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    T.R.O.T (Transport Relocation Operations Team)
    November 15, 2017
    Awarded: $150,000
    The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) T.R.O.T Program is the winner of the first Right Idea Innovation Grant Challenge. To connect good people with good horses, KHS will create a transportation network to ensure that there is a diversity of available horses in various markets. For example, Kentucky has a large number of gaited horses, Saddlebreds and Thoroughbreds; other regions of the country have a heavy influence of other breeds. Within each of these states, there are people wanting horses for diverse purposes ranging from competition to recreational pursuits. The T.R.O.T program will mimic the success of companion animal relocation programs that has increased lifesaving in animal shelters nationwide. KHS and The Right Horse Initiative believe that applying market and supply principles will result in similar successes for equines.
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    The Safe Horse Auction and Equine Fair
    August 22, 2017
    Awarded: $5,000
    The Safe Horse Project is a partnership of equine organizations and volunteers who want to make a difference in the welfare of horses in Mississippi. In a collaborative effort to change the way the horse industry buys and sells horses they are providing a new, innovative venue to help facilitate the movement of horses in transition. The Safe Horse Auction and Equine Fair is a one-day event that will provide a safe auction for horse owners to sell or buy as well as include local adoption agencies to offer horses for adoption. This all-day event will also include training demonstrations, a flea market, silent auction, as well as basic services including- microchipping, NIP registry, veterinary consultation, dentistry, and farrier. The event will run in conjunction with a One Day Open Shelter to provide resources or services to many horses in transition throughout the state.
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    Hero Awards
    July 20, 2017
    Awarded: $10,000
    The Central Oklahoma Humane Society’s primary goal is to end the needless euthanasia of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats in central Oklahoma. Since founding in 2007, our programs have served nearly 110,000 pets. In their first 10 years we have made great strides toward this goal including increasing the live release rate from the Oklahoma City animal shelter from 25% in 2007 to 75% in 2017. Support of the Hero Awards enables the expansion of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society’s innovative and life-saving programs benefitting pets in our community.
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    New Adoption Center – Increasing Capacity Project
    April 10, 2017
    Awarded: $10,000
    Pet Angels Rescue Increasing Capacity Project is to utilize the brand new adoption center to its fullest capacity by saving many more animals each year. Pet Angels collaborates with a network of animal welfare groups, rural animal welfare operators, city and county shelters and passionate individuals dedicated to helping rural shelters with no available space and high euthanasia rates, to save more animals lives. A critical need for more quality shelters is highlighted by the findings of “The Oklahoma Animal Study,” a recent two year research conducted by the Kirkpatrick Foundation.
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    Oklahoma City Live Release Project Step-Down Challenge Grant
    February 13, 2017
    Awarded: $100,000
    The purpose of the Oklahoma City Live Release Project was to introduce two new programs that would continue to increase the percent of animals leaving the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter alive. To this end, the relocation and bottle baby nursery programs were introduced in 2016. The goals for each of these programs were: 1) Relocation — 1,500 dogs transported in year one and 1,800 in year two, and, 2) Bottle Baby Nursery — 250 neonates in year one and up to 2,000 in year two. Both programs were designed to address populations that were at risk of being euthanized at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter.
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    National 1-Day Open Door Shelter Project
    February 8, 2017
    Awarded: $184,704.79
    Horse Plus Humane Society will expand on their pilot program-One Day Open Shelters/Last Act of Kindness Clinics and will hold twelve (12) 1-Day Open Door Shelters at various locations across the United States throughout 2017. Surrendered horses will be evaluated for adoptability. There will be no charge to horse owners for surrendering their horses. If found adoptable, the horses will be transferred to adoption partners. Surrendered horses that are deemed unadoptable will be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian.
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    Increasing Horse Placement Capacity and Qualified Adopters
    February 3, 2017
    Awarded: $393,736.40
    This being year two of a pilot program to increase equine placements, the Harmony Equine Center will continue to work with qualified partner organizations and fine tune our program for the transfer, training and adoption of horses in transition. In addition, Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center will explore and evaluate the opportunities presented by working with Departments of Agriculture in Colorado and neighboring states as well as evaluating a partnership with the “One Day Open Shelter” events to expand the scope of the program and impact more horses in transition.
