black animals are the last to be adopted,”
Rescue Rally focuses on saving animals from IACC, which is
severely underfunded and lacks a budget for food, veterinary care or isolation
of sick animals to prevent the spread of disease. The inaugural Rally awarded
$2000 in prizes. The amount of prize money for 2011-2012 will be determined
when all donations are tallied in January.
Donations in any amount are welcome and may also be made at
the Rally’s website, http://resecuerallly.org.
For more information, contact:
Move to ACT