Veterinary Sponsorships

Live Oak Bank Sponsors Four Best Friends® Strut your Mutt

By |August 22nd, 2014|

Live Oak Bank Sponsors Four Best Friends® Strut your Mutt Walks throughout the Country

Thursday, August 21, 2014 – Wilmington, NC – Best Friends Animal Society® is the nation’s leading organization advocating a no-kill approach to helping homeless animals. Since 1984, the charitable organization has helped reduce the number of animals euthanized in the United States each year from 17 million to 3 million. The non-profit’s programs combat euthanization by putting animals on the path to adoption.

In 1995, Best Friends started a small dog walk event in its home state of Utah. Since then, Best Friends has taken Strut Your Mutt® beyond its Salt Lake City birthplace to 12 major cities throughout the U.S. In 2013 alone, Strut your Mutt raised $1.7 million with 15,000 walkers accompanied by their 12,000 four-legged friends.

What makes this event special in the world of non-profit organizations is that Best Friends Animal Society provides the infrastructure for the events but allows local organizations to benefit [...]

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    Live Oak Bank’s 2013 contribution to the ASPCA helps save 441 animals

Live Oak Bank’s 2013 contribution to the ASPCA helps save 441 animals

By |December 11th, 2013|

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – Wilmington, NC – Earlier this year, Live Oak Bank teamed up with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to support their Animal Relocation and Transport Initiative, which works with local animal welfare organizations to move animals from overpopulated shelters to destination shelters where they have a significantly greater chance of being adopted.

In May, an initial transport of 70 animals was orchestrated from Louisiana to Florida. Over the summer, 121 animals were moved from a shelter outside of Los Angeles to Oregon and Washington State. Most recently, twelve transports were completed by Leech Lake Legacy in Minnesota, saving 157 dogs, 91 cats and 2 ducks. In total, 441 animals have been saved through the relocation partnership between Live Oak Bank and the ASPCA this year.

“Initially, Live Oak Bank provided financing solely to the veterinary community,” stated Travis York, General Manager for Live Oak Bank’s veterinary division. “Our employees are [...]

ASPCA-Live Oak Bank Grant provides transport of 250 animals

By |December 11th, 2013|

In mid-September, we received word from the ASPCA (with funding provided by Live Oak Bank) that we had received a $2,500 grant to assist in the cost of transporting animals from Leech Lake and Red Lake reservations to our partner shelters and rescues. Leech Lake Legacy collaborates and partners with Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue on transports from northern Minnesota to the cities. Weekly transports often include animals from Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations, Bemidji Impound, Fosston Impound and Roseau Impound.

Between 9/13/2013 and 11/27/13, the grant money has funded 12 transports from Leech Lake and Red Lake reservations and a total of 250 animals (157 dogs/puppies, 91 cats/kittens and 2 ducks)! We are extremely grateful to the ASPCA/Live Oak Bank!

And today, the final transport funded by the ASPCA/Live Oak Bank grant was for an emergency transport to bring a 12 week old pup named Grant to the cities. The sweet little boy was one of a litter of 3 picked up by [...]

ASPCA, Cindy Adams Hosts 3rd Annual Blessing of the Animals

By |December 5th, 2012|

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and New York Post columnist and ASPCA board member Cindy Adams are kicking off the 2011 holiday season with the Third Annual ASPCA Blessing of the Animals next Sunday, December 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, located at 520 Park Avenue and 60th Street in New York City.

This year’s community event, which is sponsored by Live Oak Bank, draws a passionate and distinguished crowd of animal lovers and their beloved pets, whether furry or feathered. Led by Christ Church’s Senior Minister, the Rev. Stephen Bauman, and Senior Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein of Central Synagogue, animals will join in a processional to the altar for their blessings. The renowned Brooklyn Youth Choir will perform holiday classics at the family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public. Donations of pet toys will be collected by the ASPCA for homeless pets at [...]

Gracie’s Friends and Live Oak Bank partner up

By |March 23rd, 2012|

Thursday, March 29, 2012 – Wilmington, NC – Gracie’s Friends is a half-hour television program that airs every Sunday starting April 1st at 12:30 PM ET on WWAY (ABC affiliate) in Wilmington, NC. The show was launched to showcase misplaced animals from local shelters that were in need of loving homes. Along with finding families for deserving animals, the show features veterinarians who teach owners how to train and properly care for their furry, four-legged friends. The host, a two-year old Golden Retriever, wants to help place her friends in homes and hopes to act as a Therapy Dog this season. Once she is properly trained, she’ll visit children’s hospitals and retirement communities for senior citizens.

“As an owner of two dogs, Preslie and Ozzie, it is difficult to see displaced animals,” expressed Travis York, Sr. Loan Officer at Live Oak Bank. “The bank is glad to be able to support such a good cause, especially since it benefits animals in our community.”

“The [...]

Live Oak Bank supports their Arthritis Foundation

By |October 19th, 2011|

October 19, 2011 – Wilmington, NC – On Saturday, October 22nd, people and their pooches are walking for a cause at Hugh McRae Park in Wilmington, NC. Although the Arthritis Foundation was originally founded to improve people’s lives through the prevention, control and cure for arthritis, their efforts extend to man’s best friend. “Most people are not aware that canine arthritis can affect dogs of any age, breed or sex,” stated Candice Fuller, Community Development Associate Director for the Arthritis Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “Studies have revealed that as many as 1 in 5 adult dogs have arthritis. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but the pain can be managed through proper diet, regular exercise, surgery and medication. Because arthritis is so prevalent in dogs there is a real need to increase public awareness; only about 41% of dog owners claim that they would recognize the symptoms of arthritis pain in their animal.”

“Since we are headquartered in Wilmington, we like to [...]

Live Oak Bank supports the Atlanta Pet Rescue

By |September 20th, 2011|

September 20, 2011 – Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption will be holding their inaugural dog walk fundraiser at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta on Sunday, September 25th. Paws in the Park is hoping to draw an estimated 4-5,000 walkers and onlookers. The event will be held from noon until 5 PM and will be free to the public. “Paws in the Park will highlight the importance of healthy and active lifestyles for both pets and their owners,” explained Cathy Roth, the Director of Development. “Since this is APRA’s only fundraiser this year, we are very appreciative of all of our sponsors. With their assistance and financial support, we hope to rescue homeless dogs and cats throughout the city and surrounding areas and place them in loving homes. In addition to rescue and adoption efforts, some of the monies raised will go towards the 15,000 square foot expansion of the current shelter. The additional space [...]

A Bank behind the Ark

By |April 25th, 2011|

April 25, 2011- Atlanta, GA – Sarita Vora, an employee of Live Oak Bank in Atlanta, was listening to the local morning news on Monday, April 4th when she heard about a powerful storm that swept through the small town of Elijay, GA, demolishing the Build an Ark Animal Rescue. “When I heard Susan’s pleas for help, I knew we had to do something,” said Sarita. Strong winds, assumed to be tornadoes, whipped through Susan Littlejohn’s animal shelter, leveling the building. At the time, Susan, two other workers and 64 animals were inside. Miraculously, everyone survived.

“At Live Oak Bank, we are all animal lovers. Our four-legged friends even accompany us to the office. When Sarita came to me with this story, there was no question that we wanted to make a contribution to help Build an Ark,” commented Chip Mahan, the CEO of Live Oak Bank. “We wish Susan the best of luck in rebuilding the shelter and appreciate [...]