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    Horse Trainer/Adoption Specialist
    January 18, 2017
    Awarded: $30,000
    In an effort to dramatically increase the number of horses adopted every year Horse Plus Humane Society recognized their need for an on staff trainer. The trainer’s duty is to evaluate and train horses available for adoption and work with potential adopters to find the right horse their needs. With an on staff trainer adopters will have access to complimentary sessions with the trainer and their new horse to ensure capability and reduce potential returns to the shelter.
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    Expanding the Solution to Pet Over-Population in Rural Oklahoma
    November 18, 2016
    Awarded: $224,964
    In April 2016 Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter was awarded a $200,000 grant to address pet over-population in rural Oklahoma. Due to their success, as well as a continued need, PAAS has been awarded additional funds to continue to expand their pet relocation program. Through partnerships and collaborations of several rescue groups in Oklahoma, PAAS has led the ongoing effort to relocate adoptable pets to other areas of high demand, including their partner Denver Dumb Friends League. They are projecting the transport of approximately 2,000 dogs in 2017.
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    Pony Club Challenge
    November 11, 2016
    Awarded: $230,000
    New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has partnered with the US Pony Club creating an educational, incentive based challenge for Pony Club students that will increase both adoption awareness and the number of retired racehorses being moved into homes. The goal is for New Vocations to provide up to 100 free retired racehorses over a two and half year period to pre-approved Pony Club students or Pony Club Riding Centers and provide a stipend to help cover expenses associated with the care each horse.
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    Midwest Animal Relocation
    September 12, 2016
    Awarded: $2,207,948
    The ASPCA currently operates animal relocation programs along the East and West Coasts of the United States, which this year will afford an estimated 11,000 dogs and cats with a better chance at finding a safe, loving home. They have identified additional animal relocation routes from the Southeastern and South-central states to the Midwest which would increase the number of lives that can be saved. The ASPCA estimates that once the program’s components have been fully established, it will enable them to relocate 12,000 animals over a three-year period.
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    Humane Hero Awards Sponsor
    August 23, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    OK Humane exists to save the lives of homeless pets, promote the well-being of animals and through them, enrich the communities they serve. Since 2007, OK Humane programs have served more than 100,000 pets. Their vision is to save all of the healthy and adoptable animals in their community. The funds raised through the Humane Hero Awards event will enable OK Humane to expand its innovative and life-saving programs in the community.
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    Foster Concierge Caretaker
    August 9, 2016
    Awarded: $35,000
    The Central Oklahoma Humane Society will intake over 4,000 dogs and cats for its adoption program in 2016. Approximately 60% of those animals will be assigned foster homes. OK Humane has approximately 600 foster homes that include full-time, relief and occasional homes. The organization currently has one Foster Coordinator who is responsible for assigning the animals into foster homes and communicating with all fosters through the point of pet adoption. The duties of the Foster Coordinator include initial placement, managing foster swaps, coordinating relief fosters for weekend and vacation coverage and re-assignment of returned animals.
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    Pet Angels New Shelter Project
    July 5, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    Pet Angels Rescue Inc. saves primarily dogs and cats from public shelters, or pets that can’t remain at their current homes & citizens that have taken in strays. They are dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals, and public education of animal care and dedicated to bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. They believe that with Pet Angels Rescue’s assistance, many animals can remain in their current homes instead of being admitted to animal shelters, while a new home is found. The new shelter will allow the organization to increase their capacity to help even more Oklahoma animals in need.
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    Community Pet Care Clinic
    June 6, 2016
    Awarded: $650,000
    An estimated 23 million pets live in poverty in America. Millions more are in homes that struggle daily to make ends meet. For many pet owners, even basic veterinary services are out of reach. CPCC believes that it is our responsibility to provide access to veterinary care for the millions of pets currently without that care. The first Community Pet Care Clinic facility will be located in Toledo, OH on a well-traveled street and in an area of low to moderate-income families. The clinic will offer a broad range of services that are considered “basic” or “first tier” services.
