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Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Favorite Shelter or Rescue

(Update: Thanks to everyone who nominated a deserving shelter and rescue organization. It's been inspiring to hear about all the wonderful efforts to help companion animals around the country. The contest is now closed to entries. We'll announce the winner of the Hotel for Dogs screening soon.)

Thanks In the new movie Hotel for Dogs, a couple of street-smart siblings in a foster home with a strict no-pets policy hide a feisty Jack Russell Terrier in an abandoned hotel. With the help of a few friends, they are soon providing love and shelter to a motley assortment of city strays, keeping them happy, healthy and well fed with some truly ingenious inventions. (Go behind the scenes with Alysia Gray Painter in the Jan/Feb '09 issue.)

While vending machines that spit out shoes for chewers and automatic ball launchers aren’t available in most shelters or foster homes, Hotel for Dogs celebrates something very real—the heart, hard work and creativity behind every successful rescue effort. That’s what Bark loves about this movie, and why we’re thrilled to share it with folks who know all about fighting the good fight for dogs.

In partnership with Bark, Paramount Pictures is offering a free private screening of Hotel for Dogs to a shelter organization or rescue group (and its choice of employees, volunteers and supporters) at a local movie theater. From humane societies to small grass-roots networks, all are welcome. Entries should be posted as comments below,  so that we can all read about these inspiring programs to help homeless companion animals.

HOW TO ENTER: Nominate your favorite shelter or rescue in 100 words or less as a comment below by February 15, 2009. No phone calls. A winning organization will be selected at random from all qualified nominations and announced on TheBark.com. Please note: Multiple entries from the same address or duplicate entries will be disqualified. Screening can be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, excluding holidays, in a 200-seat theater. Theater location based upon availability.

Important fine print: This film is rated PG. All federal, state and local regulations apply. A recipient of prizes assumes any and all risks related to use of prizes and accepts any restrictions required by prize provider. Paramount Pictures, Terry Hines and Associates, Bark Magazine and their affiliates accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any loss or accident incurred in connection with use of a prize. Prizes cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part. We are not responsible if, for any reason, winner is unable to use his/her prizes in whole or in part. Not responsible for lost, delayed or misdirected entries. All federal and local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Participating sponsors their employees and family members and their agencies are not eligible.

 

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Submitted by MICHELE | January 15 2009 |

would nominate New Freedom,Pa. Shelter for cats and dogs. They have a great staff of people and volunteers who are dedicated to those sweet animals that have no place to live and no-one to love them. I have seen first hand how they are treated. I give them an
(A+). I know for a fact that they have been known to travel to place these animals to their new homes. http://www,@animalrescueinc.org/ I have donated money to them and was able to be with a few of the lucky kitties that were placed.

Submitted by Ann | January 15 2009 |

I nominate DVGRR wich is a golden retriever rescue near Allentown,Pa.
They never turn down a rescue and work deligently to find the forever homes all dogs deserve.

Submitted by Johnette Isham | January 15 2009 |

Fetch! Pet Care of Sarasota Florida nominates THE ANIMAL RESCUE COALITION (ARC) http://www.animalrescuecoalition.org/ a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats by means of a proactive spay/neuter program, comprehensive adoption program, and various other programs designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship.
The ARC Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic has spayed and neutered more than 18,500 dogs and cats since 2002, significantly reducing our community’s pet overpopulation.
A screening of the film Hotel for Dogs is in keeping with ARC’s upcoming fund raiser "Best in Show" Gala Hollywoof in March 2009.

Submitted by Anonymous | January 15 2009 |

I would like to nominate The Friends For The Dearborn Animal Shelter. Our shelter is a no kill non profit shelter. Our dogs and cats are always treated well and almost all customers of ares are satisfied
our website www.dearborn-animals.com

Submitted by Debbie Howell | January 15 2009 |

I would like to nominate the
Humane Society of Pulaski County from Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Humane Society of Pulaski County is the oldest non-profit agency in the area providing emergency and routine care for abandoned, injured, lost and abused animals in central Arkansas.

