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The largest beneficiaries were the shelters and rescue groups belonging to the Petfinder.com Foundation, where GreaterGood.org grants funded such programs as Shelter+ Challenge, Rescue U, disaster relief efforts, and more. The majority of these grants went to Petfinder.com Network members located in the United States, but shelters and rescue groups in Canada, Grand Bahamas, and Costa Rica also benefitted from Challenge grants.
New in 2011, a greater emphasis was placed on food banks distributing pet food to U.S. families hit hard by the recession. Providing them with pet food helped keep pets out of shelters. The programs made it possible for many seniors and those with disabilities to enjoy the comfort of a pet. The food banks were run by First Coast Pet Food Banks, Save Our Pets, Seattle Humane Society, and many groups serviced by Rescue Bank’s food distribution program.
Internationally, GreaterGood.org helped animal rescue groups respond to major natural disasters such as the tsunami and subsequent events in Japan, floods in India and Pakistan, and cyclones in Australia, among others.
While the majority of animal rescue grants went to organizations providing shelters or sanctuaries for domestic pets, more than $30,000 went to ten nonprofits working exclusively in wildlife rescue and care.
In 2011, GreaterGood.org gave more than $3.1 million to 111 charities operating in the United States and worldwide. Grants for animal rescue and care were made possible by contributions from The Animal Rescue Site and Gifts That Give More [tm].
Photo: Rescue Bank volunteers prepare pallets of pet food for distribution. Courtesy of Rescue Bank.