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R.O.A.R. Valentine
R.O.A.R. Valentine's Day e-blast

Dear R.O.A.R. Supporters,

Now one-fourth of the way through the year we are already working at a running pace, implementing new projects and continuing with current initiatives. As you’re aware, the R.O.A.R. Fund provides financial support to our R.O.A.R. charities and to helping animals in need.  This year, for the first time, we used Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to remind and encourage our fans to purchase R.O.A.R. branded pet and consumer items to help the R.O.A.R. Fund, since proceeds of those sales goes into the R.O.A.R. Fund. We did this by sending an e-blast to our Animal Planet subscribers with the message to show their pets love by giving them a Valentine’s Day gift!

In addition to helping build the R.O.A.R. Fund for this year, our partners are busy helping animals in other ways.  Below are just some of the updates from our R.OA.R. partners, thanks in large part to the support we continue to receive from you!  

Since our last update:

  • The EQUUS Foundation partnered with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to establish the Horse Stars Hall of Fame.  62 horses were inducted into the virtual Hall of Fame in March 2013.  Betsy, one of the 62, had such a profound influence on the life of an autistic child named Rowan that the boy’s family created a documentary film about their family’s journey called The Horse Boy.
  • The Jane Goodall Institute has helped rehabilitate DouDou, a 5-year-old chimpanzee they found chained to a car.  Based on his condition, the caregivers believe he was left shackled to the car for almost three years before they found him. He is already showing far more confidence and playing with other chimps.
  • Thanks to National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Conflict Resolution project, the bison of Yosemite National Park have safe havens when they migrate south in the winter – as opposed to the alternatives they used to face such as being killed, placed in pens, or herded back into the park with helicopters and snowmobiles.
  • After the recent deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, TX, the Petfinder Foundation gave a disaster grant to the Humane Society of Central Texas to help it cope with the influx of pets separated from their owners in the explosion, which leveled an entire five-block area.
  • Villalobos Rescue Center continues to provide spay and neuter services for pit bulls in Louisiana.  They have a consistent flow of requests for such veterinary services, as well as request for help owners of multiple litters who can’t take care of the puppies themselves.

Thank you,
The R.O.A.R. team

Motambo the chimpanzee
Motambo the chimpanzee

Dear R.O.A.R. Supporters,

With January already mostly past, we at the R.O.A.R. Fund have been reflecting on 2012 and all of the ways we are grateful for your support.  If you’ve been thinking back over the past year as well, remember all that you’ve done to support the R.O.A.R. Fund and add these accomplishments to your list:

Because of your continued support:

  • Motambo (the chimpanzee pictured here) was saved from infection and malnourishment by the Jane Goodall Institute.
  • The National Wildlife Federation was able to negotiate grazing agreements that have protected more than 600,000 acres surrounding Yellowstone National Park and the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge; acres that will provide the backbone for a larger bison restoration project.
  • More than 81 dogs displaced by Hurricane Isaac were fed, cared for, and either returned to their owners or kept at Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans.
  • The American Humane Association’s Red Star™ Animal Emergency Services team mobilized to rescue and shelter some of the estimated 30 million pets affected by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Petfinder Foundation sent numerous animal shelters and rescue organizations hit by Hurricane Sandy crates, bedding, food, and blankets to replace all they lost and replenish their stores.
  • 50 volunteers traveled to Chengdu, Sichuan, China, with Earthwatch Institute, where they were able to assist with vital panda research.
  • EQUUS Foundation provided grants to charitable organizations, such as the Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center in Lexington, VA, so children like Eliza (pictured here) can learn to ride and even compete in equestrian events.

Thank you for all that you’ve done through your contributions in 2012!  Here’s to a 2013 full of continued great work from our R.O.A.R. partners and many more happy and healthy animals.

Eliza riding
Eliza riding
Final 2012 R.O.A.R. matching campaign results
Final 2012 R.O.A.R. matching campaign results

Dear R.O.A.R. Fund supporters,

Thank you for your continued generosity! Thanks to donations from people like you, our partners – leading animal organizations – are making the world a better place for animals.


We just completed a two-month-long matching campaign with this year’s R.O.A.R. partners: American Humane Association, Earthwatch Institute, EQUUS Foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute, National Wildlife Federation, Petfinder Foundation, and Villalobos Rescue Center. Throughout September and October 2012, those seven organizations raised more than $165,000 dollars, $120,000 of which was generously matched by Animal Planet!


In all, more than 1,000 donors helped these organizations continue their programs, ranging from working with pandas in the Sichuan province of China to rescuing and rehabilitating pit bulls in the New Orleans area. In case you weren’t following the excitement, you can see the results of the matching campaign here: http://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/roar-2012/.


We’re very grateful to work with such a great group of partners, but none of us could accomplish all we’re able to without the support of donors like you. We hope you enjoy the holidays, and we’ll be back in touch in the New Year to provide more updates on what our R.O.A.R. partners are doing.