Our organization has grown over the years from housing needy animals in the homes of founding volunteers to sheltering them in our present 25,000 square foot facility. Our new facility includes an on-site clinic with a veterinarian who provides medical care, sterilizations, and preventative care to every homeless animal that enters our shelter.

HSPC
 Receives no county, city, or state funding or support. We operate solely on private donations, fundraisers and bequests.
 Is a no-kill shelter. We do not destroy healthy or treatable animals in our care.
 Receives no money from, nor is affiliated with any national agency.
 Operates an active animal abuse investigation program which responds to abuse calls and educates people on proper pet care.

Each year the Humane Society….
 Places approximately 2000 animals a year in good homes.
 Provides Humane Education programs to schools, scouts, libraries, church groups and elsewhere in the community.
 Takes puppies and kittens to visit residents in nursing homes and women’s shelters.
 Investigates and prosecutes severe animal abuse and provides care and rehabilitation to the victims of it.

Submitted by Janeen Wansor | January 16 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue, Inc in New Freedom, PA http://www.animalrescueinc.org/ Animal Rescue, Inc. is a no-kill facility; they have a clear cut and demanding mission to care for and rehabilitate rescued animals and find new and loving homes for them. They provide a low cost spay/neuter clinic weekly at their facility for cats. They also provide volunteer opportunities for those people that are looking for a way to help.

These folks are committed - they spend every waking hour seeking really well-suited homes for each and every animal in need. Being the 'mom' of three shelter cats, I thank God every day that there was a volunteer who helped me find my three babies.

These folks are an amazing organization.
Thank you!

Submitted by Anonymous | January 16 2009 |

I nominate the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

Submitted by Diana T | January 16 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue, Inc in New Freedom, PA http://www.animalrescueinc.org/ Animal Rescue, Inc. is a no-kill facility and they have a clear cut, ever demanding mission to care for and rehabilitate rescued animals and find new and loving homes for these animals. They provide a low cost spay and neuter clinic weekly at their facility for cats. I know a person who volunteers there and feels passionately about the great work that they do there!

Submitted by JJ | January 16 2009 |

I would like to nominate Catawba County Animal Care and Control. This is a county-run animal shelter. The folks that run this shelter have worked hard to bring this facility to be one that the residents of Catawba County can be proud of. They provide shelter, care, food, and love to more than 7,000 lost or unwanted animals per year. Unfortunately they cannot find homes for all that pass through their doors therefore humane euthanasia is the last resort. Adoption fairs, cooperation with rescue groups, on-line website pet listings, on-line listings on PetFinder, and cooperation with local veterinarian are just some of the efforts made by staff to locate potential homes.
The staff at Catawba County Animal Care and Control have a very difficult job dealing with the frustration of seeing the un-ending flood of pets coming through their front door knowing there will not be enough homes for all. They handle this stress with such grace. It is a "thank-less" job and I think this would be a proper thanks for a job well done.

Submitted by Terry W. | January 18 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue, Inc in New Freedom, PA http://www.animalrescueinc.org/ Animal Rescue, Inc. is a no-kill facility---that says it all for me.

Submitted by Tammy M. | January 18 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue, Inc in New Freedom, PA http://www.animalrescueinc.org/ Animal Rescue, Inc. is a no-kill facility and they have a clear cut, ever demanding mission to care for and rehabilitate rescued animals and find new and loving homes for these animals. They provide a low cost spay and neuter clinic weekly at their facility for cats. They also provide volunteer opportunities for folks like me that are looking for a way to help.

Submitted by Heather | January 18 2009 |

I nominate Coastal Pet Rescue in Savannah, GA. I have never met a more dedicated group of volunteers. Working together, they save hundreds of animals each year. Visit the website at www.coastalpetrescue.org

Submitted by Deb | January 18 2009 |

I would like to nomiate Save the Animals Foundation (STAF). www.staf.org STAF is a NO-KILL shelter for abandoned cats and dogs. They currently house over 600 dogs and cats - many of who were abused or neglected before coming to our shelter and benefit from the extra time, love and caring patience given by the volunteers each day. STAF was founded in 1988 and is dedicated to providing a loving and safe home for its residents for as long as they live or until they are adopted into a home of their own.

