These two brave firefighters risked their lives for the lives of two sweet puppies. Ellen wanted to personally thank them, and of course, give them a surprise!

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Andrea Cordial
262 days ago

Hi Ellen I would like to nominate Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, because they do a lot for those dogs everyday and I watch their show every chance that I get, they been threw so much hurricanes and a wild fire when they were in California, what Tia and her daughters and all her staff is doing is wonderful they r helping a very misunderstood breed of dog that has been wronged in some many ways just because of their owners that make them fight and do awful things to them and what people should be blaming is the owners not the dogs, they r so loyal that they want to please their owners, that they will do whatever their owners tell them to do, Tia has given not just the dogs a second chance but also the parolees a second chance to work and to turn their life around, a lot of people that she has helped do that and see another way of doing another things instead of doing drugs etc. This was the first show that I ever saw that helped parolees be able to turn their life around and its just wonderful. They have been able to make it threw money wise and natural disasters, and they are still going and keep on saving dogs lifes and also parolees lifes too. Tia and her daughters and her staff are such wonderful people and very strong and determined to help those dogs and to find them new homes and give them a better life. I hope someday Tia wont have to keep on rescuing like she says on her show, but she is continuing to make a difference and she has been threw a lot and so has her daughters and that it what makes them strong.

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Andrea Cordial
263 days ago

Hi Ellen I wanted to thank you for all the things that u do for people, I would like to nominate Somerset Humane Society in Pennsylvania, because they do everything that they can for the animals and they really do care, I volunteer as a dog walker there and I really enjoy it and I know that they would like to have a place for the horses that they recuse sometimes but they have limited space of land and staff, so they have to place them somewhere else, and the dogs do get walked but they need a huge space to just full out run and play and catch tennis balls they have been such a blessing to the animals that were strays or just left at the side of the road, and they give them vet care and whatever else that they need, some of the animals that come in are so scared but with the help of the staff and volunteers the animals come out of their shell its wonderful to see their own personalities come out. I don't think they will ever give up on the animals in need and will keep on going to help and save those animals.

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BRENDA FIERI
267 days ago

I would like to nominate One Horse at A Time (OHAAT). Not only do they supply $ for emergency food and medical care but they supply money for and encourage gelding stallions to help them become more adoptable and to prevent accidental and over-breeding. The info below is from their website:

One Horse at a Time, Inc. or "OHAAT" differs from traditional rescues in that we offer financial support for emergency hay, feed and vet care, not just to 501 (c) 3 rescues but also to private owners in need. However, the assistance program we're most proud of is our gelding grant program. OHAAT believes that one of the leading problems facing the equine population is overbreeding. Unlike most gelding programs available, OHAAT provides funds upfront to help pay for gelding. The help horses of all sizes and breeds but have a very soft spot for off track thoroughbreds who are thrown away like trash when they can no longer run.

Through our unique program, OHAAT is able to help horses all across the United States and has even helped horses in Canada. We feel our program reaches further and deeper into the issue of displaced, abused and neglected horses through our ability to spread funds across the nation to numerous rescues and individuals in need. Your donations are tax deductible. We do the research and footwork for you. Our grant recipients go through a reference checking process and we only pay the service providers.

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Phyllis Danner
267 days ago

Ellen, a tiny little Chihuahua named Mia was the inspiration behind The Mia Foundation. She was born with a cleft palate and it was suggested at birth that she be euthanized. She was given a chance and in return gave much love, hope and inspiration to many people all over the world! A true success story is Mikey who was born with twisted back legs and a weird bald spot on the top of his head. He was sent to The Mia Foundation at two weeks old and therapy was started on his legs. Mikey went on to make a full recovery. His legs are perfectly normal and the bald spot is covered with fur. He is a happy little guy that has found his forever home. Mick was born with Swimmer Puppy Syndrome but thanks to The Mia Foundation he is walking tall (and running and playing and loving life)! Paralysis and deformities have not stopped these pets from being saved by these wonderful people.

www.facebook.com/theamazingmick www.facebook.com/LoveForMiaCleftPalateChihuahua
www.themiafoundation.com/

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Aniko Varju
268 days ago

Hi Ellen,
I would like to nominate the organization I volunteer for in Las Vegas, called Heaven Can Wait Animal Society(www.hcws.org). I help out with the cat adoptions. Their main focus is their high-volume/high-quality, low cost/no-cost spay/neuter clinic; they have spay/neutered over 87,500 cats and dogs in the past 10 years! We also have a handful of additional programs, such as cat/dog adoptions,and "Pawsitively Seniors," which we bring together seniors and our senior kitties (who have a harder time of being adopted) and we cover all the expenses for the fostered kitty. It's a wonderful program and has brought so much joy to so many people and kitties alike! I cannot say enough about Heaven Can Wait--they have made a huge impact on Las Vegas already,and I know this would help HCWS do so much more! They have impacted my life in so many ways, by being a part of their volunteer program. Thank you for your consideration!

