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Chesapeake Animal Rescue Shortlisted for National Award | New

CHESAPEAKE Pitiful Paws Rescue is one of 25 finalists in a nationwide competition to honor and help organizations that help animals.

Presented by Land Rover, the second annual Defender Service Awards honor organizations for their work in favor of animals in several categories. As a finalist in the Animal Welfare category, Pitiful Paws Rescue will receive $5,000 from presenting sponsor, Chase Bank.

“We are very honored to have been chosen as a finalist for this award by Land Rover,” said Desiree Flanery, Executive Director of Pitiful Paws Rescue. “There are so many animals in need and winning a Defender Service Award would help us help even more of these animals. We are asking for public support by visiting and vote for Pitiful Paws.

In addition to rescuing animals in need, rehabilitating them, and finding them homes, Pitiful Paws assists law enforcement and other agencies in large-scale hoarding/neglect cases. It also assists with disaster relief, evacuation efforts, and emergency rescues in extreme heat/cold weather, as well as frequently pulling destitute rural shelters and assisting counties that do not have of shelters. PPR offers a wellness program with free vaccinations, flea/tick prevention and basic care.

Housing is also offered for pets whose families are in domestic violence shelters, drug/alcohol rehabilitation centers or homeless families.

The winner, which is based on public voting, will receive a new Land Rover Defender 130 and $25,000.

Voting will begin on Friday and will continue until November 6 in Land

Winners will be announced Nov. 12 at Destination Defender, a weekend celebration of animal advocacy in New York’s Hudson Valley.