Talk about hard work that pays off: Palmetto Animal League was one of five nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a $20,000 grant through Tom’s of Maine’s annual “50 States for Good” initiative. How were the winners chosen? Through online voting by the public. Those are some dedicated PAL supporters!
Tom’s of Maine’s program is designed to spotlight local nonprofit projects and volunteer needs. Online voting determined the winners from among 41 finalists, and more than 100,000 votes were cast. According to a press release from Tom's of Maine, PAL plans to use the $20,000 to help build the organization’s “dog lifestyle room” at its new adoption center at the Riverwalk Business Park, which is scheduled to open Oct. 30. The room will help dogs acquaint themselves to living in a home with a kitchen, couch, television and other items they’ll encounter once adopted.
“Our dogs become socialized and trained thanks to our foster-care volunteers," PAL executive director Amy Campanini said. "They learn how to interact with people and we learn if they get along with children or cats, making each adoption more successful. This training lowers the odds that the animal will be returned to us after it’s adopted. This grant from Tom’s of Maine is absolutely essential in re-creating that foster care experience in our new building and allows us to make sure the dogs have everything they need to find a permanent home.”
The other contest winners were: The Bloomington Community Orchard (Bloomington, Ind.); IMPACT Alabama: A Student Service Initiative (Birmingham, Ala.); Kappa Delta Phi Educational Foundation (Indianapolis); and Philadelphia PAWS.
Congratulations to PAL!