Tue Sep 23 16:09:36 PDT 2014
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Va. Animal Rescue Wins $5k in Tractor Supply Co.’s Rescue Contest

Sept. 23, 2014 Virginia animal rescue Rikki's Refuge has won the $5,000 second prize in Tractor Supply Co.’s national Rescue Your Rescue contest, an online competition to recognize groups working to find forever homes for adoptable animals. Orange County's Rikki's Refuge is a 367-acre, no-kill, all-species nonprofit sanctuary. The refuge is home to more than 1,200 animals of more than 20 different species, including but not limited to cats, dogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, pigs, emus, chickens, ducks, geese, peacocks and more. It is owned and operated by Life Unlimited of Virginia, Inc. More than 51,000 votes were cast for the top ten finalists. The contest garnered 1,800 nominations for animal rescues and shelters across the country. Tractor Supply hosted the contest as part of Pet Appreciation Week (PAW) festivities, which is the store’s annual event to celebrate pets and introduce families to the joy of owning animals. Tractor Supply presented $25,000 worth of checks to prizewinners on Saturday, Sept. 20, during PAW events at local Tractor Supply stores. The also featured pet adoptions through a partnership with Petfinder.com, demonstrations on pet nutrition, discounts on pet food and supplies, free giveaways and valuable in-store prize drawings. The full list of winners: - 1st Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue, Inc., Shoals, WV. - $10,000 - 2nd Rikki's Refuge, Orange County, VA. - $5,000 - 3rd S.N.A.R.R Animal Rescue Northeast, Westchester County, NY. - $3,500 - 4th Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, Charlotte, NC. - $2,000 - 5th Friends Fur Change, Chickasha, OK. - $1,500 - 6th It Takes a Village Canine Rescue, Evansville, IN. - $1,000 - 7th Heath's Haven, Post Falls, ID - $800 - 8th Phoenix Animal Rescue Ranch, Newberry, FL. - $650 - 9th Satchel's Last Resort Animal Shelter/Sanctuary, Sarasota, FL. - $350 - 10th Blackhat Humane Society, Durango, CO. - $200

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