March Madness Hits Local Animal Shelter
Baltimore Humane Society Earns 2015 Tournament of Tails Bid
Baltimore Humane Society to compete for share of more than $10,000
Local animal shelter, Baltimore Humane Society, has just announced its selection to the second annual Tournament of Tails and is calling on the local community to help it win a share of more than $10,000. Baltimore Humane Society will be among 32 shelters, rescues and humane societies from around the country competing in the online tourney, which is hosted by pet insurance provider Petplan.
32 adoptable shelter pets will play in friendly “one-on-one” match-ups, each representing their respective shelter throughout the single-elimination tournament. Fans can view the furry contenders’ pictures and stories before voting to decide which advances to the next round.
Every pet is a winner, scoring a donation for their shelter based on where their tournament run ends — $100 for “Terrific 32” finalists, $200 for the “Spirited 16,” $300 for the “Eager 8” and $500 for the “Final Fur.”
Baltimore Humane Society has pawed 5 year old cat, Mindy, as its champion for the tournament. The “Most Valuable Pet” will tip-off in first-round action on March 17. But Mindy is hoping for a chance to compete in the championship match-up on Monday, April 6th — and earn a cool $5,000 for her shelter!
Petplan expanded this year’s tournament under its corporate philanthropic initiative, Petplanthropy, adding more shelters, more donations and its own dedicated webpage.
“Every spring the nation gets swept up in men’s collegiate basketball. Tournament of Tails leverages the spirit of ‘bracketology’ to raise awareness for shelter pets, while having a bit of fun,” says Natasha Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan. “Giving back to pets has always been close to our hearts, and we feel this is a wonderful way to celebrate the compassionate work that organizations like Baltimore Humane Society do on behalf of our four-legged friends.”
“Because we receive no operational funding from any government or national humane society, our no-kill shelter relies on donations and opportunities like these to keep our doors open,” says Wendy Goldband, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Baltimore Humane Society. “ If Mindy wins the tournament, she will be helping so many other homeless animals just like herself.”
Baltimore Humane Society encourages pet lovers to visit the Tournament of Tails website at www.gopetplan.com/tournament-of-tails to learn more about Mindy’s amazing story and to cast their vote.
ABOUT BALTIMORE HUMANE SOCIETY
Baltimore Humane Society, founded in 1927 by Mrs. Elsie Seeger Barton, is an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, which offers a low-cost Spay, Neuter, & Vaccine Clinic to the public, and a pet cemetery with grief support services. We receive no operational funding from the local or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organizations. The Baltimore Humane Society is a proud member of BAWA (Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance) along with the MD SPCA and BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter). For more information about BHS, and how you can contribute, volunteer, adopt, or foster, please visitwww.bmorehumane.org or call 410-833-8848.
Petplan is more than a pet insurance company. We’re dedicated to providing pet parents with the support, resources and tools they need to keep their pets not just surviving—but thriving—into their old age. Simply put, we aim to be the kind of company that will make our pets proud. For the third consecutive year, Petplan was listed among Forbes’ annual ranking of America’s Most Promising Companies – a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. Petplan is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America.
Petplan’s fully customizable cat and dog insurance policies provide comprehensive coverage for all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of the pet as standard. Petplan policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group was rated A+ by A.M. Best in 2014. For more information about Petplan pet insurance, visit www.gopetplan.com or call 1-866-467-3875.
Petplanthropy is the official corporate philanthropic initiative of pet insurance provider Petplan. The initiative fulfills its mission of “pawing it forward” by encouraging Petplan employees, policyholders and the general public to lend paws-on support for two- and four-legged friends alike. Petplanthropy facilitates annual Petplan-sponsored charity events, paid time off for employee volunteerism and the donation of employees’ time and talent to charitable endeavors. The initiative also fundraises for the Petplan Fund, from which it donates money to causes that support vulnerable pets and their families. The Petplan Fund is a component fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, a community foundation 501(c)(3) organization.