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 animal lovers; we are even allowed bring our four-legged friends to work. We have big hearts when it comes to saving animals, so we were excited about supporting the ASPCA’s Animal Relocation and Transport Initiative.”
“Relocation can be the difference between needless euthanasia and successful adoption for an animal,” explained Kristen Limbert, Director of Animal Relocation and Community Outreach for the ASPCA. “Live Oak Bank’s generous gift has made it possible for these participating shelters to save as many lives as possible this year, with additional funds remaining to continue saving lives into 2014.”
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Laura Petty, Marketing Programs Manager
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