Bedford, NH (February 6, 2015) – 50 States/50 Shelters. That’s what the MuttNation Foundation’s initiative boasts, supporting one shelter in every state.

“What a wonderful surprise to open the mail and find a grant check from Miranda Lambert’s foundation!” recalled Paula Mattis, the Animal Rescue League of NH’s President & CEO.

Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert and her mother Bev Lambert co-founded the MuttNation Foundation nine years ago. In 2013 the foundation launched the “Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters” campaign to fund grants to animal rescues across the country.

“We are truly honored to receive this gift,” remarked Mattis. The Animal Rescue League of NH (ARLNH) was the one rescue in New Hampshire chosen to receive the grant, which arrived as a surprise in the mail on February 3. “This is not a grant shelters apply for,” states Mattis. “The Foundation seeks out and awards shelters that match their mission.”

The award letter stated: “Over 100 hours was expended by the MuttNation Foundation Board of Directors to sift through all the shelters in each of our 50 states.” The letter detailed criterion for evaluating each organization, including high adoption rates, committed volunteers and staff, providing programs to the community, advocating for spay/neutering, and a being fiscally responsible organization. According to MuttNations announcement on Facebook: “We are so proud of these deserving shelters and that Mutts Across America grants totaled over $200,000 to support their work!”

ARLNH is an independent, nonprofit organization who annually helps more than 2,000 cats, dogs, and small animals find loving homes. In order to help people who love their pets but are struggling to care for them, the League offers community outreach programs such as a pet food pantry, low-cost spay/neuter assistance, financial assistance for extraordinary veterinary treatment, and Safe Haven sheltering for pets of domestic violence victims and others entering temporary housing.

The League’s mission—to improve animal welfare in NH communities by helping pets and the people who care for them—is empowered by an active board of directors, a team of professional staff, and a dedicated community of more than 400 volunteers.

The League’s 14,000 square foot, recently-renovated facility is located on Route 101 in Bedford, NH. The organization’s services are open to all residents of New Hampshire, with focus on the local communities of Amherst, Auburn, Bedford, Brookline, Candia, Dunbarton, Francestown, Goffstown, Hollis, Hooksett, Litchfield, Londonderry, Lyndeborough, Manchester, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Wilton, and Windham