NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning Country superstar Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation and Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, teamed up for the third consecutive year to donate more than $250,000 to animal shelters across the nation. Through MuttNation’s Mutts Across America program, one outstanding shelter or foster-based rescue in every state – plus Washington, D.C. and a “Wildcard” pick – are being honored with a surprise $5,000 grant.
“Finding deserving shelters and rescue groups across the country is easy,” said Bev Lambert, Miranda’s mother and co-founder of MuttNation, who also conceived Mutts Across America. “It’s narrowing it down to just one in each state that’s really tough.”
“Mutts Across America is MuttNation’s cornerstone – it was our first signature program,” added Miranda. “These grants give us the chance to show our appreciation and spotlight shelters across the country for their hard work, year-round, to improve the lives of shelter pets. We’re so proud to partner with Tractor Supply on this and other programs, allowing us to elevate our goals and increase the number of animals’ lives we can change.”
Since the initiative’s origin nine years ago, MuttNation’s Mutts Across America has supported more than 450 shelters with over $1.75 million in grants. Tractor Supply began partnering with MuttNation in 2021.
“Shelter pets have our hearts at Tractor Supply,” stated Kimberley Gardiner, chief marketing officer at Tractor Supply. “Miranda’s passion for this cause and the work she has done through MuttNation truly inspire us and supporting their work is a privilege and joy. These shelters are saving the lives of animals and pets and providing the care they need as they wait for their future owners.”
Each year, MuttNation conducts extensive research to carefully choose the organizations that will be honored with the annual grants and, this year, is specifically recognizing some of the outstanding shelters that help seniors, special needs dogs, large dogs and pit mixes; the “Love Harder” dogs that are easy to love but hardest to get adopted. There is no application process for Mutts Across America, and the recipients are given no advance notice before receiving the award.
In addition to the Mutts Across America partnership, MuttNation and Tractor Supply started the Relief For Rescues Fund earlier this year to help shelters and shelter pets recover from natural disasters. To date, the fund has generated over $357,000 to support shelter animals affected by disasters such as floods, fires, hurricanes and tornadoes, with funding already dispersed to organizations responding to shelter pets impacted by severe flooding in California’s Central Valley, a violent EF4 tornado in Mississippi and more.
Tractor Supply is the exclusive retailer of MuttNation pet products, with a percentage of all sales going to the MuttNation Foundation to promote and facilitate its mission.
The 2023 Mutts Across America grant recipients are:
|Aide for Animals Sanctuary||Alabama|
|Juneau Animal Rescue||Alaska|
|Unconditional Love Pet Rescue (ULPR)||Arkansas|
|Animal Compassion Team of California||California|
|Soul Dog Rescue||Colorado|
|Army’s Legacy Animal Rescue and Sanctuary||Connecticut|
|Rural Dog Rescue||DC|
|Humane Animal Partners||Deleware|
|UFAR Animal Parnters||Florida|
|Homeward Bound Pet Rescue||Georgia|
|The Hawaii SPCA Maili Waianae||Hawaii|
|Heart of Idaho Animal Sanctuary||Idaho|
|Second City Canine Rescue||Illinois|
|Grateful Rescue and Sanctuary (Grateful Rescue)||Indiana|
|Dogs Forever of Iowa (Dogs Forever)||Iowa|
|Clay County Animal Rescue & Education Center||Kansas|
|LIFE House for Animals||Kentucky|
|4 Paws Rescue Inc.||Louisiana|
|Underhound Railroad, Inc.||Maine|
|Senior Dog Sanctuary||Maryland|
|Cape Ann Animal Aid Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter||Massachusetts|
|K9 Stray Rescue League||Michigan|
|Great River Rescue||Minnesota|
|HoofBeats and PawPrints Rescue||Mississippi|
|Columbia Second Chance||Missouri|
|The Dedman Foundation||Montana|
|FurEver Home, Inc.||Nebraska|
|Hearts Alive Village||Nevada|
|Second Chance Ranch Rescue NH||New Hampshire|
|Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, INC||New Jersey|
|Pet-A-Bulls, Inc.||New Mexico|
|Paws Crossed Animal Rescue||New York|
|Lake Norman Humane||North Carolina|
|Prairie Paws Rescue||North Dakota|
|Multiple Breed Rescue||Ohio|
|Oklahoma Alliance for Animals||Oklahoma|
|Southern Oregon Humane Society||Oregon|
|Speranza Animal Rescue||Pennsylvania|
|Anchor Paws Rescue||Rhode Island|
|Pet Helpers Adoption Shelter and Spay/Neuter Clinic||South Carolina|
|B-Squad Dog Rescue||South Dakota|
|New Leash on Life||Tennessee|
|Dog Ranch Rescue||Texas|
|Hearts 4 Paws Rescue||Utah|
|Homeward Bound , Addison County’s Humane Society||Vermont|