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    Nexus Lab on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation Panel
    May 27, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    The mission of Nexus is to catalyze new leadership and accelerate global solutions. Nexus is a global movement to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. With thousands of members from 70 countries, they work to unite young investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and allies to catalyze new leadership and accelerate global solutions. Founded in 2011, Nexus has hosted over 20 summits across six continents to connect young people from diverse backgrounds and link communities that would otherwise never meet. Nexus also conducts research and provides thought leadership to facilitate collaboration and build a global culture of philanthropy.
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    Addressing Rural Overpopulation Through Transport
    April 13, 2016
    Awarded: $200,000
    Through collaboration with other shelters and rescues, Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter (PAAS) will expand their aggressive program to strengthen and grow their role as a regional resource to address the area’s critical animal over-population problem in rural Northeast Oklahoma, using out-of-state transport.
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    Last Act of Kindness Clinic
    February 10, 2016
    Awarded: $10,000
    1-Day Open Door Shelter & Last Act of Kindness (euthanasia) clinic for horses in Oklahoma. This will be a pilot program in the state of Oklahoma, but has been successfully done in California since 2008.
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    Multi-Agency Strategic Planning Session
    January 24, 2016
    Awarded: $2,500
    It has been many years since a five-year strategic plan was completed addressing animal homelessness in Oklahoma City and clearly identifying goals and strategies for the major partners of the Oklahoma City Shelter. A 5-Year Strategy session has been planned to develop new goals and strategies for 2016-2021 that will include the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter (OKCAW) and its two largest transfer partners, The Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the Bella Foundation SPCA. The new plan will provide a roadmap for continued improvement of the community live-release rate in OKC.
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    Harmony Center - Increasing Placement Capacity in Nonprofit Horse Facilities
    January 4, 2016
    Awarded: $442,500
    Horse Plus Humane Society will expand on their pilot program-One Day Open Shelters/Last Act of Kindness Clinics and will hold twelve (12) 1-Day Open Door Shelters at various locations across the United States throughout 2017. Surrendered horses will be evaluated for adoptability. There will be no charge to horse owners for surrendering their horses. If found adoptable, the horses will be transferred to adoption partners. Surrendered horses that are deemed unadoptable will be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian.
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    Central Oklahoma Humane Society
    December 30, 2015
    Awarded: $100,000
    The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) was founded in 2007 to help end needless euthanasia and was one of the first in the country to formalize a relationship with its city shelter whereby both entities would work in partnership to increase the city shelter’s live release rate. An initial live release goal of 75% was established and the partnership has made great strides, increasing the live release rate from 25.3% in 2007 to 66.7% by the end of 2014.
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    ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville, NC
    December 15, 2015
    Awarded: $750,000
    To meet the significant needs of extremely fearful and under socialized dogs, the ASPCA opened a groundbreaking Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, NJ in 2013. This innovative facility develops and implements specialized behavior modification protocols to help dogs overcome their tremendous fear. They learn to become comfortable being a pet, including interacting with humans, going outdoors and walking on a leash.
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    Oklahoma City Live Release Project
    December 1, 2015
    Awarded: $329,336
    The Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) was founded in 2007 to help end needless euthanasia and was one of the first in the country to formalize a relationship with its city shelter whereby both entities would work in partnership to increase the city shelter’s live release rate. An initial live release goal of 75% was established and the partnership has made great strides, increasing the live release rate from 25.3% in 2007 to 66.7% by the end of 2014.
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    OK Humane Society Fund
    January 13, 2015
    Awarded: $11,500
    The mission of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, a nonprofit public charity, is to serve the charitable purposes of its donors and the charitable needs of the Oklahoma City area through the development and administration of endowment and other charitable funds with the goal of preserving capital and enhancing value. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation values integrity, stewardship and collaboration. It strives to be enlightened leaders with a long-term perspective of community issues and opportunities, and we encourage and assist donors’ philanthropy for the benefit of the community.

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