R.O.A.R. Fund - Reach.Out.Act.Respond.

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National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation

Dear R.O.A.R. Supporters,

In the five years we have hosted ANIMAL PLANET’S R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond) matching campaign, we have never seen such a tremendous outpouring of support. We are happy to report that all $100,000 in matching funds were claimed after the campaign had been live for only three hours. Your generosity means the projects that benefit from the fund will be better able to carry out their important work helping animals around the world.

The matching funds may have run out, but there are still opportunities to win bonus prizes until October 12, 2015 (23:59 EDT)! ANIMAL PLANET will donate five bonuses of $4,000 each for the following:

  • Project with the highest dollar amount raised between September 14, 2015 (09:00 EDT) and October 12, 2015 (23:59 EDT). The EQUUS Foundation is our current leader with $45,140 raised in donations and $43,025 in matching funds!
  • Project with the highest number of unique donors between September 14, 2015 (09:00 EDT) and October 12, 2015 (23:59 EDT). The Jane Goodall Institute is our current leader with 232 unique donors!
  • Project driving the most traffic to the campaign between September 14, 2015 (09:00 EDT) and October 12, 2015 (23:59 EDT).
  • “Loudest R.O.A.R.” (Judges’ choice for overall participation and efforts).
  • “Fan Favorite,” as determined by consumers via a poll implemented by ANIMAL PLANET on http://www.animalplanet.com/helping-pets/roar/r-o-a-r-fan-favorite-poll/ until October 12, 2015 (23:59 EDT).

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

Thank you again for your continued support of ANIMAL PLANET’S R.O.A.R. Fund and showing compassion to animals in your communities and in the wild.

Best wishes,
The GlobalGiving Team


National Wildlife Federation- Bighorn lamb and ewe
National Wildlife Federation- Bighorn lamb and ewe

This spring has truly been a season of renewal for the well-being of the animals that our R.O.A.R. project partners support. Take a look at what some of our project partners have recently accomplished.

Petfinder Foundation recently introduced Emergency Medical Grants reserved for pets suffering from severe illness or injury. Thanks to this new type of grant, a three month old puppy, Fergus, who had previously gone five days with an untreated broken femur, received treatment and has since been adopted. Similarly, thanks to the grant, Grace survived numerous injuries, from being hit by a snow plow. "All she can do is wiggle and kiss you," WCHS Community Relations Coordinator Debra Block tells us. "This girl is the epitome of why we do what we do! Your grant has made all the difference."

The National Wildlife Federation’s most recent Adopt-A-Wildlife-Acre work has focused on resolving conflicts between bighorn sheep and domestic sheep that graze on public lands in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Domestic sheep frequently harbor a type of pneumonia that is easily transmitted to bighorns and often results in large-scale die-offs. At the end of April, NWF completed two important grazing retirement agreements in southeastern Idaho that will significantly reduce the disease risk that bighorn sheep face in that area. 

Jane Goodall Institute continues to support chimpanzees like Motambo who spent his first 12 months in the sanctuary recovering from some of the worst injuries the staff had ever witnessed. Fortunately, Motambo has now fully recovered and can participate in activities like excursions to the forest with his friend Mbebo. These trips to the forest are important as they enable the chimpanzees to get acquainted with their natural habitat while gaining strength and stamina.

To help save the wild tigers of Assam, Jorba, a Belgian Malinois has been trained by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation to track and detect wildlife products such as tiger and leopard skin and bones, bear bile, ivory and rhino horn. Thanks to his amazing sense of smell, Jorba has been picking up the scent of poachers and helping to bring the poachers to justice. “Jorba is making a huge contribution towards controlling wildlife crime, sending a strong message to poachers and smugglers that we have increased our efforts to track them down,” reports project director Bibhab Talukdar.

All of these wonderful accomplishments are the direct result of your generous donations. Thank you!

Dear R.O.A.R. Fund Supporters,

2014 was another exciting year for the R.O.A.R. Fund and its partners.  R.O.A.R. projects continue to raise funds on GlobalGiving.org on a regular basis, and we hosted another matching campaign from September 8 through October 7, 2014.  Two new organizations joined the R.O.A.R. program in 2014: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and WildAid Inc.  And a number of past participants continued to participate in 2014: Earthwatch Institute, EQUUS Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute, National Wildlife Federation, Petfinder Foundation, and Villalobos Rescue Center.

