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 production team for Gracie’s Friends is 100% volunteer-based, and we rely solely on the generosity of our sponsors to make this show a reality,” commented Bud Dowdy, Producer of Gracie’s Friends. “We are grateful that Live Oak Bank is willing to sponsor our show, so we are able to continue to match these dogs with devoted owners.”