|Wolf Trap Animal Rescue||Virginia|
|Old Dog Haven||Washington|
|Humane Society of Harrison County- WV||West Virginia|
|Bob’s House for Dogs||Wisconsin|
|Laramie Peak Humane Society||Wyoming|
|Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue *WILDCARD*||Tennessee|
About MuttNation Foundation
Founded by Miranda and her mom, Bev Lambert, in 2009, MuttNation is a donation-supported 501c(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the adoption of shelter pets, advance spay & neuter and educate the public about the benefits of these actions. MuttNation provides financial support and works with transport partners to assist and relocate animals during times of natural disaster. MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert, a pet line of toys and supplies that benefits the Foundation, is available exclusively at Tractor Supply Company stores throughout the US. www.muttnation.com
About Miranda Lambert:
Already a decorated songwriter, Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, passionate shelter animal advocate, restaurateur and business woman, superstar Miranda Lambert adds New York Times best-selling author to her impressive list of titles with the arrival of her debut book, “Y’all Eat Yet?,” available everywhere now.
Palomino, her eighth solo album, arrived in 2022 as the largest female Country album debut of the year and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album. Named among the best of the year by the New York Times,TIME, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Stereogum, People and many more, it marks the latest installment in a storied career that has spanned seven previous No. 1 solo albums, 11 No. 1 hit radio singles, more than 70 prestigious awards and countless sales certifications, earning the most-awarded artist in ACM history praise from NPR as “the most riveting country star of her generation.”
With her headlining Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency extended through late 2023 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Bakkt Theater, the top streaming female Country artist of 2022 was also named to the TIME100 list honoring the world’s most influential people, with Pitchfork declaring that she “manages the hat-trick of both timelessness and timely activism.” Whether challenging conventional gender notions in her recent Top 10 hit “If I Was A Cowboy” or using her voice to write and record the inclusive “Y’All Means All” anthem for Netflix’s “Queer Eye,” the Texas native continues to expand the tent of the Country genre via her music, including with her latest release, the cross-genre collaboration “If You Were Mine” with Leon Bridges.
Idyllwind, her clothing and cowboy boot collection, is an exclusive brand sold at all Boot Barn stores nationwide, while her home goods collection, Wanda June Home, is available exclusively at Walmart. She is also the first female artist to have her own venue on Broadway in Nashville with her Casa Rosa Tex-Mex cantina. An avid animal lover, Lambert’s MuttNation pet product line is available exclusively at Tractor Supply Co. with proceeds benefitting her MuttNation Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that has raised over $8 million since its inception in 2009. The Foundation’s mission is to promote the adoption of rescue pets, support animal shelters across the country, advance spay & neuter and assist with the transport of animals during times of natural disaster.
About Tractor Supply
For 85 years, Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO) has been passionate about serving the needs of recreational farmers, ranchers, homeowners, gardeners, pet enthusiasts and all those who enjoy living Life Out Here. Tractor Supply is the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the U.S., ranking 291 on the 2023 Fortune 500. The company’s more than 52,000 Team Members are known for delivering legendary service and helping customers pursue their passions, whether that means being closer to the land, taking care of animals or living a hands-on, DIY lifestyle. In store and online, Tractor Supply provides what customers need – anytime, anywhere, any way they choose at the low prices they deserve.
As of April 1, 2023, the Company operated 2,164 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states, including 81 stores acquired from Orscheln Farm and Home in 2022 that will be rebranded to Tractor Supply by the end of 2023. For more information on Tractor Supply, visit www.tractorsupply.com.
Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense by Tractor Supply, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer providing products and services for pet owners. As of April 1, 2023, the Company operated 189 Petsense by Tractor Supply stores in 23 states. For more information on Petsense by Tractor Supply, visit www.Petsense.com.