From September 8th through October 7th, R.O.A.R. participants were eligible for $100,000 of 1-1 matching funds and $50,000 worth of prizes provided by Animal Planet and its licensees.  You can see the matching fund allocations on the 2014 R.O.A.R. leaderboard, and the five $10,000 prizes were awarded as follows:

Most dollars raised – Earthwatch Institute
Most unique donors – Jane Goodall Institute
Most traffic to cause page – David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Loudest R.O.A.R. – David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Fan Favorite Poll – Villalobos Rescue Center

In addition to $150,000 of matching and prize money provided by Animal Planet during the matching campaign, the participating organizations raised more than $150,000 of additional funds through their outreach efforts... In total, R.O.A.R. projects raised more than $300,000 on GlobalGiving.org in 2014!

Thank you again for your help in making these accomplishments possible!  And look for more exciting things to come in 2015.

Dear R.O.A.R. Fund Supporters,

The organizations of the R.O.A.R. Fund continue to help animals around the world thanks to your generous support.  To maximize the support to these fantastic organizations, GlobalGiving will be hosting a matching campaign for Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R. partners that will run from September 8th - October 7th!  We will provide the details of this year’s campaign the first week of September so be sure to check out the R.O.A.R page for more information at that time!

Here is a quick update about the great work these organizations are doing for our animal friends...  

  • Earthwatch Institute has a new team of volunteers to continue monitoring turtle activity and analyzing data collected.  Turtle activity is strongest in the mid-summer to fall months, and this is when the majority of data collection will take place so the Earthwatch Institute is eager for a good season of turtle activity!
  • EQUUS Foundation had a banner year for scholarship money awarded to their excellent volunteers.  More than $11,000 in scholarships were awarded to thirteen individuals to reward their volunteer service in 2013.  This year the EQUUS Foundation awarded a scholarship to cover the registration fee for an individual to become a PATH Intl. Registered Level Certified Instructor!
  • The Jane Goodall Institute continues to provide amazing care for chimpanzees like Kefan.  Kefan recently made an exciting move from the over-crowded santuary to Tchibebe Island, one of three lush, forested island habitats JGI is readying for the transfer of over 100 chimpanzees!
  • Petfinder Foundation has improved the lives of thousands of shelter dogs through the help of generous donors.  Finley, Smiley, and Suzy are three dogs that have recently been cared for by the Petfinder Foundation and will hopefully be adopted soon!
  • Villalobos Rescue Center is in the process of building a separate kennel for dogs that have heartworm to try to limit the potential spread of the disease.  Heartworm is not a communicable disease amongst humans or dogs but can be spread by mosquitos.  They are continuing to help dogs overcome this disease. 

Thank you again for your help in making these accomplishments possible!  And don’t forget to take advantage of the 2014 R.O.A.R. matching funds between September 8th and October 7th!

Wounda the chimpanzee - Jane Goodall Institute
Wounda the chimpanzee - Jane Goodall Institute

Dear R.O.A.R. Fund Supporters,

Thanks to your continued generosity, R.O.A.R.’s nonprofits partners are changing the lives of animals all over the world for the better.

  • American Humane Association’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services continues to reunite rescued and shelter animals with families.
  • Earthwatch Institute’s researchers aim to ensure that the habitats of the green sea turtle and the hawksbill sea turtle in the Bahamas are protected from coastal development. The 2014 research season began on February 13th and will continue through November 16th.  
  • EQUUS Foundation’s work rehabilitating Charlie, a once-injured horse thought to be too skittish for competition, allowed him to win medals in eight events in the 2010 Special Olympics in Ponder, Texas, with Kasey Barnes, born in 1993 with Downs Syndrome.
  • Jane Goodall Institute recently rehabilitated a chimpanzee named Wounda, who came to them sick and malnourished. Wounda is now thriving on Tchindzoulou Island, part of an expanded sanctuary, where she can climb trees, forage for food, and play with other chimpanzees.
  • National Wildlife Federation recently averted conflict between domestic and wild bighorn sheep by retiring grazing privileges on 12,000 acres of Montana’s Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, which will prevent domestic sheep from spreading fatal diseases to two herds of bighorn sheep.
  • Petfinder Foundation has granted 33,780 Cat Castles and 40,000 Stretch & Scratch cat scratches to adoption groups in order to reduce stress on shelter cats and ease their transitions into new homes.
  • Villalobos Rescue Center continues to work with heartworm positive dogs to provide the vet care and medicine necessary for them to lead happy and healthy lives.

Thank you again for your help in making these accomplishments possible!

Sea Turtle in the Bahamas - Earthwatch Institute
Sea Turtle in the Bahamas - Earthwatch Institute
Petfinder Foundation cat castle
Petfinder Foundation cat castle
Sheep in Montana - National Wildlife Federation
Sheep in Montana - National Wildlife Federation
Rehabilitated Charlie - EQUUS Foundation
Rehabilitated Charlie - EQUUS Foundation

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