Is a private, NON-PROFIT organization funded completely by donations and fund-raisers. The shelter does not collect any government funds, nor does it spend any money on salaries. All funds go directly to the care and shelter of the animals. Membership dues are LOW and keep you up-to-date with all the happenings of the organization.

I volunteer at STAF every week with the dogs and experience first hand the love that goes in to caring for the dogs and cats. I feel the volunteers at STAF deserve a special day to watch this heartwarming movie.

Submitted by Laura Kozin | January 18 2009 |

I nominate Animal Rescue League of Iowa. We've adopted two cats and a dog from ARL, all healthy, loving pets. Both my husband & I have been ARL volunteers and support many fundraising events. They are reliable animal advocates, humane caretakers, and passionate about education. ARL is a valuable component of our community, and they deserve this special event.

Submitted by Andi | January 18 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in Des Moines, IA. ARL provides shelter and care for literally thousands of animals each year. ARL is a non-profit shelter that spays and neuters over 5,000 animals that are adopted every year. The staff and volunteers do a fantastic job and deserve kudos for their work.

Submitted by Deb | January 18 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Many of my friends volunteer for the organization as it is top notch in the way they ensure that animals find new homes to live in. The people that work there and that volunteer there are very committed to making the Animal Rescue League of Iowa one of the best in the country. One friend that volunteers is always asking for blankets, towels, or other related items for the animals to sleep on. Another friend of my goes there several times a week to walk the dogs to be sure they get plenty of exercise. This past summer, Iowa had many natural disasters and the Animal Rescue League was there to help owners find their pets. These people work hard and I know they would love to see the movie! Please take time to consider this organization. They are the best!

Submitted by Robin | January 19 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. This organization is made up of some of the best folks an animal could ever hope to meet. Their dedication to serving the best interests of all animals is evident in programs like dog training, free pet behavior consultations, spaying/neutering, end-of-life services, animal-assisted therapy, humane education, cruelty intervention, and a farm animal adoption program. Their terrific volunteer program allows animal-lovers to participate in everything from fundraising to working directly with the shelter animals. Great shelter!

Submitted by MaryAnn and Cha... | January 19 2009 |

I would lile to nominate the Dearborn (Michigan) Animal shelter. They took in my Charlie dog when he was underfed and underloved. They made sure he got the best forever home possible (with Me)! They are the best. They also are specialists in rescuing pit bulls a breed often thrown away as mean and vicious.

Submitted by Linda Jack | January 19 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue, Inc in New Freedom, PA http://www.animalrescueinc.org/ Animal Rescue, Inc. is a no-kill facility and they have a clear cut, ever demanding mission to care for and rehabilitate rescued animals and find new and loving homes for these animals. They provide a low cost spay and neuter clinic weekly at their facility for cats. They also provide volunteer opportunities for folks like my friend Debbie who are always looking for a way to help.

Submitted by Patricia Anselm | January 20 2009 |

The Hornell Animal Shelter is an organization worthy of recognition. This shelter helps countless dogs and cats "while promoting the joys of responsible animal ownership" (http://www.hornellanimalshelter.org/). They take exemplary care of the animals who have found their way through these doors, providing superb veterinary care and social outlets for both dogs and cats. This is a wonderful humane society in the truest sense of the phrase, deserving of this opportunity to reward their selfless employees and volunteers.

Submitted by Brent | January 20 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. They help get the word out about animals in need of a good home.

Submitted by Laurie Cohen | January 21 2009 |

I would like to nominate The Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk, Maine. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to not only find homes for loving animals, but also help create community awareness on many more issues. In 2008, they found homes for over 2750 animals including rescued dogs from numerous puppy mill seizures. I know what little I give them can never be enough. Thank You AWS and Thank You Bark

Submitted by Alicia Heinrichs | January 22 2009 |

I nominate Animal Rescue of Carroll. ARC is a group of volunteers that provide placement assistance for pets needing homes in the area, help with fundraising, and are working towards tax-free charity status. With the help of the volunteers, pets in the area are now finding their forever homes.