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Lauren
268 days ago

I would like to nominate a trio of rescue groups who have joined together to help solve the huge problem of the overpopulation of stray animals in Houston, Texas. This group is called Unity for a Solution (http://unityforasolution.org/) and they are a fantastic group of rescues that truly need the help of a major donation to really make an impact. You see Houston is “America’s #1 Job Creator” according to The Atlantic and yet we have an estimated 1.2 million homeless animals on our streets!
It is difficult to walk or drive through some areas or neighborhoods without seeing animals that are homeless, hungry, suffering and in need. Others have a home but are un-spayed, unneutered and producing unwanted litters that may end up homeless on the street. Some caring residents try to help by giving them food and water. Animal rescuers try to save others but there are just too many to save. We cannot continue to try to just manage this situation, we need help!
People from around the country ask how unwanted animals can live in such terrible conditions in a city as wealthy as Houston. We often ask ourselves the same thing. It is time to ask our elected officials that question. We need to let them know that we expect and desperately need a humane solution to animal overpopulation in certain parts of Houston that focuses on free and low cost spay and neuter services.
Please take them into consideration for this giveaway, it would help us get better control of this heartbreaking problem Houston has!!

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Evette
268 days ago

I would like to nominate the Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals in Midland, Texas. (lonestarsantuary.org) This organization is a true sanctuary for animals, it is a no-kill facility that shelters the animals (mostly dogs & cats) until they are placed in a permanent home.

They are currently experiencing a severe overcrowding situation due to the closing of the local SPCA facility. The facility needs repairs on their roof, plumbing and fencing.

This group goes out into the community/schools for education and their fund raising efforts include "Pet Photos" in Halloween costumes at the local mall.

Their needs are numerous, they always put the animals first. Their website listing of donations needed list the animals needs before the "people comforts" of roofing and plumbing!

Thank you for your consideration of this wonderful organization.

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joan stafen
268 days ago

I want to nominate Clark co Humane Soc for the grant. It's a no kill facility in Neillsville Wi 54456. The address is W3926 Hwy 73 Phone 715-743-4550. They do great work and it's volunteers and donations. Thanks.

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Beth Snider
268 days ago

Ellen
I would like to nominate a group from Enid Oklahoma ! Fur ever friends is an animal rescue group run by Melba Evans , the group is a rescue run by donations, hard work, great compassion and a lot of sweat equity .
The group rescues animals from the local shelter, from the streets and occasionally from hoarding situations.
Rescued animals are fostered by extended members of the group and placed in fur ever homes at adoption days,showcased at community events and via Facebook posts.
All pets are completely veted and well cared for until a forever home can be found.
On occasion pets come to Melba with injuries resulting from abuse , one such pup was Ajax who was placed with Melba after his throat was slit by a sick individual. Ajax required 24 hour care to survive and with the help of Melba and other members of fur ever friends he will likely make a full recovery. Ajax is one of many fur babies that would have never had a chance with out Melba and the group!

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carolyn jenkins
268 days ago

There are so many wonderful shelters and organizations but for me there is one that is very special to me. Pets with Disabilities in Prince Frederick, Md. Owned and operated by very special people Joyce and Mike. Dedicated to pets that have any kind of handicap they are taken care of and loved while waiting for their forever home or living at the organization forever.
Pets with Disabilities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the adoption of dogs and cats with disabilities. The organization serves as a rescue and an adoption placement aid for animals that have been injured through trauma or disabled by illness. Pets with Disabilities provides invaluable support and resources for the families of disabled pets and for shelters attempting to place special-needs animals into loving homes.

For the animals it helps, Pets With Disabilities is a bridge to a better life and forever home.

