Pictured: Emilee Spear playing with the rescue dogs at Rusty's Angel Sanctuary.
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Local dog sanctuary finalist in national grant contest, seeks online votes


Tara Alatorre

NEW RIVER –  A local dog sanctuary, Rusty’s Angels, which specializes in caring for and re-homing senior-aged dogs is a top five finalist for a $15,000 national award in the Alba Botanica’s Do Good, Do Beautiful Grant Program.  If Rusty’s Angels is one of the top two organizations with the most online votes it will receive the grant funding; and it is asking for the community to support them by voting online daily.

The Do Good, Do Beautiful Grant celebrates everyday women doing extraordinary good in the world, and it will be awarding two female-led organizations $15,000 to create, expand or sustain a project in their non-profit organization.  Alba Botanica’s panelists chose only five finalists from over 250 entries from around the county, and Rusty’s Angels is the only Arizona-based organization, and the only dog rescue in the top five.

“We just need everyone to remember to vote every day until February 18,” Emilee Spear, the founder of Rusty’s Angels said in an email.  “Each voter can vote every 24 hours from every email they own.”

Rusty’s Angels is based out of New River and provides a safe and caring environment for senior and special needs canines through rescue, foster, adoption, education and hospice.  If it is chosen as a winner for the grant the money will be used towards its veterinary expenses for 2018.  Winners will be announced in March and will be flown out to the awards ceremony in New York City.

“In 2017 our medical expense total was $30,087 so this grant is huge to us,” she said.

Most of Rusty’s Angels rescues arrive because their owner has passed away or has moved into a nursing home. As long as the dog is healthy enough to handle a transition into a new home the rescue will attempt to find a perfect forever home for the pet. If the dog is not healthy enough then they live out whatever time they have left at the sanctuary knowing unconditional love until the very end. Since it was founded in 2014, Rusty’s Angels has rescued 128 senior canines and re-homed 71 of them.

“Providing excellent veterinary care for our seniors for the rest of their life or until they are adopted is a very expensive commitment that we take very seriously so this grant will go a long way for us,” Spear said.

Voting can be done daily at https://www.albabotanica.com/en/dogooddobeautiful, until February 18. To learn more visit www.rustysangelssanctuary.org or call 480-250-0251.