Submitted by Victoria Yang | January 23 2009 |

My nomination goes to Furry Friends Rescue in Fremont, CA. When I was looking for my first dog they really helped find a good match for me! I then started volunteering and realized just how much effort this group puts into rescuing companion animals in the Bay Area. They are advocates for dogs and cats, helping to rescue and re-home hundreds of animals a year, while educating the public on rescues, proper care and training, spay and neuter, and other issues concerning animal welfare. Rescue is not only about saving lives, it’s about educating the public too.

Submitted by Valerie Wilson | January 25 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue Inc. of New Freedom PA. A no kill shelter with many,many,many dogs,cats and even a pig! There are lots of employees and volenteers that work round the clock to make sure the needs of the animals are met.

Submitted by Carly Shomo | January 27 2009 |

I would also like to nominate Animal Rescue Inc. Of New Freedom PA. This no kill shelter also offers vet care to strays. As well as having Tons of animals to care for. They need all the help they can get!

Submitted by Beth Ryan | January 27 2009 |

My nomination to win is the Animal Humane Society which oversees 5 shelters in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area. They do a fabulous job locally, taking in animals of all varieties, retraining dogs for rehoming, having Yappy Hours, investigating cruelty cases wherever they might be, among many, many other programs.

Part of their mission is to go to areas that have been hard hit by disasters - for example, Katrina - and do whatever they can to assist the animals - whether it is saving abandoned animals and finding new homes for them, or just general animal welfare assistance.

They deserve the support. Let's hear it for the Animal Humane Society!

Submitted by Christine Tully | January 28 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL). That's where I got my dog Scout, who I love to pieces. They have an innovative cage-free shelter facility and many progressive programs such as free prepatory training class for new dog guardians, free and low-cost veterinary care for low-income DC residents, and a Humane Education curriculum to teach children about animal overpopulation, proper care for companion animals, and co-existence with wildlife.

Submitted by Alice | January 28 2009 |

I nominate Animals in Distress in Coopersburg, PA, a no-kill shelter run by a dedicated group of people. The shelter which accepts both dogs and cats is run entirely on donations. The animals are well taken care of by a kind and loving staff and given vet treatment whenever necessary. Every effort is made to find forever homes for the animals.

Submitted by Noriko O. | January 30 2009 |

I’m Nori, a 70 year-old volunteer with the Benicia-Vallejo Humane Society, www.bvhumane.org, Vallejo, California. The following continue to motivate me and many other volunteers to help: the animals who cry for warm companionship with a walk, quietly sitting or reading with them, or taking them to an outdoor pen to feel the freedom of off-leash running, and playing with them with toys; watching or often assisting permanent staff who lovingly and competently work hard caring for the animals, including medicating them, bathing them, and countless other efforts to keep them healthy, happy and comfortable until they find their forever homes.

Submitted by Steve Reinheimer | January 31 2009 |

I want to nominate the staff at the Adams Co. SPCA as the most caring, loving and considerate shelter around...hands down !!! These folks are the most dedicated & committed individuals I've been around as they take their jobs & responsibilities in caring for the animals very serious and professionally. I've witnessed first hand the care these folks give to all the animals and handle each one as if it was their very own. Anyone adopting a pet from this shelter can feel extremely confident that the animal they're taking home was well loved. (Location: Gettysburg, PA)

Submitted by Go Fetch Gifts | January 31 2009 |

Nomination: Humane Society of Greater Akron, Ohio
web site: http://www.summithumane.org/

I am a previous employee. They have been over-capacity for some time. Humane officers rescue animals from foreclosed homes, abusing, neglectful owners, and animals found abandoned everywhere from fields, tied to trees, and left in boxes in parking lots. The number of rescues (sometimes 15-30 abandoned animals at a time from one location) increases every year, but the space at this no time limit shelter does not.

They have been planning on building a new shelter for years and there have been setbacks, but plans are still in the works. The people who work there are very strong and the animals are well taken care of, even if cages need to be moved into offices and stacked on top of each other to make room.

Submitted by S Riggs | February 5 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue Inc. in New Freedom, PA. This no-kill animal shelter takes great care of their animals and the staff is very friendly.