I have a disabled dog that I love dearly and know how much extra time and work it is caring for just one. Many of these dogs need surgery and along with that come such high vet bills,medicines, wheelchairs,special pads and then all the normal pet care. It would be great if this wonderful organization could receive extra funding or supplies for the many dogs they save.

http://petswithdisabilities.org/rescue.html

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Kathy Carlgren
268 days ago

I would like to nominate the Yerington Area Cat Control Shelter in Yerington, NV. We are a small private non-profit shelter and the only all cat shelter in Lyon County, NV. We have no paid volunteers and our volunteers are comprised of retired, disabled and youth and others that are still in the workforce. The connection between our volunteers and our cats and kittens is amazing. We have a great foster program and spay and neuter program. We have only been in business for a year and a half and that works against us when it comes to receiving grants. We have taken in over 200 fur babies and our adoption rate is 79% but we can do more with your help. In Northern NV cats are the forgotten homeless and dog programs outnumber cat programs almost 10 to 1. Our shelter has not only been hugely successful in finding homes for homelss kittens and cats but has given new purpose to our retired and disabled citizens and also an opportunity to teach children about volunteerism. Our youngest volunteer is 9 and our oldest is 74. This shelter has changed not just the lives of our fur babies but also the lives of our volunteers. This is a shelter worthy of receiving your grant it not only impacts our future to provide medical, spay and neuter, and re-homing opportunities; it also provides the connection of multi-generational people working together to learn from each other and to pass on the importance of volunteerism.

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Kathy mcclinton
269 days ago

I would like to nominate the Animal Rescue Shelter in Macon, GA. A couple weeks ago this shelter was broken into and the invaders let the dogs out. Try killed 3 dogs and many were hurt. They did thousands of dollars of damage and hurt many dogs. I live in SC but feel that this Shelter is in need to monetary contributions. It breaks my heart that ism unable to help as I am on disability with a fixed income. Please feel free to check information

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Kayli Howard
269 days ago

I would like to nominate the Independence, Missouri animal shelter. Just last year our shelter became a no kill shelter but lately the number of pets ending up there has become an issue including space and money. I'd love to surprise the pets as well as the employees and volunteers taking care of them with this. Thank you for reading and your time and consideration,

Kayli Howard

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Wendy Mae
269 days ago

I would like to nominate a wonderful lady in Vancouver, Washington who only takes sick and injured puppies, kittens and older animals. She nurses them back to health in her home (and foster homes) and adopts them out when they are ready. She only works with the animals that others would normally put down.

I do not know Amanda personally but have been following her on FaceBook for a long time. She is always in need of donations and many who follow her on FB try to donate regularly.

She just recently took in a puppy who was born with hip issues that made his rear legs not work. That situation also pulled his back out of alignment. He was unable to walk much when he arrived about 10 days ago. He had surgery a couple of days later to remove his rear legs and now Duncan Lou Who is running and playing like a normal puppy. He is an adorable puppy, without rear legs. Many of her rescues, like Duncan need wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment.

Please visit Amanda's page on FaceBook:

Panda Paws Rescue

I got interested in her over a year ago when she took in a puppy from California who was beaten almost to death by his owners. He had to have his front legs removed because they were so badly damaged. Just last week London's prior owners were found guilty of their crime. She stuck with London, nursed him to health and he now has a loving forever home. Read about London on his FB page:

Roll On London

Thanks for considering this rescue, she takes them in from all over the west, her special needs rescue reaches far and wide.

-Wendy Mae
Seattle area

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Julia Kennedy
269 days ago

Hi Ellen!

All the way from Queensland in Australia, I would like to nominate a nonprofit organisation called Arctic Breed Rescue.

ABR is a private rescue resource, primarily assisting arctic breeds in need from pounds along the Eastern Seaboard of Australia. We bring them into either a foster carer or kennel environment, take care of all their vetwork requirements, provide rehabilitation as and when required - as we search for their happy new beginning. ABR is dedicated to ethical rescue and responsible pet ownership at all times. We always put the needs and wants of our beloved arctic breeds first and foremost.

All animals available for rehoming through ABR are desexed, microchipped, C5 vaccinated, heartworm tested and treated, and internal and external parasite treated. To cover these costs ABR raise money by holding BBQ's at our local hardware stores or pet super stores, have stalls at the markets and hold stalls at our local park where we also show off our arctic breeds available for adoption.

We have a number of volunteers who devote their time, love and money to ensure our furr babies are well looked after and safe.

Please visit their website: http://www.abrinc.org.au/ they also have a facebook page you can visit for more information.

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