Kind regards, The R.O.A.R. Fund

Dear R.O.A.R. Supporters,

Let us begin by expressing gratitude for your tremendous generosity and your continued support of the R.O.A.R. Fund.  The projects benefiting from the Fund have been doing incredible work to make the world a better place for animals and we wanted to provide you updates from some of our partners. 

We are also excited to inform you that in the months of September and October (2012) Animal Planet is generously offering up to $120,000 of matching funds to the R.O.A.R. Fund and its partner projects on GlobalGiving. We hope you will visit: http://www.globalgiving.org/ROAR/ to learn more about these R.O.A.R. partners and their projects beginning on September 1st.

Updates from the R.O.A.R. Fund partners:

  • In response to the record number of devastating natural disasters in the past year that put both people and animals in harm’s way, the American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services team deployed immediately to rescue, shelter, and protect thousands of animals from harm.  The American Humane Association cared for animals following the tornado in Joplin, Missouri; the storms in the South; the Souris River flooding in Minot, North Dakota; Hurricane Irene in North Carolina; and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. 
  • The Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors treated over 7,500 animals in the past year, allowing the innocent victims to have the best possible chance at life.  Out of all the animals, 833 were koalas.  The organization is gearing up for another busy trauma season for its koala patients, since koalas typically breed in between June and December.  During this time, koalas cover a lot more ground and have a greater risk of getting hit by a car or being attacked by a dog. 
  • The Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center is continuing to provide traumatized orphan chimps with the care needed to have a second chance at life.  Lemba is a particularly amazing chimpanzee.  Her legs don’t work anymore due to the effects of polio, but even with her physical limitations, Lemba performs exercises daily that were designed to restore her agility and arm strength.  Lemba is also being trained to be a future surrogate mother for infant chimps at the Center.
  • In continuing its efforts to give wildlife the opportunity to roam and thrive in their native habitat, the National Wildlife Federation reached an important milestone this past year by surpassing the 600,000 mark for the number of “conflict” areas retired.  The Adopt-An-Acre project has provided bears with tens of thousands of acres of secure habitat and has created a safe space for bison to roam during harsh winters. 
  • Earthwatch Institute researchers and volunteers have been working at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy to bring rhinoceros back from the brink of extinction.  The rhino population at Ol Pejeta has been growing at an annual average of 8%, which is above the 6% Kenyan national target, and the current total number of rhinos is 87, making it the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa.  So far this year, there have been three recorded rhino births, indicating signs of improved rangeland conditions. 

Again, thank you for supporting the R.O.A.R. Fund and showing compassion to animals in your communities and in the wild. 

Best wishes,
The GlobalGiving Team

Dear R.O.A.R. Supporters,

The R.O.A.R. Fund is off to a great start. Each R.O.A.R. beneficiary received its initial $5,000 grant from Animal Planet, and the organizations are gearing up for a matching campaign that is set to start this September. Matching funds, as well as prizes for various categories to be announced closer to September, will be generously provided by Animal Planet to the R.O.A.R. Fund and its beneficiary projects on GlobalGiving.org. 

In the meantime, we wanted to let you know what some of the R.O.A.R. beneficiaries have been up to lately with some updates from the field:

  • Within weeks of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this year, the American Humane Association had wired $10,000 in cash and shipped a load of critical animal sheltering supplies to support local animal relief efforts in Japan such as those of the Japan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) and the Japan Animal Welfare Society (JAWS).
  • For the last 6 months, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors have been taking care of female joey koala named Frodo, who was found near Kenilworth. Frodo has overcome a fractured skull and significant damage to her stomach and intestines as a result of being shot with what appeared to be the spray of a shot gun, and she is now almost ready to return to the wild.
  • The Jane Goodall Institute has been monitoring the activities of two chimp sisters, Golden and Glitter, at Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania. In a recent blog post, Dr. Deus Mjungu, GSRC Director of Chimpanzee Research, hinted that with a distended belly and more tired than normal, Glitter might be pregnant.
  • In its efforts to give wildlife the opportunity to roam and thrive in their native habitat, the National Wildlife Federation’s Adopt-A-Wildlife-Acre Program has recently retired the 2,000-acre Bull and Bay Pasture on Montana’s Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, the 10,000-acre Wapiti allotment in Montana’s Gallatin National Forest, and 45,000 acres on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Montana.
  • The Petfinder.com Foundation was recently in Kentucky with students from Rescue U renovating the Rowan County and Menifee County Animal Shelters. In total, 65 dogs were transported out of the Kentucky shelters to other shelters and rescue groups where they await their forever homes.
  • South Shore Natural Science Center has been teaching students about the migration of Barn Swallows and Baltimore Orioles via its newly-updated Migration Exhibits and Naturepedia interactive monitors. 

We will continue to update you on their progress throughout the year, and don’t forget to look for the upcoming matching funds that will be available this September!

Thanks for your support,
The GlobalGiving and Animal Planet R.O.A.R. teams

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