Facebook vote: Area animal shelters in running for year of free Pedigree dog food

Nominations for Pet Rescue North and the Safe Animal Shelter in Middleburg led to Jacksonville's selection as a finalist in the Pedigree Feeding Project: Choose the Next Communities.

The pet food company will supply winning shelters with 100 percent of their dog food needs at no cost for about one year, allowing them to re-allocate funds to help more dogs find homes, according to a news release.

Since the Feeding Project's inception in early 2012, participating shelters have saved from $40,000 to $100,000 by eliminating the need to budget for food.

The company received more than 14,000 nominations representing hundreds of communities. In Jacksonville, “heartfelt nominations for Pet Rescue North and SAFE Animal Shelter showcased the community's support, noting the assistance from Pedigree … would help the shelter increase dog adoption services within the community,” according to the release.

Pet Rescue North specializes in helping handicapped, blind, and deaf dogs, while the Safe Animal Shelter is longest standing shelter in the Jacksonville area, according to the release.

The other finalists were the Humane Society of Marathon County in Wausau, Wisc.; Michigan Animal Rescue League, Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter and Genesee County Animal Control in Metro Detroit/Metro Flint, Mich.; Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi and the Mississippi Animal Rescue League in Jackson, Ms. and the ANNA Shelter and the Humane Society of Northwest Pennsylvania in Erie, Pa.

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