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  Rescue Rally 2013 / 2014 Information  

February 28, 2014
For Immediate Release

Every Dog Counts, ARPO earn top prizes in animal Rescue Rally

Local all-volunteer animal rescue organizations Every Dog Counts and ARPO (Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership) claimed a total of $3,415 in cash and gift cards for pulling 129 homeless animals to safety during the 2013 Rescue Rally. Sponsored by move to ACT, the fourth annual Rescue Rally moved 234 dogs, cats and exotic animals out of Indianapolis Animal Care & Control between October 1 and December 31, 2013.

“The award monies received go directly toward the medical care of the animals we rescue,” said Scarlett Cmiel, President of ARPO. “Rescue Rally enables us to pursue our passion of saving lives while benefitting from much-needed funds.”

“We definitely couldn't keep going without events like Rescue Rally. Thank you!” added Tara Harris of Every Dog Counts.

Thirteen small volunteer rescue groups participated in the Rally, competing for prize money based on the number of animals they pulled from IACC. Winning rescues include:

  Number of animals Prize total
Every Dog Counts 72 $1,920
ARPO 57 1,495
Casa del Toro 27 695
Mended Hearts 19 495
IndyClaw 17 495
Lucky Dog Retreat 17 445
Love of Labs Indy 10 420
Heart for Dog 8 220
Chihuahua Rescue 6 170
Beagle Buddies 2 120

Every Dog Counts led in the number of both dogs and cats pulled. Love of Labs Indy pulled the most all-black dogs, while IndyClaw was responsible for the most exotic animals. All About Dogs, IN Siamese Rescue, and Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue were each awarded $20 gift cards.

“Love of Labs is grateful for the support of move to ACT,” said Jean Mynderse. “They have raised public awareness of the work we do, and also raised funds to help us continue to save dogs.”

Between January and December 2013, these 13 rescues pulled a total of 1,064 animals from IACC. This is 16% of the live transfers and a large factor in boosting the 2013 live-release rate to 65%.

“We typically rescue older beagles that may not otherwise find a home,” noted Victoria Hall of Beagle Buddies. “The Rescue Rally awards give much-needed funds to help us care for these homeless pets.”

“We thank move to ACT and those who support their efforts,” added Beagle Buddies’ Mindy Miller.

Prizes were awarded at a public ceremony on Friday, February 21. Caring citizens and companies, some of which scheduled benefit events, funded the prizes through donations.

For more information, contact:
Warren Patitz

January 22, 2014
For Immediate Release

Rescue Rally saves 233 animals; public invited
to $6,000 awards ceremony February 21

Twelve all-volunteer animal rescue organizations pulled 233 dogs, cats and rabbits to safety during move to ACT’s 4th annual Rescue Rally. The Rally challenged small, all-volunteer rescues in the Greater Indianapolis area to compete for prize money by pulling the most animals in various categories from Indianapolis Animal Care & Control during the 3-month contest period ending December 31.

More than $6,000 in donated prize money and gift cards will be awarded on February 21 when the winners are announced.

Since its inaugural event in 2010, Rescue Rally participants have saved 1,132 animals. These same organizations have saved thousands more. “During 2013, these 12 small groups accounted for 1,060 animals leaving IACC alive,” said Warren Patitz of move to ACT. “That’s 16 percent of the entire live transfer rate for the year.”

2013 Rescue Rally participants include:

Every Dog Counts
Casa Del Toro
Mended Hearts
Lucky Dog Retreat
Love of Labs
Heart for Dog
Chihuahua Rescue
Indy Claw
Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue
Beagle Buddies
All About Dogs
IN Siamese Rescue

The public is invited to the awards ceremony, which features refreshments, live music, and a silent auction:

Friday, February 21
7:00 p.m.
Circle City Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital
9650 Mayflower Park Drive
Carmel, IN 46032

Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Gleaners Food Bank or a donation of pet food for one of the city’s two pet food pantries. The pantries help pet owners avoid surrendering their pets for economic reasons.

“It’s a fun evening and a great way to learn about these dedicated volunteer rescue groups,” added Patitz. “They work tirelessly to save animals and spend every dime they receive on the cause, and many people don’t even know they exist. We want to change that!”

For more information, contact:

Warren Patitz

Rescue Rally 2013 Information

October 1, 2013
For immediate release

Rescue groups and the public invited to participate
in 4th annual life-saving Rescue Rally

For the fourth consecutive year, volunteer animal rescue organizations in the Greater Indianapolis area are invited to earn much-needed prize money while saving lives in move to ACT’s annual Rescue Rally. The Rally enables small, underfunded rescue groups run entirely by volunteers to compete for prizes by rescuing animals from Indianapolis Animal Care & Control and finding them foster or permanent homes.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the most dogs rescued, the most cats, the most exotic animals, the most all-black dogs, and the most all-black cats between October 1 and December 30. Black animals are highlighted because they are often overlooked by adopters.

All-volunteer animal rescue groups that are approved rescue partners with IACC and within 50 miles of Indianapolis can sign up to participate at http://rescuerally2013.eventbrite.com. Any questions about signing up can be mailed to info@movetoact.org with the subject line “Rescue Rally 2013.”

The previous three Rescue Rallies have saved 900 animals and generated $14,350 for participating all-volunteer rescue organizations from generous private and corporate donations.

“We call the small, all-volunteer rescues SAVRs, because they really are saviors for the animals,” said Warren Patitz of move to ACT. “They have the same expenses for food and veterinary care that large organizations have, but they lack visibility, high-profile supporters, and professional fund-raising campaigns. They rely solely on donations and the charity of volunteers.

“Every dime they receive is spent on the animals. Rescue Rally gives them recognition for their efforts, and the chance to win some much-needed cash so they can save more lives.”

Actual prize amounts in each category for 2013 will be determined by the final total of donations collected. Donations in any amount are welcome at movetoact, or by mail to move to ACT, P.O. Box 68658, Indianapolis, IN 46268. All donations go 100% to support Rescue Rally efforts.

Rescue Rally focuses on pulling animals from IACC, the severely underfunded city shelter where 4333 healthy/treatable animals were killed in 2012.

For more information, contact:
Warren Patitz