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

by GlobalGiving

Happy New Year, R.O.A.R. Supporters!

2013 was another great year for the R.O.A.R. campaign.  Since our last update, we hosted another matching campaign for our seven R.O.A.R. partner non-profits.  

Between October 14 and November 12, 2013, donors provided more than $130,000 in funding towards American Humane Association, Earthwatch Institute, EQUUS Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute, National Wildlife Federation, Petfinder Foundation, and Villalobos Rescue Center via GlobalGiving.  With generous matching funds and prizes totaling $140,000 from the Animal Planet R.O.A.R. program, more than $270,000 was raised to improve the lives of animals in less than a month! 

These much-needed funds are going to help save wildlife habitats; give orphaned chimps more room to roam; save the lives of shelter pets in North America; rescue, rehabilitate and retrain horses; save sea turtles in the Bahamas; treat pit bulls suffering from heartworm disease; and provide disaster relief efforts for animals throughout the world.

You can view the full details of the matching campaign here: http://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/roar-2013/

Thank you, to all of you who helped by making a donation in 2013. We’re looking forward to more great things ahead in 2014!

Tumbleweed the pony
Tumbleweed the pony

While we enjoyed the hot summer days with outdoor sports and barbeques we were even more aware of the beautiful environment we live in. It’s a time of year that reminds us that we share the land with animals (domestic and wild) and it’s our duty to take care of the land and the animals we share it with.

This is always the focus of our R.O.A.R. partners. Here is an update from some of our partners over the summer:

National Wildlife Federation’s Adopt a Wildlife Acre project focuses on bighorn sheep in addition to the bears and wolves its work is more commonly associated with. When domestic sheep come into contact with bighorn sheep, there is strong potential for disease transmission and die-offs of the bighorn population, so National Wildlife Federation negotiates with livestock producers to help reduce such disease transmission. 

EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation recently inducted a pony named Tumbleweed (1982-2012) into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame. After an initial show career in the small pony hunters, Tumbles, as she was nicknamed, entered a lesson program in Connecticut. The thrived so much as a school horse that she was often used as a therapeutic horse for physical therapy patients. 

Jane Goodall Institute recently transferred a Tchimpounga chimpanzee named Kudia to its lush island sactuary in the Republic of Congo, Tchindzoulou Island. It took six men to carry her into the forest, where she will now be able to make nests, sleep in trees, run on the damp ground, eat wild fruits, play, and generally enjoy her time in the island forest.

You can help too!  Next month our annual Matching Campaign returns for our Principle Partners to engage in a friendly competition to build the most public awareness and donations in support of their organizations and the causes important to them. To learn more about the Matching Campaign visit our R.O.A.R. site  and learn how you can participate and help a cause important to you!

Bighorn Sheep
Bighorn Sheep
Kudia the Tchimpounga chimpanzee
Kudia the Tchimpounga chimpanzee
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

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Location: Washington, D.C. - USA
Website: http://www.globalgiving.org
Project Leader:
Angela Wu
Washington, DC United States