Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation Awards Grants to Pet Programs

ST. LOUIS — Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation is awarding cash grants totaling over $99,700 to 28 domestic pet programs in the United States and Canada. Funding for the grants is provided by the Bearemy's Kennel Pals program. Each time a Build-A-Bear Workshop guest purchases a full-sized Bearemy's Kennel Pals friend—a collection of plush dogs—one dollar is donated through the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to local animal shelters, stray pet rescue and rehabilitation organizations, and pet education programs.

"The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation is proud to partner with Build-A-Bear Workshop Guests to offer assistance to thousands of beary special pets in need. We look forward to the continuation of this collaborative giving program which lends a helping paw to domestic pets," said Matt Oldani, manager of the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation.

Grant recipients include:

Animal Advocates of South Carolina (Barnwell, SC)To fund a spay and neuter program

Animalkind, Inc. (Hudson, NY) To fund low-cost or free spay and neuter procedures

AniMeals (Missoula, MT) To fund a nutrition program for pets owned by families in need

Animal Welfare Society of Camden County (Blackwood, NJ) To provide funding for an outdoor area for shelter dogs

Bakersfield Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Bakersfield, CA) To fund the expansion of existing spay and neuter programs

Bangor Humane Society (Bangor, ME) To cover veterinary care, rehabilitation, shelter, adoption expenses

Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (Berkeley, CA) To provide funding for a humane education program for school-aged children

Birmingham Boston Terrier Rescue (Birmingham, AL) To fund pre-adoption veterinary care

Caleb Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (Whitefield, NH) To fund veterinary care of pets belonging to senior citizens

Community Partnership for Pets, Inc. (Flat Rock, NC) To fund a spay and neuter program

Dreampower Animal Rescue Foundation (Colorado Springs, CO) To fund pre-adoption veterinary care

Erie County SPCA (Tonawanda, NY) To fund an adoption program

Etowah Valley Humane Society (Cartersville, GA) To fund a spay and neuter program

Gateway to Canine Partnerships (Salt Lake City, UT) To cover costs associated with training service dogs

Georgia Canines for Independence (Acworth, GA) To provide funding for the training of an assistance dog for a child with physical disabilities

Humane Society of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA) To fund veterinary care and medical treatment for adoptable animals

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (Colorado Springs, CO) To fund a humane education program

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program (Hilliard, OH) To support an adoption program for former races horses

Ogemaw County Humane Society (Rose City, MI) To cover shelter expenses

Ozark Mountain Basset Rescue (Fayetteville, AR) To fund veterinary care for basset hounds

Pet Adoption Fund (Canoga Park, CA) To fund veterinary care

Pet Rescue of Mercer (Hamilton, NJ) To fund an adoption program

Ryerss Farm for Aged Animals (Pottstown, PA) To cover medical expenses for horses

Save A Kitty (Canyon Country, CA) To fund operating expenses of the shelter

Save The Animals Rescue Team (Totowa, NJ) To fund a spay and neuter program

Spay Central Toronto (Toronto, ON) To aid in opening a not-for-profit spay and neuter clinic

The Brooklyn Animal Foster Network (Brooklyn, NY) To fund program expenses

The Oasis Animal Sanctuary, Inc. (Williamstown, NJ) To fund a low-cost spay and neuter program

Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation is committed to making life more bearable for children, families, and pets in need of a helping paw. The Foundation makes grants to qualified non-profit organization that support the health and wellness of children and families, the care and welfare of animals, the preservation of the environment, and the promotion of literary and education for all.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, the company currently operates more than 290 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland. The addition of franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia make Build-A-Bear Workshop the leader in interactive retail.

Since 2001, more than $2.7 million has been awarded by the Bearemy Kennel Pals program to over 300 animal welfare organizations in the US and Canada. Funding is made available to charities that help domestic pets through a quarterly grant process. We like the fact that these grants benefit animals in communities across the US (and Canada).

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