Submitted by Amanda | February 5 2009 |

Animal Rescue Inc, www.animalrescueinc.org, is a no kill shelter located in New Freedom, PA. I have been going there since I was a child I and am very familiar with this organization. I absolutely love going there and spending time with all the animals. Their founder, Grace, is a truly amazing person who works harder than anyone I know. Animal Rescue makes sure all of their animals are treated well and have a nice warm place to sleep at night. This organization is run purely on donations which can at times can create struggles. They also have a low cost spaying and neutering program which helps alot of people out. I personally have adopted two cats and a dog from them and will be forever grateful to them for these additions to my life.

Submitted by Amanda | February 5 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue Inc, www.animalrescueinc.org. Animal Rescue is a no kill shelter located in New Freedom, PA. I have been going to the shelter since I was a child and I absolutely love going there and spending time with the animals. The founder, Grace, is a truly amazing person who works harder than anyone I know. They provide low cost spaying and neutering and are also run purely on donations. I personally have adopted 2 cats and 1 dog from them and I am so grateful to them for that.

Submitted by Pat | February 5 2009 |

Meals 'Fur' Pets is a not for profit organization located in Cherokee County, GA. This group collects donated pet food and distributes it to the elderly, disabled and those in a critical situation of unemployment.
Less than 3 years old, this group has collected thousands of pounds of food and distributed it to over 100 people...to help them keep there pets in a loving home rather than having to be put in a life or death situation. It is run by volunteers who have a love of pets and want to help others maintain their pets at home.
Please contact our web site www.mealsfurpets.com if you are interested in membership ($20) to help us maintain a supply of food for these needy animals.

Submitted by Lauren | February 6 2009 |

I would like to nominate Animal Rescue, Inc in New Freedom, PA (http://www.animalrescueinc.org). This no-kill shelter is a great facility and run by an excellant staff. I got my cat 5 1/2 years ago at this shelter and had a great experience.

Submitted by Anonymous | February 8 2009 |

Meals Fur pets is a great non profit organization. They help pets to stay in there homes where they are loved but help the owners who can't afford food.

Submitted by Judy | February 9 2009 |

I want to nominate Meals Fur Pets. This is a non-profit organization that helps those who are financially challenged to care for their animals in their own homes. I have been in tight spots before and could have really used this help. I would like those who love their dogs to be able to feed and care for them properly.

Submitted by Kelly P. | February 11 2009 |

I'd like to nominate Meals Fur Pets, a non profit organization in Cherokee County, GA that provides food to the pets of families in need. I've been involved in GA animal rescue for years, and the overpopulation problem in the southern US is atrocious. I fully support this organization because it assists to keep beloved pets with their families instead of being turned into shelters, where the pet's fate is uncertain at best. Good luck to all of the nominated organizations!

Submitted by Cristy | February 11 2009 |

I nominate Animal Resue of New Freedom, Pa. My husband had found a stray cat and it was really sick.I called animal resue cause i didn't have the money to take the cat to the vet. They took the cat got him all better and gave the cat it shots and didn't charge me anything.I even calle my own vet and explained that we had found this cat and it was really sick and my vet wouldn't help cause i didn't have any money. Thank you Animal Resue!!!

Submitted by Samantha | February 14 2009 |

I'd like to nominate Meals Fur Pets, a non profit organization in Woodstock, GA that provides food to the pets of families in need. I support this organization because it assists to keep beloved pets with their families instead of being turned into shelters, where the pet's fate is uncertain at best.

Submitted by Nancy | February 14 2009 |

I would like to nominate the Adams County SPCA in Gettysburg PA. The current management has turned this shelter around 200% and are a dedicated, animal loving staff who's #1 concern is truly the welfare of the animals. They are currently raising money for a mobile spay/neuter clinic and have expanded their efforts to educate pet owners in hopes of reducing the number of surrenders and abandoned animals. They have made appearances at schools, community gatherings and area legislative groups to focus attention on the importance of supporting the SPCA. They made a presentation to the Adams County Landlords Association to encourage more pet friendly housing and are more than willing to work with area rescue groups in placing shelter animals. They not only talk the talk but they walk the walk and I'm proud to be a member of this wonderful organization.

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