Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation has raised more than $400,000 for its cause so far in 2013 from Cause for the Paws and various other donations – including continual fundraising efforts by individual groups of Ran Fans, according to a news release.
The reigning four-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year headlined the Sixth Annual Cause for the Paws benefit concert a month ago at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville.
The Cause for the Paws event raised funds through a combination of ticket sales, a live auction, an eBay auction, raffle tickets, vendors donating their services and private donations. Popular items from the eBay auction included a Mini Replica “Blake and Miranda Wedding,” an autographed George Strait cowboy hat & two tickets to his sold out show in Texas, and autographed Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift guitars.
MuttNation Foundation has been actively helping reunite families with pets lost in last month’s devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and finding new homes for pets in need.
“I feel so blessed to be able to continue the work of MuttNation Foundation in aiding and assisting animals in need,” said Lambert in the release. “Aside from music, this is my biggest passion in life, and I find it so rewarding to help end animal suffering and homelessness.”
Lambert’s love of animals led to the formation of MuttNation. The foundation has successfully raised money across the country in order to aid organizations and governmental institutions or entities that build animal shelters for better care, increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship, rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals, fund spay/neuter programs, reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals, and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs, assistance for wounded military personnel, and dogs-in-prisons programs.
“This year we were so proud to bring Cause for the Paws 6 to Miranda’s adopted home state of Oklahoma,” said Lambert’s mother, Bev Lambert, the director of MuttNation. “Our early decision proved to be a very timely one. Just before our event date the devastating tornado hit the Oklahoma City area. MuttNation Foundation went into full action. As a result, during the event we pledged all incoming funds via our Facebook page to the affected animal rescue and relief where we had two mobile shelter units, Pedigree food delivery and a mobile animal hospital deployed.
“The fact that we raised nearly half a million dollars is beyond belief! Miranda and I promise, without reservation, that all funds from the event as well as incoming donations, will be used in the most frugal and effective ways to insure that pets across the U.S., and specifically now in Oklahoma, are rescued, sheltered, housed and adopted in a manner that aligns with our mission: to end animal suffering and homelessness on every front!”
For more information or to donate, go to www.muttnationfoundation.com.