Teaming Up For Our Greatest Fans

Athletes for Animals is proud to announce our Spring 2016 Grant Recipients.  We are grateful to be able to help fund a variety of lifesaving programs to the following 19 organizations.

Congratulations to Dogs Playing for Life​ (Longmont, CO), PAWS South Florida Rescue​ (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Companion Animal Alliance​ (Baton Rouge, LA), Southwest Metro Animal Rescue​ (Chaska, MN), Fur-Ever Home Rescue​ (Blaine, MN), Saving Shepherds of MN (Hugo, MN)​, Operation SPOT​ (St. Louis, MO), SNIP Alliance​ (Glen Carbon, IL),
Paws and Claws Koochiching County​ (International Falls, MN), Pro-Bone-O​ (Eugene, OR),
SPAY NEUTER OHIO​ (Green, OH), Humane Society of Missouri​ (St. Louis, MO),
Leech Lake Legacy​ (Bloomington, MN), Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge​ (Oakland, NJ),
Paws For Life​ (Herber City, UT), Open Door Animal Sanctuary​ (House Springs, MO),
Utah Animals Adoption Center (Salt Lake City, UT), Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue​ (Trail, MN) and
Animal Network, Inc.​ (Ellenton, FL).

Over $57,000 will be awarded to help fund enrichment seminars at open-admission shelters, TNR programs for “at-risk” animals, mega adoption events, a variety of S/N programs targeting low-income individuals & homeless people, a Pit-stop initiative, specialized veterinary care and high-volume mobile spay/neuter & wellness clinics.

The past few months a lot of exciting things have been happening around Athletes for Animals!  We were able to help bring back the incredible documentary, The Champions for a sold-out community screening with the help of Gateway Pet Guardians. If you have yet to see the film, it is available for digital download and we believe it has the power to change the hearts and minds of how people view the pit-bull type breed.

In February we hosted our first-ever Captains Dinner fundraiser, an intimate evening that featured delicious food & wine pairings alongside Jim Edmonds, James Laurinaitis, David Freese and David Backes.  Stories and jokes were abundant and it was an amazing opportunity to converse with likeminded animal guardians and raise crucial funds for our charity.

The Captain's Dinner at The Tavern CWE, to benefit Athletes for Animals Photo by Mark Buckner

The Captain’s Dinner at The Tavern CWE, to benefit Athletes for Animals
Photo by Mark Buckner

March found us apart of the first charitable giving competition to hit St. Louis, called Brackets For Good.  The contest saw 64 non-profit groups competing head to head in a bracketed tournament to see who could raise the most funds.  When we made it to the engaged eight round, the heat was turned up when A4A founder David Backes pledged to shave his head if we won the $10,000 grand prize.  In the end, we had an overwhelming amount of support and were able to capture the bonus prize of $10k courtesy of YouthBridge Community Foundation and raise in total over $39,000 for the animals!  Thank you to all of you who donated and helped spread the word.  This was truly a group effort and we proved we have a dedicated team who supports Athletes for Animals.

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Photo courtesy of Kelly Manno Photography.