Miranda Lambert’s Mutt Nation Foundation, the donation-supported organization working to end pet suffering and homelessness that the country music superstar founded with her mom, Bev, is aiding in pet rescue operations in the wake of this week’s devastating Oklahoma tornadoes.
North Shore Animal League America, in collaboration with the Bella Foundation and MuttNation Foundation, has deployed one of its Mobile Rescue Units to Moore to help the families and pets who have been affected by this tragedy, according to the league’s website.
“I’m so proud that MuttNation Foundation can help even a little,” Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo, said on Facebook.
The North Shore Animal League’s Emergency Rescue Team and Mobile Rescue Unit arrived in Oklahoma on Wednesday. The organization is working with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division to identify shelter animals to transport back to its Port Washington, N.Y., headquarters so the Oklahoma shelter can house animals newly displaced by the tornado until they can be returned to their owners.
While her foundation is helping with pet rescue efforts, Lambert herself is joining her husband, fellow country music star Blake Shelton, at his telethon “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” set for Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.
As previously reported, Oklahoma natives and Country Music Hall of Famers Reba McEntire and Vince Gill will join the couple during the benefit show. Additional guests for the concert will be announced shortly, according to a news release.
The concert will be televised live at 8 p.m. on NBC. It also will air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25, with a limit of eight per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.
“Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy,” Shelton said in the news release. “This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.”
The event will raise funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Working with their local community partners, United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the fund for immediate, intermediate and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that devastated Moore earlier this week.
Born and raised in Oklahoma and currently residing in the city of Tishomingo, the recent tragedy that struck the state this week hit close to home for Shelton. The one way the country singer knew he could help immediately would be through the “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” aiding the United Way of Central Oklahoma.
This isn’t the first time Shelton has reached out to those in the wake of tragedy in Oklahoma. In 2011, Shelton and longtime friend Reba went back home to Oklahoma to host the “Tornado Relief Concerts” for victims affected by the Atoka County tornadoes. The two-sold out concerts, which featured special guests and over two hours of entertainment, raised $500,000 for the Oklahoma victims.
For more information, go to www.chesapeakearena.com.