Video: The Foundation’s Rescue U gets help from friends in Kentucky


It’s day three in Morehead, Kentucky on our Rescue U trip to help Rowan County Animal Shelter. We’ve made a lot of progress and managed to dodge any significant weather-related delays. The outdoor kennel roofs are framed, fencing is going up, the shelter roof is repaired and dog beds and kitty condos are being constructed by the students. The community support is overwhelming.


Gwen is at Kentucky’s Rowan County Animal Shelter, where the Rescue U team is volunteering.

Our friend Rob Hamilton, the manager of Braxton County Animal Shelter in West Virginia, drove over yesterday to help out and pay it forward. Last year his facility was the site of a Rescue U trip. (Read about and watch video of that trip here.)

Colleen Harrington, the director of shelter operations at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey, joined us too. She is here to help care for the animals and transport dogs back with her, increasing the likelihood that they will be adopted.

Check out our video to meet some of the people who came to lend a land, hear their stories and see the progress.

Chase contest update:
Thanks to everyone who supported and voted for the Foundation in the Chase Community Giving Challenge. It was nail-biter until the end and, with your support, I am thrilled to announce that we are the recipients of a $425,000 grant for Rescue U.

This grant will allow us to create a sustainable infrastructure of national Rescue U chapters and match college students up with shelters and animal rescue groups in their community. These students will have the opportunity to be directly involved with and raise awareness about homeless pets at the local level, promoting volunteerism and the importance of pet adoption.

Thank you all for helping us save thousands of homeless pets and inspiring the next generation to do the same. Watch us go!!!

Next week:
I am leaving tonight, but you will hear more from Denise Bash, program manager for the Foundation (and founder of Rescue U!) who is staying next week until the project is done.

This trip is made possible through the support of our friends at BISSELL, longtime advocates for pet adoption; The Animal Rescue Site and Visit The Animal Rescue Site every day to make a free click donation that supports the Foundation.

In our next blog post we will introduce you to the adoptable pets waiting for homes here in Morehead, KY.

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Previous Rescue U trips:

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Video blog: Petfinder Foundation head Liz finds puppy love in S. Carolina

Blog: Animal Lifeline volunteers meet, and market, S. Carolina shelter pets

Blog: Animal Lifeline and the Foundation head to S. Carolina to help a shelter in need

Blog: West Virginia shelter project: Meet the rescued dogs, plus: video of the trip!

Blog: The trip is almost over but there’s still work to do

Blog: West Virginia shelter project: Devon helps save a dog in his first hour!

Blog: Foundation/R.O.A.R. rehab West Virginia shelters