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 what she is doing for the animals in Elijay.”

When Susan was contacted regarding the donation, she was grateful for the money to help make immediate repairs to the shelter. “I have been amazed by all of the support from the local community and others who have heard of our unfortunate situation,” said Susan. “I hope the new facility will be better than ever.”

As a bank that works exclusively with veterinarians, Live Oak Bank loves to help those that help the animals that enrich our lives. Live Oak has supported and sponsored veterinary schools, humane societies, and shelters across America. Live Oak Bank donates to Build an Ark to increase their ability to hop back on their feet, and Live Oak Bank is happy to lend a hand.

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