Vote for the Dogs
Your vote in State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant program could help a dog find a loving home.
When State Farm says they’re a good neighbor, it’s more than a slogan. In its Neighborhood Assist Program, State Farm is giving away $25,000 to 40 charities ($1 million total) again this year, and Paws Place Inc. in Brunswick County is one of the 200 finalists. The decision is made by public voting, which is going on now through October 2, and the top 40 vote-getters win $25,000.
Paws Place rescues, rehabilitates and finds adoptive homes for unwanted and neglected dogs in the southeastern North Carolina communities, including Wilmington, Leland, Southport and more. Despite people adopting dogs in record numbers during the pandemic, the Paws Place facility in Winnabow is still very active and working hard to find homes for dogs. From April to June 2020, they rescued 40 dogs and found homes for 37 of them.
Paws Place is a no-kill facility. They rescue unwanted dogs from county kill shelters, where up to 21 percent of the animals were euthanized in 2019. Paws Place rescues dogs from such shelters, nurses them back to health, treats their medical conditions, has them spayed or neutered and finds them loving homes.
If awarded the State Farm grant, Paws Place would use the funds to build a secondary quarantine area with a concrete pad, sheltered kennels and containment fencing. Each new dog at Paws Place must spend at least 5 days in an outside quarantine area, possibly more if they are carrying any contagious conditions. The staff recognized this need for the second quarantine area shortly after moving into their new facility in 2017, but after Hurricane Florence devastated their facility in 2018, they have spent all of their extra funds on rebuilding and taking care of the dogs as best they can.
If you agree that Paws Place is a worthy recipient of a $25,000 State Farm grant, it’s important to vote — TODAY! Voting ends October 2. Ten votes each day are allowed.